In the proposed President’s budget for USDA-NIFA for FY2013, there are significant funding line changes being proposed. If you receive funding directly or indirectly from NIFA, you should be aware of these proposed changes and weigh in on the discussions that will be scheduled. NIFA is planning a series of listening sessions, the first of which will occur at the conclusion of the 7th International IPM Symposium on March 29, 2012, from 2-5 PM, in Memphis, TN. Originally, this listening session was to discuss the E-IPM State IPM Coordinator funding, next year’s RFA and related issues. NIFA is trying to reissue the Federal Register Notice to expand the listening session to discuss the changes proposed in the President’s FY2013 budget. If you are attending the 7th International IPM Symposium, I urge you to attend this session. NIFA intends to have additional listening sessions at later dates and welcomes written comments, as well. The purpose of the listening sessions is to gather stakeholder input on how the new “Crop Protection” line item should be implemented.
According to the Cornerstone Report, key IPM programs were not restored to the budget plan by the House Ag Appropriations subcommittee:
Unfortunately, funding was not restored for three other 406 programs: Regional IPM Centers, Crops at Risk from FQPA Implementation, and FQPA Risk Mitigation Program for Major Food Crops. We are hopeful that the Senate will restore funding for these programs as well as those restored by the House.
Initially, dry ice, hand warmers, and chemical lures may not seem to have much in common, but according to researchers at Rutgers University, together they make a good bed bug trap. According to a 2009 refereed article published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, an effective attractant for bed bugs may help detect early infestations or confirm that populations have been eliminated.
President Obama’s USDA budget for fiscal year 2011 was released early this week, and does not contain any request for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program (Section 406). This program, often abbreviated as “Section 406″, has been the funding source for several major IPM programs, including Regional IPM Centers, Crops at Risk (CAR), Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program (RAMP), and the Methyl Bromide Transitions (MBT) program.