Opening for Associate Management Analyst B: Integrated Pest Management in county of Santa Clara

The Office of the County Executive for the County of Santa Clara, California, has an opening for an Associate Management Analyst B.

The Associate Management Analyst B will help in the following functions:

Core function support: Help strengthen core program functions such as explore grants and collaborative opportunities with other agencies, provide training to county departmental staff, assist in conducting field surveys, conduct project specific and ongoing IPM research, conduct demonstrations and trials, conduct outreach to users and public for successful adoption of these practices, conduct field verification of projects, and communicate and work effectively with operating departments on adoption of practices, pesticide use exemptions and pesticide use reporting. Continue reading

NIFA Announces the Availability of $17.7 Million to Train, Educate the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $17.7 million in grant funding to help train and educate the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

“USDA is committed to supporting the next generation of farmers and ranchers, and we know that they have unique educational, training, technical assistance and outreach needs,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program funds projects that provide valuable tools and resources to help these producers succeed in building profitable and sustainable businesses in communities across the country.” Continue reading

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program RFA is available

Beginning farmer education for adult and young audiences in the United States can be generally traced back to the advent of the 1862 and the 1890 Morrill Land Grant Acts. But for the first time, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub .L. No. 110-234, Section 7410), appropriated $75 million for FY 2009 to FY 2012 to develop and offer education, training, outreach and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. The Agriculture Act of 2014 provided an additional $20 million per year for 2014 through 2018. The reasons for the renewed interest in beginning farmer and rancher programs are: the rising average age of U.S. farmers, the 8% projected decrease in the number of farmers and ranchers between 2008 and 2018, and the growing recognition that new programs are needed to address the needs of the next generation of beginning farmers and ranchers.

Deadline: Thursday, December 8, 2016

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Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) RFA is available

The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Projects must address at least one of five focus areas:

  • Research in plant breeding, genetics, genomics, and other methods to improve crop characteristics
  • Efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators
  • Efforts to improve production efficiency, handling and processing, productivity, and profitability over the long term (including specialty crop policy and marketing)
  • New innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripening
  • Methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, and respond to potential food safety hazards in the production, efficiency, handling and processing of specialty crops.

Deadline: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 5 PM ET

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Webinar on how to manage bats in the school district

When:  Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Time:  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Bats are one of nature’s best insect predators, often eating thousands of mosquitoes and other insect pests in just one night. However, their helpful ways are quickly forgotten when they find their way into school buildings.

What are the health issues associated with bats, the legal considerations surrounding their removal, and proven tactics to prevent and manage them? Continue reading

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Regulated Area Expands in Minnesota to Include Dodge County and a Portion of St. Louis County

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding all of Dodge County and a portion of St. Louis County in Minnesota to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of EAB in Dodge and St. Louis Counties.

To prevent the spread of EAB to other states, the attached Federal Order outlines specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-regulated articles from the quarantined area in Minnesota. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in Minnesota is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species. Continue reading