EPA Solicits Proposals for a Cooperative Agreement to Conduct the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications for a cooperative agreement to run the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), which provides the public with objective, science-based information on pesticide-related subjects. EPA expects to provide up to $1,000,000 annually, depending on the Agency’s budget, for a total of 5 years (2019-2024).

As in the past, the cooperative agreement will carry out the NPIC through a website, toll-free telephone service and outreach. Trained experts will respond to questions on the risks associated with pesticide use, restrictions on pesticide use, who to contact for regulatory enforcement, and how to report information on incidents. It will also collect information on suspected incidents that callers give voluntarily. Continue reading

Deadlines are soon to register for ESA field tours on invasive species and pollinators

The Entomological Society of America is planning two field tours in August focused on important insect issues: invasive species and pollinators. Deadlines to apply for the tours are in June.

The Invasive Species Security Field Tour will be held August 20-22 in southeastern Pennsylvania, and the deadline to apply to attend is June 1. The tour will visit the spotted lanternfly quarantine zone to view the damage and spread of this new invasive, and also discuss the significance and management of other invasive species. The tour seeks to understand the resources needed to improve prevention, early detection, rapid response and the potential for eradication. Additionally, the  tour will try to leverage public education and outreach strategies to inform the public about the impact of invasive species and actions that can slow their occurrence and spread.​ Continue reading

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At the Southern IPM Center, we use your personal information only for our communication. We do not, and never will, sell any of your private information to a third party, nor will be enter into an agreement with a third-party mail service that might do that.

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Scouting for insects is still important in a home vegetable garden

By Becky Griffin, University of Georgia

Whether you work on a large family farm, in a home vegetable garden, or in a small, community garden vegetable plot, routinely scouting for insects should be an important part of your vegetable-growing plan.

Insect pests can be a costly problem in vegetables. The life cycles of some insect pests are so short that missing just one week of scouting can lead to an increase in pests and damaged crops. Continue reading

Eradication Program Announces 2018 Plans for Fighting the Asian Longhorned Beetle

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing 2018 Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) eradication plans. APHIS, together with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture, is making steady progress towards the elimination of this destructive tree pest from the United States.

“We want to remind the public that program officials are going door-to-door conducting tree inspections in areas quarantined for the beetle,” said Josie Ryan, APHIS’ ALB Eradication Program national operations manager. “You can help us by allowing our program officials access to the trees on your property.” Continue reading

Trees for Bees: Pollinator Habitats in Urban Forests

You are invited to attend the latest Live Webinar sponsored by: Southern Regional Extension Forestry.

Title: Trees for Bees: Pollinator Habitats in Urban Forests Continue reading