USDA APHIS PPQ Phytosanitary Issues Management

USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine Phytosanitary Issues Management seeks applicants for Agricultural Trade Director Positions. Trade Directors play a major leadership role with respect to planning, coordinating, and directing the resolution of plant health issues involving import and export trade in plants and plant products. www.usajobs.gov

Vice Provost – Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs – University of California

Location Headquarters: UC ANR Building, 2801 Second Street, Davis, California

CLOSING DATE: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by July 1, 2016 (open until filled)  

POSITION PURPOSE: The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), is seeking a Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs to provide leadership and advocacy for a unified UC ANR program with strong statewide, campus, and local presences. This is a senior programmatic leadership position responsible for guiding academic programs, specifically the two UC ANR Institutes, five UC ANR Strategic Initiatives and nine UC ANR Statewide Programs. The incumbent serves as the administrative leader for these programs, with the Directors/Leaders of each reporting to the Vice Provost. This senior leader ensures that these entities are advancing the Division-wide program priorities through development and efficient deployment of resources.   Continue reading

An experimental trap lures away male psyllids before they can mate

In ARS News

By Jan Suszkiw

An acoustic trap developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists may offer an environmentally friendly way to control Asian citrus psyllids, gnat-sized insect pests that transmit Huanglongbing, a devastating citrus disease also known as “citrus greening.”

Infected citrus trees cannot be cured and often die within several years. Until such time, they may bear green, misshapen fruit with acidic-tasting juice, making the fruit unmarketable. Continue reading

Emerald ash borer may have met its match

In ARS News

By Sharon Durham

A wispy wasp may pack a potent punch in the fight against the emerald ash borer (EAB), an insect pest that causes catastrophic ash tree losses in the United States.

EAB has wings that are deep emerald green on the outer edge and a body underneath that’s iridescent magenta. Its stunning appearance belies the fact that it is a deadly, non-native pest that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in North America since its detection in 2002 in Detroit, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada. Continue reading

Can harvest weed seed control help stop pigweed?

In Delta Farm Press

by David Bennett, Delta Farm Press

Will Mid-South producers soon adopt widely used Australian techniques aimed to keep resistant weed seed out of fields? Steve Powles, a leading resistant weed specialist in the world, predicts that is exactly what will happen.

In his home country of Australia, “The big thing is harvest weed seed control,” says Powles, who is currently visiting the United States. “That incorporates a whole range of techniques to harvest weed seed at the time of grain harvest. The ultimate goal is to stop weed seed from entering the soil seed bank.” Continue reading

EPA Releases Draft Triazine Ecological Risk Assessments for Comment

EPA is releasing the draft ecological risk assessments for atrazine, propazine and simazine, which evaluate risks to animals and plants including, amphibians, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, aquatic invertebrates, aquatic plant communities, and terrestrial plants. All three pesticides are in the triazine class of pesticides.

EPA invites stakeholders to comment on the draft ecological risk assessments when the Federal Register notice publishes and the public comment period opens within a week. The draft assessments are currently available on the agency’s website.  EPA will be accepting public comments for 60 days after the Federal Register publishes. After receiving and reviewing public comments, the agency will amend the assessments, as appropriate.  EPA will have atrazine’s assessment peer reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Panel in 2017. Continue reading