RFA for Applied Research and Development Program (ARDP) has been released

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CPPM) Request for Applications (RFA). NIFA is requesting applications only for the Applied Research and Development Program (ARDP) area of the CPPM program in this solicitation. NIFA has requested continuation applications for the CPPM Extension Implementation Program and the Regional Coordination Program in separate RFAs. ARDP funds projects that develop new IPM tactics, technologies, practices, and strategies. For programmatic questions, please contact Dr. Herbert Bolton (hbolton@nifa.usda.gov or (202) 401-4201). 

The following Grants.gov link includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package:  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=282976

Application Deadline:  June 8, 2016

Three cover crop workshops to be held in South Carolina

Don’t miss one of these three great opportunities to get more in depth information about using cover crops in your farming operations or for consulting with your clients.  For more information please contact Kelly Flynn Gilkerson – kgilker@clemson.edu or follow the links below.  Continue reading

Spotted Wing Drosophila Survey for Organic Growers

Attention organic berry growers! If soft-fruited berries (cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.) are part of your farm operation, organizers of a NIFA OREI project would like some information on your knowledge of and experience with this invasive small fruit pest that primarily attacks raspberries, blackberries and blueberries but may also infest strawberries, grapes, and stone fruit. The survey will take 10 minutes to complete and will be open through June, 2016. Here is the link to the survey (after the introductory text, click on the arrows below it to get to the survey): https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cDeLcgAST6GsQo5 Continue reading

Register for April 19 Webinar on Vertebrate Turf Pests on School Grounds

On Tuesday, April 19, EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM will offer a webinar titled Vertebrate Turf Pests on School Grounds. This webinar will provide insight on how you can incorporate vertebrate pest prevention and control in your school district’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Vertebrate turf pests include moles, voles, pocket gophers, prairie dogs, and groundhogs, and are found across the country. Continue reading

Opportunity for food safety outreach grants

This grant is directed at smaller organizations, but if any of you work with people in local communities, please tell them about this grant.

In FY 2015, NIFA and FDA began funding an infrastructure of National and Regional Centers to extend food safety education, training, and technical assistance to specific audiences affected by new guidelines established under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) (7 U.S.C. 7625), specifically small and medium sized farms, beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. In FY 2016, the Food Safety Outreach Program at NIFA will build upon the national infrastructure, with a focus on delivery of customized training to very specific target audiences. To this end, grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities – to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups. Because the size and capabilities of applicants will vary widely, this Request for Applications (RFA) will solicit proposals for three project types: 1) Pilot Projects (awards not to exceed $50,000); 2) Community Outreach Projects (awards not to exceed $150,000); and 3) Multistate Education and Training Projects (awards not to exceed $400,000). Continue reading

UC Davis post doctoral postion: Spotted Wing Drosophila Population Biology and Management

Post-doctoral fellowship to study the biology of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) populations in California’s agricultural landscapes, and to conduct research on novel management methods. This work will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Frank Zalom, Distinguished Professor and Extension Entomologist, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616. Continue reading

UC Davis post doctoral position: Epidemiology and Management of Insect-Vectored Viruses

Post-doctoral fellowship to study the epidemiology of Grapevine red blotch-associated virus and biology and management of its vector in the laboratories of Dr. Frank Zalom, Distinguished Professor and Extension Entomologist, Department of Entomology and Nematology, and Dr. Mysore Sudarshana, Research Biologist, USDA-ARS, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616. Continue reading