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Healthy Soil Workshop

February 8, 2017 1 pm - 2:30 pm at the Stagehands Theater at the Colusa County Farigrounds

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Plant Your Ideas: A hands-on workshop for water-wise front yards

March 4, 2017 10 am - 12 pm at the Woodland Public Library - Leake Room

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Riparial Restoration Workshop

Save the Date April 26, 2017 8 am - 12:30 pm. More information to come.

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Yolo County RCD Receives Award

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SACRAMENTO -The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has granted the 2013 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Award to five California businesses and organizations that use 'greener' methods to effectively control pests. This award is the department's highest environmental honor.

The IPM approach employs monitoring, record keeping and other non-chemical means to help prevent and treat pest problems.

"DPR is pleased to honor these innovative organizations who are applying skills of observation and biology to address pest management challenges using approaches that are both effective and ecologically benign," said DPR Director Brian Leahy.

Established in 1994, DPR has given more than 140 IPM Innovator Awards to organizations that take significant steps to reduce risks associated with pesticide use and share their research and practices with others.

The 2013 IPM award winners are:

  • IPM Advocates Program(Statewide): Trained volunteers assisted retail store employees in advocating for use of less-toxic products by store customers.

  • Contra Costa County Agriculture Department: Phased out 26 of 34 of their most hazardous pesticides, reduced use of the other eight by 83 percent and used other innovative techniques to detect and identify pests.

  • Scientific Methods, Inc. (Statewide): helped reduce insecticide used by California growers of almonds and other tree crops through monitoring and stringent integrated pest management practices.

  • UC Cooperative Extension, UC Berkeley, Yolo County RCD and Hedgerow Farms (Yolo County): Promoting and exploring the benefits of native plant hedgerows planted on farm edges to harbor beneficial insects, reduce pesticide use and provide other farm and ecosystem benefits.

  • Walnut Production Research Advisory Council Entomology Working Group (Tehama County): Helped walnut growers reduce pesticide use through techniques such as puffer technology to disrupt pest mating patterns.

For the full story see the California Department of Pesticide Regulation website at: http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pressrls/2014/140123.htm

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