IPM Institute seeking Coordinator, Sustainable Food Group

Full-time, mid-level position available with a growing independent non-profit organization working to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Responsibilities include providing audit and administrative support to several supply chain sustainability programs with food retailers and coordinating the development and implementation of a new sustainability certification for agricultural producers.

The individual in this position will work with project teams, project partners and clients to coordinate program development and verification, which supports growers and businesses around the world as they improve their sustainability performance. Responsibilities include coordinating calls with project partners, ensuring tasks are completed in a timely manner, providing consistent and accurate review of information reported by growers and other clients against established program criteria, providing support to growers and clients, scheduling evaluation visits with auditors and producing detailed and accurate reports. Continue reading

Register for the Spray Drift Management Webinar

On March 15, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET, EPA will offer a Strategies for Managing Pesticide Spray Drift Webinar. This webinar is tailored for growers, pesticide applicators, and other interested stakeholders who work with pesticides and pesticide application equipment.

Pesticide spray drift is the movement of pesticide dust or droplets through the air — at the time of application or soon after — to any site other than the area intended. Spray drift can affect people’s health, damage nearby crops, and pose a risk to non-target organisms. This webinar will focus on strategies for reducing pesticide spray drift. Continue reading

EPA settles with Amazon for distributions of illegal pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement with Amazon Services LLC to protect the public from the hazards posed by unregistered and misbranded pesticide products. The agreement settles allegations that Amazon committed nearly four thousand violations of the “Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act” – dating back to 2013 – for selling and distributing imported pesticide products that were not licensed for sale in the United States.

“This agreement will dramatically reduce the online sale of illegal pesticides, which pose serious threats to public health in communities across America,” said EPA Region 10 Administrator Chris Hladick. “Amazon is committed to closely monitoring and removing illegal pesticides from its website, and EPA will continue to work hard to ensure these harmful products never reach the marketplace.”

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WEBINAR: Managing Rose Rosette Disease in the Landscape

Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) has been making an unwelcome appearance in landscapes across the United States. A virus carried by an eriophyid mite, this disease can affect all cultivated roses, including shrubs, hybrid teas, floribunda, grandifloras, and miniatures. Researchers and breeders are hard at work developing solutions to combat RRD. In the meantime, there are many steps landscapers can take to help prevent its spread.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this free webinar hosted by Star Roses and Plants and presented by a panel of RRD experts. Continue reading