The organizers of the 8th International IPM Symposium – http://ipmcenters.org/ipmsymposium15 – are seeking nominations for the “IPM Achievement Awards,” including individuals, organizations, or companies worthy of recognition for implementation of integrated pest management (IPM)-innovative approaches to reduced-risk pest management-in agricultural, urban and natural areas. Candidates for the IPM Achievement Award can be individuals, businesses, or organizations deserving special recognition for their work in implementing integrated pest management practices that reduce risk from pests and the use of pest management practices. The goal of this award is to recognize efforts that have carried through to the implementation of IPM practices aimed at reducing risks and costs while minimizing negative impacts on people and the environment.
The Northeastern IPM Center will host a discussion on the topic of pollinators in a live-streamed web event. The discussion is entitled, “Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Pollinators: What is the appropriate role for IPM on the issue of pollinators?” The Northeastern IPM Center has invited four speakers from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Natural Resources Defense Council, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the US Environmental Protection Agency to provide an update on current issues surrounding pollinator health. Panelists will share facts about pollinators and pollinator decline, and give some thought to the role that the integrated pest management community, as well as scientific experts, public officials, and citizens, should take to address it.
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From September 15 through October 15 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station called upon citizens across the nation to log activity of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) in the second annual Great Stink Bug Count. The USDA hopes to learn more about the location and volume of stink bug populations through the US, as well as collecting behavioral data such as which house color attracts the most BMSB. Scientists speculate that populations may be down due to severe temperatures last winter; with luck, the “stink bug census” will confirm this hypothesis.
Planting a winter cover crop has meant healthier soils with less compaction, decreased weed pressure and better internal drainage for one Mississippi farmer.
Yesterday Paul Hollis from Southeast Farm Press wrote an eloquent and fact-filled blog about the myths behind “superweeds,” based on a new fact sheet published by the Weed Science Society of America. Mr. Hollis does an excellent job at explaining the points in the fact sheet, so you can read his article if you’d like to know how the “superweed” has become an average household word that, in fact, very few people understand.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced more than $16 million in grants to support research and extension activities addressing critical integrated pest management (IPM) needs. The new resources will protect crops and livestock, ensure greater food security and effectively respond to other major societal challenges.
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Southeast Farm Press lists a few areas that livestock managers should be aware of this fall, especially concerning toxic weeds and chemical pesticides:
1. Examine temporary pastures or fields that are unfamiliar. Often toxic weeds such as sicklepod and deadly nightshade grow around trees and water troughs.
2. Know what herbicides have been used on legume seeds before adding them to grazing materials. Legumes are particularly susceptible to herbicides.
3. Be sure to store pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals that may inadvertently be left uncovered in a field, where an active calf can kick them over and taste them.