EPA Finalizes Human Health Risk Assessment for Pesticide Used on Pets

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the human health risk assessment of tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP). TCVP is an organophosphate insecticide used to control fleas, ticks, and other pests on and around pets and livestock. It is used in residential products like pet collars.

Through the publication of the revised human health risk assessment and related documents, we are addressing a 2009 Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) petition. Continue reading

Pasture management program to be held in Texas

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold an East Texas Pasture Management Program Feb. 17 in Overton.

The program begins with registration at 12:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 N. Farm-to-Market Road 3053.

Cost is $25 per person if preregistered by Feb. 15 or $35 the day of the event. Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu or call AgriLife Extension Conference Services at 979-845-2604. Continue reading

How to get ahead of nematodes in cotton

In Delta Farm Press

by Patrick Shepard, Delta Farm Press

Louisiana witnessed a shift from root-knot to reniform nematodes in the late 1980s and 1990s. “We conducted nematode survey work in cotton in the mid-1990s, and found that 50 percent of the fields had reniform and only 25 percent had root-knot,” says Louisiana State University AgCenter plant pathologist Charles Overstreet.

“However, we’re now moving slightly back in the other direction because we’re rotating more with corn; we’re now finding a mixture of both reniform and root-knot in cotton fields. Corn is a host for root-knot, but not reniform, so yearly rotation helps manage reniform nematodes. Many Louisiana growers now plant one year with cotton and one with corn.” Continue reading

Alabama offers funding for feral hog management

In Southeast Farm Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service recently announced that eligible landowners interested in Alabama’s Wild Pig Damage Management Program should apply for financial assistance by Jan. 20.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program funding for 2017 supports the initiative. Continue reading

RFA for National Indoor Environments Program: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants announced

Closing Date: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, 4 p.m. EST

Request for Applications (RFA): “National Indoor Environments Program: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants”

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), Indoor Environments Division (IED) has posted a new RFA (EPA-OAR-ORIA-17-02) www.epa.gov/grants/air-grants-and-funding, and www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290725. Continue reading

Webinar on woody ornamentals January 18

The University of Georgia’s Center for Urban Agriculture has developed an online, live, interactive training program that allows individuals to obtain Continuing Education credits from virtually anywhere, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture does not limit the number of hours that can be acquired by webinar. All you will need is a computer with internet access and speakers.

TOPICS and SPEAKERS: Pruning Woody Ornamentals for Optimal Health, Dr. Bodie Pennisi, University of Georgia, Griffin; Troubleshooting Problems in Landscape, Mr. Bob Westerfield, University of Georgia, Griffin

DATE and TIME: January 18, 2017; 7:45 to 10:00 AM EDT (On-line via Internet) Continue reading

Permanent scientist position available with USDA ARS in Manhattan KS

A Research Ecologist (quantitative) position is available with the USDA ARS Stored Product Insect and Engineering Research Unit at the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research Center in Manhattan, KS.  This is a permanent research position.  

Deadline: January 13, 2017 Continue reading