Plan to attend the 25th anniversary of the Ag Issues Summit to be held in Monterey July 20-21. Attendees include grower groups, industry folks and several county agriculture commissioners. This year, Agrium/CPS and Amvac will be sponsoring the AG Issues Update, golf and the group dinner. The event is also a fund raising event for Ag-In-the-Classroom.
Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA
7/20/11 ---- 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
(Meeting room is reserved)
The program has a broad agenda with multiple topics of interest. However, there will be more emphasis on the proposed water regulations that impact all facets of farming in region 5 and especially in region 3, the Central Coastal Counties. As always, volunteers are welcome to lead discussions on any parts of this meeting.
Regional Water Boards interaction with County Ag Commissioners/DPR
Enforcement Initiative - Regulatory Changes
What will the CAC's roles be in regulating the Region 3 and 5 Ag Waiver Orders?
Pesticide buffer zones
Pesticide reporting/records requirements
Farm Management Plan
Positive finds of pesticides through monitoring requirements
Mitigation measures for pesticides required by "Order"
Enforcement of pesticide use requirements versus the "Order"
Grower "site" maps for "Tiering 1-3 purposes
Water Board requests for CAC data (acres, pesticides used, environmentally sensitive sites)
Water Board authority versus DPR/CAC pesticide authority
Farm Bureau & Western Growers' view of Region 3 & 5 Ag Waiver
Farm Bureau/Ag Coalition "Alternative Proposal" for Region 3 Ag Waiver
CA diesel truck rule impacts; future ag tractor rule
Grower issues; water, air monitoring program, etc.
Climate Change Initiative – California "Cap and Trade"
California Agriculture in the Class Room
Importance of Agriculture in the Class Room
How to include water/pesticide/nutrient issues into the classroom
AIC curriculum regarding minimization of pollution
What affects the proposed Ag Waivers can have on companies nationally
Nutrient and pesticide footprint (C-4)
Agrium potential mitigation programs
Pyrethroid Working Group updates related to Ag Waiver
Spray Safe Program Impacts on Water Quality
Pesticide Container Recycling Program
Fumigants – status of EPA/ Re-registration Eligibility Decision
Requirements for 2011/2012
Water issues impacting non-ag pesticide users—Terminix etc.
Reception at 6:00 PM at Portola Plaza
Dinner at 7:00 PM (TBA)
For more contact Dave Lawson, Lawson & Associates 916-446-4644 or DLawson@laa-gov.com.