School Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Protecting Kids from Pests and Pesticides

Pests and pesticides pose risks to the nearly 60 million children and staff who spend considerable periods of time in our nation’s schools. EPA recommends that schools use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to reduce pesticide exposure in schools. Implementing IPM can help address the economic and health related issues caused by pests and pesticides. Please join us for this free webinar to:

  • Gain knowledge about the basics of school IPM, the potential health, environmental and economic benefits, and what it takes to put IPM into practice.
  • Discover why IPM is an important component of clean, green and healthy schools that promotes healthy learning environments and academic achievement.
  • Learn about cost-effective steps you can take to manage pests, reduce pesticide use, and enhance environmental health in and around your schools.
  • Hear examples of how schools/school districts have successfully implemented and institutionalized comprehensive IPM programs and practices in their districts.

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Florida Residents Get Wake-Up Call On HLB

From Growing Produce

USDA has launched a new effort in Florida to raise awareness about the threat of citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB). The campaign is aimed at residents of the state, who may not be aware of the major pest threat that is likely residing in their dooryard trees. Residents are cautioned “Our Citrus is Going Green!” and encouraged to “Help Save Our Citrus.”

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Scientists discover gene for wheat resistance to Ug99

From AgProfessional, 

Original press release from Kansas State University

The world’s food supply should be a little more plentiful thanks to a scientific breakthrough, according to excited university wheat researchers.

Eduard Akhunov, associate professor of plant pathology at Kansas State University, and his colleague, Jorge Dubcovsky from the University of California-Davis, led a research project that identified a gene that gives wheat plants resistance to one of the most deadly races of the wheat stem rust pathogen Ug99. This rust was first discovered in Uganda in 1999.

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EDDMapS Reporting System Makes a Good Weapon in the Fight Against Invasive Pests

Utah state agriculture officials are using a smartphone app connected to a University of Georgia mapping system to stop the spread of invasive species.

The system, called Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS), is an online mapping system that documents the location of invasive species as they are reported. If the species is on a list of “species of concern,” experts in state and federal agencies verify the data before it is published on the system.

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