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The Actara Advantage (from their PROMO Literature for Citrus) via

Citrus growers are well aware of how devastating Asian citrus psyllid and citrus leafminer can be to a grove. Actara offers another option for control of these pests as well as many others, including:

• Aphids

• Citrus root weevil adults

• Soft and armored scales (e.g., snow, black, California red scale)

• Thrips

Actara serves as an important and effective component of comprehensive psyllid and leafminer control programs because of its multi-pest spectrum, excellent crop safety and integrated pest management (IPM) compatibility. Actara is labeled for use in non-bearing and bearing citrus trees.Second Generation NeonicotinoidActara contains thiamethoxam, which is a second generation neonicotinoid insecticide and a member of Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) Group 4A. This means citrus growers can count on Actara to provide broad-spectrum control of sucking and chewing insect pests through both contact and ingestion activity. Plus, its rapid trans-stemic movement into leaves forms a reservoir of active ingredient within the leaf, providing long-lasting control of damaging pests.Actara Application OptionsStrategic use of Actara or Actara/Agri-Mek® miticide/insecticide tank mixes will ensure that these products will continue to be effective for years to come. Promote resistance management practices by integrating these products into a comprehensive insect control program that rotates Actara and Agri-Mek with other products with different modes of action.Actara and Agri-Mek are highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment on blooming crops and weeds. Do not apply or allow these products to drift onto blooming plants if bees are foraging in the treated area. This is especially critical if there are adjacent groves that are blooming. (Refer to Recommendations to Avoid Spray Drift for additional information.)In 2009, the citrus industry obtained a powerful tool to control some of its toughest pests. Actara® insecticide, a second generation neonicotinoid insecticide, provides an alternative foliar option for control of Asian citrus psyllid, citrus leafminers and many other damaging insect pests

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PyGanic® Crop Protection 5.0 Insecticide | MGK®

PyGanic® Crop Protection EC 5.0 delivers consistent, reliable knockdown and controls some of the most-damaging and pervasive insects on your crops. Organically-compliant, PyGanic controls a broad-spectrum of insects on virtually every type of crop and requires no pre-harvest interval or restrictions on the number of applications that can be made per year.
PyGanic comes in easy-to-use gallon and quart containers that enable the grower flexibility at the time of application according to pest pressure.
PyGanic is compatible with IPM, farm safety and Worker Protection Standards (WPS) given its user friendly toxicity profile. It is ideal for Organic growers who need insecticide options for hard-to-control insects. PyGanic is made with botanically-derived active ingredients that have a high impact on pests.

via PyGanic® Crop Protection 5.0 Insecticide | MGK®

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Farmers’ Exposure to Pesticides: Toxicity Types and Ways of Prevention

via Farmers’ Exposure to Pesticides: Toxicity Types and Ways of Prevention

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THE Town Hall Meeting on September 28th was a huge success!

Read more in the Ventura County Reporter article:


Thank you to all the organizers and panelists including:



Actress & Health Advocate Diane Ladd

Josh & Rebecca Tickell,co-moderating the panel discussion, award winning filmmakers,  showing a preview clip of their new film, Kiss the Ground
Patty Pagaling, Executive Director, Transition to Organics

Julie Tumamait, local Chumash elder

Hannah-Beth Jackson, CA Senator representing District 19

Steve Sprinkel, local organic farmer,  President, Center for Regenerative Agriculture

Annemiek Schilder, Director, UCCE Ventura County/Hansen Agricultural REC

Connor Jones, Permaculturist, East End Eden

Adam Vega, a life long resident of Ventura County and a Community Organizer with Californians for Pesticide Reform, coordinating the Ventura County Coalition Advocating for Pesticide Safety (VC-CAPS)

Erik Cutter, regnerative farmer, working at the Orange County Great Park with former California Secretary of Agriculture A.G. Kawamura

Jonathon Katz, Ojai citrus grower

Tim Malloy, Professor of Law, Faculty Director, UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program

Kathy Nolan, Landscape Architect and Ojai Planning Commissioner



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Saturday, Sept 28th, 2019 Ojai Town Hall Meeting

You are invited to a special event…
 Town Hall Meeting
Health & Pesticides, Climate Change
& Transitioning to Regenerative Agriculture
at Matilija Auditorium
703 El Paseo Rd, Ojai, CA 93023
Doors open at 2:15pm
Speakers & Special Guests to include:
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Sen Jackson photo
Award Winning Actress Diane Ladd
Diane Ladd on couch
Filmmakers Josh & Rebecca Tickell, Kiss the Ground
Tickells photo

Sneak Preview of clips from the new film “KISS THE GROUND”,

narrated by Woody Harrelson
Film clips, panel and discussion about chemical spraying in Ojai

and transitioning Ojai to Regenerative Agriculture.

For info, e-mail:
Townhall 8.5x11 for print(1)
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Protect wildlife from pesticides and rodent poisons

We have an opportunity to ask Supervisor Bennett to support the protection of the western part of the Santa Monica Mountains that lie in the Coastal Zone from rodent poisons and pesticides.

  1. If you are able to attend the December 4th (Tuesday at 8:30am), 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting, please e-mail me.  We can carpool from Ojai.
  1. Please consider sending an e-mail to Supervisor Bennett similar to this:


Dear Supervisor Bennett,

I am writing to ask you to support the protection of the western part of the Santa Monica Mountains that lie in the Coastal Zone from rodent poisons and pesticides.

Los Angeles County protected the eastern part of the Santa Monica Mountains in the Coastal Zone in October 2014, and we are asking Ventura County to do the same thing.
All the details are at

The current language of the LCP is as follows:

Santa Monica Mountains (M) Overlay Zone: Development shall be prohibited that includes the use of rodenticides, insecticides, herbicides, and other toxic chemical substances that have the potential to significantly degrade biological resources,  except where necessary to protect or enhance the habitat itself, such as the eradication of invasive plant species or habitat restoration, and where there is no feasible alternative that would result in fewer adverse effects to ESHA. 


This sounds good, but the problem is that the word “Development” in there mean it only applies to NEW DEVELOPMENT. This is totally useless, because new development will be insignificant in that region. It must apply to new AND THE EXISTING development. Furthermore, this is in direct contrast to what Los Angeles County did just next door in its portion of the Santa Monica Mountains. It has a clause applying to NEW AND EXISTING DEVELOPMENT, to any use of pesticides.

Thank you for your consideration on this important matter.


your name



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July 29th, 2017: Join Ed Begley Jr. for the screening of The Cat That Changed America

The Cat flyer p5

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