Crop Protection PCA Tools Pest Control Advisers (PCAs) play a vital role in and are trusted, reliable members of the California almond industry. As the industry looks to achieve its Almond Orchard 2025 Goal of increasing adoption of environmentally friendly pest management tools by 25%, growers will look to the Almond Board and PCAs for guidance on how to implement an approach of proven cultural practices, alternatives to sprays (when possible), precision application and reduced spray drift. PCAs will play an integral role in advising growers on these measures and supporting their steps to grow their crop in better, safer and healthier ways. Partnership with CAPCA. The Almond Board of California (ABC) is working closely with the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) to provide PCAs with timely information and resources they need to be successful in consulting almond growers. In 2021, the Almond Board will provide almond industry members and PCAs working in the almond industry the opportunity to attend online courses to earn a maximum of two hours of Continuing Education Units for FREE: 1 DPR CE Hour focused on IPM and IPM Issues in Almonds 1 CCA CE Hour focused on Soil, Water and Nutrients in Almonds If you are in need of Continuing Education Units, please reach out to the Almond Board’s Field Outreach and Education team at email@example.com. “We Need You” – Almond Orchard 2025 Goals. In 2018, the California almond industry launched four industry-wide goals – the Almond Orchard 2025 Goals – to help protect our right to farm, establish a journey towards continuous improvement and move towards the almond orchard of the future. One of those four goals is focused on increasing adoption of environmentally friendly pest management tools by 25%, using strategies beyond traditional methods to safely and effectively reduce pest levels. As an industry, we need the help of PCAs throughout the almond growing region in providing recommendations and guidance on how to manage pests more responsibly. To achieve the 2025 Goal focused on improved Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the Almond Board is helping the industry focus on an approach of proven cultural practices, alternatives to sprays (when possible), precision application and reduced spray drift. This approach will be applied to five key pest problems growers can combat and three initiatives growers can achieve using responsible integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. Questions? Contact the Almond Board's Field Outreach and Education team at firstname.lastname@example.org. CASP and Continuous Improvement. The direction set by the Almond Orchard 2025 Goals and the industry’s journey to achieve those goals is integral to the progress documented and learnings gathered from ABC’s California Almond Sustainability Program (CASP). CASP has two main roles: It is a self-assessment that helps growers identify areas of improvement across their operations and document their progress toward achieving improved practices via a series of nine modules. On the CASP online portal – SustainableAlmondGrowing.org – growers can not only complete modules but also access free decision support tools, such as a Nitrogen Management Plan Reporting and Mapping Tool. It provides the industry with the information it needs to tell consumers, buyers, and other stakeholders worldwide about the California almond community’s efforts to grow almonds in a safer, healthier and more sustainable way. Handlers can receive a consolidated report of their growers’ practices (shared in aggregate) and how those practices compare to growers across the state. Growers can also get credit for their practices via the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform Farm Sustainability Assessment, which is benchmarked against CASP to provide global relevance to grower practices. Further, ABC can access data (also in aggregate) that can be shared with trade professionals, sustainability-minded consumers and others to best communicate the industry’s responsible growing practices. CASP and the 2025 Goals are completely interconnected: Data from CASP will be used to track the industry’s progress toward achieving each of the 2025 Goals. Looking to the IPM Goal, specifically, progress against this goal will focus on combatting the five pests – listed above – that provide the biggest economic headaches, and explore how new tools can effectively address those pests. Progress will also be determined by the industry’s adoption of the three recommended management practices, also list above, which aim to further guide the industry on its path toward continuous improvement. Ultimately, with the 2025 Goals and CASP, growers are looking not only to improve their responsible growing practices but also to farm more efficiently, improving their bottom line and preserving their orchards for future generations of growers. Questions? For more information on CASP, please reach out to Tom Devol, email@example.com, or visit SustainableAlmondGrowing.org. Additional grower Tools and Resources are also available here.