EPA Celebrates Programs, Tools to Prevent Asthma Attacks

May is Asthma Awareness Month, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spotlights ways people can take simple steps to help prevent asthma attacks. EPA also honors local asthma management programs for their leadership in improving the lives of people living with asthma, especially those in underserved communities.

“Asthma is fundamentally connected to the health of our environment – whether it’s the air outside, or in our homes,” said Administrator Gina McCarthy.  “By working together across the environmental, housing, social, and medical sectors, we can do even more to raise awareness about this critical public health issue and protect those who are most vulnerable, including the more than 6 million children in the U.S. with asthma.” Continue reading

Research Associate – Center for IPM

The Research Associate will independently support, develop, design, and/or execute moderately complex research activities for a single or multiple research projects; and participate in formulating research methods and suggests options for improving quality and recommending solutions. The primary responsibility of this position is to write pest datasheets that support a USDAAPHIS plant-safeguarding program. The datasheets will be based on the writer’s research of scientific literature, databases, and government documents. The datasheets will include insect-pest information, host-plant information, and citation of references. Where needed, the incumbent will consult subject-matter experts. The incumbent will work with project cooperators and be expected to manage the collection, distribution, and archiving of draft and completed pest datasheets. Continue reading

Research Assistant – invasive species

The individual will engage in research in support of USDA/APHIS/PPQ/PERAL andCIPM cooperative activities related to the collection and analysis of invasive species data with application to early warning systems for plant health. The successful applicant will conduct literature searches on invasive species, manage data and citations, as well as enter the information into a secure database system. This position will focus on expanding the knowledge base of the Global Pest and Disease Database, PestLens, and New Pest Response Guidelines. Additional opportunities in the areas of pest/weed risk analysis, international trade regulation may be available for highly qualified applicants. Individuals will be required to work independently and in a team environment. Continue reading

Northeastern IPM Center offers “IPM toolbox” series

Got an IPM question? Need to know the latest IPM information? The Northeastern IPM Center has got the answers with their new spring webinar series, “The IPM Toolbox.” Experts will join IPM Center staff online for an hour of dialogue about an effective IPM practice, method, or effort.

It can be challenging to know how to implement IPM, whether for the beginner or advanced gardener, grower, or commercial operator. The IPM Toolbox webinar series will share IPM tools that improve environmental and social health and maintain profitability. Continue reading

Layby applications might help control morningglory in corn

In Southeast Farm Press

When I arrived in Tifton, Ga., 17 years ago, it was very common for corn growers to layby with Evik herbicide. Although this was usually for Texas panicum management, Evik provided some level of control of annual morningglory and other weed species.

Although Palmer amaranth is definitely Public Enemy No.1 for most row crops, I argue that in field corn annual morningglory is the real “Al Capone.” There are several reasons why annual morningglory can be problematic in field corn in the Southeast: Continue reading

Sugarcane aphid populations building in Rio Grande Valley

In Southwest Farm Press

by Ron Smith, Southwest Farm Press

Sugarcane aphid populations increased dramatically in South Texas from the last few days of April into the first days of May, and a Texas AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist is advising producers to monitor fields closely, every three to four days.

“I’ve received many reports of sorghum fields being treated by air and by ground for sugarcane aphids this week,” says IMP specialist Danielle Ortiz. Continue reading

Kudzu bugs are now in Arkansas

In the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension news

by Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas

Kudzu bugs, a fast-moving, invasive pest of soybeans, have been confirmed in Arkansas, but the ones found in Crittenden County probably arrived too late to do any damage to the state’s bean crop, Nick Seiter, extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said Monday.

Kudzu bugs, a native of Asia, were first found in a handful of counties in Georgia in 2009. Since then, their range exploded to span the South. Last December, Jeremy Greene, professor of entomology at Clemson, told those at the Tri-State Soybean Forum in Dumas that the bugs’ presence in Arkansas was not a matter of “if,” but “when.” Continue reading