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Webinar about IPM Enhancement Grant will be held October 14

Directors of the Southern IPM Center and the evaluation specialist will held a webinar to describe the proposal process and answer any questions about the IPM Enhancement Grant RFA on Friday, October 14 at 2 PM Eastern Time. You can register online at http://bit.ly/2dqB69T.

After the webinar has been held, it will be recorded and posted at http://bit.ly/2dzqcQZ.

Reporting requirements for IPM Enhancement Grant projects have also changed in recent years, so the webinar is a good time to ask questions about those as well. Anyone wishing to apply for a new grant must have submitted a report for a previous project if applicable.

You can access the Southern IPM Center’s IPM Enhancement Grant RFA at http://bit.ly/2dpONr4.

NIFA Announces up to $48.1 Million in Funding Available for Specialty Crop Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released details on up to $48.1 million in available funding to support systems-based research and extension activities to accelerate science-based solutions and new technology for the specialty crop industry. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants yesterday at the New York Times Food for Tomorrow Conference in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. The grants are to be funded through NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).

“The Specialty Crop Research Initiative offers strategic investments to help bring specialty crops to market,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “By using this approach, we encourage stakeholders to work together to address problem-solving in a comprehensive way that leads to sustainable, positive outcomes and impacts.” Continue reading

EPA Guidance on How to Comply with the Revised Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides

Today, EPA in conjunction with the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) is making available a guide to help users of agricultural pesticides comply with the requirements of the 2015 revised federal Worker Protection Standard. You should read this manual if you employ agricultural workers or handlers, are involved in the production of agricultural plants as an owner/manager of an agricultural establishment or a commercial (for-hire) pesticide handling establishment, or work as a crop advisor. Continue reading

Scientists discover the Mediterranean fruit fly’s genetic code

By Jan Suszkiw, Agricultural Research Service

An international team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other research organizations have sequenced the complete genome of the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata. This pest attacks more than 260 fruit, vegetable and nut crops worldwide, causing billions of dollars annually in direct damage, export sanctions, lost markets, and other costs.

Reported in the September issue of Genome Biology, this advance is like finding the medfly’s playbook of life. It gives researchers an edge in spotting weaknesses to exploit, particularly genes tied to the pest’s ability to reproduce, withstand pathogens, find host plants, and break down environmental toxins. The advance should also foster greater understanding of how the insect’s genetics make it such a successful invasive pest. Continue reading

Seed treatments and hybrids are key to controlling sugarcane aphids

In Southeast Farm Press

Selecting tolerant hybrids and using treated seed are important steps to control sugarcane aphids in sorghum, which has become a major pest.

Speaking at Pee Dee Research and Education Center’s 2016 Field Day Sept. 13 in Florence, Francis Reay-Jones, associate professor of entomology at Clemson University, said using seed treatments and planting tolerant hybrids is critical because most of the labeled insecticides only provide “so so” control of sugar cane aphids. Continue reading

APHIS Removes the Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine in the Rio Hondo and McCook Areas in Texas

Effective August 23, 2016, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly) quarantine in the Rio Hondo area of Cameron and Willacy Counties, Texas.

On April 22, 2016, APHIS established a Mexfly quarantine in Cameron and Willacy Counties after confirming one mated female Mexfly and one larva in Rio Hondo, Texas. Continue reading

Basics of Construction and Crop Production for High Tunnels

High Tunnels allow growers to extend the growing season and increase profitability.  If you are interested in learning more about building high tunnels and using them in crop production, please join Clemson University for a more in depth look at the opportunities high tunnels can provide.

In the afternoon on October 25th we will tour working high tunnels at the Clemson Coastal Research and Education Center and see over 20 varieties of plants currently in production there.  Clemson Extension agent Zack Snipes will be on hand to lead the tour and answer questions.  Continue reading

Senior Scientific and Technical Analyst – National Invasive Species Council (NISC)

Job Overview

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, National Invasive Species Council, in Washington, DC. This is a permanent, senior-level position with substantial, high-profile responsibilities. The incumbent serves as the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) Secretariat’s Senior Scientific and Technical Analyst. NISC was established by Executive Order 13112 (EO 13112; Invasive Species Executive Order). The Department of the Interior, Office of Policy, Management and Budget, has responsibility for providing administrative and staffing support to the NISC Secretariat. Following priorities, guidelines, and strategic plans established by the Executive Director, the incumbent ensures effective day-to-day leadership and coordination of the scientific and technical activities necessary for the NISC Secretariat to implement its duties in a timely, credible, and highly effective manner. Continue reading

Planting sorghums early might help reduce sugarcane aphid damages

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

Every year is a learning year right now for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists and anyone else dealing with the sugarcane aphid, both on grain sorghum and forage sorghum in the Texas High Plains.

“We have a lot more information about grain sorghum than we do on the forage sorghum,” said Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist at Amarillo. Continue reading

EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program Solicits Nominations for the 2017 Gulf Guardian Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program is seeking nominations for the 2017 Gulf Guardian Awards. These awards recognize and honor businesses, community groups, individuals and organizations that are taking extraordinary steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive. Nominations are due by October 31, 2016. Continue reading