- Contributor: Cheryl Reynolds
We're pleased to announce that a new online course on managing ground squirrels and pocket gophers has been added to UC IPM's growing library of online training courses. This course consists of eight video segments recorded by Dr. Roger Baldwin, a University of California Cooperative Extension Specialist in Human-Wildlife Conflict Resolution. Originally presented in June of 2020 as part of the UC Ag Experts Talk webinar series, the course covers pest identification, types of damage they cause, and the importance of their biology and ecology.
If you are a pest management professional or grower interested in vertebrate pest management, then check out this course! You'll learn about current control strategies such as habitat modification, baiting options, fumigation, and trapping. The course content is free to anyone who wishes to view it. For those requiring a certificate of completion and continuing education units (CEUs), the regular cost is $20, but we are offering a reduced price of $10 through October 31, 2021. To receive the discount, enter the code SquirrelGopher50 in the voucher box when making the payment.Managing Ground Squirrels and Pocket Gophers has been approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) for 1 CEU in the Other category and also by Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) for 0.5 unit of IPM credit.
If you are a DPR license or certificate holder with a last name beginning with letters M through Z, then this will be your year to renew. Now is a good time to check out the other UC IPM online training courses offered. All are 50% off the regular price through October 31st. DPR will be sending out renewal packets in August and strongly suggests returning them by October so that your license or certificate can be renewed before it expires.
UC IPM not only offers courses accredited by DPR, but many courses are also approved by the California Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB), Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (WCISA), and the Arizona Department of Agriculture.
Cheryl Reynolds is a Writer / Interactive Learning Developer for the UC ANR Statewide IPM Program
- Author: Susana C. Bruzzone-Miller, RDN
The west steps of the state capitol building in Sacramento were decked out yesterday surrounded by fruits and vegetables, flowers, animals and displays. All this to celebrate—California agriculture! The yearly event is sponsored by the California Department of Food & Agriculture and many other sponsors, including UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Legislative representatives who recognize the importance of farming were on hand to celebrate the hard work of farmers and ranchers that grow our food. California produces 400 crops and agricultural commodities from fruit and vegetable crops to livestock, dairy, eggs, nuts, beans and grains. The golden state helps feed the nation and exports food around the world. In addition California produces timber, flowers, nursery stock, seeds, cotton and more. Ag Day is also an opportunity for the public to meet farmers and learn about the agriculturally rich state in which we live.