All eyes on chlorpyrifos
Since December of last year, the California Alfalfa & Forage Association (CAFA) has been engaged on a multi-agency project entitled ‘Identifying and Maintaining Critical Uses of Chlorpyrifos in Alfalfa, Almonds, Citrus, and Cotton.’
While this project has always been regarded as important, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (CDPR) indication that it is in the early stages of developing mitigation measures to address human health and environmental concerns with chlorpyrifos which makes this project all the more timely and important.
CAFA and a coalition of ag leaders remain in close contact with CDPR and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). It is this coalition’s hope that CDPR will recognize the good work done through this project and that science-based regulation prevails in the face of what can be compelling, if emotional, opposition.
Supporting Arizona growers against Blue alfalfa aphid: Section 18
Like their Californian counterparts, alfalfa growers in Arizona are struggling to control the Blue alfalfa Aphid (BAA). CAFA has supported and will continue to support these growers in their Section 18 registration effort.
CAFA newsletter readers will recall that California growers gained another tool to control BAA when CDPR approved a 24(c) for Beleaf for alfalfa hay for BAA and lygus bugs on May of this year. While this 24(c) does not allow the harvest of hay within 62 days of the last application, this label should help grower’s better control BAA outbreaks.
At the table with CAFA: Alfalfa crop insurance
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (USDA-RMA) will seek input from growers on how to best improve alfalfa crop insurance. USDA-RMA will hold a meeting Sept. 9 in Davis, Calif. with this objective:
“Listening to receive input from producers to assist with the development of either a new or improved crop insurance policy to better meet the risk management needs of forage producers. Our initial focus is on alfalfa and alfalfa/grass mixtures.
We will review all types of risks faced by the producers and potential yield/quality or revenue based types of insurance. We need producer input to clarify the main issues to focus on in designing this product.”
Meeting details will follow in the CAFA newsletter. To attend the meeting or contribute comments, contact CAFA.
UC-ANR: 2014 new call for positions
In mid-January, the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension advisor and specialist positions. Once the positions were open for comment, CAFA board and staff worked to identify those positions of greatest importance to the alfalfa and forage industry and submitted comments in support of those positions.
Follow this link to learn more about rebuilding the UC ANR network: http://ucanr.edu/2014_Call_for_Positions/
Forages feeling the heat?
CAFA has been able to avoid a ‘Summer Slump’ in ongoing advocacy. If you are worried about ‘summer slump’ in late summer harvests, revisit an article from UC Cooperative Extension’s Alfalfa & Forage Blog called, Your Alfalfa Crop got the Blues? It may be ‘Summer Slump.’