New pesticide rules will impact orchards, farms near Ojai Valley schools

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
A new state rule that limits the use of pesticides near schools may impact local growers' ability to fight the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), a pest that serves as a vector for the fatal citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB), according to John Krist, CEO of the Farm Bureau of Ventura County.
The new rule, promulgated by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will prohibit many pesticide applications within a quarter mile of public K-12 schools and licensed childcare facilities from Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
All pesticide applications by aircraft, sprinklers, air-blast sprayers and fumigant applications will be prohibited during the time period as will most dust and powder pesticide applications.
The rule will take effect Jan. 1.

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