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Combating the development

of chemical resistance in agriculture

The continuous challenge of chemical resistance to insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides by pests, diseases, and weed species will be the topic of a panel discussion at the upcoming Sustainable Ag Expo, Nov. 18 and 19 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, CA. (www.SustainableAgExpo.org).

During a general session entitled "Managing Resistance by Pests, Diseases, and Weeds" on Tuesday, Nov. 19, three distinguished panelists from the University of California system will lead the discussion on best management practices for preventing and overcoming resistance development.

Doug Gubler from the UC Davis Department of Plant Pathology will discuss how resistance to DMI fungicides in vineyards occurs throughout the state but is only expressed under certain circumstances. He will explain how and why growers can still use these fungicides effectively for powdery mildew control.

Surendra Dara, the UCCE Strawberry and Vegetable Crops IPM Advisor, will share his experience with the increases in mite infestations since 2013 and how to manage insect and mite resistance.

John Roncoroni, UCCE Weed Science Farm Advisor from Napa, who will share the latest advances in weed resistance management in vineyards and orchards.

Since its inception, the Sustainable Ag Expo has focused on the latest trends in sustainability and hot topics in California agriculture. Visit www.SustainableAgExpo.org for more information, including attendee registration and a full schedule of events. The Vineyard Team can be reached at 805-466-2288.


Livingston re-elected Wyoming Farm Bureau president

Perry Livingston, of Sundance, has been elected to a ninth term as president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation.

The organization held it 94th annual meeting in Laramie.

Livingston and his family run a cow and calf operation in Crook and Weston counties.

Todd Fornstrom, of Laramie County, was elected to his first term as vice president.

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation also developed policy to guide the organization in the coming year during its meeting.


Maryland withdraws proposed fertilizer regulations

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is withdrawing proposed fertilizer regulations.

The department announced Friday, Nov. 15, that it was taking the step as a result of concerns raised during the public comment process on the regulation that would make major changes to how farmers can apply poultry manure to crops. It will work with stakeholders to revise the regulation and resubmit the proposal in 2014.

The proposal sparked angry protests from many farmers concerned about the cost and logistics. The Maryland Farm Bureau, a private, nonprofit organization, applauded the move, but noted that the fight is not over.

"We are pleased that MDA and the Governor recognize the impact of the proposed change on farmers and withdrew the proposal," bureau president Patricia Langenfelder said in a statement.

The changes proposed in December were based on about a decade of University of Maryland research into how phosphorous moves through soil. They are meant to be an element of the state's plan for protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

Officials are confident in the science behind the proposed rules and remain committed to adopting them, Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance said in a statement.

"The Administration stands behind our commitment to (the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) to implement a Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) that ultimately provides for a healthy Chesapeake Bay," Hance said. "We will meet our Chesapeake Bay restoration goals, taking every step possible to protect water quality and ensure the viability of our family farms in Maryland."


Pennsylvania nurse practitioners learn

to love lean beef

The Pennsylvania Beef Council, in partnership with the beef checkoff, through the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI), shared the benefits of lean beef during the 11th annual Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners Conference (PCNP) Conference attendees, Nov. 8-9, in Lancaster, PA.

More than 450 nurse practitioners from across the state attended the 11th annual meeting "Advancing NP's Toward Full Practice Authority," where beef's nutrition was highlighted. Attendees thoroughly enjoyed receiving the Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) Study toolkits, nutrition fact sheets, and beef recipes to assist their clients and patients. Many were pleased to see beef represented at their meeting, as nutrition is a large component of healthy living.

Nancy J. Pyle, FNP-C, MSN, is a past conference attendee, who understands the importance of lean beef noting, "Medical professionals need to hear more about the positives of beef, especially in regards to the effects of lean beef on cholesterol/LDL and the BOLD study." Pyle works as a Wellness Coordinator for Reed, Wertz & Rodman Inc., in Bedford, PA.

The PCNP currently works on behalf of 7,500 Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners and 1,350 members in Pennsylvania. This group of health professionals have received clinical training and advanced education in specialty areas of healthcare. They work closely with their patients to help them make informed lifestyle choices and healthcare decisions, based on information taken from this most recent continuing education program.

For more information on this nutrition influencer event, visit www.pabeef.org or contact the PA Beef Council at 1-888-4BEEFPA. For more information about the beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.


PEFC International recognizes global leaders

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc. was recognized for the greatest increase in forest certification of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) national members at the PEFC General Assembly.

SFI is one of 38 PEFC National Governing Bodies representing forest certification standards from around the globe at the PEFC General Assembly in Malaysia. SFI-certified area has grown to just over 100 million hectares in North America, representing 25 percent growth since last year.

Other PEFC members recognized for the greatest growth in certified forest area were PEFC France, and PEFC Poland. Award recipients for the greatest growth in PEFC COC certificates were PEFC France, MTCC (Malaysia) and PEFC Spain.

"Organizations that have achieved SFI certification since the last PEFC General Assembly in November 2012 include such a diversity of forest management certificate holders. SFI certified organizations include university experimental forests, state lands, provincial lands, forestry community co-ops including small logging operators, First Nations to large corporations," said SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow, who participated in the PEFC General Assembly.


Florida Supreme Court approves Water and Land Conservation amendment

The campaign to place the Water and Land Conservation constitutional amendment to the November 2014 ballot cleared a major hurdle when the Florida Supreme Court agreed that it satisfies legal requirements for placement on the ballot. The Water and Land Conservation amendment is the first constitutional amendment to be approved by the Supreme Court for the 2014 ballot, according to Florida's Water and Land Legacy, the amendment's sponsor.

The Water and Land Conservation amendment would dedicate funding for conservation, management, and restoration of Florida's water and land resources for 20 years. The amendment, which if approved by the voters would take effect July 1, 2015, sets aside one-third of the existing documentary stamp tax (paid when real estate is sold) to restore the Everglades, protect drinking water sources, and revive the state's historic commitment to protecting natural lands and wildlife habitat through the Florida Forever program.

The amendment will provide more than $10 billion for water and land conservation in Florida without any tax increase.

To down-load a petition and learn more about the Water and Land Conservation amendment visit FloridaWaterLandLegacy.org.

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