Posted on May 15, 2013 by rhallberg
With some of the articles I’ve seen in the agricultural media so far this week on organic, GMO and conventional farming, I thought it was time to address one of the major elephants in the room when it comes to public perception of integrated pest management: the fact that IPM allows the use of pesticides.
Because pesticides are only one tool in the IPM toolbox, few of the articles I read about IPM cover them directly. In IPM, the use of pesticides is, or at least should be, directly related to the action threshold. For most pests of agricultural products, the threshold is a published number that lets the farmer know how many pests that should be present before any treatment begins. For a refresher on the steps for IPM, see my blog post from October on the different farming practices.
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Filed under: Insects, Pesticides | Tagged: cover crops, Crop rotation, EPA, organic, organophosphate pesticides, pesticide label, pesticide residue, pesticide tolerance, pesticides, toxicity | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 10, 2013 by rhallberg
The preliminary draft of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (2013 Farm Bill) from the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee includes specific authorization for the Regional IPM Centers as well as mandatory funding for five programs from the 2008 Farm Bill.
This first draft is Chairwoman Deborah Stabenow’s markup and can be found at this link. The bill goes to the full Senate Agricultural Committee for markup on May 14. That draft will then be voted on by the full Senate.
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Filed under: Budget | Tagged: 2012 Farm Bill, 2013 Farm Bill, Agricultural Reform Food and Jobs Act of 2013, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Biodiesal Fuel Education, Biomass R&D, Deborah Stabenow, Organic Agricultural Research and Extension Initiative, Senate Ag Committee, Specialty Crop Research Initiative | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 9, 2013 by rhallberg
Although Florida has no school IPM regulations, School IPM Coordinator and Grounds Manager Dan Lisenko has made his personal mission to make the Manatee County schools a place where children aren’t needlessly exposed to pests or pesticides.
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Filed under: Grants and awards, Urban IPM | Tagged: Dan Lisenko, Manatee County Schools, pest management in schools, School IPM, University of Florida | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 6, 2013 by rhallberg
I’m sure many of you have seen dozens of articles about mosquitoes, especially during this time of year. However, since mosquitoes can carry pathogens that cause a variety of serious diseases, I think the tips on ways to prevent mosquitoes in your yard bear repeating.
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Filed under: Insects | Tagged: mosquitoes, Asian tiger mosquito, dengue fever, West Nile virus, Culex, Aedes, Anopheles, encephalitis, malaria, yellow fever, How stuff works | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 2, 2013 by rhallberg
Shortly after news of severe bee declines were being reported in 2006, several federal agencies, including USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP), the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formed a CCD Steering Committee. The Steering Committee requested feedback from a broad range of experts in apiculture on how best to address the problem. The responses culminated in the CCD Action Plan, outlining the main priorities for research and outreach to characterize CCD and develop ways to mitigate losses.
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Filed under: Insects, Invasive species, Pesticides, Resistance | Tagged: Bee Informed, CCD, CCD Steering Committee, colony collapse disorder, honeybees, Invasive plants, neonicotinoids, pollinators | Leave a Comment »
Posted on April 12, 2013 by rhallberg
The Carter Center has been instrumental in nearly wiping out guinea worm disease, a painful and debilitating affliction that has plagued humans for centuries. President Carter discussed this as a health issue, but it is also an inspiring IPM success.
Here is some more about guinea worm: http://www.cartercenter.org/health/guinea_worm/mini_site/index.html
Filed under: Insects | Tagged: Carter Center, guinea worm, Jimmy Carter, President Jimmy Carter | 1 Comment »