Find Indicators of Soil Health in New Video

The National Center for Appropriate Technology’s short video, Soil Aggregate Stability: Visual Indicators of Soil Health, shows the dramatic differences in aggregate stability that result from different management practices of the exact same soil type. The narration by NCAT California Regional Office Director Rex Dufour explains why aggregate stability is so important as an indicator of soil health, and how soil health can be supported.

View it for free at the NCAT YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giDduFw1Ybo.

The video is also available in Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVgpVIm6bE8&feature=youtu.be.

 

Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) Program

NIFA’s Agriculture in the Classroom Program (AITC) serves nearly 5 million students and 60,000 teachers annually through workshops, conferences, field trips, farm tours, and other educational activities. AITC programs include working with state AITC activities engaged in a variety of issues relating to agricultural literacy. Other programs emphasized by the NIFA AITC office include:

  • Science literacy
  • Agricultural careers
  • Nutrition
  • Pre-service and professional develop opportunities for teachers.

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Invasive insects? Biological Control? It’s all at the International IPM Symposium in March

Learn the latest about Invasive insects, biological controls, and other topics at the 9th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, March 19-22, 2018 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland USA. Those who register by February 19 will pay a reduced price.

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Webinar: Organic Management of spotted wing drosophila

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) has emerged as a devastating pest of small and stone fruits worldwide. We have organized a webinar to provide you with the most updated information on everything you need to know for organic management of SWD. Continue reading

Link information for USDA ARS stakeholder webinar for NP 104

For those who are interested in the stakeholder webinar workshop sessions for NP 104, registration and link information is below. There will be three sessions, each session will be one hour long and organized around each of the three components of our National Program. Sessions will be held on February 15, 2018 at the times indicated below. All are welcome to participate in all sessions or can choose their topics of interest.

  1. 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST: Component 1: Medical Entomology for the Public and the Military including arthropods: Mosquitoes, Flies, Sand Flies, Ticks, Bed Bugs
  2. 1:30 – 2:30 pm EST: Component 2: Veterinary Entomology including arthropods: Invasive ticks, Stable Flies, House Flies, Horn Flies, Screwworm flies, Biting Midges
  3. 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST: Component 3: Fire Ants and other Invasive Pest Ants including arthropods: Invasive Fire Ants, Invasive Crazy Ants, Other Invasive Pest Ants and Climate Change

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Professor and Department Chair – Clemson University

Clemson University (CU) is seeking to fill a Professor and Department Chair position within their Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. The Chair provides vision and leadership to facilitate and strengthen our teaching, research, and extension missions. The person selected will promote and guide new initiatives in a large and diverse department. The position is located on the Clemson campus and will be a twelve-month, tenured appointment. Continue reading

How IPM can help prevent the flu

Flu season is upon us, and good pest management can prevent more than pests–it can also help keep germs to a minimum in your school or office. Janet Hurley, school IPM expert with Texas A&M AgriLife, shares some tips on how to prevent the flu with an IPM program.

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Between the news, my social media feeds, email, and phone calls I know it’s flu season, how about you? Many who work in the IPM program are also involved in the school environmental health program as well, and there are lots of questions. The three big questions I get asked is what can we use, can we use disinfecting wipes, and do we need to post? Below are some of the best guidelines I can give you, along with some tips and documents to print and post. Continue reading

APHIS Posts Plant Health Trade Directors’ Area of Coverage

APHIS has updated and posted its area of coverage list for Phytosanitary Issues Management Plant Health Trade Directors.

APHIS’ Plant Health Trade Directors work with importers and exporters to develop work plans that ensure imported foreign agricultural commodities and U.S. agricultural exports are free from potentially harmful plant pests and diseases. 
 
Plant Health Trade Directors are part of APHIS’ Phytosanitary Issues Management (PIM) team. PIM facilitates and negotiates, through the use of transparent and science-based processes, the safe export and import of agricultural commodities. PIM serves as the primary point of contact for communication with foreign national plant protection organizations concerning plant health issues impacting agricultural trade.
 
For more information about PIM, please visit the APHIS Web site https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/sa_international/ct_phytosanitary_management

APHIS Publishes Final Rule to Standardize Phytosanitary Treatment Regulations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending its treatment regulations to standardize the process for approving new cold treatment facilities in Southern and Western U.S. States. We are also establishing generic criteria that these facilities must follow to safely treat imported commodities. While the new process will eliminate the rulemaking requirement for new cold treatment facilities in Southern and Western States, APHIS will still evaluate each proposed location and approve it only after sufficient safeguards are identified and concurrence from the pertinent State is obtained.  Continue reading

IPM Coordinator, Moore Farms Botanical Garden

The IPM Coordinator will be responsible for creating and maintaining an effective integrated pest management policy and overseeing its use throughout the garden.

This position reports to the Director of Horticulture. Continue reading