Cultivating Healthy Communities grant available

The Aetna Foundation is pleased to announce its 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program. The foundation recognizes that individual health is rooted in the community: in the places where we live, learn, work, play, and pray. By increasing the opportunities to make healthy choices in these places, the foundation can empower whole communities to lead healthier lives. 

PLEASE NOTE: All Stage 1 applications must be received by April 15th 2016 at 3PM ET. Continue reading

Webinar on emerald ash borer April 20

You are invited to attend a Live Webinar sponsored by: Southern Regional Extension Forestry / Forest Health and Invasive Species Program – David Coyle; co-sponsored by EAB University – Robin Usborne.

Title: Emerald ash borer biology, ecology, management, and implications for natural and urban forest areas in the Southeast

emerald ash borer

Emerald ash borer adult, larvae and damage

What will you learn?
 This webinar will cover biology, ecology, and management of the emerald ash borer, an invasive tree pest now present throughout much of the eastern U.S. This webinar is jointly sponsored by the SREF Forest Health and Invasive Species Program and Emerald Ash Borer University. learn more here… Continue reading

iPiPE Crop-Pest Program Statement of Interest is available

Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) Cooperative Agricultural Project (CAP)

Request for Year 3 Crop-Pest Program Statement of Interest

Deadline: April 29, 2016 Continue reading

New Southeast Regional Caneberry Production Guide is available

In the Alabama Communicator

 Ann Chambliss

A new 2016 Southeast Regional Caneberry Production Guide is now available. It is a cooperative effort by Gina Fernandez, NC State University, David Lockwood at the University of Tennessee, Elena Garcia at the University of Arkansas and the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium (SRSFC), and is published by NC State University. It replaces and much improves upon a 2008 Bramble Production Guide. Continue reading

Clemson study finds a natural enemy for kudzu bug

published by AgFax

By Denise Attaway, Clemson University

Kudzu bugs may have met their match in one Clemson University graduate student.

The kudzu bug is an invasive soybean pest first discovered in Georgia in 2009. It has since spread to 13 states and Washington, D.C. Research by Francesca Stubbins, an entomology graduate research assistant at the Edisto Research and Education Center (REC), shows for the first time that mermithid nematodes can infect and kill the insects. Stubbins’ research involved collecting kudzu bugs from soybean fields. Nematodes — long, slender, parasitic worms — were found in the abdomens of some of the dissected female insects. Continue reading

Upcoming IPM webinars

The following webinars are being sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System:

  • February 5- November 4: “All Bugs Good and Bad” Webinar series.
    • The next webinar will be on May 6, @ 2:00 PM. Topic: “Managing Pests of Backyard Pecans”.
  • February 29-November 28: Commercial Horticulture Webinar Series.
    • The next webinar will be on April 25 @ 9:00 AM. Topics: “Leaf Tissue Analysis”, and “Fire Ant Management in Fruits and Vegetables”.
  • January-December: Alabama Crops Monthly Webinars.
    • The next webinar will be on April 12. Topics: “Weed control in peanuts”, “Auxin herbicide resistant crop update & Management of off-target injury”, “Do I have adequate stands: cotton”, “Corn insects”, “Soybeans”, & “Cotton/soybean/peanut early season thrips/insect control”.

NIH Funding Opportunities Related to Zika Virus

Funding opportunities related to Zika virus:

o   NSF interest in proposals relevant to the ongoing spread of the Zika virus through Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) and Rapid Response Research (RAPID), released February 9, 2016

o   Rapid Assessment of Zika Virus (ZIKV) Complications (R21) (PAR-16-106)
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Applications accepted on a rolling basis beginning April 20, 2016

o   NHLBI Announces High Priority Interest in Zika Virus-related Blood Supply Safety and Transfusion Research (NOT-HL-16-307) released February 17, 2016