Diseases and Pests in Organic Seed Production Webinar July 18

The 2017 Organic Seed Production webinar series continues next Tuesday with a presentation on diseases and pests. Join Jared Zystro of the Organic Seed Alliance and Jodi Lew-Smith of High Mowing Seeds, who will discuss basic field practices for avoiding diseases and pests in seed production and post harvest. They will also provide guidance on prevention, testing and treatment for seed borne diseases in organic seed production. Please note that this webinar will start at 930AM Pacific, 1030 Mountain, 1130 Central, 1230 Eastern Time. If you’ve already registered for any webinars in this series, you will receive a reminder about this one and will not have to register again. Register and find recordings of the past webinars in this series here: http://articles.extension.org/pages/74451

U of I seeks Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources (Commercial Agriculture)

The Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources (Commercial Agriculture) serves as a regular, full time, 12 month, academic professional with primary responsibility for the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs supporting the mission of the University of Illinois Extension. This position will be expected to deliver research-based educational programs, developed in cooperation with Crop Sciences personnel at designated Research Center and campus-based faculty with an emphasis on applied research with commercial field crops. The establishment of professional networks as well as the development of relationships with key stakeholder groups is vital to the success of Extension Educators in this position. Continue reading

U of I seeks Extension Specialist, Pesticide Safety

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Department of Crop Sciences Extension Specialist, Pesticide Safety Education – Entomology

PRIMARY FUNCTION Work as part of an interdisciplinary team to prepare educational materials and conduct training clinics to support the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) for state licensing requirements. Continue reading

USDA Announces $7.2 Million for Research on Plant-Biotic Interactions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 10 grants totaling $7.2 million for research on the interactions of plants, microbes, and invertebrates. This is the first round of grants awarded through the Plant-Biotic Interactions program, a joint funding opportunity established through a partnership between NIFA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NIFA funding is made possible through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“The research to be supported by these grants will help reveal the mechanisms that govern how plants interact with the world around them,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “The expectation is that NIFA investments will result in tools for growers to help plants thrive in the face of pest and environmental constraints, along with other challenges.”  Continue reading

Wisconsin pallet maker fined for environmental fraud

Russel Wetenkamp, site manager for Timber Creek Resource in Wisconsin, pled guilty and was sentenced in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin to criminal violations related to the Plant Protection Act (PPA).

Wetenkamp fraudulently marked wooden pallets indicating that they were compliant with the regulations under the PPA that govern the use of wood packaging material in international trade even though they had not been properly treated to prevent the spread of wood-boring pests.  Continue reading

Southeastern tobacco succumbing to tomato spotted wilt

In Southeast Farm Press

by Chris Bickers, Southeast Farm Press

Any hopes that the U.S. tobacco crop might escape serious damage from tomato spotted wilt were dashed at the end of May and in early June when substantial infestations broke out in Georgia and the Carolinas.

Jerry Breland of the Walterboro area of South Carolina was one of the farmers reeling from the intensity of the hit his flue-cured had taken from the disease. He talked to Southeast Farm Press on June 9. Continue reading

Trainings at Texas’s IPM Experience House

From Insects in the City

by Michael Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Are you looking for pest control training using a practical approach? Do you have a new employee that you’d like to provide with some of the best training available?  Then you might be interested in the three new hands-on classes being offered this summer through the new IPM Experience House in Dallas.  Here are this summer’s classes with information on how to register: Continue reading