Crop Protection ARDP Request for Applications released

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2015 Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Request for Applications (RFAs).  The following link includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package:

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One week left to submit to International Congress of Entomology

Since ESA’s 2016 Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with ICE 2016, all symposia will be held under one roof – and all symposia will come through one submission process. And the deadline to submit is March 2.

So don’t delay. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to organize a symposium around your research and share it with a diverse, global audience of your esteemed peers. Amplify your research, build your worldwide network, and contribute to the science.

There are 30 identified scientific sections for you to choose from, with co-conveners ready and willing to assist you with your topic and title. Symposia will be 3-4 hours in length and will feature 15-minute presentations.

Webinars on FY 2015 Centers of Excellence Implementation

The 2014 Farm Bill requires that NIFA give priority in competitive research and extension funding to Centers of Excellence in the food and agricultural sciences.

As part of its outreach effort, NIFA’s Office of Grants and Financial Management will hold two educational webinars to present information on the FY15 implementation of the Centers of Excellence Provision. The webinars will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST, Feb. 26 and March 5. Webinar access.

NIFA will be announcing a separate series of webinars to solicit stakeholder input on FY 2016 Centers of Excellence Implementation.

Auburn University masters student wins award for kudzu bug biocontrol discovery

During some routine dissections of kudzu bugs, Auburn masters student Julian Golec made a discovery that would make life a little easier for Alabama soybean growers.

Inside one of the female kudzu bugs was a parasitic fly. It was the first of two discoveries that would make biological control of kudzu bug an option.

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Growers need to work with beekeepers on pollinator issues

Don Parker, manager of Integrated Pest Management for the National Cotton Council, says that growers and consultants should make sure they take part in meetings to discuss pollinator protection plans and keep an open communication channel with beekeepers.

Watch the video on Delta Farm Press.