NCPIRG wants students to think about the bees this Thanksgiving

by Jerry Jiang, Daily Tar Heel

People become accustomed to the habit of expecting Thanksgiving to simply come along every November, but in the words of North Carolina Public Interest Research Group’s slogan, “No bees, no Thanksgiving.”

State senator Mike Woodard spoke at the Bee-Saving event, hosted by Edible Campus UNC behind Davis Library as part of NCPIRG’s Save the Bees campaign.  Continue reading

USDA Research to Support Environmentally-Friendly Pesticides, Reduction of Methyl Bromide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced funding available to research new, environmentally-friendly pesticides, and innovative tools and strategies to replace methyl bromide, an older treatment for pests.

The Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) program is helping to discover and implement practical and safer pest management alternatives. Projects may focus on integrated research and extension activities or extension-only projects that promote the adoption of new pest management practices. This year, NIFA’s Methyl Bromide Transition Program will award grants totaling $1.9 million for such research. Continue reading

Invasive tree conquers South

in Morning Ag Clips

The tallow tree, a “super invader” with toxic leaves and no natural enemies in North America, is conquering the South.

Overtaking forests from Texas to Florida, tallows grow three times faster than most native hardwoods, and each one casts off 100,000 seeds a year. Controlled burns haven’t stopped their spread, nor have herbicide sprays from helicopters. Cutting them down works only when each stump is immediately doused with chemicals. Harvesting them for biofuel remains more a promise than a practical solution. Continue reading

New Pecan and Fruit Production Physiology position at OSU

The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Oklahoma State University invites applications for a full-time, eleven-month, tenure-track position (75% research and 25% teaching) at the rank of Assistant Professor in Pecan and Fruit Production Physiology. Preferred start date is August 2018. This position is endowed by the J.D. “Scotty” Scott Professorship.

Pecan and fruit research is conducted within the framework of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station (OAES) and the teaching program is part of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). Both the OAES and CASNR are in OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department (HLA) offers B.S. degrees in Horticulture and Landscape Management, and a BLA degree in Landscape Architecture. The HLA graduate program offers a M.S. degree in Horticulture. Ph.D. students advised by a HLA faculty member matriculate through the Crop Science program or interdisciplinary Plant Science, Environmental Science or Food Science programs. Continue reading