The California Department of Pesticide Regulation in Sacramento honored seven for their work to sustain the state's environment.
The seven new IPM Innovators and some highlights of their accomplishments:
- Ty Parkinson, Bill Chandler and the Stone Fruit Pest Management Alliance in Fresno County, who joined forces to successfully combat pests in peaches, nectarines, and plums while eliminating the most toxic pesticides traditionally used in their industry. To read about Parkinson and Chandler's year-round IPM efforts in the August Grower, click here.
- Cooperative Extension Small Farm Program in Fresno, an off-campus research arm of the University of California, helped 1,500 Southeast Asian immigrant farmers adapt their ethnic crops to IPM.
- Ecology Action of Santa Cruz became an IPM ambassador, searching out proven local sustainability efforts.
- Lahontan Golf Club in Truckee, part of an 880-acre Placer County community, defied conventional links design with a mixture of organic maintenance and native vegetation, garnering numerous industry awards.
- Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing and six San Joaquin County growers adopted a set of IPM principles to protect workers, foster healthy dietary standards, enhance nature, and promote quality wines.
- Natural Resources Conservation Service in Butte, Glenn, Sutter and Yuba counties introduced IPM to growers as well as the federal conservation programs it administers for the benefit of air, water, and soil quality, as well as wildlife habitat and endangered species.
- The Pear Doctor, also known as Broc Zoller in Lake County, made house calls even before pests came knocking to prevent the use of highly toxic pesticides on the North Coast. His "prescriptions" include meticulous planning and pheromone disruptiondecoy scents that send sex-crazed moths flying in circles.
DPR's IPM Innovator program has recognized nearly 100 individuals and organizations since 1994.