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Pale Cyst Nematode (PCN) Supplemental Environment Assessment Available for Review

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is making available to the public a supplemental environmental assessment (SEA) for the Pale Cyst Nematode Program (PCN) in Bingham and Bonneville Counties, Idaho. A draft SEA was made available for review and comment on April 28, 2016. This updated SEA includes revisions as a result of comments received and additional information regarding the program.  Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the document should contact Brian Marschman by mail at USDA APHIS PPQ, 9134 W. Blackeagle Dr., Boise, ID 83709; or at: Brian.L.Marschman@aphis.usda.gov). The document can also be viewed at:  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/planthealth/pcn Continue reading

Job Announcement: Two Forester 3 positions – Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture

The State of Tennessee, Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division is currently recruiting for highly qualified candidates to fill two Forester 3 positions.  In collaboration with the State of Tennessee, Department of Human Resources, The Department of Agriculture has announced one Forester 3 position located in Carroll County and one Forester 3 position located Wilson County.

To see full job descriptions and apply, interested candidates must submit their application to http://www.tn.gov/hr and search positions under “Employment Opportunities”, “Preferred Service Job Openings” by job titles.   In addition, interested candidates may receive additional information by visiting “Professional Careers with the Tennessee Department of Forestry” at http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/article/ag-forests-careers. Continue reading

NIFA Announces Funding Opportunities in Food Safety and Crop Pest Management

NIFA Announces $11 Million to Support Antimicrobial Resistance Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $11 million in available funding for projects that mitigate antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a growing public health issue that affects more than 2 million people annually. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Read the full press release at the NIFA website. Continue reading

Clemson students studying ways to improve value of cover crops

In Southeast Farm Press

by Denise Attaway

A group of Clemson students is determining how to use shredded leaves to help increase the value of roller-crimped cover crops.

Cover crops are crops planted primarily to naturally manage soil erosion, soil fertility, soil and water quality, weeds, pests, diseases, biodiversity and wildlife. Roller-crimping involves attaching roller-crimpers to tractors, rolling over cover crops to flatten and damage them, leaving behind a thick mulch. Rye grass is the cover crop used in this study. Continue reading

National Poison Prevention Week – EPA Urges Public to Keep All Pesticides in Original Containers to Prevent Accidental Poisoning

National Poison Prevention Week is March 19-25.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is highlighting the dangers of removing pesticides and other household chemicals from their original containers and storing them in bottles or cans that can be mistaken for drink. Poison Control Centers have reported cases of accidental poisonings from ingestion of chemical substances stored in soda and juice bottles and cans, coffee cups, baby bottles and various other beverage containers.

One of the simplest ways to prevent poisonings is to always keep products in their original containers. Product labels contain valuable use instructions and important precautions and first aid needed in case of an emergency. Continue reading