Organic Agriculture Research Symposium 2016 Live Broadcast on January 20

Join us for a live broadcast of selected presentations from the 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium!

The Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS) will be held at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 before as a pre-conference event at EcoFarm. The plenary and key workshop sessions will be broadcast as webinars. Plenary speakers will be André Leu, President of Organic International / IFOAM and Mathieu Ngouajio, USDA/NIFA National Program Leader in Cropping Systems. Also livestreamed will be workshops on soil health, long-term and strategic research, and innovative educational systems. Funding for the eOrganic live broadcast of the OARS  is provided by USDA NIFA OREI and the conference is being hosted by the UC Kearney Research and Extension Center and the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

This webinar broadcast is free and open to the public. You can join and leave this webinar as often as you wish on January 20th, but advance registration is required. Start time is 9AM Pacific Time (10 Mountain, 11 Central, 12 Eastern). Continue reading

Plant Diagnostic Network seminar schedule this winter

The next Great Plains Plant Diagnostic Network webinar is Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 9:00am MT/10:00am CT/11:00pm ET from the Montana State University site.

Lauren Kerzicnik of Montana State University will be presenting “Spiders:  Friends or Foes”

To join go to:  http://msuextensionconnect.org/gpdn/

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APHIS Removes Protected Areas In Illinois and Indiana for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing protected area status for all protected area counties in Illinois and Indiana. APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of emerald ash borer (EAB) in numerous protected area counties in both states, the rescission or expansion of state-level quarantines in these two states, and at the request of the state plant regulatory officials in Illinois and Indiana. The removal of the protected areas in these two states means that movement of regulated articles within the entirety of the contiguous quarantine area is not subject to regulatory restrictions. All of Illinois and Indiana remain under quarantine for EAB. Continue reading