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Virginia Pest Advisory has new Facebook page

For research updates, disease advisory alerts, and general tips and pictures of diseases throughout 2012, go to Virginia’s new Facebook page, www.facebook.com/vtesarecpp.

Mark your calendar for the 56th Annual Conference of the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory officials

Join us August 26th – 29th, 2012 at the Sheraton downtown in beautiful and scenic Seattle, Washington for the 56th annual meeting of the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials.  This year’s conference promises attendees a valuable opportunity to hear presentations and sessions on some of today’s most timely and important structural and urban pesticide issues affecting regulators.

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See you next week at the IPM Symposium!

As the time drawn near for the 7th International IPM Symposium, I thought it only fitting to post some last minute information for those of you who may not have gotten an e-mail.

http://www.ipmcenters.org/ipmsymposium12/

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Prepare to be bitten early and often thanks to warm temperatures

This article, from Delta Farm Press, concerns Arkansas, but it can be applied to the entire southern region.

Spring-like temperatures in late winter will mean one thing for Arkansans in the outdoors: prepared to be bitten early and often.

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Healthy Child Care Resources at EPA

Find information on how to identify potentially harmful environmental contaminants in child care settings and steps you can take to reduce or eliminate those hazards.

http://epa.gov/childcare/

“Fight the Bite” Poster Contest For Young Artists in Grades 5 and 6

The contest, sponsored by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a great way to raise awareness about prevention of mosquito and tick borne diseases like West Nile virus and Lyme disease.

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Scientific American article features UK bed bug research

An article about bed bugs written by a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture was featured in the February issue of Scientific American, a leading magazine for science and technology information and policy.

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Herbicide resistance hitting farmers’ pockets

The development of herbicide resistance in pigweed has created many problems, but none more severe than in the area of economics. Andrew Wargo oversees 15,000 acres of land in southeast Arkansas, working with the operation’s tenants, a 30,000-bale cotton gin and other business activities. Wargo discussed what herbicide resistance has meant for Arkansas producers during a panel that also included the University of Tennessee’s Larry Steckel and the University of Illinois’ Aaron Hager. The panel was part of the 2012 Ag Issues Forum sponsored by Bayer CropScience at Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tenn.

See the video at Delta Farm Press.

Mississippi producers’ needs include more research on IPM

For more than half a century, producers in northeast Mississippi have met annually with Extension and research leaders to discuss ways to improve production and efficiency in the region.

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Florida posts list of Good Neighbor Practices

The Florida School IPM Program has some tips on how to deal with pesticide drift incidents from nearby agricultural practices. These tips can also apply to any situation where pesticide drift is a concern.

http://schoolipm.ifas.ufl.edu/Florida/goodneighbors.htm.