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Agriculture briefs

<b>Redwood Hill Farm named green business</b>

Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery has received certification as a green business by the Sonoma Green Business Program.

The Sebastopol maker of goat milk yogurt, kefir and artisan cheeses has been recognized for environmentally friendly practices, including its solar power system, its work to reduce the amount of plastic by about half in its cups and lids, and its composting, recycling and water reclamation programs.

The green business program, part of the county's Economic Development Board, is a partnership of government agencies and utilities that recognize small and medium-sized businesses for environmental practices.

<b>Ag Department gathers resources to fight citrus greening disease</b>

The federal government is getting involved in the fight against citrus greening disease, in hopes of saving Florida's — and possibly the entire nation's — citrus crop.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that it will gather various groups, agencies and experts to coordinate federal research on fighting the disease.

The citrus greening bacteria, which is spread by an insect, threatens Florida's $9 billion citrus industry. Growers and scientists suspect that many of Florida's 69 million citrus trees are infected, with some estimates as high as 75 percent.

California is the country's biggest supplier of fresh-market oranges, and its 285,000-acre citrus industry is second only to Florida, according to California Citrus Mutual. California has seen one affected orange tree, in a Los Angeles County backyard.


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