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Report Shows Use Of Nature-Friendly Pesticides On The Rise

Sacramento, CA — California farmers and ranchers continue to shift toward new, reduced risk and “nature-friendly” methods to battle crop pests and disease.

The state Departments of Pesticide Regulation reported yesterday that use of crop-protection materials approved for organic agriculture represent a higher proportion of overall use.

In releasing statistics for 2004, the department said overall use varies from year to year, based on factors including weather and crop acreage.

Written by Sabrina Sabbagh