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               SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY

                              AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONERS AND SEALERS ASSOCIATION

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

c.

Seedless Mandarin Honeybee Coexistence Regulations~  Hafner

--Affects Madera, Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties

--Some growers and beekeepers will be able to resolve the situation, but if they can’t resolve the problems, what then?

--Comment period is through 4/13/09 – discussion about response as an area group or CACASA? Should just be the 4 counties that are directly impacted

--increased workload for the CAC with no change in the outcome; conflicts with regulation dates

d.

Switchgrass for Bio-fuel  ~ Kunkel

--B-rated plant that is allowed in both the nursery and seed trade

--different types, some are less invasive

--pest rating subcommittee: since it’s B-rated, it is up to the CAC, if it becomes weedy, then don’t allow it

-- Tulare wants to try it; Fresno has field plots at several research centers

--Carol passed out a handout on switchgrass

e.

USDA Pest ID~  Arroyo

--No official identifier in Kern County and must transport pests to other counties for identification

--USDA should assist with training, equipment, and establish a regional ID network and digital imaging – it is a federal program

--would be onerous and expensive on industry, CDFA is not available after hours and on weekends

--Stanislaus County has a digital imager, is training an identifier, and is available to assist

--San Joaquin County would like to be included due to the digital imaging and the improved service

--Regional network would: serve industry, benefit CDFA and CACs, increase credibility, and be a valuable resource

--It was M/S/P by SJVACASA to endorse the San Joaquin Regional Valley Identification Proposal for Exports concept with amendments (add San

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