Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes – Save the Date

Two years ago Elsa Youngsteadt and Steve Frank from NC State joined forces with Dave SmitleyHeidi Wollaeger, and others from Michigan State University to organize the first national conference related to pollinator conservation in ornamental plant production and urban landscapes. Over 150 people with jobs in research, extension, industry, government, or NGOs spent 3 days in the North Carolina mountains with a lineup of renowned international speakers.

But this conference was not just about listening; it was also about talking and discussing pressing issues such as insecticide safety and habitat conservation. Folks studying bee conservation had dinner with folks from agrochemical companies. Extension folks trying to find real-world pest management solutions had beers with beekeepers and conservationists. Many of these interactions may not have ever happened without this conference. Continue reading

Tribal Pesticide Program Council Meeting — October 3-4, 2017

The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) will meet on October 3-4, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time in Sloan, Iowa. Tentative agenda topics include:

  • a discussion on the status of pesticides in Indian Country,
  • updates on regional tribal activities and
  • discussions regarding developing pollinator protection plans and best practices for protecting pollinators.

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Why did my fungicide fail?

In Southeast Farm Press

Plant pathologist Bob Kemerait offers five reasons why fungicide programs fail.

It’s one of the most common questions I get during the back-half of the growing season: “Why didn’t my fungicide work?” Continue reading

APHIS Removes Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the Palmview Area of Hidalgo County, Texas

Effective August 8, 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine area in Palmview, Hidalgo, County, Texas.  Continue reading

Specialists to talk about deer, wild pigs Aug. 29 in Marshall

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

An informational meeting about white-tailed deer and wild pigs is set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in Marshall.

The event, sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Harrison and Panola counties, will be at the Marshall Civic Center, 2501 East End Blvd. S. and is free and open to the public. Dinner is included. Continue reading

USDA grant will help LSU scientists study deer and cattle diseases

in Delta Farm Press

by Olivia McClure, LSU AgCenter

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant will fund the project, “A Prospective Study on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus and Bluetongue Virus Transmission in Cervid and Cattle Populations.” The grant includes support from the National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. Continue reading

Bayer joins forces with non-profit to fight citrus greening

In Southeast Farm Press

Bayer and the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, a non-profit organization in Florida supporting citrus growers, have signed a research collaboration agreement to find solutions to citrus greening disease, which currently threatens the global citrus production and juice industry.

Currently no effective treatment against the bacterium Candidatus liberibacter, the causal agent of citrus greening, is available. Under the long-term research agreement, Bayer will provide access to its disease control know-how and will coordinate public and private research to find novel solutions for citrus greening in Florida and beyond. CRDF is organizing the financing of this project, combining public funds with contributions from the citrus growers and the juice industry. The partnership is financially supported by PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Company, two leaders in the juice industry. Continue reading