Redbanded stink bug is major soybean pest in Louisiana

In Delta Farm Press

LSU AgCenter researchers are looking at different aspects of the redbanded stink bug. Changes in the state’s climate seem to be causing changes in the population of this insect in Louisiana, LSU entomologist Jeff Davis said.

“Redbanded stink bug is still our major stink bug pest and has been for the past 15 years,” Davis said. “But last year throughout the state there were very low populations.”

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Broomrape threatens Texas crops

In Southwest Farm Press

A noxious, invasive, parasitic weed first identified in Karnes County, Texas, in 1981 is back in the area, and if not controlled, threatens vegetable production in the Winter Garden and Rio Grande Valley areas.

Branched broomrape has been reported this year at six sites in Karnes County, but observers expect additional infestations.

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Got bed bugs? Take this survey

The University of Arizona and several partnering research institutions are working to battle the bed bug resurgence in the United States. Researchers hope to determine the real impact and social cost of bed bugs, the risks to individuals and society, as well as the significant causes of infestations.

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Help Launch a New National School IPM Resources Website

From the July Western IPM Center newsletter

The task of the National School IPM Initiative was to gather all available educational materials and training resources related to school IPM, as well as all publications that document the business and human health benefits of school IPM. Check.

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Bed bugs can be economically devastating to hotel owners

While finding a bed bug at home can be unnerving, discovering one in a hotel room can be nightmarish for guests and hotel managers alike. Now, new research from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has revealed findings about the financial impact bed bugs can have on the travel and hospitality industry.

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EPA awards Van Buren, Ark. Teacher with Presidential Innovation Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Jolie Hobbs of King Elementary School in Van Buren, Ark. with the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). She was honored July 17 at a ceremony at the White House for teachers and students from across the nation for their work to promote environmental education and stewardship.

“Jolie Hobbs’ dedication to environmental education inspires students to promote sustainability in their school and their community,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “She is making a difference in generations across Arkansas.” Continue reading

Urban pest control workshops in Texas end of July

Urban Wildlife Management conference slated for July 29

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the North Texas Master Naturalists will be hosting an Urban Wildlife Management conference July 29 in Dallas. The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Building C located at 17360 Coit Road. Lunch is included for those who pre-register.

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