Bee Health & Stewardship webinar February 16

Pollinators such as the honey bee play an important role in feeding our growing planet by helping to produce the majority of fruits, nuts and vegetables that we eat every day. Take an in depth look at the current status of honey bee health and the steps we can all take to protect the hardest working insects in agriculture. Webinar is held by the American Society of Agronomy. See their website for more information. Continue reading

USDA Seeks Fellowship Applications for Future Agricultural Scientists, Science Educators

Nearly $19 Million Available to Students and Educators for Fellowships to Address Challenges in Nutrition, Food Security, Climate Change, and Other Agricultural Areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $18.9 million in competitive grants to support fellowships and other higher education training projects in food, nutrition, natural resources and agriculture fields. These fellowships are administered through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and will support pre- and post-doctoral fellowships, undergraduate fellowships, and professional development for secondary school teachers and educational professionals. Continue reading

Save the Date for the Next EPA Grants Award Process Webinar

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Grants and Debarment is hosting a webinar for the EPA grants community. The webinar will cover several topics related to applying for a grant, including:

  • How to find and apply for grant opportunities
  • EPA’s new requirement
  • Preparing a proper budget detail

In addition, we will be hosting a Q&A session during the second half of the webinar. Continue reading

Wild pig management workshops held in Texas next month

Pest management specialists in Texas will present suggestions for managing wild pigs at two separate workshops in February. The first, on February 9, will be held at the Luling Foundation in Luling from 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

The second, on February 24, will be held in the AgriLife Extension office at 1701 E. Polk St., Suite 12, in Burnet County from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click here to find out more about the workshop in Luling.

Click here to find out more about the workshop in Burnet County.

PPO-resistant pigweed spreading to Mississippi

In Delta Farm Press

A report from the 2016 Tri-State Soybean Meeting

It was big news in 2015 when Arkansas and Tennessee producers saw yet another pigweed-fighting chemistry — PPOs this time — sent to the bench. And the problem is spreading to other Mid-South states.

“We started getting calls pretty early in the growing season saying, ‘Hey, these pigweeds are blowing through Valor,’” said Tom Barber, University of Arkansas weed scientist, at the recent Tri-State Soybean Meeting in Stoneville, Miss. “Valor goes out on a lot of our acres. Continue reading

Bankers’ hours are better for most herbicide applications

In Southeast Farm Press

by Eric P. Prostko, University of Georgia Extension Weed Specialist

Banker’s hours are just fine for most peanut herbicide applications.

In the last few years, much attention has been focused on the potential effects of time of application on pesticide performance. A multitude of research shows Liberty (glufosinate) does not work very well when applied too early or too late in the day. Other research has shown that southern stem blight or white mold control in peanut can be significantly improved by applying fungicides in the dark.   Continue reading