Tuesday, February 19, 2013

State Pesticide Leader to Speak at Stockton's Spray Safe Event Feb. 20

I'm looking forward to attending the Spray Safe program for San Joaquin's farming community tomorrow in Stockton where the head of California's Dept. of Pesticide Regulation, Brian Leahy, will give a keynote luncheon address.

Leahy himself was a pioneering organic farmer in Butte County and was on the board of CCOF from 2000-2004. He became the head of the state pesticide dept. in a year ago.

He is a Gov. Brown appointee.

The San Joaquin Valley is the biggest wine grape growing region of the state, growing mainly Colombard and Chardonnay. It is home to Gallo and other wineries.

I've only identified one winery that grows organically in the region - Lucas (in Lodi). If you know of any others, let me know.

I'll post more later after the talk.

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