Researchers looking at toxic traps to control feral hogs

In Delta Farm Press

Epidemic. That’s how ever-expanding feral hog populations are described by John Murry Greenlee, chairman of Delta Wildlife, who said that word was justified as farmers in more and more areas of the United States face unprecedented damage.

“Fortunately for us, effective control strategy work is being done here in Mississippi by the USDA Wildlife Services and the National Wildlife Research Center,” says Greenlee, who is also a landowner, hunter, and conservationist. Continue reading

EPA Announces Updated Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticide Products Intended to Combat Emerging Pathogens

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has updated the emerging pathogens guidance for the claims that can be made for EPA-registered disinfectant products intended to combat emerging viral pathogens. This document provides general guidance on a viral hierarchy that can be used to identify effective disinfectant products for use against emerging pathogens and permit registrants to make limited claims of their product’s efficacy against such pathogens. The revisions to the guidance are intended to expedite the process for registrants to provide useful information to the public on effective products. Continue reading

Mosquito Control Preparedness workshop April 18

The City of New Orleans is hosting a Mosquito Control Preparedness workshop on April 18 called “Mosquito Control Planning and Response for Zika Virus.

The half-day workshop will discuss the current procedures for responding to Zika virus and other arboviral diseases. Continue reading

Kudzu bug populations declining in the Southeast

By Kenzie Kesselring, University of Georgia

Once a nuisance for soybean farmers in the Southeast, kudzu bug populations appear to be declining in the U.S.

“We can’t positively say it’s due to their natural enemies, but kudzu bug populations are decreasing,” said Ian Knight, a graduate student in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Continue reading