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Napa Weighs Mealybug Controls
 
02.27.2015
 
Agriculture officials detail signs of infestation and how to control it
 
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Mealybugs excrete sugar they do not use, making them attractive to ants. For this reason mealybug populations are often associated with ants. Source: University of California Agriculture
Napa, Calif.—The invasive vine mealybug (VMB) has become a serious threat to California vineyards, and its control won’t come as easily as for some earlier pest species.

With the assistance of the Napa Agriculture Commissioner’s Office, the Napa County Winegrape Pest and Disease Control District recently held a seminar looking at VMB’s behavior, presence and control.

 
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Ending Pennsylvania's Wine Monopoly?
 
02.26.2015
 
State representatives vote (again) for privatization of liquor stores; governor's veto likely
 
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The licenses of state-run Fine Wine & Good Spirits retail locations in Pennsylvania, like the one seen here, would be up for sale if a privatization bill is passed into law.
 

Harrisburg, Pa.—The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 114-87 today to pass a bill that would end the state’s monopoly on the sales of wine and liquor.


 
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