Participants at a Fresno State organic farming conference watched as bugs were vacuumed out of a research plot and heard about plans for the University of California to certify it first organic acreage at one of its field stations.
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Ron Whitehurst, pest control advisor with Rincon-Vitova Insectaries Inc., demonstrates use of a vacuum to gather insects.
The types of vegetables produced organically at Fresno State University is increasing.
A sign in organic plots at Fresno State University warns against spraying.
Anil Shrestha, with the Department of Plant Sciences at California State University Fresno, talks about research he has been conducting on use of paper mulches in blackberries.
Ron Whitehurst with a vacuum to gather insects.
Students who help run the organic farms at Fresno State University, from left, Rhiannon Greathouse and Ramon Cuevas, talk with FSU nursery manager Calliope Correia, right, and Jan Dietrick, of Rincon-Vitova Insectaries Inc., about insects vacuumed from a research field.
Anil Shrestha talks about research he has been conducting on use of paper mulches in strawberries.