Research Assistant – PestLens

The individual in this position will engage in research in support of USDA/APHIS/PPQ and Center for IPM cooperative activities (PestLens) related to the collection and analysis of exotic plant pathogen data with application to early warning systems for plant health. The successful applicant will conduct literature searches, design and conduct advanced internet searches, analyze information about invasive plant pests, and enter information into database systems. This position will focus on producing reports for an early warning system designed to help protect U.S. agriculture from exotic plant pests. Additional opportunities in the areas of pest risk analysis, international trade regulation, and invasive species management may be available. The individual will be required to work closely with others in a team environment. Continue reading

UGA, Italian university partner to offer first-of-its-kind program in sustainable agriculture

In Georgia FACES

By Merritt Melancon, University of Georgia

To promote collaboration on some of the biggest challenges facing agriculture today, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is partnering with the University of Padova in Italy for a groundbreaking dual master’s degree program in sustainable agriculture.

On May 3, administrators and faculty from the University of Padova and UGA met in Padova, a city in northern Italy about 24 miles west of Venice, to sign a memorandum of understanding finalizing the dual-degree program. The first students will be enrolled this fall. Continue reading

Researchers in Georgia and Florida testing new disease monitor for strawberries

In Georgia FACES

by Sharon Dowdy, University of Georgia

University of Georgia and University of Florida (UF) researchers are using weather monitors to combat diseases in strawberry fields.

The researchers are testing the Strawberry Advisory System (SAS) in Georgia strawberry fields. SAS, an app created, in part, by UF plant pathologist Natalia Peres, uses temperature and leaf moisture monitors to recommend when farmers should spray for Botrytis and anthracnose, two fungi that cause fruit rot on strawberries. Continue reading

When to treat wheat for armyworms

in Delta Farm Press

by Gus Lorenz, Arkansas Extension Entomologist

There have been sporadic reports of true armyworm feeding in Arkansas wheat this past week. The question is: “Are they really causing any damage?”

The armyworm population is very early this year and we continue to receive reports of armyworms in wheat that is flowering to early grain fill. Continue reading