Western IPM Center seeks applicants for director position

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources department has begun recruitment for the following position:

Director, Western Integrated Pest Management Center (Academic Coordinator III)

Location:  UC ANR Building, Second Street, Davis, California.

Please help us spread the word by sharing news about this vacancy with anyone you think might be interested in applying for the position.

The deadline to apply is January 06, 2016. Continue reading

AgriLife scientist recommends delaying corn planting in stressful years

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

A wet spring filled with hail storms brought challenges to this year’s corn crop, some that a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist said could have been avoided if planting was delayed by a couple weeks or more.

Dr. Qingwu Xue, AgriLife Research plant physiologist in Amarillo, said he did not intentionally start out emphasizing planting dates on his corn studies. But what he saw on his hybrid trials near Bushland showed what a tremendous difference the planting date can make in a stressful year.

Xue said he generally plants anywhere from three to five different corn trials on the AgriLife Research farms around Bushland, including some comparing hybrid production under different irrigation rates and others for chemical efficacy. Continue reading

Small grains program offered Dec. 2 during annual Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

“Seeking Solutions to Profitability with Small Grains” will be hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Dec. 2 during the annual Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show at the Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan St. in Amarillo.

The program will begin with registration at 1 p.m. and conclude by 5:40 p.m. There will be a $10 registration fee.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – two general, one integrated pest management – will be offered.

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USDA Announces $2 Million in Agriculture, Food Research Grants for Tribal Land-Grant Colleges

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced nearly $2 million in grants to support research projects in American Indian communities through the Tribal College Research Grants Program (TCRGP), made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill.  The announcement comes as communities across the nation celebrate and honor Native American Heritage Month.

“The Tribal College Research Grants are a way for higher education institutions to develop programs and help advance skills in students that can provide immediate and long-term benefits for the tribal community,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. Continue reading