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Concluding Invasive Species Action Week

Nutria. [Credit: Tony Northrup]

In the last week, we have highlighted some invasive species that damage and threaten California's natural resources. If you missed any of our posts, click on the species listed below. Sudden oak death Brown marmorated stink bug Tree squirrels Shot...

Nutria. [Credit: Tony Northrup]
Nutria. [Credit: Tony Northrup]

Nutria. [Credit: Tony Northrup]

Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 8:43 PM

Invasive Spotlight: Brooms

French broom, <i>Genista monspessulana</i>, invading a hillside near Bodega Bay, California. (Credit: B Rice)

Brooms are shrubs which were originally planted in California as ornamentals and for erosion control, but are now considered to be invasive weeds since they are highly competitive. They crowd out native plants and form impenetrable barriers to wildlife....

Posted on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Invasive Spotlight: Nutria

Adult nutria with white muzzle and whiskers, and long, round tail.<br>(Credit: J Gross)

Nutria are found near rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands. Their burrowing and feeding on vegetation can cause damage. In addition, they can carry pathogens and parasites. Learn how to identify nutria and distinguish them from other native...

Posted on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Invasive Spotlight: Shot Hole Borers

Adult female polyphagous shot hole borer.<br>(Credit: A Eskalen)

Small beetles are causing big problems in Southern California. Two closely related species, the polyphagous shot hole borer and the Kuroshio shot hole borer (collectively referred to as invasive shot hole borers), have been attacking more than 60...

Posted on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 9:00 AM

UC conducts survey of COVID-19 prevention on farms

Agricultural employers are asked to share successful strategies as well as challenges for protecting workers from COVID-19. Photo by Hector Amezcua

All California growers, ranchers, farm labor contractors and ag supervisors are invited to complete a short survey about their experiences addressing COVID-19​ in the workplace. The survey is being conducted by the UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety. 

The survey ​is anonymous, should take less than 10 minutes ​to complete​, and is available in English and Spanish at https://bit.ly/agCOVIDsurvey

“At the UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, we are working to respond to the COVID-19 crisis with practical resources for growers, ag employers, and farmworkers,” said Heather E Riden, agricultural health and safety program director. “The goal of this survey is to understand what practices farms are implementing to prevent COVID-19, where they have seen success, and where there may be challenges. We will take this information to assess whether there are new resources, trainings, or information that we can provide.” 

Respondents are given the opportunity to share their contact information at the end of the survey.

“We plan to share any findings as well as new materials with anyone who expresses interest,” Riden said. “We will also summarize the results and post them on the WCAHS website.”

For more information about the survey, contact aghealth@ucdavis.edu. ​

Visit https://aghealth.ucdavis.edu/covid19 for COVID-19 training resources and employer guidance. The center's COVID-19 website offers farmers many resources, including an employer checklist and tailgate training discussion guide.

Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 9:05 AM

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