Environmental Stewardship Program Update May 1, 2007. Media Placements. Stockton Record Capital Press Pacific Nut Producer Modesto Bee San Joaquin County Farm Bureau Newspaper. Pacific Nut Producer. Friday, March 09, 2007 Almond tour highlights stewardship
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Environmental Stewardship Program Update May 1, 2007
1) To remove individual trees that fall down in an existing orchard.
2) For a single block up to 20 acres annually. This time-limited exemption will be available through June 1, 2015 to help growers contend with cost issues related to handling small acreage removals.
3) To burn diseased trees only when the county agricultural commissioner deems that burning diseased trees or limbs is the most effective way to eradicate or stop spread of the disease.
Revised Definition of Sustainability for the Almond Industry:
Sustainable almond farming utilizes production practices that are economically viable and are based upon both scientific research and common sense. and a respect for the environment, neighbors and employees. The result is a plentiful, healthy and safe food product.
Internal guidance using mission as anchor
Known internally and promoted externally
Pulls together all BMP’s and GAP’s under one “whole systems” approach
Documentation of self-assessment of BMPs/GAPs
Third party certification and marketing advantage
and Environmental Stewardship