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February 2013

Finally, good things are happening with federal agriculture policy. Legislators in the Senate unveiled a bill this month that includes provisions for 24 conservation, organic, and other programs that were excluded from the lousy farm bill extension passed in January. We're happy to see it! To ensure it moves forward, we have to make sure Congress hears us.

That's why, with help from a Farm Aid grant, we are sending Jim Gilbert to Washington, DC. Jim is a nurseryman and owner of Northwoods Nursery/One Green World in Molalla, Oregon. He will be sharing his farm story with members of the Oregon Congressional delegation and advancing NCAP's agriculture priorities. Gilbert is one of 50 farmers from across the country traveling to DC as part of the "farmer fly in" effort led by our partners in the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).  

Support for sustainable and organic agriculture provisions is crucial at this time. Stay tuned for updates from us about how you can help. Meanwhile, see what else we've been up to lately.

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Kim Leval, Executive Director
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)

Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!
Grower's Own Recap

Earlier this month, NCAP held the fourth annual Grower’s Own Conference in Caldwell, Idaho. This year 90 farmers joined us, making it a sizeable gathering!
We kicked off the conference Friday evening with a banquet and virtual farm tours, followed by the farmer-to-farmer exchange on Saturday, and a very special surprise for NCAP's own Jennifer Miller!

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Legal Tools for Pesticide Reform

The 31st annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) is this weekend, February 28 - March 1, in Eugene Oregon. PIELC is the largest and most distinguished conference of its kind, bringing together more than 3,000 activists, attorneys, students, scientists, and concerned citizens from over 50 countries around the globe.

NCAP is participating in Friday morning's panel, Endangered Species Act as a Pesticide Reform Tool, in the EMU Oak Room. Please join us, it's free!

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Bed Bugs Biting?

Think you might have bedbugs? Or have you recently taken steps to get rid of bed bugs and are wondering if it worked? Check out this short video we made about how to build a simple bed bug monitor from household materials. It's easy, and it works!

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Calling All Heroes


Last chance to submit nominations for NCAP's Community Hero Award! 

Do you know someone who's doing incredible work to protect their community and the environment from harm caused by pesticides? If so, NCAP is currently accepting nominations for the first ever NCAP Community Hero Award. The deadline is March 1st, so nominate now!

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Congrats on the Sustie!


Jennifer Miller, NCAP's sustainable agriculture guru, was recently honored with a "Sustie" Award. The Steward of Sustainable Agriculture (Sustie) Award is modeled after the ones given at the EcoFarm Conference in California each year. Jennifer was given the award at this year's Grower's Own Conference. 

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It was presented by conference co-organizer, Beth Rasgorshek of Canyon Bounty Farm, and farmers Janie Burns (right) of Meadowlark Farm and Fred Brossy (left) of Ernie’s Organics. Over the past ten years, Idaho farmers have given this award periodically to leaders in the Idaho sustainable agriculture movement.

Congratulations Jen! You deserve it. NCAP is lucky to have you!

Happy Hour

NCAP wishes to thank everyone who stopped by for our happy hour program update last Thursday. We enjoyed meeting you and talking with you personally! Thanks too, to Cascade Peaks Distillery for the organic drinks, Wendy Gregory Photography for the space, and Soft Peaks Cakery for the desserts. See you at the next one!

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Congressman Peter Defazio with members of the NCAP team at last week's event.

Pest Problems?

We're happy to help you solve those home, garden, and farming issues without using toxic chemicals. Check out our online archives for tips on pesticide-free control and for factsheets on common pesticide products. If you don't see what you're looking for, shoot us an email at info@pesticide.org. We're here to help!

Pesticide-free Solutions

Pesticide Factsheets

If pest control is part of your job, check out our Sustainable Places Information Network to connect with other pros who are seeking greener ways to get the job done.

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Researchers develop effective biological insecticide from mushrooms.  
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European Food Safety Administration (EFSA) recommends 2 year neonicotinoid ban.
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Anti-environment senators resurrect bill to eliminate Clean Water Act permit requirements for pesticide applications.
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Preventing Weeds

With Spring around the corner, so are the weeds. Now is a great time to get a head start on control with strategies like flame weeding, or corn gluten meal.

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NCAP Business League

NCAP thanks all the Business League members that supported us this month! They are:

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Click here to view the full business league roster.

Do you have a business?
Join the growing list of businesses that support alternatives to pesticides. Click Here to join the NCAP Business League.

Eat for the Earth

Support NCAP by eating at Cornbread Cafe on Monday, March 18th!

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Cornbread Cafe is generously donating a percentage of their daily profits on Monday March 18th, so please join NCAP for delicious, southern inspired vegan comfort food. The best part is, their food is almost entirely organic!
Thanks to Divine Cupcake for hosting our February Eat for the Earth! It was a sweet day for NCAP!

Stay tuned for info on other percentage days all throughout 2013!


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