Hands on workshops let ornamental growers practice IPM that is preached

Some hands-on workshops in June 2014 gave nursery growers a “feel” for practicing IPM.

Traditionally IPM education for the nursery industry has consisted of research talks at winter trade shows with little to no interaction between the speakers and growers. Extension agents have presented IPM trainings through webinars, making learning more convenient to growers, but growers still don’t get an opportunity to practice the tactics as they are being taught. With a zero pest tolerance level, many growers often choose to treat their crop before knowing whether a pest or disease is present, and continue treating on a schedule. They are hesitant to take a chance on a new method that might not have the same result.

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Bee awareness curriculum from the National Park Service

Check out this cross-curricular unit for middle school all about bees. Provided by the National Park Service, this unit has everything needed for teachers and educators of all kinds to teach this 5 day unit as well as additional resources and suggested activities. Please use and share! Thanks! 

http://www.nps.gov/subjects/pollinators/upload/FINALBee-Week.pdf

2015 Pest Academy in New Orleans

Join us for a great learning experience at the City of New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans Pest Control Association’s 8th Annual Pest Control Academy.  The Academy will be held in New Orleans on October 6th, 7th, 8th, 2015. The Academy will feature interactive and hands-on programs regarding a variety of pest insects, rodents and the methods used to manage them. The Academy is CEU accredited for LA, and AL.

Featured speaker this year will be Dr. Rebecca Baldwin, with the University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department.  Dr. Baldwin will cover cockroaches, bedbugs, and integrated pest management topics.

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Professor and Head, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, U of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. This is a 12-month, tenured position, located in Knoxville, TN.

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology is a multidisciplinary department with diverse and vibrant research, extension, teaching and outreach programs. We take a comprehensive molecular to ecosystem approach to the study and management of arthropods, nematodes, and microbes affecting agroecosystems, humans and their structures, animals and wildlife, urban landscapes, and forests. The department offers two graduate programs: Master of Science (thesis required) with concentrations in entomology, plant pathology, or bioinformatics and genomics; and a Doctor of Philosophy with concentrations in biodiversity and ecosystem resilience; bioinformatics, genomics, and molecular interactions; organismal biology and ecology; and sustainable disease and integrated pest management systems. We also offer undergraduate and graduate minors.

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Texas producers delaying wheat planting due to grasshoppers

High Plains wheat producers who are normally ready to put seed in the ground might want to hold off this year, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists in Amarillo.

With the extremely heavy pressure from grasshoppers, as well as other insects and diseases due to the wet year, waiting until the growing plants or  “green bridge,” is broken is advisable, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, and Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist.

“While we know wheat producers generally begin to plant in September, it really would be best if they could wait until mid-October to avoid grasshoppers and other issues,” Bell said. “The risk will be losing some of the grazing in the fall, but wheat that is planted earlier is more susceptible to insects and pathogens.” Continue reading

Assistant Professor in Geospatial Analytics: Resilient Communities and Natural Resources

Location: School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC)
Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (CLCE),
Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC) and
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by October 15, 2015. The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined. Continue reading

Assistant Professor of Resilience and Restoration Silviculture

Location: School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC)
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Gainesville, Florida

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by October 15, 2015. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined. Continue reading