Webinar: Considerations for Transitioning Perennial Production to Organic

This webinar is presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Science and Technology National Technology Support Centers.

Date: Apr 4, 2017 3:00 pm US/Eastern

What will you learn?

Join this webinar to learn about the specifics of transitioning perennial production systems to organic. Learn more… Continue reading

USDA Scientists and Partners Investigate Hawaiian Tree Deaths

A team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their collaborators are pursuing a fungal killer that’s attacking Hawaii’s native ‘Ōhi’a trees. Fortunately, their efforts are already turning up important new leads and tools to counter the fungus, known scientifically as Ceratocystis fimbriata.

Identified in 2014, C. fimbriata causes a vascular wilt disease called “Rapid ‘Ōhi’a Death” (ROD) that’s killed hundreds of thousands of ‘Ōhi’a trees in forest and residential areas. Affected areas include the Big Island of Hawaii’s South Hilo, Puna and Ka’ū districts, according to Lisa Keith, a plant pathologist with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Hilo, Hawaii. Continue reading

Concho Valley Cotton Conference set for March 7 in San Angelo

by Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

The 13th Concho Valley Cotton Conference conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is set for 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. March 7 at McNease Convention Center, 500 Rio Concho Drive in San Angelo.

“There’s a lot of new information relating to West Texas cotton production, and this biennial conference is a good place to catch up on what’s going on,” said Josh Blanek, AgriLife Extension agent in Tom Green County. Continue reading

New Agronomic Crops Webinars Available from Alabama Cooperative Extension

New webinars are available from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System  – Agronomic Crops Team. Please visit the links below to watch the recorded presentations: Continue reading

Got Data? Learn About Tools for Infographics and Data Visualization

There are many tools, both free and for-cost, for creating infographics and data visualization. Join us on March 2, 201,7 at 3:00 p.m. EST as Dr. Scott Cummings with Texas A&M University highlights tools and examples of Extension program data visualization. Learn strategies for translating your text and data into visually attractive and understandable images that tell the story in less time. This webinar is one of the eXtension series.

This webinar was specifically requested by the members of the Diversity & Inclusion Issue Corps and the information will be useful to all Extension Professionals. The presentation will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Register for the webinar… Continue reading

Japanese scientists create drone to help with pollination

Scientists at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology are using the mechanics of cross-pollination with bees to create a drone that can pick up pollen in one flower and bring it to another.

The drone, which is controlled manually, is 4 centimeters wide and weighs about 15 grams. The bottom of the drone is covered with a sticky-gel-coated horsehair that picks up pollen from one flower and rubs them off on another flower. The research team has been able to successfully cross-pollinate Japanese lilies with the drone. Continue reading

Webinar series on bed bugs through March 2

The Midwest Pesticide Action Center is sponsoring a series of expert webinars on bed bugs in Chicago. Although the series focuses on Chicago residents and laws, the subjects of the webinars is applicable to areas outside of Chicago.

The series will discuss practical steps for preventing and treating bed bug infestations Each free, 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 30 minute “Ask the Expert” Q&A. Register at http://bit.ly/MPACwebinars . Continue reading

Position available: Assistant Professor of Row Crop and Forage Entomology

The Division of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the University of Missouri (MU) seeks an Assistant Professor and State Extension Specialist in the area of row crop and forage entomology. This is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position, with an appointment of 70% extension and 30% research, and located on the MU campus in Columbia, MO. Continue reading

USDA Invests $4.8 Million in University Agricultural Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 19 grants totaling $4,790,100 to support agricultural science programs at non-land-grant universities. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“Our nation’s ability to achieve nutritional security in the context of the multitude of biological and environmental constraints will require continued new discoveries and a cadre of graduates who are prepared to enter the agricultural workforce,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “NIFA investments in supporting transformative research and education at the more than 80 higher education institutions that offer strong agricultural sciences programs is critical.” Continue reading

Spotting and managing target spot

To hear first-hand from an expert about how to manage target spot and some results of research to help, tune in next Monday afternoon at 3 PM for Dr. Austin Hagan’s webinar on target spot. Click here to register.

From an article by Tyson Raper, University of Tennessee, in Cotton Grower

As the cotton specialist for the state of Tennessee, I am constantly on the lookout for potential issues that may impact Mid-South cotton production. Over the past several years, I have occasionally observed several “target spots,” or Corynespora leaf spots, on the lower leaves of rank cotton plants. Although the number of spots and number of affected leaves are typically low, many growers have asked if the disease might be able to cause the 200-400/lb lint per acre yield penalties reported along the Gulf coast. Continue reading