Cold weather effects on diseases

We’ve heard a lot of expert opinions on the effect that cold weather has on insect populations. But what about plant disease pathogens? University of Tennessee Extension Plant Pathologist Heather Young Kelly discusses how this year’s cold winter will affect–or not–the incidence of disease in the South.

2014 Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference is August 1-2

The annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference has been successful from its inaugural year. Florida’s small farmers find that, in this forum, their diverse experiences, coupled with their shared challenges (risk management, business planning, regulatory compliance, and so forth), create a unique opportunity for collaborative problem solving and resource sharing.

This year’s conference will take place August 1-2, 2014, in Kissimmee, FL. More information about the conference can be found from this link.

EPA hosts webinar on virtual school IPM walkthrough

Be a School IAQ Detective: Using the Walkthrough to Identify and Solve Common IAQ Problems

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST.

Do you know what to look for when observing the condition of your school buildings? Join IAQ experts Richard Prill from Washington State University (Retired) and David Blake from the Northwest Clean Air Agency on a virtual school walkthrough, providing you with a comprehensive and effective process for identifying, diagnosing and solving common IAQ issues.

This webinar is offered at no cost to participants. Register today at

Auburn research finds kudzu bugs affected by persistent cold

By James Langcuster, Auburn University Communications

If Old Man Winter deserves credit this year for reducing kudzu bugs, it is not so much due to his bite as to his persistence.

For the past few years, Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist and Auburn University professor of entomology, and a team of researchers have been monitoring overwintering kudzu bug populations.

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