Writer Editor Supervisor—Content Development Supervisor

Application instructions and a full position description are available on the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources employment web site (ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Employment_Opportunities).

This position is with the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM). UC IPM develops and promotes integrated and ecologically sound pest management programs in California (www.ipm.ucanr.edu). The Content Development Supervisor is responsible for working with experts to develop and produce informational products and communications about integrated pest management (IPM) for agricultural and urban/community pest managers, as well as the general public. In addition to developing IPM products, this position manages the team of writers and editors involved in the development of documents and training materials for Web and print. If you are knowledgeable about integrated pest management, writing and editing technical publications, and successfully managing a team, please apply.

NPMA needs regulatory affairs professional

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), Fairfax, VA, is seeking a qualified regulatory affairs professional to direct the day-to-day management and execution of NPMA’s federal and state regulatory affairs programs.  The qualified applicant will have a bachelors degree and at least two years experience (4 years preferred) working on Capitol Hill, for a state or federal agency, or performing regulatory affairs for an association, pest management firm, pesticide registrant or lobbying firm. For the full job description, e-mail Jim Fredericks at jfredericks@pestworld.org. Qualified applicants should send resumes and salary requirements via email to Jim Fredericks jfredericks@pestworld.org

Controlling mushrooms and fungi

From UGA Landscape Alert

Mushrooms are the visible structures of the unseen fungi growing in our landscapes. Think of mushrooms as the flowers and fruits of the fungi world. The mushrooms these fungi produce may cause a concern depending on where they are growing. Mushrooms and other fungal growths can be unsightly and are a concern since some may be toxic to children. They can be found growing in mulch, turf and landscape beds.

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eOrganic webinar on trap crops for flea beetle

Join eOrganic for a webinar on Using Trap Crops to Control the Crucifer Flea Beetle, by entomologist Joyce Parker of the EPA. The webinar will take place on November 11, 2014 at 2PM Eastern Time, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.

Diverse plantings bring many benefits for agroecosystems. This webinar explores the use of diverse trap crops, stands of plants grown to attract pest insects away from your target crop, as an approach to manage flea beetles in broccoli.

Register at https://www.extension.org/pages/71255

Protecting Bees Through Informed Pesticide Choices

In Greenhouse Grower


Producing crops to meet consumer quality demands means that growers may use chemicals to control pests and diseases. Some of these products may be harmful to bees if used incorrectly. To demonstrate good environmental stewardship, growers need an understanding of the issues presenting risks to bees and of strategies to minimize the risks. Knowing where to find key product information and how to interpret it can help growers make sound choices regarding the application of effective products. Continue reading

Sugarcane aphid is manageable but costly

In Southwest Farm Press

By Robert Burns, Texas AgriLife

The sugarcane aphid is likely here to stay in South Texas and the rest of the state. It’s a manageable pest but adds one more threat and more cost to grain sorghum producers.

The sugarcane aphid became a pest of sorghum for the first time in South Texas in 2013, said Danielle Sekula-Ortiz, an AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent in Weslaco. The same year, outbreaks occurred in South and East Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri. Today, the pest has been reported damaging sorghum and other crops in 11 southern states and several states in Mexico.

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Texas officials discuss control for feral swine

From Southwest Farm Press

When Chris Columbus loaded up a dozen swine to make the trip across the Atlantic to the New World for the first time in 1492, little did he know it marked the beginning of what would eventually become a war on wild hogs by the time the 21st century dawned.

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