New tree pest has arrived in NC

by Steven Frank, NC State University

A couple years ago I began warning about a new pest that was spreading throughout crape myrtle country. Now, the crape myrtle bark scale has arrived. From the severity of the infestation it looks like it actually arrived many years ago but now it is “official.” This is bad news because crape myrtles are one of our most commonly planted trees in yards and along streets. Crape myrtles are typically almost maintenance free (unless you top them) but now they will require pest management to stay healthy and beautiful. Continue reading

Two Agriculture and Natural Resources County Extension Agent openings at UGA

The University of Georgia has listed 2 Agriculture and Natural Resources County Extension Agent openings.

General information about UGA County Extension Agent positions may be found at:

To apply, all applicants please follow these procedures:

  1. Visit UGA’s Employment website (iPAWS): – Tift County (ANR & Livestock), Tifton, GA – SW District; – Barrow County, Winder, GA – NE District
  1. “Apply for This Posting” and follow all online directions.

Feel free to forward this to potentially interested applicants and if you have questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact our Southwest District Extension Office at or 229/386-3413 or the Northeast District Office at or 706-542-3179.

APHIS Amends the Federal Order Restricting Imports of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata) Host Commodities

Effective immediately, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the Federal Order restricting U.S. imports of certain fruits and vegetables from the Dominican Republic to add Distrito Nacional and Santo Domingo to the list of provinces allowed to export Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) host material to the United States. Continue reading

Open Period Closes Aug 19 for Submitting Suggestions for Farm Bill Section 10007 Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program

The open period for stakeholders to submit project suggestions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Farm Bill Section 10007 funding consideration closes on August 19, 2016.

Please note that this reminder only concerns the current open period soliciting project suggestions for the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPDMDPP) portion of Section 10007; the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) portion of Section 10007, which will make at least $5 million available for the best NCPN-aligned project suggestions, will announce a separate open period in the near future. Continue reading

NIFA Announces $3.1 Million in Available Funding to Train the Next Generation of Agricultural Leaders

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $3.1 million to train the next generation of agricultural leaders. This funding is available through the Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program (NNF).

“In the next few years, we expect to see a significant number of job openings for graduates with degrees in agricultural sciences,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “The fellowship program allows us to support the next generation of scientists and innovators, who will play an integral part in the future of our food and agricultural systems.” Continue reading

Two postdoc positions at University of California

The University of California at Riverside has two openings for postdocs working with invasive insects, specifically European grapevine moth and Asian citrus psyllid.

Spatial analysis of an invasive insect in California vineyards

An opening is available for a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Entomology at the University of California – Riverside to study the spatiotemporal dynamics of European grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana) invasion. The researcher will leverage an existing dataset of moth distribution toward understanding the factors that contributed to moth establishment and spread, and to evaluate the efficacy of regulatory procedures. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in ecology, entomology, geography or a related field with a focus on invasion biology or landscape ecology. Experience with GIS, spatial statistics, and statistical modeling is required. The position is available September 1st, with the potential for being located at UC Riverside or UC Berkeley. To apply, send a cover letter, CV, list of professional references, and a writing sample to Matt Daugherty ( Continue reading

Time of day does not affect peanut weed treatments in crop situations

In Southeast Farm Press

by John Hart, Southeast Farm Press

For the most part, the effectiveness of common peanut herbicide applications are not influenced by time of application, research at the University of Georgia reveals.

In a paper presented to the annual meeting of the American Peanut Research and Education Society in Clearwater, Fla., Wen Carter, a graduate student in weed science working under the guidance of Extension weed science specialist Eric Prostko, shared results of the study conducted in 2015 at the University of Georgia Ponder Research Farm in Tifton. Continue reading