California: IPM Meeting Focus on Pest Rules, Wet Weather, Firebaugh, Feb. 22

Photo by Marc Suderman, Ultra Gro Plant Food, Madera, California.
Photo by Marc Suderman, Ultra Gro Plant Food, Madera, California.

San Joaquin Valley growers will receive updates on state pesticide regulations and critical pest management trends during a February 22 meeting  in Firebaugh.

The free event, which will offer continuing education credits, starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Firebaugh Mendota United Methodist Church, 1660 O St. Topics will closely relate to almonds, alfalfa and cotton.

Featured speaker include Gilbert Urquizu of the Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office. He will cover key state regulations on pesticides and pest control operations, including new rules impacting growers and safety operations.

Other speakers on the program:

  • Dr. Pete Goodell, extension adviser of University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program. He will discuss the impact of this year’s wet winter weather on crop-threatening pests in almonds, alfalfa and cotton for the 2017 season.
  • Chris Linneman, engineer for the Westside San Joaquin Valley Watershed Coalition. He will talk about the use of pesticides and their impact on local water quality. He will offer tips to help farmers meet water quality standards.

The field day is sponsored by the San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project, which operates under the direction of the non-profit Sustainable Cotton Project (SCP). For more information, contact SCP Director Marcia Gibbs at 530-370-5325 or

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