ROOM BECAUSE HE KIND OF TRIED TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING WAS WITHIN REASONABLE PARAMETERS, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS THIS YEAR, IT’S GOING TO BE INTERESTING TO SEE.” IN SACRAMENTO, ASHLEY ZAVALA 17 NEWS. JIM: THE GOVERNOR’S REVISED BUDGET IS EXPECTED TO HAVE AN IMPACT LOCALLY, ESPECIALLY ON OUR AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY. GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED CALIFORNIA WILL BAN A PESTICIDE USED TO HELP GROW 50 DIFFERENT TYPES OF CROPS IN OUR STATE, AND THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET WILL ALLOCATE MONEY TOWARDS AN ALTERNATIVE PESTICIDE. 17’S EYTAN WALLACE CAUGHT UP WITH ONE LOCAL ALMOND FARMER TODAY ABOUT WHAT THIS COULD MEAN FOR THE INDUSTRY. EYTAN: THAT PESTICIDE IS CALLED CHLORPYRIFOS , RECENT STUDIES SUGGEST IT COULD BE TOXIC TO CHILDREN’S BRAIN DEVELOPMENT, AND TONIGHT ONE LOCAL FARMER WITH WHOM I SPOKE, SAYS HE SUPPORTS THE GOVERNOR’S PLAN TO INVEST IN ALTERNATIVES. GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM TODAY RELEASED HIS REVISED BUDGET, ESTIMATED AT $213 BILLION. A PORTION OF THAT BUDGET IS GOING DIRECTLY TO THE AG INDUSTRY, WITH THE NEWSOM ADMINISTRATION MOVING TO BAN CHLORPYRIFOS . SINCE 1965. FARMERS HAVE USED THE PESTICIDE TO KEEP A WIDE ARRAY OF INSECTS OFF OF CROPS. THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET INTENDS TO ALLOCATE 5.7 MILLION DOLLARS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE PESTICIDE. TOM: “YOU WANT TO DEVELOP A NICE, FIRM NUT IN THERE RIGHT NOW.” TOM FRANTZ IS THE OWNER OF THIS 40 ACRE ALMOND FARM IN SHAFTER AND IS THE HEAD OF THE ASSOCIATION OF IRRITATED RESIDENTS, A GROUP THAT ADVOCATES FOR BETTER AIR QUALITY. HE SUPPORTS THE GOVERNOR’S PLAN TO BAN THE PESTICIDE. TOM FRANTZ: “IT’S VERY TOXIC TO INSECTS. UNFORTUNATLEY, STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT IT’S TOXIC TO PEOPLE PEOPLE ESPECIALLY, HE SAYS, WHO LIVE NEAR CROPS AND AGRICULTURAL AREAS. RECENT STUDIES SUGGEST THE PESTICIDE COULD BE HARMFUL TO BRAIN DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN, EVEN BEFORE THEY ARE BORN. TOM: “ESPECIALLY AN UNBORN BABY. IT’S BRAIN IS DEVELOPING. THEY FOUND RESIDEUS OF THIS TOXIC INSECTICIDE IN THE CELLS OF THE BABY. AND IT’S DOING DAMANGE. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ATTEMPTED TO BAN THE PESTICIDE BUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REVERSED THE EFFORT, SAYING REMOVING THE PESTICIDE WOULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO THE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY. FRANTZ SAYSALTERNATIV ES TO THE PESTICIDE ALREADY ARE IN THE WORKS. TOM: “IF NOTHING ELSE, WE GOTTA PROTECT THE FUTURE OF UNBORN CHILDREN. “IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD FOR FARMERS, AND IT’S PROBABLY A GOOD THING FOR PEOPLE TO LIMIT THIS IN THEIR SYSTEM.” SENATOR MELISSA HURTADO WEIGHED IN, RELEASING THIS STATEMENT IN PART: “…THE GOVERNOR’S ACTIONS WILL MOVE THE DEPARTMENT OF PESTICDIE REGULATION DPR FORWARD IN A RESPONSIBLE MANNER BY BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF CANCELING THE REGISTRATIONS FOR PRODUCTS CONTAINING KLOR- PEER-AFOSE…” “AND AT THE SAME TIME, CONVENING A CROSS-SECTOR WORKING GROUP TO IDENTIFY SAFER ALTERNATIVES TO AVOID REPLACING KLOR-PEER-AFOSE WITH AN EQUALLY HARMFUL PESTICIDE. ” IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE BAN ON CHLORPYRIFOS WILL NOT OFFICIALLY GO INTO EFFECT FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS. EYTAN WALLACE, 17 NEWS. TAMI: WE’RE FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS OF A DEADLY CRASH AT CAMP PENDLETON IN SAN DIEGO