2018 Southern SARE Graduate Student Grant Call for Proposals Open

Proposal submission deadline for Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Graduate Student Grants is May 4, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST .  Download the Call for Proposals and carefully read the proposal application instructions. All of the guidelines, program goals, review criteria, and the submission process to apply for a Southern SARE Graduate Student Grant can be found within the Call for Proposals.

Public Comment Period Open for Glyphosate Draft Risk Assessments

The Environmental Protection Agency has opened the 60-day public comment period for the draft glyphosate human health and ecological risk assessments. Comments are due by April 30, 2018.

The draft risk assessments and supporting documents are available in glyphosate’s registration review docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0361 on www.regulations.gov.

After the comment period, EPA will evaluate the comments received and consider any potential risk management options for this herbicide.

For additional details read our December 2017 announcement: EPA Releases Draft Risk Assessments for Glyphosate.

Webinar: Promoting Beneficial Insects in Vineyards for Conservation Biological Control

What will you learn?

Join this webinar to learn about ecological (natural) pest management in vineyards. Vineyards are a rapidly expanding specialty crop industry across the U.S., and they represent an easy entry point for the adoption of conservation biological control (natural or ecological pest management). In this webinar, learn about the needs of beneficial insects that provide conservation biological control and how conservation practices such as flowering cover crops, insectary strips, flowering field borders and more that can sustain natural pest management. Learn more… Continue reading

NEHA is accepting abstracts for second Enhancing Environmental Health Knowledge (EEK): Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference

The National Environmental Health Association is now accepting submissions for abstracts to present at its second Enhancing Environmental Health Knowledge (EEK): Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference on May 15 – 16, 2018.

The EEK Virtual Conference is designed to enhance the knowledge of environmental health professionals to help them respond to events of public health concern, as well as bring professionals from multiple sectors together to exchange information and discover new solutions to issues in vectors and public health pests.

The conference will take place May 15-16 and abstracts are due March 21st, 2018. All presentations will be pre-recorded and there is no cost to participate or attend. Please view the attached call for abstracts and abstract submission guide. You can also find more information here: http://neha.org/eek-2018 .

Blueberry Pest Management Field Day tackles integrated approach to gall midge and spotted wing drosophila

By Cristina deRevere, University of Georgia

With spring approaching, blueberry farmers focus on maximizing their 2018 yields, which means finding new ways to deal with pests like gall midge and spotted wing drosophila.

To help these growers stay on top of potential pest problems, University of Georgia integrated pest management (IPM) researchers hosted a spring field day in Alma, Georgia, on Feb 21. Over 70 regional farmers from several southwestern Georgia counties, such as Bacon, Clinch, Appling and Pierce, attended the half-day event. Continue reading

Agriculture Risk Management Education Partnerships (ARME) Competitive Grants Program

The primary purpose of the ARME program is to provide U.S. agricultural producers and their families, as appropriate, with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to make informed risk management decisions that enhance profitability of their operations.

Who is eligible to apply:

1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Native American Tribal Orgs, not Federally recognized Tribal Governments, Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed, Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed, Other or Additional Information (See below), Private Institutions of Higher Ed, Small Business, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed Continue reading

1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program

The 1890 CBG is intended to strengthen teaching, research and extension programs in the food and agricultural sciences by building the institutional capacities of the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions,including Tuskegee University, West Virginia State University, and Central State University (per Section 7129 of Pub. L. 113-79). The CBG program supports projects that strengthen teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences in the need areas of curriculum design and materials development, faculty development, and others. CBG supports projects that strengthen research and extension programs in need areas of studies and experimentation, extension program development support systems, and others. The CBG also support integrated project grants. The intent of this initiative is to increase and strengthen food and agriculture sciences at the 1890s through integration of education, research and extension. Applications submitted to CBG must address at least one of the following NIFA strategic goals: sustainable bioenergy; food security; childhood obesity prevention; or food safety. See RFA for details. Continue reading