Help save a life with a bed net

Originally in Insects in the City

How would you like to save a life today? Through pest control? It’s not as hard as you might think.

In the years since Bill Gates retired his position as CEO of MicroSoft Corporation, he and wife Melinda have devoted tremendous effort to battling malaria.  Malaria and the mosquitoes that transmit it is the single greatest killer of humans in the world, accounting for most of the 700,000+ mosquito-caused deaths annually.  But unlike many of the other major problems in the world, solutions to the malaria epidemic are available now. Continue reading

The IPM Toolbox fall webinar series

Got an IPM question? Need to know the latest IPM information? The Northeastern IPM Center has the answers with their Fall webinar series “The IPM Toolbox.” Experts will be online for an hour of dialogue about an effective IPM practice, method, or effort.

They have three webinars scheduled next month… Continue reading

Sugarcane aphids spreading throughout the Texas Panhandle

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

While sugarcane aphid populations are still low in grain sorghum fields across the Texas High Plains, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist in Amarillo said they are beginning to establish and could reach treatable numbers.

Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist, said sugarcane aphid populations in the South Plains only recently reached economic levels in some fields that justified treatment with insecticides. Infestations in the field can be just a few aphids per plant to a thousand or more aphids per plant. Continue reading

Mississippi hosting emergency forum on red-banded stink bug

In Delta Farm Press

by Mary Hightower

August has shaped up as an explosive month for the redbanded stink bug, a difficult-to-control and highly damaging pest in soybean, prompting organization of the Ark-La-Miss Emergency Forum on Redbanded Stink Bugs, set for Aug. 17 at the Capps Center in Stoneville, Miss.

The forum begins at 2 p.m. There’s no cost to attend and the event will be live steamed and recorded for those who cannot make it to Stoneville. For information, contact the Delta Research and Extension Center at 662-686-3214. Continue reading

Vector Biologist of Plant Pathogens, Assistant Professor

The Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University seeks a tenure-track faculty at the assistant professor level to study arthropod vectors of plant pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and/or nematodes. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program. Possible research areas may include, but are not limited to, epidemiology, evolution, ecology, genetics, molecular biology, behavior, or interactions of arthropod vectors and their pathogens. Outreach and engagement with local/regional vegetable producers is encouraged and excellent opportunities exist for working with vegetable growers in the State on a wide variety of arthropod-vectored plant pathogens. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Department and College. In addition to collaborations with the Department and College, many possibilities for collaborations exist within the Microbiome Cluster, the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, and the Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Program. Consistent with the mission of a land-grant university, all faculty members are expected to contribute to education, research/creative performance/scholarship, and service/engagement/outreach functions. The position includes an extension component. The division of the successful candidate’s responsibilities will approximate 25% instruction/advising, 60% research/scholarship, and 15% service/outreach/engagement. At CSU, we consider that a portion of your research/scholarship and your engagement activities will be in support of extension to Colorado agricultural producers.

See the web page for more information.

Feed A Bee announces plantings to celebrate National Honey Bee Day

In Morning Ag Clips

Mark your calendars now! August 19 is National Honey Bee Day, and Bayer’s Feed a Bee will be buzzing across the country to plant thousands of wildflowers from New York toCalifornia – all in one day.

Since 2015, the Feed a Bee initiative has distributed over 3 billion wildflower seeds for pollinator plantings, establishing additional nutrition and habitat sources across the nation. This National Honey Bee Day, Feed a Bee will be celebrating with special planting events to add even more to the pollinator gardens at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New YorkNorth Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and thePlacer Land Trust’s School Park Community Garden inAuburn, California. Continue reading

ProNR Forest Management Series Webinar: Green Value, A tool for simplified financial analysis of forest-based initiatives

Title: ProNR Forest Management Series Webinar: Green Value, A tool for simplified financial analysis of forest-based initiatives

What will you learn?

Introducing Green Value, a tool being adapted for use in the USA by its developers, the Earth Innovation Institute (EII) and the USDA Forest Service. Dr. Shoana Humprhies and Dr. Thomas Holmes will introduce webinar participants to this tool designed to support the needs of family forestland owners and conservation land managers. It will also be of benefit to consultants or agency personnel assisting private landowners. learn more here… Continue reading