Strategies for Managing Pesticide Spray Drift Webinar (with Greg Kruger)

On March 15, 2018, at 11:30am—1:00pm EST, the Environmental Protection Agency 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 general strategies for reducing pesticide spray drift. Continue reading

APHIS Removes the Oriental Fruit Fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) Quarantine Area in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

Effective January 17, 2018, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) removed the Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) quarantine area in the Los Angeles area of Los Angeles County, California. Continue reading

UK researchers to study pollinator food availability on farmland

by Katie Pratt, University of Kentucky

Pollinators are extremely important to agriculture, accounting for one in every three bites of food, but their populations have been declining worldwide for a number of years. In a new study, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers are evaluating how food availability on farmland impacts bee communities in early spring.

“Managing corn and soybean fields in a way that provides food for pollinators early in the spring could be beneficial to bee communities,” said Clare Rittschof, UK assistant professor in the Department of Entomology and leader of the project. “The goal of this project is to help producers improve pollinator populations on their land by providing an attractive and nutritious food source for them.” Continue reading

Biological Sciences Technician for Emerald Ash Borer Biological Control Facility

Emerald Ash Borer Biological Control Rearing Facility is looking for a biological sciences technician to support research on emerald ash borer and the natural enemies (parasitoid wasps) that are being reared for release to control this invasive insect.  Research will concentrate on three areas: optimizing rearing production, production of EAB eggs and natural enemies to support field research, and evaluating the establishment of natural enemies throughout the U.S. The position will involve mostly laboratory work but will include trips to the field to collect ash logs and foliage for feeding the beetles. The incumbent will work at the EAB Biocontrol Laboratory in Brighton, MI, but this position is administered by North Carolina State University under a cooperative agreement.

The position is expected to be filled for several years at approximately $41,000 per year.  The incumbent will do the following:

1)     Assist the Emerald Ash Borer Rearing facility in producing EAB natural enemies and EAB eggs for use by researchers in the field.  This will include all aspects of rearing (e.g. rearing EAB adults and collecting eggs, cutting logs, infesting logs with eggs, caring for the natural enemy colonies, etc.).

2)     Process yellow pan trap samples collected by cooperators throughout the country. The incumbent will receive and record yellow pan trap samples and store them for future processing.  The incumbent will learn how to identify EAB natural enemies, go through the samples and collect all suspect EAB natural enemies, and ship potential specimens for positive identification.

3)     Conduct rearing studies to optimize storage of parasitoids. These studies will be designed by an APHIS Science and Technology scientist and the EAB Rearing Facility director. The incumbent will follow experimental protocols and collect and summarize data.

Please send an email with a cover letter and resume to Benjamin.h.slager@aphis.usda.gov

If they have questions about the position they can contact Ben at 810-844-2704.