Sonoma County Bounty - Farm Business Incubator
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Sonoma County Bounty - Farm Business Incubator

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Sonoma County Bounty - Farm Business Incubator

While UCCE was training and graduating beginning farmers and ranchers over three years (2012-2014), we were also researching and getting trained ourselves, on how to create a “farm business incubator” – considered to be the next step for farmers and ranchers, that will propel them to success.



New reference booklet available for pesticide applicators: Understanding Pesticide Labels for Making Proper Applications

label cards

The UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) put together a 26-page card set in English and Spanish on understanding pesticide labels.  Intended for pesticide handlers, applicators, safety trainers, and pest control advisers (PCAs), the cards explain when to read the label, describe what kind of information can be found in each section of a pesticide label, and point out...

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 5:02 PM

Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit —A New, Water Efficient Crop for Southern California Farmers

flat of pitahaya

Declining profits from most agricultural crops grown combined with increasing restrictions on water use have forced many Southern California farmers to look for more water efficient and profitable crop alternatives to diversify their farming operations. Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit (Hylocereus spp.) meets these requirements and has emerged as a viable crop alternative with great profit potential for...

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 4:47 PM
  • Author: Shermain Hardesty
Tags: pitahaya (1), Ramiro Lobo (2)

OMRI certification of the organic biopesticide Mycotrol-O


Mycotrol-O is a biopesticide with the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana as the active ingredient.  Beauveria bassiana is pathogenic to a wide range of arthropod pests and I have used both Mycotrol-O and the conventional formulations BotaniGard 22WP and BotaniGard ES in several studies against multiple pests over years.  It showed good potential against thrips in lettuce,...

Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 9:09 PM
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