Three of the twelve awards announced for the upcoming International IPM Symposium will be given to UC Integrated Pest Management Program members including Lucia Varela and Rhonda Smith from UCCE Sonoma.
The European Grapevine Moth Team was selected for an IPM Team Award for achieving the eradication of European grapevine moth only six years after its discovery in 2009. Team members helped growers in infested counties to monitor the pest and apply control measures on a timely basis. The team's research and extension efforts helped growers avoid losses to the pest every year until it was finally eradicated in 2016.
The European Grapevine Moth Team includes Lucia Varela, UC IPM advisor for the North Coast; Monica Cooper, UC Cooperative Extension viticulture advisor in Napa County; Walter Bentley, UC IPM entomologist emeritus; Larry Bettiga, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Monterey County; Kent Daane, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management; Rhonda Smith, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Sonoma County; Robert Van Steenwyk, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in UC Berkeley ESPM; Joyce Strand, UC IPM academic coordinator emeritus; and Zalom.
The winners will receive their awards and recognition at the 9th International IPM Symposium March 19-22, 2018, in Baltimore, Md.
- Author: Karen Giovannini
UCCE Sonoma County congratulates Lucia Varela, Ph.D., Area-wide Integrated Pest Management Advisor for the North Coast on being awarded Friend of Sonoma County Agriculture by the 20130 Sonoma County Harvest Fair.
Each year, the Sonoma County Harvest Fair recognizes five individuals or businesses for their dedication and support to Sonoma County’s 3 Billion dollar agriculture industry. This year’s Friend of Sonoma County Agriculture is being awarded to Lucia Varela, Ph.D. The award recognizes an individual who works to promote and enhance the agricultural industry through their contribution, operation and community involvement in Sonoma County. This award is given to someone who is not directly involved in agriculture, but has supported and benefitted the industry through their endeavors.
Congratulations Lucia in recognition for your years of support of Sonoma County Agriculture.