SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY
Liaison Report ~ Jim Walsh (CRO) (Note: CAC Liaisons not attending due to Oral Exams)
Spray Safe Program. Director Warmerdam, Lea Brooks, and Jim Shattuck attended the Ventura Spray Safe Kick-Off Meeting in Ventura on March 12. This was the first meeting of industry, CAC, and the Spray Safe Coalition. It was well received with over 400 people attending the event. It was modeled after the Kern County kick-off event, backed by Farm Bureau, and had translators available on site for the program. The Spray Safe Program is designed to reduce spray drift, enhance worker safety, and protect public health through more effective communications. DPR has provided funding for this Program. Two additional events will be held, one in Stanislaus County and the other in San Joaquin County- dates to be determined. These will need to be adapted for these counties and expanded into other areas, perhaps air and water.
Next DPR/CAC Structural Training will be held in Dublin, CA on April 20 - 22. Please refer to Enforcement Letter No. 09-03. It was already held in Stockton and Scott commented that it was valuable training.
Comments on Compendium Volume 8: Guidelines for Interpreting Pesticide Laws, Regulations, and Labeling (draft) are due March 30 and he is working on Volume 1 – General Administration of the Pesticide Use Enforcement Program (draft will be out this summer)
Walsh will be updating the Inspection Manual
--group discussion about new regulations that will require ANSI approved safety glasses
--Why if already have brow & temple protection (but not ANSI)? Hard to justify or explain – why fine?
--SJVACASA will comment as an area group
Breaking the Barriers Training for CAC Staff. This training is being held on April 2 in Fresno, and April 15 in Monterey County. Please refer to Enforcement Letter 09-02. There is a registration deadline for each of the trainings.
Roy Rutz. Interpretation of bee labeling statements on pesticides. (ex. Spinosad)
--gray areas: bees active/bees visiting sites
--agreements between growers and beekeepers
--RT (residual toxicity) on label – can spray at night and the pesticide can
still be there in the morning; if no RT, then DPR doesn’t recognize