Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Food Security Challenge Area

The AFRI Food Security Challenge Area focuses on the societal challenge to keep American agriculture competitive and end world hunger by ensuring the availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious food. The long-term goal of the AFRI Food Security Challenge Area is to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and the availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious food. Continue reading

District Gardener job open in Raleigh, NC

Duties and Responsibilities

As a co-manager of a large public garden and numerous other public parks you have a passion for horticulture, and how parks can contribute exceptional experiences to the lives of the people of Raleigh. You have an eye for detail, a flair for design, and dirty hands. You have a positive attitude, extensive knowledge and skill, and a solid, uncompromising work ethic. You are an innovative problem solver.

This is a working position. You enjoy working hard and leading by example. You gladly share your knowledge with your team and collaborate with others to achieve excellent results. Continue reading

Videos of spotted wing drosophila now available online

North Carolina State University Extension entomologist Hannah Burrack, along with Vaughn Walton from Oregon State University, Rodriguez-Saona Cesar from Rutgers University, and Rufus Isaacs from Michigan State University conducted three webinars on spotted wing drosophila (SWD) management for members of the Plant Health Division of the Department of Agriculture in Peru. Because SWD had not yet been detected in Peru, these webinars covered all of the basic information, including the biology, symptoms of infection, current management techniques, and management models. Continue reading

How to protect yourself from mosquitoes this summer

In Delta Farm Press

by Randy LaBauve, LSU AgCenter

Summer is not far away, and with it will come swarms of mosquitoes, which bring the threat of West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis and the potential for other diseases like Zika virus. That’s why it’s important for people to distinguish fact from fiction when choosing a plan of defense to fight their bites.

“West Nile virus is something we’re going to have to deal with annually,” said Kristen Healy, LSU AgCenter medical entomologist. “So whether or not Zika virus becomes an issue in Louisiana, it’s important to remember that you should always protect yourself from mosquitoes.” Continue reading