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Our Farms, Our Future Conference: Crafting a Vision for Sustainable Agriculture

Modern agriculture faces daunting challenges that affect us all‚ÄĒmeeting growing demand for food, fuel and fiber while improving the quality of rural life and conserving vital natural resources. Now more than ever it‚Äôs important to find sustainable solutions to these challenges. You can participate by joining us at Our Farms, Our Future: The Next 30 Years of Sustainable Agriculture, a once-in-a-decade conference for those interested in the future of our food system. Continue reading

Assistant Director of NCARS & Director of UFL & NCSU Research Stations

This position is expected to provide leadership to upgrade and modernize NCSU Research Stations and Field Laboratories. This position will work directly with the six NCSU research stations, developing proposals and budgets, research plans, and budget justifications. In addition to the responsibilities related to research stations, this position has direct supervisory responsibility for university field laboratories. As such, this position will ensure that both research stations and field laboratories operate effectively and in parallel. This position will advise the NCARS Director and the NCARS team on the best use of research stations and field laboratories to achieve the research mission of NCARS. The individual will provide reports, data and statistics regarding research stations and field laboratories upon request. As part of the NCARS team, this position will interact with commodity or agribusiness group meetings and support the activities of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). As Assistant Director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, this position will partner with the Director of the Research Station Division (a position funded by both NCDA&CS and NCSU) to facilitate the success of agricultural research and outreach programs on all research stations in North Carolina. In North Carolina, both NCSU research stations and NCDA&CS research stations operate cooperatively within the Research Stations Division (a Division with NCDA&CS). Continue reading

Biologist/Computer Scientist (Bioinformatician)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ), Science and Technology’s (S&T) Core Functional Area, Beltsville laboratory is a world reference for regulatory plant pathogen diagnostic development, validation, and deployment for the detection of many complex diseases and pathogens that threaten agriculture and native plants.  Additionally, it provides hands-on training as a mechanism of technology transfer to scientists within PPQ programs, the USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) National Plant Diagnostic Network, and other state and Federal diagnostic laboratories. Continue reading

USDA/NIFA Invests in Programs to Increase Crop Productivity, Profitability, and Stewardship of Three Crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support for research to increase the productivity, profitability, and natural resources stewardship of canola, potato, and alfalfa production systems. The grants are funded through three NIFA programs: Alfalfa and Forage Research, Supplemental and Alternative Crops, and Potato Breeding Research.

‚ÄúFor American farmers to continue to prosper and help feed the world, research serves as an accelerator for discovering innovative ways to increase farm productivity and profitability,‚ÄĚ said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. ‚ÄúThese programs help sustain and expand the acreage and use of alfalfa, potatoes, and canola for long-lasting impacts through collaborations between universities, federal agencies, and industry organizations around the country.‚ÄĚ Continue reading

Webinar: Tools for Eliminating Mice in Multifamily Housing

All too often, mouse infestations in multifamily housing complexes persist for many years with histories of sporadic outbreaks followed by temporary quick fixes using glue boards, snap traps and baiting efforts. Unfortunately, these “traditional” efforts tend to merely address a monthly complaint list given to a hired exterminator. Rarely will such efforts address the harder-to-reach breeding sources of the building’s and the apartment’s population of mice. As a result, the surviving population members replace the individual mice harvested out from the complaint-driven pest control service. A more comprehensive program is needed, especially because mice in apartment buildings are important health pests carrying diseases and triggering asthma attacks.¬† Continue reading

NCPIRG wants students to think about the bees this Thanksgiving

by Jerry Jiang, Daily Tar Heel

People become accustomed to the habit of expecting Thanksgiving to simply come along every November, but in the words of North Carolina Public Interest Research Group’s slogan, ‚ÄúNo bees, no Thanksgiving.‚ÄĚ

State senator Mike Woodard spoke at the Bee-Saving event, hosted by Edible Campus UNC behind Davis Library as part of NCPIRG’s Save the Bees campaign.  Continue reading

USDA Research to Support Environmentally-Friendly Pesticides, Reduction of Methyl Bromide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced funding available to research new, environmentally-friendly pesticides, and innovative tools and strategies to replace methyl bromide, an older treatment for pests.

The Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) program is helping to discover and implement practical and safer pest management alternatives. Projects may focus on integrated research and extension activities or extension-only projects that promote the adoption of new pest management practices. This year, NIFA’s Methyl Bromide Transition Program will award grants totaling $1.9 million for such research. Continue reading