Native Thistles: Important and Misunderstood Plants for Conservation

Presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Science and Technology, National Technology Support Centers

What will you learn?

Learn about the value of native thistles to pollinators and other wildlife, the precarious conservation status of native thistles, and ways we can conserve the wide diversity of native thistles in North America. Learn more… Continue reading

How to maintain a thirsty lawn

The following recommendations were developed by Extension specialists at the University of Georgia. However, they are general enough to be relevant to every state on the East coast that is affected by the drought this summer. Click here for the original article, written by Mary Carol Sheffield.

Water correctly. In the absence of rainfall, established lawns need about 1 inch of water a week. Because the soil cannot absorb that much water at one time, which results in runoff, smaller volumes of water totaling 1 inch may need to be applied at separate times during the week. For example, two half-inch applications could be made three to four days apart. Continue reading

UGA’s annual Organic Farm Twilight Tour slated for June 29

By Merritt Melancon

In its sixth year, UGA’s Organic Farm Twilight Tour is a chance to stroll around UGA’s 90-acre organic research and horticulture farm and learn about the latest in organic growing methods.

The tour will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Durham Horticulture Farm at 1221 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville, Georgia. Continue reading

House Ag Committee Announces Farm Bill Listening Session

“The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field,” a committee listening session, will take place in Gainesville, Florida on June 24.

Ahead of the next farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson announced the first of several committee activities across the country intended to stimulate conversation and gather input from farmers, ranchers, and stakeholders. Upon announcement of the listening session, the chairman and ranking member stated they are looking forward to these events, and to help them get a better idea of how these programs are actually working, which will be beneficial as they look to potential changes in the next bill. They encourage farmers, ranchers, and other stakeholders to join them.

A specific location for the session has not been announced, but if you want to attend and need more information, look at the House Committee on Agriculture Press Release site for more information.

Kansas researchers find gene for resistance to wheat streak mosaic virus

In Southwest Farm Press

by Pat Melgares

Kansas State University researchers have identified a gene that will provide resistance to the wheat streak mosaic virus, a disease that is currently causing economic losses in Kansas fields.

Bernd Friebe, a research professor with the Wheat Genetic Resources Center in the Department of Plant Pathology said the Wsm3 gene is just the third gene known to provide resistance to the virus – and the first that can do so at outdoor temperatures of 75 degrees Fahrenheit and higher. Continue reading