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” […]

USDA Seeking Conservation Innovation Grants Applications

WASHINGTON, January 26, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that applications are being accepted for up to $20 million in grants to facilitate the creation of new, innovative markets for carbon credits, providing additional revenue sources for producers and address natural resource conservation challenges. These grants are part of the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) […]

Organic Methods As Productive As Industrial Agriculture Says Study

A new study released this week by Berkeley University has good news for health-conscious Americans. The Berkeley researchers investigated the supposed ‘Gap’ between organic food systems and industrial,chemical-dependent food systems. The study has shown that the previously held assumptions of this gap were much greater than is the case. In some instances, the two type […]