Whitefly invasion in Imperial Valley costs growers, workers millions in losses
Refugio A. Gonzalez, Imperial County
George E. Goldman, UC Berkeley
Eric T. Natwick, Imperial County
Howard R. Rosenberg, UC Berkeley
James I. Grieshop
Stephen R. Sutter
Tad Funakoshi, JSIAG Data Group, Employment Development Department, Sacramento
Socorro Davila-Garcia, Special program Data Group, Employment Development Department, Sacramento
California Agriculture 46(5):7-8. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v046n05p7.
Farmworker unemployment is running high in Imperial County, a by-product of costly infestations of the sweetpotato whitefly in melon and cole crops.
R. A. Gonzalez is County Cooperative Extension Director, Imperial County; G. E. Goldman is Cooperative Extension Economist, UC Berkeley; E. T. Natwick is Farm Advisor, Imperial County; Howard R. Rosenberg is Cooperative Extension Labor Management Specialist, UC Berkeley; ; S. R. Sutter is Area Farm Advisor in Fresno, Kings, and Madera counties; T. Funakoshi is the Research Manager of JSIAG Data Group, Employment Development Department, Sacramento; S. Davila-Garcia is the Research Analyst, for the Special program Data Group, Employment Development Department, Sacramento.
The authors wish to thank Angel Somera, manager Of the Imperial County Employment Development Department, for his assistance in this project.