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Conservation Innovation grants available

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. CIG uses Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, American Indian Tribes, or individuals. Producers involved in CIG funded projects must be EQIP eligible.

Through CIG, NRCS partners with public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adopt promising technologies. These new technologies and approaches address some of the Nation’s most pressing natural resources concerns. CIG benefits agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations.   Continue reading

Why We Should All Support IPM in Schools as a Top Priority for our Nation

By Dr. Thomas Green, IPM Institute

From the Connection, North Central IPM Center

This fall, 50.4 million students and six million staff returned to more than 100,000 schools in 13,500 districts across the US. Unfortunately, only 15-20% of those districts have key indicators of effective IPM programs (Green and Gouge 2015). Continue reading

Webinar on 2017 OREI and ORG Request for Applications

USDA will host a webinar on Thursday November 17, 2016, from 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time, to discuss the request for application to two NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) organic grant programs:

2017 Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI): $18 million available to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Applications are due January 19, 2017.   Continue reading

Oklahoma cotton crop looks good despite bacterial blight

by Ron Smith, Delta Farm Press

Oklahoma farmers are poised to make one of their best cotton crops ever. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates place production at 960 pounds per acre, almost 100 pounds higher than last year’s record yield.

Early reports from Southwest Oklahoma gins, Extension specialists, and farmers indicate some irrigated fields closing in on 4 bales per acre, and dryland around 2 bales per acre — all despite a season that started off with weather challenges and included significant losses to bacterial blight in some areas.  Continue reading

New data shows that speed-driven applicators may not hamper coverage

by Eric Prostko, UGA Extension Weed Specialist

If you spend much time out in the field, it is commonplace these days to see the new fighter-jet-like pesticide applicators that have become very popular down on the farm. With 80-foot to 120-foot booms, GPS guidance systems and dilithium crystal-powered warp drives (another geeky Star Trek reference), growers can quickly and efficiently cover a lot of ground when making pesticide applications.

After watching these awesome machines in action, I have become much more interested in how factors such as tractor speed and boom height might be influencing the performance of herbicides. Continue reading

Webinar: how to develop an IPM plan for schools

Title: Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan: Learn How to Develop a Comprehensive IPM Program

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Time:  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Like people, pests need food, water, and shelter to survive. Removing these elements, by using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices, will control existing pest infestations and reduce future invasions. Continue reading

Rebroadcast of Public Symposium on Regulation of Plant-Incorporated Protectants – Register for November 18, 2016, Webinar

In September 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency held a public symposium on data that support registration of plant incorporated protectants (PIPs). The information from that symposium will be rebroadcast as a webinar on Thursday, November 18, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The symposium provided a forum for PIP developers, the agricultural sector and the general public to get information firsthand on the scope of the scientific review process that determines the safety of PIPs and on the pesticide registration process as a whole. The majority of PIPs registered in the past 20-plus years use insecticidal traits of bacterial proteins to enhance the plant’s resistance to insect herbivores. EPA, FDA and USDA representatives gave an overview of the regulatory system that applies to biotechnology in the United States in the context of the Coordinated Framework for Regulation of Biotechnology. Continue reading

Virginia Tech seeks responders for Mexican bean beetle survey

Entomologists at Virginia Tech are asking for specialists, Extension agents and crop consultants to participate in a one-question survey (yes, you read that correctly–one question!) about the Mexican bean beetle.

The survey contains photographs of egg, larval and adult stages of the beetle. The question is, “Based on your experience, how common is Mexican bean beetle in your specific county or city, within the past ten years?” Answers include “Present,” “Never,” or “Unsure.” Responses will help determine the distribution of the Mexican bean beetle.

Please click the following link to participate in the survey:


Please forward the link to anyone with the expertise needed to participate in the survey.