USDA Awards $18 Million for 1890 Land-Grant Universities Research, Education and Extension Activities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced 53 grants totaling more than $18 million to support research, teaching, and extension activities at 1890 historically black land-grant colleges and universities through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“Earlier this year, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Second Morrill Act and USDA’s historic partnership with 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities,” said Vilsack.  “Today’s announcement continues our partnership and will help ensure the schools are able to sustain our nation’s agricultural sector for another 125 years and beyond.  We are pleased to be able to build the capacity of these important institutions and support the next generation of leaders in agriculture.” Continue reading

Transform Insecticide Cancelled for use on Sorghum

From the Texas Sugarcane Aphid News

On November 12, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the following statement about Transform, one of two available insecticides effective in controlling sugarcane aphid. Continue reading

Texans asked to help keep citrus canker in check

By Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife

After finding citrus canker in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, experts want the public to know the facts of the disease because they can play a big role in limiting its damage.

Dr. Olufemi Alabi, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist in Weslaco, said the first thing the public should know is fruit from a tree with citrus canker is safe to eat.

“Citrus canker creates lesions on the stems, leaves and eventually the fruit of citrus trees,” he said. “The fruit is still edible. The blemishes do not affect the internal quality of the fruit, but they do reduce its commercial, fresh fruit marketability.” Continue reading