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Free Collection of articles on Aedes albopictus [Asian tiger mosquito] – Journal of Medical Entomology – Sept 2016 issue

This collection of scientific papers is particularly timely because of the potential involvement of Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, with Zika virus.

In particular, these 4 may be of general interest to an IPM audience  – Continue reading

Webinar: Viral Diseases in Cucurbits: Identification and Management Strategies

Join eOrganic for a webinar about viral diseases in cucurbits and organic management strategies, on October 19, 2016 at 11AM Pacific Time (12PM Mountain, 1PM Central, 2PM Eastern). The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.

Register now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7585247422608083970 Continue reading

Five new Extension Agent positions at the University of Georgia

Go to http://www.caes.uga.edu/unit/abo/hr/ for current Agriculture & Natural Resources, Family & Consumer Sciences, and 4-H and Youth Development County Extension Agent openings.  General information about UGA County Extension Agent positions may be found at: http://extension.uga.edu/about/join/careers.cfm

Director of Extension County Operations University of Georgia

University of Georgia Extension extends lifelong learning to the people of Georgia through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families. The College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CAES) seeks an outstanding leader for the position of Director of Extension County Operations. This is a full-time administrative position based in Athens, Georgia. Appointment will be in the Public Service or Tenure track system as appropriate for the selected candidate.

The incumbent will provide leadership to county Extension offices in Georgia to facilitate coordinated operations between four Extension Districts, personnel development, enhanced extramural support and strategic partnerships. Approximately 800 personnel in county Extension offices provide program leadership in the areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) and 4-H to meet the needs of Georgia citizens. (http://extension.uga.edu/about/index.cfm).

For more information, see the job description.

HUD awards $3.3 M in research grants on reducing housing-related health hazards

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $3.3 M in research cooperative agreements to develop and improve methods for the identification and control of key residential health hazards and to improve the implementation of policies that address these hazards.  Key hazards to be addressed include pest infestation and mold which  can trigger asthma and other illnesses, poor indoor air quality such as exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and other contaminants, and injury hazards. The five universities being awarded FY 2016 Healthy Homes Technical  Studies grants, as described in the news release at <http://cirrus.mail-list.com/healthyhomesnet/71745426.htmlare the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Columbia University, the University of Tulsa, and Eastern Virginia Medical School.  Their project summaries are at http://cirrus.mail-list.com/healthyhomesnet/73142567.html .

NCSU scientists look at cover crops to suppress pigweed

In Southeast Farm Press

by John Hart, Southeast Farm Press

With herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth becoming an ever increasing problem, cotton farmers are looking for non-chemical methods to control their number one weed worry. Cover crops may be one tool that delivers results.

Researchers at North Carolina State University are looking at the effect of a cereal rye/crimson cover crop mulch on cotton emergence, soil temperature, soil moisture, weed suppression and cotton yield in conventional and organic weed control scenarios at three locations across North Carolina. Continue reading