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               SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY

                              AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONERS AND SEALERS ASSOCIATION

FRESNO•KERN•KINGS•MADERA•MARIPOSA•MERCED•SAN JOAQUIN•STANISLAUS•TULARE

Several items were added to the agenda

III.

Approval of Minutes ~~ group

M/S/P to approve the minutes of February 25, 2009

IV.

Treasurer’s Report ~ Robinson

Checking account - $1,147.16; Savings account - $51.00

M/S/P to approve report. No change from last month

V.

DFG Pesticide Unit  ~ Stella McMillin, Environmental Scientist Pesticide Investigations Unit, Department of Fish and Game

DFG pesticide unit is housed in Rancho Cordova – statewide coverage

         -- Supervisor – Brian Finlayson

         -- DFG pesticide use – Joel Trumbo

         -- DFG Pesticide investigations - Stella McMillin

Discussion of Pesticide Wildlife issues

         --Canada Goose die-off in Monterey County last summer

         --rodenticide landscape is changing (old products & new products)

         --Kern County Study on San Joaquin Kit Fox (urban anticoagulant use)

         --Raptor study with Terry Salmon (monitoring birds)

                   -- involved with LBAM -- toxicity tests on fish with products used in the         

                      program (did not affect fish even when products were applied directly to          

                      the fish)

                  -- Fish and Game released a report attributing the 2007 bird die-off in Santa  

                     Cruz to red tide conditions, not LBAM program products

                  -- Complaints about the DFG investigation process

Process to involve DFG pesticide unit

        --DFG warden or CAC notifies DFG unit

        --Sampling is conducted (animal/water samples in DFG lab)

        --wardens take action

        -- notify CAC if incident involves a label violation

        --Pesticide incidents have been decreasing every year over the last 10 –  

          15 years

Involvement with CAC

       --Annual visits to area groups

       --meet with PUE deputies

       --go with Victoria Hornbaker (CDFA)  to weed & vert deputy meetings

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