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Got Bagrada? Let Us Know

As part of our efforts to develop a biological control program for bagrada bug, the laboratory of Dr. Brian Hogg at the USDA in Albany, California, is seeking sites for bagrada bug research. 
 
We would be interested to hear about bagrada bug infestations anywhere in California. Any cole crop fields or weed patches that are currently infested with bagrada bug would work for our purposes. We are investigating whether native predators or parasitic wasps attack bagrada bug eggs.

Got Bagrada? Report It to USDA

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As in past years, Dr. Brian Hogg at USDA’s Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California, is seeking research sites for bagrada bug research, and is interested to hear about bagrada bug infestations anywhere in California. 
 
This is the time of year when bagrada bug populations usually start increasing in cole crop fields. High numbers may also be found on weeds, especially shortpod mustard and perennial pepperweed. 
 
Any cole crop fields or weed patches that are infested with bagrada bug would work for our purposes.

Governor Brown Signs Bill to Help Farmers Sequester Carbon

Assembly Bill 2377, authored by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown earlier today. This bill funds technical assistance for farmers and ranchers seeking to transition to Climate Smart Agriculture.
 
“As California continues to lead the way in climate change, it’s imperative that we assist all industries so that they adopt practices that will help achieve our climate goals,” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin.

Greenpeace to Bring Farmers’ Voices to Global Climate Summit in California

Greenpeace USA launched a campaign in January 2018 to protect California’s climate and combat the impacts of climate change. As we know, California is a unique state, especially in its important role as a major source of the nation’s food—the food that farmers help bring to our tables every day. The state’s farming community has been highly affected by our changing climate and experiences the negative consequences firsthand, from increased wildfires, mudslides, and smog, to more severe droughts and rising sea levels.

Grimmway & Cal Organic CEO Jeff Huckaby Appointed to California Agriculture Advisory Board

California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Jeff Huckaby, president and CEO of Grimmway and Cal-Organic, to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture
 
The 15-member board advises the California governor and secretary of agriculture on key issues of importance to California’s farmers, ranchers, stakeholders, and citizens. The members represent a broad range of agricultural commodities, a variety of geographic regions, and both California university systems. 
 

Growers, Learn How to Add Jams and Other Value-added Products to Your Organic Certification

Value-added products can bring in extra income and add diversity to your market offerings. On December 11, the CCOF Foundation will host a webinar that reviews the requirements for organic growers looking to certify their value-added products—such as jams, salsas, and dried fruit—through the USDA National Organic Program. 
 

Growers: Take Survey and Help Level the Crop Insurance Playing Field

The National Center for Appropriate Technology is conducting a national survey of needs and attitudes about crop insurance. Confidential and anonymous, the survey takes just 20 minutes on any computer, smart phone, or other mobile device. It’s open to anyone who is farming and ranching commercially in the United States, and you’ll receive a $20 honorarium for your participation. 
 
Take the survey at www.ncat.org/cropinsurance.
 

Hardship Assistance for Organic Farmers & Producers

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are grave reminders of the increasing devastation invoked by natural disasters. Now more than ever, farmers need access to immediate and long-term assistance to prepare for and recover from disasters. Each year, CCOF makes grants available to organic producers, processors, and handlers who have suffered financial losses due to natural disasters.

HarvestPort Announces Full-Service Crop Input Procurement Service

HarvestPort is excited to announce HarvestPort INPUTS, a full-service crop input procurement service with many options for the organic grower community, and we want to earn your business.

HarvestPort Announces New Services in 2018

“We want to put another dollar in the pockets of farmers.”
 - Brian Dawson, Founder of HarvestPort
 

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