Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Conference Scheduled for February

If you grow fruits and vegetables in Alabama, make plans to attend the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow to join your partners who feed Alabama.  The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be Friday, Feb. 8 at the Ham Wilson Arena and Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center in Auburn, Ala.  The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Association are organizing this conference.  The two organizations have collaborated for more than 30 years to provide educational opportunities to the state’s fruit and vegetable growers.

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School Integrated Pest Management: Protecting Children in Schools from Pests and Pesticides

Join us for a Webinar on January 23, 2:30-4:00 PM EST.

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/851055761

First, we will explain the relationship between the special vulnerability of young children and pesticides use in schools. Then we will answer: What are the benefits of IPM, when adopted by your school district? What are the actions needed to eliminate pests through IPM in schools?

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Soybean rust outbreak thwarted by warning system and weather

Editor’s note: the reference to the timely updates and observations about when best to spray, toward the end of this page, refers to a national system called the ipmPIPE. The ipmPIPE began with soybean rust, but now there are PIPEs for other crops. For more information about the ipmPIPE and what crops have similar alert systems for pests or diseases, go to ipmpipe.org.

Story by Roy Roberson

Soybeans and wheat made an awesome economic combination for growers in the Southeast this past growing season, creating plenty of optimism for profits from this year’s beans and optimism for planting more of the crop in 2013.

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Farming Practices 101: Organic agriculture: How pest management practices compare to IPM and sustainable agriculture

As I begin the last post in my series on farming practices, focusing on organic agriculture, I approach the subject with great care. Of all of the practices, organic agriculture probably raises the most emotional associations. We see the label at the grocery store, and that label tells us that the product is “safe,” “healthy” and “good for us.” Basically, when a consumer sees the “USDA Organic” label on a bunch of broccoli or a head of lettuce, he or she knows that it’s different from the produce that does not have that label. My goal in this article is to inform you about the scientific and regulatory basis of organic pest management approaches.

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