National Center of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Agricultural Injury

Background and Purpose

This request for applications (RFA) builds on NIOSH’s extensive history in efforts to prevent agriculturally-related injuries to children. Youth working in agriculture face risks not present for many other young workers. In agriculture, the workplace often includes a home; children often begin active work on farms at an early age; and recreational activities may occur in close proximity to, and concurrently with, work activities.

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In April 1996, the National Committee for Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention (NCCAIP) published a National Action Plan (Children and Agriculture: Opportunities for Safety and Health) to maximize the safety and health of all children and adolescents who may be exposed to agricultural hazards. The national plan called for developing collaborations among researchers and cooperative efforts among public and private sector organizations; ensuring that the public is aware of childhood agricultural safety and health issues; using consensus-building processes involving interdisciplinary experts and stakeholders to arrive at guidelines and recommended standards for research and workplace practices; and systematic evaluation of educational materials to ensure their effectiveness at reaching the intended audience.

Impact

The Center is expected to exert a transformative influence on childhood agricultural health and safety across the country. The research, prevention, intervention, outreach, education, translation and evaluation efforts of the Center should be focused on improving childhood health and safety on the farm. All levels of Center efforts are expected to have a direct tie to public health impacts whenever possible. NIOSH strongly encourages the use of suitable evaluation techniques/tools and follow-up actions to help assess impacts and outcomes.

Register for Tick Management Webinar

On Wednesday, March 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET, the EPA, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Pest Management Association, and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will co-host a webinar on tick management and tick-borne diseases. The webinar, titled Principles of Tick Management and Tick-Borne Disease, will cover areas such as landscape management, conventional and non-conventional tick management, and agency resources for tick management.

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Project Team Member 2, IPM Institute

Project Team Member position available with an independent non-profit organization working on several sustainability projects. IPM Institute of North America focuses on reducing pest and pesticide hazards in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

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Project Team Member, IPM Institute

Project team member position opening at an independent non-profit organization working to reduce pests and pesticide hazards in schools, communities and agriculture through Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

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SIPMC Funds 11 IPM Enhancement Grants this year

Home gardeners, farmers and others will have new tools and educational opportunities thanks to 11 projects recently funded by the Southern IPM Center. Out of a total of 20 proposals, these 11 projects, totaling $300,000 in funding, will provide new crop profiles on turfgrass, ornamentals and agricultural crops; delve into complex pest issues with avocadoes, sorghum and other crops; and provide information for home gardeners on how to use IPM in small vegetable gardens.

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Alcorn State University to Host 2014 Small Farmers Conference in Jackson

The 23rd annual Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) Small Farmers Conference, slated for March 24-26, 2014, will be held at the Jackson Convention Complex, 105 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, Miss. “Using Smarter Innovations to Strengthen Agriculture” is this year’s conference theme. The event is co-sponsored by Alcorn Extension and the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives (MAC).

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Western NC wages battle against pests

From the Asheville Citizen-Times

Ten years ago, before the effects of the woolly adelgid were seen in Western North Carolina, forests were lush with majestic hemlock trees.

Today, in the blink of an eye in geological time, millions of the evergreen trees have been lost from Alabama to Maine, victims of the tiny insect from Japan that has found a favorable climate.

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Kentucky IPM workshop scheduled for March 5

The 2014 Integrated Pest Management Training will be Wednesday, March 5, at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton. The program will start at 9 a.m. CST and end at 3 p.m.

Specialists in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will discuss problems and challenges producers faced during the 2013 growing season including: invasive insects, buffering the soil nitrogen supply against changing weather and managing resistant weeds. A session on IPM-related apps will discuss resources for pest identification, pesticide safety and nutrient management.

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Loss of seed treatments could increase use of insecticides

From Delta Farm Press

Environmental groups appear to be setting their sights on the neonicotinoid class of insecticides and other pesticide compounds as the main culprits in honey bee population declines.

The evidence the insecticides are the main cause is sketchy, and the loss of those would put many farmers in an unprofitable situation, according to Jeff Gore, research entomologist at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center.

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Planter dust cause for concern among researchers looking into honeybee declines

From Delta Farm Press

Researchers trying to gain a better understanding of declines in bee populations have found higher concentrations of neonicotinoid insecticides in the foliage of wild flowers located along field borders than they expected.

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