USDA Grants Establish Regional Centers for Food Safety Training, Outreach and Technical Assistance

by Amanda Hils

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced more than $2 million in grants to establish two regional centers supporting comprehensive food safety training and education, pursuant to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These centers will play a leading role in coordinating and implementing FSMA-related training, education, and outreach programs for small and medium sized farms, beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, small processors, and/or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers.

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Hands-On Pest ID Training at this year’s Florida Ag Expo

At this year’s Florida Ag Expo, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a 50-minute pest identification session that focuses on key pests of horticultural crops, including whiteflies, spider mites, aphids, and thrips. This will be a hands-on session that will teach participants how to identify pests using a hand lens, microscope, and the naked eye. In addition, participants will learn to identify common natural enemies that help control these pests, including predators, and parasitoids. The session will be led by Dr. Hugh Smith, vegetable entomologists at GCREC. CEUs will be available for this session.

The workshop will be held in the entomology laboratory, room 130, at 1:00 PM and 2: 30 PM, the same schedule as the field tours. Each session is limited to 20 participants.  Please register with Christine Cooley (ccooley@ufl.edu) to reserve a place. For more information contact Hugh Smith (hughasmith@ufl.edu; telephone: 813-633-4124).

Position Available – Central Indiana Vector-borne Epidemiologist

The ISDH Zoonotic and Vector-borne Disease Division is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as the Central Indiana Vector-borne Epidemiologist. This individual will act as the ISDH representative for vector-borne disease surveillance, education and vector control consultation for a 33 county area in the central third of the state. This position will be open until October 28, 2015. For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Bryan D. Price at bprice@isdh.in.gov

The job listing may be found at:  http://www.in.gov/spd/careers/

 

Biological Science Technician (Insects and Disease)

Outreach Announcement
Biological Science Technician (Insects and Disease)
GS-0404-07/08/09
Lakewood Service Center
Lakewood, Colorado

Reply Due: November 15, 2015

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Texas A&M Extension educator receives USDA award for leadership

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture, in partnership with Cooperative Extension and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) announced awards today for work that showcases leadership, excellence in programming, and positive impacts on communities. Dr. Joe Outlaw of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will receive the 2015 Excellence in Extension Award for his commitment to community engagement and his visionary leadership as Extension educator. A second honor, the National Extension Diversity Award, goes to a program to improve community health through exercise and nutrition education called Texas Grow! Eat! Go!, also from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Continue reading

Scientist cautions growers to be careful about jumping to conclusions with research results

In Southeast Farm Press

by Eric P. Prostko, University of Georgia Extension Weed Specialist

As young children, we were taught in school that 1 + 1 = 2.  In the world of interpreting agricultural research that equation might not always be true.

At this time of year, people like me frantically gather all their data and interpret the results.  Over the next few months, growers will be bombarded with charts, graphs, tables, pictures and claims of greatness.

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