Agriculture
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VIDEO: Traps in Residents’ Yards Help County Watch for Invasive Pests

| 3:16 PM

Insect detection specialists for County Agriculture, Weights and Measures help guard the region against potentially devastating pests. They vigilantly set and check traps for many insects, including Gypsy moths and Japanese beetles in summer months. Neither of the insects has made it to San Diego County yet, but the pest detectors are keeping close watch to prevent an infestation.

Agriculture
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VIDEO: Kids Get Hands-on Lesson on Bugs

| 9:53 AM

The best way to learn is to get your hands on something. So San Diego County entomologist Tracy Ellis and her crew brought a collection of bugs to San Pasqual Union School to teach the kids a few things about insects. It’s one of the many ways the County’s Agriculture, Weights and Measures Department helps educate […]

Agriculture
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VIDEO: Pest Detector Works Like a Dog

| 10:21 AM

And that’s because he is one! The County’s Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures favorite canine colleague has four legs and the best sense of smell. Doesn’t hurt that he’s cute, too! Tuk is the newest detection dog used by the department to help inspectors sniff out packages that come through that mail that may contain harmful pests […]

Agriculture

Keep Off Santa’s Naughty List, Don’t Pack a Pest!

| 7:39 AM

The holiday season is a time to visit people, exchange and give gifts. But no one wants to give—or get—a gift that could gross you out, or worse, hurt the county’s $1.77 billion agriculture industry. So remember: Don’t Pack a Pest!

Agriculture

Agriculture Rising in New Crop Report

| 12:37 PM

Agriculture values sprouted for a second straight year in the annual County Crop Report, helped by 20-plus percent increases in the value of lemons, miscellaneous vegetables and tomatoes, and a continued renaissance for oranges.