USDA to Host Listening Sessions on Public Access to Scholarly Publications and Digital Scientific Data

NOTE: The comment period is extended to Saturday, January 9, 2016.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public comment on the development of a policy to increase access to the results of federally-funded agricultural research. Dr. Catherine Woteki, the USDA’s Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE) announced today that USDA will receive comment at two live teleconferences and via email through Dec. 9, 2015.

“Our goal is to help stakeholders understand and participate in planning for an increase in public access to scholarly publications and scientific data funded by USDA,” said Dr. Woteki. “We see this increased access as an opportunity to raise the profile of the field of agricultural research, highlighting its many contributions to scientific innovation and its value to society. Stakeholder insights are vital to planning this new era of open access so we can best meet the needs of society and of scientists.” Continue reading

Range and Pasture Workshop set for Dec. 3 in Eldorado

by Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a multi-county Range and Pasture Workshop Dec. 3 in the Eldorado Civic Center.

The center is a mile south of Eldorado on U.S. Highway 277. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Continue reading

Updated school IPM Pest Management Strategic Plan is online

The School IPM Pest Management Strategic Plan has been updated and can be found at http://bit.ly/1Sg2ROH .

Organic and IPM Partnership Needed to Address Critical Food Production Challenges

Society faces enormous challenges to meet the food needs of a rapidly growing global population, while addressing the adverse impacts of food production on human health, air and water quality, greenhouse gas emission, soil health, pollinators and biodiversity. Improvements are also critically needed to improve the economic viability of farming, and to recruit new farmers and the next generation of researchers and extension scientists to support farmers’ efforts to improve sustainability.

A new publication, Organic Agriculture and Integrated Pest Management: Synergistic Partnership Needed to Improve the Sustainability of Agriculture and Food Systems, is a product of a dynamic coalition of intellectuals and scientists. The report details the challenges we face, opportunities for collaborative pursuit of solutions, and recommends institutional and policy reforms to accelerate progress. Continue reading

Pest management webinars on eOrganic

eOrganic will sponsor the following webinars dealing with pest management:

Biological Control of Cole Crop Pests on the California Central Coast
Diego Nieto, University of California, Santa Cruz
December 2, 2015

An Integrated Approach to Managing Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle in Crucifer Crops
Rammohan Balusu and Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University; Elena Rhodes, University of Florida Gainesville
December 9, 2015

Design and Management of Organic Strawberry/Vegetable Rotations
Carol Shennan, Joji Muramoto, University of California Santa Cruz
March 2, 2016

All Bugs Good and Bad webinar focuses on wildlife December 4

It is wonderful to have wildlife in your backyard until that wildlife damages your plants, disfigures your lawn, or invades your house.  In this webinar Dr. Scott Hygnstrom from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point will explain how to minimize problems from small mammals such as squirrels, chipmunks, moles, voles, rats, and mice.  Continue reading