NIFA Seeks National Program Leader for Plant Pathology – closes August 23

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released a vacancy announcement for the position of National Program Leader for Plant Pathology on August 3, 2017.  NIFA is looking for candidates who are competent in their science, skilled at planning and evaluation, experienced at forming strategic partnerships, and capable in all facets of communication.  The person hired for this position will influence the advancement of the science by helping to determine agency investments in plant pathology and coordinating the efforts of scientists throughout the United States.  He or she will provide strategic direction for NIFA activities and initiatives that support the agricultural enterprise and will provide agency-wide leadership for the development, coordination, reporting, and evaluation of the agency’s programs in plant pathology and related areas of plant health and protection.  NIFA is particularly interested in candidates with strong extension credentials. Continue reading

New ATTRA Farm-Safety Resources Help Growers Understand Regulations

Editor’s note: This post isn’t directly related to pest management, but since pest management is part of food safety, I thought the information may be useful to your stakeholders.

Now that food safety regulations are being implemented under the Food Safety Modernization Act, many growers are confused about how the regulations apply to their farms. Regardless of whether a farm is exempt from the regulations or not, it is important to have an understanding of food safety risks on your own farm and apply simple food safety measures. Continue reading