BRANDT, a manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, is the sponsor of the new Western Farm Press online continuing education course “Organic/Sustainable Agriculture Production” for California licensed agricultural professionals.

The course provides a general overview of the most common pests in organic/sustainable agricultural systems and current methods of controlling insect pests, weeds and diseases in a range of organic crops grown in the United States. Click here to view the website.

The course was developed by the Western Farm Press online CEU team with guidance and input from Randy Dodds, BRANDT; Dr. Lawrence Marais; University of California faculty and extension agents: Roger Duncan, Rachel Elkins, Deborah Giraud, Dario Cantu and Dr. Surendra Dara; Bob Curtis, Almond Board of California; Bob Klein, Ph.D., California Pistachio Research Board; Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell, Director of Lindcove Research and Extension Center; Carl Eidsath, California Walnut Board/California Walnut Commission; Plant Pathologist, Heather Scheck; and Farm Advisors Steven D. Wright and Thomas Turini.

“Thirty years ago, we saw the need for sustainable crop inputs and introduced our first bio-pesticide. Today, we offer over 55 OMRI Listed products and have an expansive line of specialty inputs and new technologies designed for increased sustainability and efficiency,” said Bill Engel, BRANDT Senior Vice President. “We are incredibly proud of the technologies we have and think it’s important to support sustainable agricultural continuing education programs. We hope this course provides a lot of value and thank Western Farm Press and all of the folks that contributed to this course.”

The “Organic/Sustainable Agriculture Production” course is approved for 2.0 hours “Other” credit by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for Pest Control Advisers, Qualified Applicators, Private Applicators/County Certificate Holders and Aerial Applicators; as well as 1.0 hour “Integrated Pest Management” and 1.0 hour “Crop Management” for CCA’s in the U.S. and Canada; and 2.0 hours of general credit with the Arizona and New Mexico Departments of Agriculture. Accreditation in additional states will be added in the following months.