SARE State Summaries and Grants Lists Available

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has been a go-to USDA grants and outreach program for farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators who develop innovations that improve farm profitability, protect water and land, and revitalize communities. SARE has awarded over $251 million to more than 6,300 projects. Learn more about funded grants, project highlights and a breakdown of funding in your state using NIFA’s newly updated portfolio summaries and grant lists.

Researchers Develop First Gene Drive Targeting Worldwide Crop Pest

From UC San Diego News Center

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a method of manipulating the genes of an agricultural pest that has invaded much of the United States and caused millions of dollars in damage to high-value berry and other fruit crops.

Research led by Anna Buchman in the lab of Omar Akbari, a new UC San Diego insect genetics professor, describes the world’s first “gene drive” system—a mechanism for manipulating genetic inheritance—in Drosophila suzukii, a fruit fly commonly known as the spotted-wing drosophila. Continue reading

Register for EEK Virtual Conference

The Environmental Health Knowledge (EEK): Vectors & Public Health Pests 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 together to exchange information and discover new solutions to issues in vectors and public health pests. Anyone who is interested the field of vector control or public health pests is encouraged to attend. Continue reading

Penn State University develops new tool for fruit growers

In Growing Produce

Penn State University Extension reports that Pennsylvania growers will have a valuable tool this growing season. The Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) IPM Monitoring system, a Cornell University program, is now available for all Pennsylvania growers thanks to funding from State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania Extension Committee. Continue reading

Webinar: Considerations for Dissemination and Adoption of School-Based Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs

Dr. Leslie Cunningham-Sabo will present a webinar titled “Considerations for Dissemination and Adoption of School-Based Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs” from 3- 4 pm Eastern on April 23, 2018. The seminar can be viewed via WebEx as well as in Room 2311 of the Waterfront Building, Washington, DC. This seminar has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 1.0 Continuing Professional Education Unit (CEU).*

This seminar is part of the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (IFSN) Seminar Series. These monthly seminars aim to disseminate new knowledge; engage with partners and stakeholders; and inspire the next generation of food safety and nutrition experts.  For full information on the series, visit the seminar webpageContinue reading