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Direct Marketing Gets a Face Lift in California

This article appeared in the Spring 2013 edition of Certified Organic magazine.

DPR Issues Final Rules on Pesticide Applications Near Schools

California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) released long-anticipated rules restricting pesticide applications close to public schools and daycare facilities. 
 
The new rules require that pesticides using aircraft, airblast sprayer, sprinkler chemigation, or applied as a dust, powder, or fumigant between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday be located at least ¼ mile from schools. 
 

Drought Resources Page Updated

As a service to our members, CCOF maintains a regularly updated list of drought-related resources on its website.

Newly posted information includes:

Eastern San Joaquin River Watershed Draft Agricultural Order Open for Comment

The California State Water Board is accepting comment on a second draft of the agricultural order for the Eastern San Joaquin River Watershed through Friday, December 22, 2017, at noon. 
 

Elaboration on CCOF's Comments on the Proposal to Extend the Expiration Date for Oxytetracycline

CCOF is committed to ending the use of antibiotics in organic fruit production. We believe that a longer time period is necessary for oxytetracycline than the current 2014 expiration date because of the continuing research in varying locations and seasons that would ensure success, the need for registration of new materials, and enough time for grower education and outreach. We would like to see an extension in the range of 2017 to 2020 for phase out; however, we support the majority position to extend the expiration date for the use of oxytetracycline to October 21, 2016.

Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel to Meet January 18

California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel will meet on January 18. The panel reviews and documents agriculture’s positive impacts to the environment and other agriculture issues. 
 
The meeting will occur from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at:
 
California Farm Bureau Federation
2300 River Plaza Drive, Harvest Room

Farm Bill Expires Today

Much to the dismay of sustainable agriculture advocates across the nation, the farm bill expires today. For those outside of the agricultural sector, this may have been overshadowed by the budget debate and the looming threat of a government shutdown. 

Farm Bill Sessions Head to Salinas

Members of the United States House of Representatives Agriculture Committee will host a roundtable discussion on the 2018 Farm Bill on Thursday, August 10, 2017. 
 
Congressmen Jimmy Panetta and Jim Costa will be joined by House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson to gather California’s Central Coast’s farm bill priorities from 9:30 am to 11:00 a.m. at: 
 
Hartnell Community College – Steinbeck Hall
411 Central Ave. 

Farmer Equity Bill Moves into Senate

The Farmer Equity Act of 2017 (AB 1348) passed out of the California Assembly and moved into the Senate on May 31, 2017. The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), would require the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to ensure the inclusion of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in its policies and programs. CCOF supports the bill. 
 

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