2017 Annual Imported Fire Ant and Other Invasive Ants Conference

We are pleased to invite you to the 2017 Annual Imported Fire Ant and Other Invasive Ants Conference in Mobile, AL May 16-18, 2017.  The conference will be held at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, AL 36602.

Registration is now open.  Early registration fees are $200 per person until 4:45 pm Central Time, April 14, 2017.  After that date, registration fees will be $250 per person.  Registration fees for graduate students and guests are $100 per person.  Registration will include an evening reception Tuesday, May 16, Continental Breakfast Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18, and lunch on Wednesday, May 17. Continue reading

CE Entomology and Crop Production Advisor, Riverside, CA

Location Headquarters: Palo Verde, Riverside County, California

SUBMISSION DATE: To ensure full consideration, submit materials by March 24, 2017. Those received after March 24, 2017 may be considered if the position has not yet been filled. (open until filled)

POSITION PURPOSE:

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking a Cooperative Extension (CE) Entomology and Crop Production advisor to conduct an extension, education and applied research program with emphasis on development and delivery of a pest management program for field, row and vegetable crops and the development of new crops for diversification and risk management. This position will continue to work in pest management and IPM in the Palo Verde Valley field crops (alfalfa and cotton), as well as in row and vegetable crops and support diversification via development and improvement of new crops in vegetable and tree crops. The farm advisor is also expected to work in research and education in water management, issues and policies. Key clientele will include UCCE advisors, growers, managers, consultants, pest control advisors, and allied industry personnel. Continue reading

Pollination Ecologist position University of Florida

The Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida is accepting applications for an Assistant Professorship focused on pollination ecology in natural areas and crop systems. This is a 12-month, tenure-accruing position that will be 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), 25% Extension (UF/IFAS Extension Service), and 15% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences). The position is based in Gainesville, FL, USA. The primary focus within the research assignment is the pollination ecology and/or conservation of non-Apis bees. The Extension responsibilities will include developing and implementing an effective statewide Extension education program to support conservation efforts and stakeholders who rely on the pollination services that non-Apis bees provide. The teaching responsibilities will include developing an undergraduate/graduate course in pollinator ecology/conservation and participation in revolving topic seminars in the candidate’s area of expertise. 

More information about the position can be found at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/501323. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution.    

Public Meeting on Collecting Chemical Use Information– Preliminary Summaries of Information Now Available

On February 14th, EPA will hold a public meeting to receive public input and information on uses and conditions of use for the initial ten chemicals to be evaluated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.  Information on uses and the conditions of use will assist EPA in identifying potential exposure scenarios for the ten chemicals.

In preparation for the public meeting, EPA is making available the preliminary summaries of information collected thus far on the manufacturing (including importing), processing, distribution in commerce, use, and disposal of the initial ten chemicals subject to risk evaluation under TSCA. Continue reading

EPA Publishes 2017 Annual Report on Chemical Risk Evaluation

The Environmental Protection Agency is meeting another requirement of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemicals Safety for the 21 Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), by publishing an annual report on risk evaluation.  The reformed TSCA requires that EPA identify the chemical substances that will undergo risk evaluation during that year, those for which risk evaluation will be initiated and those for which risk evaluation will be completed, including status and schedules.  This report must also identify the resources necessary to complete these tasks.  Read the report

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Getting the Best of Pests – Green Webinar Series – March 15, 2017

The University of Georgia’s Center for Urban Agriculture has developed an online, live, interactive training program that allows individuals to obtain re-certification credits from virtually anywhere. You will need a computer with internet access and speakers.
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University of Florida works with snake hunters to remove invasive pythons

In Southeast Farm Press

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are working together on unique projects to target Burmese pythons in Florida. Two projects include using detection dogs and Irula tribesmen to help remove pythons from environmentally sensitive areas.

In their first eight days on the job, the Irula tribesmen — world-renowned snake catchers from India — removed 13 pythons, including four on their first visit to Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge on North Key Largo in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Traditionally, the main occupation of the Irula tribe has been catching snakes. They have successfully hunted and captured Indian pythons in their home province of Tamil Nadu. Continue reading