CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONERS AND SEALERS ASSOCIATION
Nursery, Seed and Apiary Committee
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Marilyn Kinoshita, Chair
Les Wright, Secretary Paul Kjos Charlene Carveth
Tony Linegar Henry Gonzales Ruben Arroyo
Mike Bennett Fred Crowder
- Meeting called to order – by chair, Marilyn Kinoshita
- Approval of minutes – were previously approved and distributed by email
- Reports & Unfinished Business –
- CDFA Nursery Services (Joshua Kress) –
- Introduced the four main CDFA Environmental Scientists to contact and the programs they lead with his programs and their areas of : Erin Lovig (focuses primarily on Nursery licensing, Nursery Stock Standards); John Heaton (in-charge of Seed registration, seed law enforcement); Sean Dayyani(oversees varies registration and certification programs); and Kathy Kosta (responsibilities are split between Nursery Services and Interior Pest Exclusion)
- Nursery licensing revenues at the same revenue levels for 2014-15 as it were in 2012-13. May consider a licensing fee increase and other alternatives to balance out expenditures versus revenues.
- FY2013-14 Nursery Inspection Contract invoices were complete. FY2014-15 invoicing is on-going; and CDFA staff requests that counties that have not submitted invoices – do so as soon as possible. FY2015-16 contracts were being worked-on with projected distribution by June 30, 2015.
- The Western Horticulture Inspection Society met last year in San Diego and was well represented by county agricultural staff. The next meeting will be held 9/29/15 – 10/1/15 in Salt Lake City.
- phytophthora tentaculata. It is a new disease to CA originally detected in Monterey in 2012; but has since 2014 reported finds in six (6) native plant nurseries (in five different counties), five (5) finds in newly planted restoration sites (in three different counties); in five (5) different genus. Thus far, it has been isolated to native plant nurseries.
- A work group has been assigned to updating the regulations for the Deciduous Fruit and Nut Tree Registration & Certification Program; which was last updated in 1984.
- A requests to update grapevine regulations. After scheduling public meetings in Sacramento last December and Napa in March, County Ag Commissioners were encouraged to reach out to not only nurseries- but the growers in their areas for feedback as well. The working group will consist of both county and CDFA staff.
- CDFA Seed Services (John Heaton) –
- In response to The Seed Advisory Board’s request for more outreach and education, a trifold handout was created/distributed to counties and posted to the CDFA website about ‘What You Need to Know to Sell Seed’. Also, draft copies of the ‘Know What You Sow’ pamphlets were available at Spring Conference for feedback before publication.
- Seed sales were down from FY2012 to FY2013. There were several handouts distributed- one of which that detailed a two year comparison of recorded seed sales by category that gave a snapshot of the industry’s current status; another with projections for FY2015; and also one detailing assessment collections.
- Based on current projections, the Seed Advisory Board has recommended an increase during FY2015-16 of the Seed Assessment Fee from .25 cents to .30 cents per $100 dollars in seed sales.
- During their March 18th meeting, the Seed Advisory Board outlined a proposal for CDFA to commission a business needs analysis of the Seed Services Program.
- CDFA Plant Health (Duane Schnabel)
- There was a meeting of the Improvement Advisory Board for Fruit Tree, Nut and Grapevine (IAB) where there was a reported increase in revenue of $600,000; which was attributed to the additional plantings by the nurseries of grapevines and walnuts. They have subsequently requested that the Secretary increase their budget by $100,000 to cover additional cost; and there was talk of bringing pistachios into the IAB program.
- Updated Pest Exclusion Advisories distributed for nursery treatments of LBAM, EGVM, and ACP are now restricted by PEIR requirements. There are ongoing discussions about possible changes to the PEIR.
- Apiary Inspector’s Training Manual Subcommittee (Eric Mussen)
- The first sections about bees (what they do and how they live) are about the same; with the exception of a slight change under physiology. The Pest and Disease sections required the most revision.
- Paul Kjos is working on revising three chapters covering bee diseases, parasites, and how to control them.
- There is a section on bacteria that is outdated and may not apply to county staff. They were unable to revise it within the manual, so the corrections were noted for later editing.
- New Business –
- Pollinator webpage for CDFA website (Courtney Albrecht)
- The website is available on online. Suggested changes should be directed to Courtney Albrecht.
- Healthy Pollinator Working Group Update (Courtney Albrecht)-
- A meeting will be held June 4, 2015 in the CDFA Auditorium in Sacramento, CA.
- Representatives from 11 counties, DPR, and chemical companies were expected to attend (approximately 50 participants).
- The focus will not be on pesticide related issues but to create a shared understanding of the issues surrounding pollinator health and generate ideas that would help advance recommendations made in the State Board of Agriculture’s letter to the Secretary from April 2014.
- Statewide Apiary Registration/Notification System (CDPR)- The SJVACASA met and there was an interest in a statewide apiary registration/notification system with DPR; and wondered if the members of CACASA think there is value in it as you get more bees in your county that they are registered (possibly through the border stations)?
- Observations on honey bee colonies of exposures to tank mixes of fungicides, insect growth regulators and adjuvants (Eric Mussen) – Topic covered by Mussen during the Apiary Inspector’s Training Manual Subcommittee update.