Varroa mite detected at Port of Melbourne on a ship from United States

The potentially devastating varroa mite, which could wipe out the Australian beekeeping industry, has been detected in Victoria. A bee colony infested with the varroa mite was detected on Wednesday at the Port of Melbourne on a ship from the United States. A colony was found in a wooden crate and tests revealed some bees were infested with varroa mite, …

Toro Co. invests in Boston-based developer of drone technology for turf grass

By Nick Williams  –  Staff reporter, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal The Toro Co., a Bloomington-based provider of mowers and irrigation systems for golf courses around the world, has made a minority equity investment in a Boston company that develops technology for automated drones to analyze turf grass. Terms of Toro’s investment was not disclosed. Boston-based GreenSight Agronomics combines …

Applying for a Pesticide Exam, License, and Renewal through the ePLACE Portal

The Pesticide Program conducts the examination, licensing, and certification of pesticide applicators. MDAR presents the new Online Data System known as the ePLACE Portal. This portal is part of an initiative to bring all agencies within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs into an online permitting and authorization system. This system provides an easy and convenient way for …

Goats Gorge On Grass To Protect Lemon Grove From Wildfires

LEMON GROVE, CA – For city officials in Lemon Grove, wildfire hazards really get their goat – or actually, a lot of goats. As has been the case periodically for a decade in the eastern San Diego County town, a herd of goats is voraciously eating open-space vegetation that otherwise would pose worrisome fire hazards as springtime warmth gives way …