A story recently published by Civil Eats website discusses two new Oregon programs that teach Christmas tree growers how to reduce chemical use.

The Clackamas Basin Pesticide Stewardship Partnership has focused on educating growers about how to reduce pesticide use, risk and runoff. Over the past year, integrated pest management experts at OSU have designed pesticide risk reduction trainings, including a beneficial insect workshop for Christmas tree farmers. (There will be another training this February.)

The other program is Socially and Environmentally Responsible Farm, a certification tool for sustainable Christmas tree farms. So far, the program — which certifies only Oregon and Washington farms — has certified four farms.

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