USDA Grants Aim to Expand Science Capacity at Non-Land-Grant Colleges and Universities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $4 million in grants to support research, education and outreach activities at non-land-grant colleges and universities. The funding is authorized through the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill).

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USDA Announces Availability of Funding to Support Agriculture and Food Research at Tribal Land-Grant Colleges

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $1.7 million in funding to improve the capacity of tribal land-grant colleges to undertake food and agriculture research. The funding is made available through the 2014 Farm Bill.

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Boxwood blight found in Georgia

Boxwood or Box Blight, caused by the  fungus, Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum  (syn. Cylindrocladium buxicola and  Calonectria pseudonaviculatum) has been confirmed in two residential landscapes in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The source of the introduction to one of the landscapes is unknown as new boxwood plants were not introduced into the landscape. The spores of the pathogen are very sticky and it is possible that the disease was introduced on worker’s tools or clothing. Plants within the second landscape were newly introduced from NC. Once introduced, the disease can be devastating to boxwood in landscapes and nurseries.

To learn more about the symptoms and prevention of this disease, see the Georgia pest alert.

 

Proposals to study honey production requested

The National Honey Board is accepting proposals to study how to increase US honey production. Please see the link for more information. Honey Production RFP

Proposals may be related to honeybee decline.