Regional Forest Pathologist

OUTREACH NOTICE – REPLY by June 17, 2016

USDA Forest Service

Pacific Northwest Region

Forest Health Protection

State & Private Forestry

Regional Forest Pathologist, GS-0434-12/13

R6 Regional Office, Portland, Oregon

POSITION: The USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region will soon be advertising the above position located in Portland, Oregon.             Continue reading

IR-4 Southern Region priority setting conference call June 8 at 10 AM

Below is a link to the list of “potential nominated projects” from the IR-4 national database. The list is organized according to crop group, so although it is a seemingly large document (147 pages) you should be able to quickly thumb through to the commodities that you are most interested in. Within each crop group/sub group, the requests are clustered according to the class of pesticide so for example, all herbicides for lettuce will appear together, as will all insecticides and fungicides. Please spend some time going through the list ahead of our initial priority setting call on Wednesday June 8th at 10am. The list was printed 5/17/16, please note that the status of some projects are currently being evaluated and may change depending on the outcome of IR-4’s registration visits to the various manufactures. Any project clearance request “PCR” submitted post 5/17/16 will be considered at our final priority setting call in August, date TBD. Continue reading

Zika Virus and Outdoor Workers: Include Insect Repellent on your list of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

by Greg Huber, University of Georgia

Inherently, agricultural and outdoor workers experience a greater risk of mosquito bites that can vector illnesses such as chikungunya, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, and Zika virus disease.  The Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency recommend using EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol to protect workers against these infections. Fact sheets and posters have been released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) outlining the Zika virus to promote education and communication regarding practices to reduce worker exposure. Continue reading

Draft Pest Risk Assessment Available for Review and Comment: Pepper Fruit from Egypt

The government of Egypt has requested the U.S. allow pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) to be imported into the continental United States. APHIS has drafted a pathway-initiated risk assessment for this request. The comment period will close in 30 days.

If you would like to review the document or provide comments, refer to the Stakeholder Risk Assessment Consultation page at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/risk-assessment-consultation.