Mycologist Paul Stamets Discovers Natural Pesticide

According to EWA health and nature website, the world’s leading mycologist, Paul Stamets, registered a patent back in 2006 that didn’t much draw media attention and exposure, which is unusual because the patent is described “the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” The patent is potentially most disruptive for the agricultural branch of the […]

California Governor Announces $1 Billion in Emergency Drought Measures

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen to announce legislation to help local communities cope with the ongoing drought. According to California’s Office of Public Affairs, the $1 billion package will expedite bond funding approved […]

Ventura County Nursery Implicated in Sharpshooter Outbreak

Marin County Department of Agriculture officials confirmed the discovery of Glassy-winged Sharpshooters during a routine agricultural inspection. Wednesday’s announcement identified a shipment of nursery plants from Ventura County as the source of the insects. The Glassy-winged Sharpshooter, Homalodisca vitripennis (formerly H. coagulata), feeds on grapevines and almond trees by penetrating plant stems and sucking out fluids and […]

UC Riverside Scientist Opens Second Front in War Against ACP

University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a new ally in the battle against the citrus-killing insect, the Asian Citrus Psyllid. UC Cooperative Extension biological control specialist Mark Hoddle began releasing a newly imported natural enemy of ACP, Diaphorencyrtus aligarhensis (DA) in December. The favorite prey of the newly released stingless wasp […]

Valentine’s Day and 85 Degrees – Where is the Rain They Promised?

(Gardening Coaches — February 13, 2015) Camarillo, CA — Southern California is still reeling from the effects of 4 year’s drought. Local reservoirs that supply our drinking water stand at 6 – 10 % of capacity. The Sierra snowpack, one of Southern California’s main water sources is currently 30% of normal. This is the year we […]

CDFA Fights Asian Citrus Psyllid in Ventura County as Bug Moves North

The CFDA and Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s office have begun a program to try to stop the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) from destroying Ventura County’s citrus groves and home garden citrus. The insect, the size of aphids, can transmit a disease that is fatal to citrus. The disease, called Huanglongbing (HLB), also called “Greening disease” […]