Travelers beware: Chikungunya Virus in the Caribbean

If you’re planning to get away from the cold this holiday season and cruise to the Caribbean, be sure you read the Center of Disease Control’s warning about Chikungunya virus in St. Martin.

The most common symptoms of chikungunya are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes.

For more information, see Entomology Today’s blog post.

Read the CDC’s travel alert.

Don’t let bed bugs visit over the holidays

As you depart for winter break, please be mindful about bed bugs.

Inspect:

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Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Slated for February

Producers should make plans now to attend the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow.  The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be Friday, Feb. 7 at the Ham Wilson Arena and Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center in Opelika, Ala.  Organized by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Association, this conference is the premier educational conference for the state’s fruit and vegetable growers.

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Bed bug ID mistakes

This month’s School IPM 2015 newsletter takes a closer look at some of the insects commonly mistaken for bed bugs, complete with photos.

Read the article here.

Experts: Challenges, opportunities ahead for Texas agriculture

Agriculture has made big strides in the Lone Star State the past 25 years, though there are still challenges and opportunities ahead in producing enough food and fiber for Texans and the U.S., according to experts at the 25th Texas Plant Protection Association conference held recently in Bryan.

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Apps help identify invasive pests

by Clint Thompson, news editor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Is there an unwanted invasive insect or plant on your farm or in your garden that you don’t recognize? The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has an app for that.

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Virginia acts to reduce population of wild pigs, the ‘most invasive animal’ in U.S.

In the Washington Post

There’s a population explosion of large, wild animals in the Virginia woods, and it’s not the cute, doe-eyed kind that conjures images of Bambi.

They have razor-sharp teeth, curling tusks and a nasty temper that prompts some to charge humans. They’re called feral hogs, wild pigs or big boars, but the names are lumped together because, said Mike Dye, a biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, “a pig is a pig.”

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USDA syncs agencies on citrus greening

In Southeast Farm Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture looks to better manage the fight against citrus greening across the country, creating what it calls a Multi-Agency Coordination Group for Huanglongbing, or HLB, which causes the bacterial disease. And it’s kicking in $1 million to get it going.

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Bubonic plague: a history lesson and case for IPM

In light of yesterday’s Entomology Today post about the outbreak of bubonic plague in Madagascar, I figured it was time for a history lesson. We don’t hear much about the plague anymore, so I wondered, how did it start? How did it spread? And how much has IPM contributed to the scarcity of outbreaks?

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USDA Grants Support Organic Agriculture Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded five grants to support research, education and Extension programs that will improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers.

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