5 04, 2018

Neonicotinoids Under Review

By | April 5th, 2018|Categories: Pesticides|0 Comments

This week CCM and the California Citrus Quality Council submitted joint comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding neonicotinoid insecticides.  The neonicotinoid insecticides, which include imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran, are going through registration review. Imidacloprid and thiamethoxam are very important to the citrus industry and Citrus Mutual has been aggressive in defending the [...]

15 03, 2018

State Attorney General and Chlorpyrifos

By | March 15th, 2018|Categories: Pest and Disease, Pesticides|0 Comments

The decision last year by EPA Administrator Pruitt not to issue a registration decision canceling the label for Chlorpyrifos was met by an outcry from the activists and a legal response by several state attorney generals. (Surprise – California being one) CCM met with a senior attorney for the filing and strongly cautioned the office [...]

1 03, 2018

Mischief Afoot?

By | March 1st, 2018|Categories: Pest and Disease, Pesticides|0 Comments

Previously we talked about our meeting with the Attorney General during which the subject of Chlorpyrifos enforcement and “agency agreements” was raised.  Time precluded in-depth discussion at that session, but since then CCM has visited with the Attorney General’s office and more specifically the Chief of Staff (COS) and the individual responsible for coordinating efforts [...]

1 03, 2018

Bactericides Now Approved for ACP Protection

By | March 1st, 2018|Categories: Pesticides|0 Comments

The California Citrus Quality Council has successfully acquired a Section 18 for the industry specific to the use of bactericides in specified locations.  The Section 18 announcement and UC recommendations for use are both posted on the CCM Website.  The Section 18 allows growers to use this innovative material in groves located within an HLB [...]

1 03, 2018

Advisory – Bactericides Approved for Use in Southern California

By | March 1st, 2018|Categories: Pesticides|0 Comments

The California Citrus Quality Council (CCQC) is contacting the citrus industry to notify it that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of two specific bactericides, FireWall (active ingredient streptomycin) and FireLine (active ingredient-oxytetracycline), for managing Huanglongbing (HLB) in commercial citrus groves in certain counties in southern California. Only groves meeting the [...]

22 02, 2018

USDA: Pesticide Residue Levels Show No Risk

By | February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Pesticides|0 Comments

Annually USDA publishes the results of pesticide residue tests around the country.  More than 20% of the food sampled showed no detectable pesticides and less than 0.5% had pesticide levels above approved EPA residue levels. Fresh and processed fruits and vegetables accounted for 90% of the product sampled.  A breakdown of the product sampled is [...]

15 02, 2018

Ventura County Lemon Advisory

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Pest and Disease, Pesticides, Trade|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The California Citrus Quality Council (CCQC) is contacting the industry with an update regarding compliance with the China protocol for Ventura County lemons. The deadline for making the second copper application for the China protocol has been extended until March 6 for lemons in Ventura County to adjust for unusually low rainfall, very low brown [...]

1 02, 2018

Tulare County Ag Commissioner to Host Important Meeting on Pesticide Near Schools Regulation Feb. 22

By | February 1st, 2018|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Pesticides|0 Comments

The Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner will host an important meeting on Thursday, February 22 regarding new laws and regulations related to pesticide applications around schools. The meeting is specifically intended for growers who farm near schools to learn about new laws and regulations that limit application of restricted materials.  Invitations will be sent directly by the [...]

1 02, 2018

But Will California’s Attorney General Sue?

By | February 1st, 2018|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Pesticides|0 Comments

EPA and sister agencies Department of Commerce, Department of Interior, and the Department of Commerce have all signed and released a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) earlier this week regarding the registration of pesticides and consideration of the endangered species needs. For over a decade sub agencies within these departments have been at war relative to [...]

19 01, 2018

Are You Compliant with Protocols for Exports?

By | January 19th, 2018|Categories: Pest and Disease, Pesticides, Trade|0 Comments

The California Citrus Quality Council (CCQC) is providing guidance on how to comply with protocols for exports to Korea and China.  A copper application or approved alternative must be applied to acreage in the following regions by Feb. 20. Korea Copper applications or approved alternatives should be made to control Septoria spot in all counties [...]