USFS Drought and invasive species webinar – September 14

The next US Forest Service drought webinar entitled “Drought and Invasive Species” is scheduled for Thursday September 14, 2017 from 2 to 3:30pm EST.  Directors Allen Rowley and Cindi West will provide opening remarks followed by several excellent speakers.

They anticipate a stimulating discussion with questions and answers. You may also earn continuing education credits if you are interested. Please call using conference line: 877-369-5243 and passcode: 0368706#.  To view the presentations, please connect using  http://climatewebinars.net/webinars/drought-invasives.  If you are in Washington, DC and would like to join in person, please come to the Civilian Conservation Corps room (PNW04) in the Yates building. Continue reading

NIFA Announces $3.1 Million Available to Support Food and Agricultural National Needs Fellowship Grants Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $3.1 million in available funding to train the next generation of policymakers, researchers, and educators in the food and agricultural sciences. There is a significant shortfall between the number of jobs being created and availability of graduates with bachelor’s or higher degrees in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or environmental specialties.

“These investments support future science leaders,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “We are cultivating students’ skills in leadership, management, critical thinking and problem-solving, along with technical knowledge in the food and agricultural disciplines so they can address the emerging agricultural challenges of the 21st century.”  Continue reading

Fall cankerworm biology, ecology, and management in urban and rural landscapes

The fall cankerworm, Alsophila pometaria, is a moth native to North America whose caterpillars are commonly called inchworms.  While this defoliator generally remains at low abundances, occasional outbreaks may occur.  Defoliation rarely hurts the tree, but may act as a stress agent if prolonged outbreaks occur.  This webinar will cover the biology and ecology of cankerworms, as well as management strategies.  Management in urban areas as well as in rural areas will be covered. Continue reading