3/14/19: Every year, more and more Mexican produce comes from greenhouse agriculture. Between 2017 and 2018, Mexican greenhouse produce acreage increased from 9,083 to 57,454. Greenhouses can increase yield and place heating, cooling, humidity and irrigation under grower control, while providing a barrier against pests. “It’s great technology" said Ricardo Crisantes, chief commercial officer for Wholesum, a Nogales, Arizona-based organic produce vendor. To read more on the packer, click here.
3/14/19: The North Central IPM Center's monthly newsletter, The Central Issue, is now up and running. To get news, articles, and IPM coverage in your inbox every month, subscribe here.
3/8/19: A bill was recently introduced in California to safeguard children from exposure to the highly toxic pesticide, chlorpyrifos. California State Senator, Maria Elena Durazo, introduced “Protect Children from Brain-Damaging Chlorpyrifos Act of 2019” in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to delay action on this toxic pesticide until 2022. Senator Durazo’s bill bans all pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, known to do serious damage to the neurological development of children. Read more on Foodprint.
3/7/19: Canadian farm managers and agricultural researchers are interested in finding new ways to prevent residual pesticides from entering the environment and contaminating water, and biobeds are showing promise as they make their debut in Canada. Already popular in Europe, where there are more than 3,000 biobeds in use on farms, biobed systems have now been adapted to the Canadian climate. Read more here
2/28/19: Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), along with over ten other organizations launched a new crowdsourced web platform, the Supply Chain Solutions Center, to help sustainability professionals mitigate the environmental impact of their supply chains by staying informed on the latest resources to address supply chain impacts. “Our goal is to make finding sustainability solutions as easy as finding a movie on Netflix or a song on Spotify,” said Elizabeth Sturcken, managing director of EDF+Business. “Global supply chains can be massive and opaque, but when every ...
2/22/19: Huanglongbing, also known as Citrus Greening Disease, is a problem for many citrus growers. The Organic Center recently published Combatting Citrus Greening in Organic Systems: A Grower’s Guide, a 24-page reference available online. The guide presents scientific research as well as insight from experienced growers into managing the disease. To read it, follow the link above.
2/22/19: The Savanna Institute is launching a Midwestern Agroforestry Farmer Apprenticeship Program beginning in summer 2019. Apprentices will spend 10 weeks working with an agroforestry farmer, with part- to full-time employment throughout the course. Students will learn about perennial crop establishment, management, and harvest, farm planning, equipment use and maintenance, marketing, finance and more. The program is free, with compensation and room and board depending on the host farm. Limited spots are open and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.
2/11/19: The Trump administration has persuaded the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its August decision ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the widely-used pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to neurodevelopmental harm in children and farm-worker illness. Essentially, this means again reviewing former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s March 2017 refusal to ban the pesticide for use on food crops such as fruits, vegetables and nuts. Read more on Reuters.
2/6/19: The Crop Profile database, created and maintained by the Canadian government's Pest Management Center, offers high level production overviews for 38 different crops, now including peach and pear. You can download them for free from the Government of Canada Publications webpage or through the Crop profiles webpage.
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.