EPA funding opportunities

The following cooperative agreement funding opportunities are available to states, U.S. territories or possessions, federally-recognized Indian tribal governments and Native American Organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and local governments. Please consider applying!  The application deadlines are July 5th and July 12th respectively. Continue reading

Rodent exclusion training set for July 30 in Dallas

A Rodent Exclusion Hands-On Training for pest control apprentices, technicians and commercial applicators will be held July 30 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas.

The training will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Building C of the center, located at 17360 Coit Road.

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Using Farm Bill programs for pollinator conservation

The updated version of Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation has just been released. 

Authored by multiple staff at both the Xerces Society and NRCS these guidelines provide a concise summary of how Farm Bill conservation programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program or the Conservation Reserve Program, can be used to restore or enhance habitat for pollinators on working farms and private lands.


Group Investigates and Promotes Awareness of Pest Threats to Forests

A team of interdisciplinary researchers has formed The Emerging Threats to Forest Research Team “to advance knowledge of the biology, impacts and management of emerging pests and diseases of forests. This knowledge will enable policymakers, land managers and agencies make proactive decisions and to reduce impacts of these threats.” The group grew out of collaborative research work between academics in different disciplines at the University of Florida, who decided to formalize their relationship last year by naming their group and creating a website to provide information about their mission and current work.

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Scout for Sugarcane aphids before you spray

This blog post in an excerpt from the Alabama IPM Communicator newsletter, concerning sugarcane aphid:

It is important to scout for sugarcane aphids and spray when they have reached threshold levels. It is equally important not to spray too soon. Spraying too early will likely result in an extra insecticide application later on.

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Sugarcane aphids are in West Central Texas

According to Dr. Charles Allen, Extension Entomologist, San Angelo, sugarcane aphids have begun to show up in west central Texas.

“I got a call 2 days ago from Michael Palmer, CEA Coleman County. Michael told me he had gotten an “unconfirmed report” that there were sugarcane aphids on grain sorghum in Coleman County,” he said. “I went to Abilene today to attend the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation Board meeting. After the meeting, I inspected headed Johnsongrass and pre-heading grain sorghum. I found no sugarcane aphids on the mature Johnsongrass, but I found small colonies of sugarcane aphids (10 or less) mostly without winged forms present. This field was about 1 mile north of Coleman.

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