Camelina Cover Crops a Boon for Bees

In USDA Agricultural Research Service news

By Jan Suszkiw

Camelina is an herbaceous, yellow-flowering member of the mustard family whose oil-rich seed and cold tolerance has piqued the interest of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists for its potential as both a winter cover crop and biodiesel resource.

Now, in the process of studying this plant, scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that its flowering period can provide honey bees and other insects with a critical, early-spring source of nectar and pollen that’s usually unavailable then. This is especially true in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, where about one-third of the nation’s managed bee colonies are kept from May through October. Continue reading

Big Country Agricultural and Pesticide Conference set Dec. 9

By Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Big Country Agricultural and Structural Pesticide Continuing Education Conference Dec. 9 in the Big Country Hall, located on the grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.

The Big Country Hall adjoins the AgriLife Extension office in Taylor County at 1982 Lytle Way. Continue reading

Riparian and stream ecosystem workshop set for Dec. 3 in Nacogdoches

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3 in Nacogdoches for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Attoyac Bayou watershed.

The free workshop is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Nacogdoches County and the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership. Continue reading

Swisher County Ag Day in Texas will offer topics on pest management

By Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Swisher County Ag Committee will host its annual Swisher County Ag Day beginning at 8 a.m. Dec. 8 in Tulia.

           The event will be held in the basement of the Swisher County Memorial Building, 127 Southwest 2nd Street. Continue reading

Invasive Species Education Intern

The North Carolina Invasive Plant Council (NC-IPC) seeks a highly motivated individual to help coordinate invasive plant education and outreach efforts in North Carolina. This position will run from mid-January to early May 2016. This is a paid internship, with a total stipend up to $1800 for the semester, averaging about 10 hours of work a week. The selected candidate will report to the Nature Conservancy, North Carolina Chapter in Durham, NC. Continue reading