Secretary Vilsack Awards $17.8 Million to Cultivate the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers, Sets Stage for Continued New Farmer and Rancher Support

In a meeting with new and beginning farmers at Iowa State University today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new investment of $17.8 million for 37 projects to help educate, mentor, and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. The investment is made through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). Since 2009, USDA has invested more than $126 million into projects targeting new and beginning farmers and ranchers through BFRDP. Continue reading

Zika Response Program seeks Vector Control Specialist

The Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) and the Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recruiting for the position of Vector Control Specialist within the West Nile Virus and Other Arboviral Diseases Program, with an emphasis on Zika virus. The purpose of the project is to develop and implement effective surveillance, prevention, and control of Zika and other Aedes-borne arboviruses (e.g., dengue, chikungunya) that occur or are imported into California. These viruses are potentially transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, which are found in several regions of California. The Vector Control Specialist will provide statewide consultation and training on Aedes mosquito surveillance, prevention, and control, and pesticide resistance testing, as indicated. Duties performed aim to reduce the risk of vector-borne disease transmission to California residents and visitors. The Vector Control Specialist will interact with numerous local vector control agencies, county public health jurisdictions, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to perform essential functions.

For more information, see the North Central IPM Center’s Connection newsletter.

USDA Seeks Applications for Fiscal Year 2017 National Clean Plant Network Cooperative Agreements

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting stakeholders to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) projects under the 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007.

APHIS will accept applications for FY 2017 NCPN cooperative agreements from August 17, 2016 through October 26, 2016. Continue reading