UK to host tall fescue pasture renovation workshop

by Katie Pratt, University of Kentucky

Anyone who has spent a considerable amount of time around livestock or forages knows tall fescue is a double-edged sword. University of Kentucky forage specialists are teaming up with the Alliance for Grassland Renewal to host a workshop to teach producers how to renovate their old tall fescue pastures with a novel endophyte variety.

The Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop will take place March 9 at UK’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and UK Spindletop Research Farm. Continue reading

APHIS Posts New Weed Risk Assessments

APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) has posted Weed Risk Assessments (WRA) for the following three weed species:

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APHIS Establishes a Medfly Quarantine in the Arleta Area of Los Angeles County, California

Effective November 19, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established a Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) quarantine in a residential area of Los Angeles County, California. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area. Continue reading

Clostridium difficile – Guidance and Methods for Antimicrobial Efficacy Testing

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability for public comment of two proposed test methods and associated testing guidance for evaluating the effectiveness of antimicrobial pesticides against Clostridium difficile (C. diff).

C. diff is an anaerobic, spore-forming bacterium and a frequent cause of hospital-acquired infections. EPA recognizes the potential public health implications of C. difficile and recommends specific laboratory methodologies to produce and store spores, apply the spores to a hard non-porous surface, and evaluate the effectiveness of antimicrobial products intended to treat these surfaces. Continue reading

EPA Prohibits 72 Inert Ingredients from Use in Pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to remove 72 ingredients from its list of ingredients approved for use in pesticide products.

Manufacturers wishing to use these ingredients in the future will have to provide EPA with studies or information to demonstrate their safety. EPA will then consider whether to allow their use. Continue reading