Ag News: Forest Management Study and USDA’s Organic Certification
**New research quantifies how forest-management activities such as mechanical thinning and prescribed burns contribute to increased downstream water availability.
By studying 20 years of data and satellite imagery for the Yuba and American rivers, scientists at the University of California, Merced, determined the forest-management actions could enhance runoff in the basins by up to 10%, enough water for up to 4 million people.
**An Asian citrus psyllid, confirmed positive for CLas, the bacteria that causes HLB, was collected from a commercial citrus grove in California’s Riverside County.
According to californiaagtoday.com, HLB is an incurable plant disease that infects and kills all types of citrus trees and could devastate California’s $3.4 billion commercial citrus industry.
This single adult psyllid is the first CLas-positive ACP found in a commercial California citrus grove, but so far
HLB has not been detected in any California groves.
**USDA's Farm Service Agency announced organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification.
Applications for eligible certification expenses paid between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020, are due October 31st.
FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce tells agrimarketing.com, contact your local FSA county office to learn more about the Organic Certification Cost Share and other valuable USDA resources, like farm loans and conservation assistance, that can help you succeed.