summer! As is typical this time of year, we are receiving lots of inquiries about pesticide-free ways to deal with the various critters and weeds that are now popping up around people's homes and gardens. One recent question we got about grasshoppers led to a discussion about our favorite bugs, as well as our least favorite ones. I've always been partial to earth worms.
We'd like you to join in the discussion, so we started a thread on our facebook page where you can weigh in. Click the facebook icon on the right or just go to
After that, read on about our push for new restrictions on three nasty pesticides, upcoming farm tours, land care workshops, Food and Farm Bill progress, and all else that we've been busy with lately.
Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!
Loud and Proud
A big THANK YOU
goes out to everyone who submitted comments in support of our work to protect endangered salmon from pesticides.
Last month, more than 36,000 of you commented (wow!) in favor of new restrictions on three pesticides that are now known to harm salmon: oryzalin, trifluralin, and pendimethalin. Such restrictions were recommended by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in their latest evaluation.
Your strong support shows the EPA that they need to take endangered species protection and pesticides more seriously. It also shows the pesticide industrty that they can't always bully the government into ignoring good science!
Thanks for lending your voice and making a difference in this ongoing campaign. Look for more updates from NCAP as we enter the next stage.
More on Oryzalin, Trifluralin, and Pendimethalin
Summer Field Days 2012
NCAP’s popular field days are back. We are coordinating with Idaho farmers to host two field days in mid-June.
Then to help celebrate Idaho Organics Week, George and Carol McClelland and Jon Fabricius of Hamanishi Farms in Fruitland, Idaho will host a field day the following week on June 27.
June 20 will feature Laura Sluder of Blue Sage Farm in Shoshone, ID. Laura raises and milks sheep on her 80-acre farm and produces sheep milk cheese with the assistance of Jillian Greenawalt, the cheesemaker. The tour will feature alternative forages, grazing for weed management, composting of whey and offal, and more. Attendees will be treated to a horse-drawn tour of the farm with Laura’s Belgian horses.
One of the farm’s main products is mint oil. The perennial mint produces weed management challenges. They will discuss their trial of cover crop mulches for weed suppression in their conventional mint field and a trial of rolled rye mulch in their organic mint rootstock.
Register online here.
Free Land Care Workshops
Last week, NCAP participated in the first of three free sustainable land care workshops sponsored by EWEB for residents along the McKenzie River. Join us for the next two to learn how you can help protect the watershed through healthier, more sustainable lawn care.
The next workshops will cover Healthy Weed and Pest Management (May 30th) and Home Maintenance, Hazardous Waste Disposal, and Septic Systems (June 12th).
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Farm Bill Update
At the end of April, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a Farm Bill out of committee. This first step included important elements for advancing alternatives to pesticides in agriculture:
Regional IPM Centers were authorized, ensuring on-going support for the Centers.
Mandatory funding was retained for the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program at $11.5 million per year and for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) at $16 million per year.
Despite threats of major changes, the Conservation Stewardship Program retained funding.
Read More About What's Next
Take the Pesticide-Free Pledge!
Most issues you encounter in your home, yard or garden can be avoided or solved using ecological alternatives. That means being pesticide-free isn't just better for the environment, it's also easy! Do your part and take the Pesticide-Free Pledge for 2012.
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An Evening with NCAP: Healthy Harvest, Oct. 6th
Our fourth annual Evening with NCAP has been set for Saturday, October 6th in Eugene, OR. The theme this year is Healthy Harvest. Please plan to join us for dinner and music celebrating NCAP's 35 years of pesticide reform work, and a fundraiser auction supporting our current programs.
You can also support NCAP by donating items for the auction. Consider offering a gift certificate from your favorite business, a weekend “getaway” for two, dinner at a favorite restaurant, a wilderness adventure...anything creative, fun or unique. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated!
If you are a business owner, this is a great opportunity to increase your exposure and goodwill in the community. By making a donation, your business will automatically renew (or join) the NCAP Business League and be thanked on promotional materials for the event including all print and online. All contributions to NCAP are tax deductible.
To donate an item, please email Shelly Connor or call her at 541-344-5044 ext. 17.
Strength in Numbers
To commemorate NCAP's 35th Anniversary, we are launching the Strength in Numbers Campaign and inviting you to be a part of the 35th Anniversary Leadership Giving Circle.
The 35th Anniversary Leadership Giving Circle consists of donors giving above and beyond their memberships in order to help NCAP build a matching fund. Members will receive a limited edition recycled Chico shopping bag with NCAP’s 35th Anniversary logo for gifts of $100 or more.
To learn more call Kim at (541) 344-5044 ext. 15
Join the leadership giving circle and be the foundation for another 35 years of pesticide reform!
You can also renew your membership online via the button below. NCAP relies on support from members like you!
Get a 'Pesticide-Free Area' Sign
When you join the Ladybug Lovely monthly giving program, you receive a new Pesticide-Free Area sign from NCAP and Mountain Rose Herbs. The sign is made from recycled aluminum, so it's a responsible and durable way to state your values!
Call 541-344-5044 ext.15 to learn more about the Ladybug Lovely and how to get your sign.