The black fig fly (BFF), an invasive insect typically found in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions, was recently discovered infesting figs in multiple counties in southern California. The BFF has been detected in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura.

The BFF only attacks figs and prefers unripe and unfertilized fruits. The movement of figs from these counties is not recommended, as it may lead to additional artificial spread of BFF to other areas of the state.

De Ann Davis

In an effort to develop technologies that meet growers’ exact needs, the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) and its resident start-up companies invite you to participate in our AgTech Survey.

The agtech startups working out of the WGCIT are dedicated to creating technologies based on growers’ input. The results of this short survey will help the startups determine which tech platforms are most useful to our members.

Western Growers (WG) will be hosting a series of four listening sessions in May about potential changes to the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA)-approved food safety metrics. These listening sessions will provide interested parties and signatories of either the California or Arizona LGMAs with an opportunity to comment on possible changes to the LGMA-recognized metrics and audit checklist.

Stephanie Metzinger

Western Farm Press is reporting that Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner Les Wright has implemented a countywide Asian citrus psyllid quarantine for Fresno County. Wright’s decision eliminates regulatory restrictions and makes it easier for growers to ship citrus within the county and from Tulare County in Fresno County.

Several pest discoveries around the state made over the past year in several locations warranted to move.   

Jeff Janas

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