Imperial Valley Ag News

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Roundup Ready Alfalfa

Restriction on Roundup Ready Alfalfa Extended to 2018
Mansanto Company will not commercialize Reduced Lignin x Genuity(R) Roundup Ready Alfalfa(R) in Imperial County prior to Mexico, Argentina, Canada and China approvals, and in no event prior to July 31, 2018. This commitment extends to Genuity(R) Roundup Ready Alfalfa(R) as well, and they will not conduct trials of any other biotech-derived alfalfa in Imperial County during this period. Earlier commercialization will be considered if after future dialogue ICFB requests so.

Prior to commercialization GENRRA or Reduced Lignin x GENRRA in Imperial County, Monsanto will enter into further dialogue with ICFB regarding appropriate product stewardship terms and conditions.

For further information, contact the Imperial County Farm Bureau at (760) 352-3831

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2013 Imperial County Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report Released

Gross Production for 2013 was valued at $2,158,517,000, a new record for Imperial County. This is an increase of $212,758,000 (10.93%) compared to the 2012 gross value of $1,945,759,000.

The main reasons for this increase include a general increase in yields and market prices; the addition of some new commodities such as new high-value vegetables in the “Misc. Vegetable” category; much improved demand for winter produce compared to 2012 when severe storms in the winter of 2011-12 prevented delivery of winter produce to the Northeast and Midwest; and a successful tangerine harvest compared to 2012 when the entire tangerine crop was lost to freeze damage.

The increase in 2013 gross production was despite an overall decrease of 35,444 total harvested acres (6.27%).

The only general category to see a decline in harvested acreage and gross value was Field Crops, with the biggest decline in wheat. Wheat dropped from it’s ranking as the #3 commodity in 2012 to #12 in 2013. Other categories showed increases in harvested acres and gross value.

Find the full report at www.co.imperial.ca.us.

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Agriculture Signage

The Farm Bureau has received a few inquiries from people looking for agriculture related signs. We have resources on getting them for anyone who is interested at a low cost. Since we already have a couple orders, we would like to place all orders together if possible. If you are interested, please contact Rachel at the Farm Bureau at 760-352-3831 for availability and ordering.

Examples of some of the signs available:
Warning – Farm Watch Program in Force
Danger: Poison Storage Area
Drive Slowly Dust Injures Crops

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Injury and Illness Prevention Program Seminar

State Compensation Insurance Fund is cosponsoring a seminar to help California employers develop a written and effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).

All California employers are required to establish, implement, and maintain a written IIPP. At this upcoming seminar, employers will learn how to develop an IIPP or update an existing plan. An effective plan can save time, money and lives.

The seminar is designed for businesses with fewer than 50 employees and is open to business owners, managers, and lead workers in charge of their organization’s safety program.

Training is provided by the University of California’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and Cal/OSHA’s free consultation service.

This event will be held:
Thursday, September 18, 2014
1:00pm – 5:00 pm
War Memorial Building, Balboa Park
3325 Zoo Drive, Room 3
San Diego, CA 92101