7 results for month: 01/2019

Search for Solution to Citrus Huanglongbing Outbreak Continues

1/28/19: Huanglongbing, or Citrus Greening Disease, is a a disease of citrus caused by a vector-transmitted pathogen spread by the Asian citrus psyllid. Florida has been the most affected, but farmers are reporting production recovery, and California and Texas producers haven't reported any drop in production. Nutrition programs to improve root health have been implemented, and scientists have developed root stocks with higher genetic tolerance to Citrus Greening. Read more on Greenbook.

New Partnership Between Tyson Foods and Environmental Defense Fund

1/22/19: Ag Pro reports that Tyson Foods is partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to develop and employ strategies that promote ecologically sound growing practices while meeting the needs of the sustainable foods market. The partnership will initially target 500,000 acres of corn and aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve water quality, and generate maximum farm profit. Read more on Ag Pro.

Reducing Risks of Pesticide Use

The Sustainable Food Group supports SCS Global Services’ Sustainably Grown certification program, specifically the Temporary Exemption Procedure for Prohibited Pesticides. As part of its Pesticide Policy, the Sustainably Grown program maintains a Prohibited Pesticides Reference List that includes pesticides identified as high risk by the World Health Organization, the Globally Harmonized System, UN Environment Programme and Pesticide Action Network. The goal is for all certified growers to be able to phase out the use of prohibited pesticides. Temporary exemptions allow access to pesticides that are critical pest management tools where no alternat...

Triple Pundit Reports on What the Government Shutdown Means for Your Food

1/10/19: The government shutdown initiated by a budget fight over Trump's border wall has entered its third week. Triple Pundit published an article today detailing how the shutdown may affect routine FDA inspections. "With hundreds of investigators on unpaid leave, the Food and Drug Administration has suspended routine inspections of U.S. food-processing facilities, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. ...FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he hopes to have some inspectors back on the job next week to visit facilities considered “high-risk”—think: those processing soft cheeses, seafood and fresh vegetables. “We are doing what we ...

Expanding Integrated Pest Management Adoption in Field Crops

In 2016 at the request of General Mills, we assessed pesticide use and the extent of integrated pest management (IPM) adoption in five major North American field crops: corn, oats, soybeans, sugar beets and wheat. We reviewed Extension resources and published literature, used data from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service and interviewed crop production and pest management experts. Our research revealed major differences in IPM practice adoption among these crops, from a well-developed IPM infrastructure in sugar beets, to widespread adoption of pest-resistant varieties and minimal pesticide use in wheats and oats, to comparatively lower ...

Environmental Defense Fund Reports on How The Farm Bill Changes the Future of Climate and Water Conservation

1/2/19: A 12/12/18 post on the Environmental Defense Fund's blog analyzes the smaller provisions within the 2018 Farm Bill that have the potential to open up new approaches to climate and water conservation. These include incentives for growers to protect water quality, a directive for the federal government to “recognize and encourage partnerships at the watershed level between nonpoint sources and regulated point sources,” and an annual $25 million for on-farm trials to experiment with conservation approaches. Read more here.

Center for Biological Diversity Reports on Trump Approval of Antibiotics as Citrus Pesticide in Florida and California

1/2/19: On December 27, the Center for Biological Diversity issued a press release addressing the Trump administration's decision to permit the expansion of streptomycin (an antibiotic regularly used on humans) spraying on all US citrus crops. The largest amounts of streptomycin will be deployed in Florida and California. “Trump’s EPA is taking us in a dangerous new direction,” said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Researchers have been telling us for decades to curb the use of antibiotics in agriculture or risk losing them forever. The Trump administration has chosen to ignore the science and ...