2017 Annual Imported Fire Ant and Other Invasive Ants Conference

The 2017 Imported Fire Ant and Other Invasive Ants Conference will be meeting in Mobile, AL on May 16-18, 2017.  The conference will be held at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel  in Mobile, AL.   Information about the conference is posted at: http://articles.extension.org/pages/19257/imported-fire-ant-and-invasive-pest-ant-conferenceToday we added information about the hotel venue.  Please note that the deadline for making hotel reservations is April 16, 2017.  Information on meeting registration and paper/poster submission will be posted in January. Continue reading

Conservation Education Specialist Position, Monroe NC, Deadline Dec. 9

Under general supervision, provides public information and educational outreach to build environmental awareness and encourage natural resource conservation. Develops lesson plans for educational programs, and outreach activities.  Works with schools and youth groups to encourage participation in contests and activities sponsored by the District. Coordinates office communication, outreach events and publicity. Serves as first point of contact for citizens who contact or visit the District office, and assists with their information needs. Also provides administrative support for the District Manager and Board of Supervisors. Employee must exercise considerable creativity, initiative and good judgment. Employee must also exercise tact and courtesy in frequent contact with teachers, students, community leaders, the public, and representatives of outside agencies and organizations. Must be able to write effectively and present information clearly and appropriately to a variety of target audiences. Reports to the District Manager.

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Seventh Annual Chapman Phytosanitary Irradiation Forum March 21-22, 2017

Mark your calendars to attend the Seventh Annual Chapman Phytosanitary Irradiation Forum on March 21-22, 2017 at Chapman University in Orange, California.

Organized in cooperation with the USDA and the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme, the objective of the forum is to increase understanding and use of irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment to enhance global trade and prevent invasive pests.

To register and/or receive additional information about the 2017 forum, visit http://www.chapman.edu/food-irradiation-workshop.

Test for wheat blast now available

by By Jan Suszkiw, Agricultural Research Service

A team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and university scientists has developed a sensitive new assay method for detecting the fungus that causes “wheat blast,” a disease of wheat in South America and, most recently, Bangladesh.

The fungus Magnaporthe oryzae triticum (MoT) was first detected in Brazil in 1985. The disease has moved into the neighboring countries of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, but wheat blast hasn’t been reported outside of South America—that is, until February 2016, when MoT was confirmed in wheat crops in Bangladesh. Continue reading

Cover crop, soil health conference in Arkansas Dec. 13-14

In Delta Farm Press

Farmers from Arkansas and surrounding states will attend the Southern Agricultural Cover Crops, Soil Health and Water Management Conference Dec. 13-14 being held at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.

The conference, co-sponsored by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, is designed to help farmers learn how to successfully adopt a cover crop management system and improve soil health and water management on their operations. Continue reading