NCSU CALS Sustainability Office Pollinator event educates community about pollinator health

The CALS Office of Sustainability Programs held a Pollinator Health Meet & Greet on Friday, June 21st at E.S. King Village to help raise awareness about pollinator health issues.  Attendees also had the opportunity to see a live demonstration hive and see the workings of a honeybee hive, identify the queen, drones and workers, and talk to Dr. David Tarpy, Associate Professor and Extension Apiculturist from NC State and graduate students from the NC State Apiculture Program. This was part of a national effort that many other states participated in during National Pollinator Week (www.pollinator.org), an annual awareness campaign to educate our community about honeybees, beekeeping, and the importance of bee pollinators.  The event was attended by residents of E.S. King Village, industry partners and faculty and staff from the College of Ag & Life Sciences, among others.

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UK research focusing on bringing back pollinators

Golf courses may provide a haven to rebuild dwindling pollinator populations which in turn could boost ecosystem health and benefit everyone, said researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

In a project called Operation Pollinator, Emily Dobbs, a graduate student in entomology, and her adviser, UK entomology Professor Dan Potter, are working with five Lexington golf courses to attract pollinators and monarch butterflies by establishing areas of native wildflowers.

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Vegetable producers now have more choices for pest control

In Southeast Farm Press

By Ayanava Majumdar & Neil Kelly, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Vegetable production is always at a high risk of insect damage.

Insect pests range from caterpillars and true bugs that devastate summer crops to the insects of cool-season crops like aphids and yellow-margined leaf beetles.

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Cultural controls work best for pigweed

From Southeast Farm Press

Even the best made and implemented weed management strategies can fall short of the glory of perfect, clean fields come summer. And Palmer amaranth will take advantage where it can. As you look over the cotton field now, you see them getting bigger by the day. If all else fails, best go manhandle them out of there and keep a bad thing from getting worse next year.

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New disease in Louisiana corn

In Delta Farm Press

by Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

Louisiana corn growers are waiting for confirmation that Goss’s wilt disease has been found in some corn fields in Madison Parish.

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Georgia watermelons hammered by old disease

In Southeast Farm Press

Fusarium wilt has hammered Georgia watermelons for years, and it’s getting worse not better. Farmers could be planting themselves into a yield-crippling corner in the coming years.

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School District Survey Reveals Successes and Opportunities

A national school IPM working group was formed in 2006 to coordinate and accelerate school IPM adoption in US public schools. Since then, over $4.4 million has been leveraged from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture, USDA IPM Centers, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state lead agencies and others to support school IPM. School IPM demonstrations and regional school district coalitions have impacted over 4.5 million students and 400,000 staff since 2006. The national working group, composed of four regional working groups and coordinated by a steering committee, has grown to more than 240 members.

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