Tribal College Research Area of Expertise (TCRAE)

The Tribal College Research Area of Expertise (TCRAE) for fiscal year (FY) 2018 to assist 1994 Land-Grant Institutions in building research capacity through competitive funding of applied projects that address student educational needs and solve community, reservation or regional problems consistent with the 1994 Research Grants (Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994) (Public Law 103–382; 7 U.S.C. 301 note). Continue reading

EPA to Host July 26 Technical Webinar for Registrants of Pet Spot-on Products on Using New Standardized Templates for Enhanced Incident Reporting

The Environmental Protection Agency will host a technical webinar on July 26 to provide an opportunity for registrants to ask questions on how to use the new standard templates that can be used by registrants of pet spot-on products to submit enhanced incident reports and sales data. This is a follow up to its May 2018 webinar that marked the conclusion of the Pet Spot-on Enhanced Reporting Pilot and presented the finalized, standard templates.

Registrants are invited to submit template-related technical questions prior to the webinar to facilitate efficient use of time. Please submit questions to Dr. Julie Breeden-Alemi at Breeden-Alemi.Julie@epa.gov. Continue reading

Natural enemy suppresses kudzu bug population

By Julie Jernigan, University of Georgia

A tiny wasp — known as “Paratelenomus saccharalis” — is cutting down kudzu bug populations and Georgia soybean farmers’ need to treat for the pest, according to Michael Toews, a University of Georgia entomologist based on the UGA Tifton campus.

The wasp, an egg parasitoid and natural enemy of the kudzu bug, is saving soybean farmers time and money. Continue reading

Vegetable growers learn about diseases at Clemson field day

by Denise Attaway, Clemson University

South Carolina vegetable growers learned the latest in disease, insect and watermelon research, and weed management during this year’s Coastal Research and Education Center/United States Department of Agriculture Field Day. Continue reading

Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative EDEN RFA available

The FY 2018 Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative: Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Request for Application (RFA) is now available. This funding provides for national coordination of EDEN for outreach service to enhance biosecurity of the U.S. agriculture and food system.  You may find this funding opportunity on the NIFA website or Grants.gov. This is a cooperative agreement for approximately $383,000 annually for four years based on the availability of funding and progress reports. The deadline for applications is July 26, 2018. Please share this announcement widely within your networks.    Continue reading

USDA, NIFA Announce Investments in Pollinator Health Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 14 grants totaling approximately $10 million for research to help sustain healthy populations of pollinators, which are crucial to the nation’s food security and environmental health. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“One-third of all U.S. crop production requires pollination by animals – primarily honey bees, but also wasps, flies, butterflies, moths, beetles and bats,” said Acting NIFA Director Tom Shanower. “Recent declines in both managed and wild pollinators are of paramount importance to our nation’s food security and the vitality of natural resources.”  Continue reading

Draft pest risk assessment Available for Review and Comment: Importation of Triticum aestivum L. and Triticum durum L. Seed for Planting from Italy into the United States

The government of Italy has requested USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to authorize the importation of wheat (Triticum aestivum L. and Triticum durum L.) seed for propagation into the United States and its territories. APHIS has drafted a pest risk assessment that lists potential pests likely to remain on the commodity upon importation if no mitigations are applied.

APHIS shares draft pest risk assessments to determine whether stakeholders have information that might lead us to revise the draft assessment before we identify pest mitigations and proceed with the notice-based process to change import restrictions. Continue reading

Tree researchers gather in Lexington to share work in saving native trees

By Carol Lea Spence, University of Kentucky

Every day, American forests, both rural and urban, fight for their health against invasive species and pests. Scientists around the country are working diligently to protect and restore some iconic native species. Many of those scientific partners will gather in Lexington in mid-July to share their research findings.

The public also is welcome to come hear about their progress during a free, public seminar, Forests of the Future, 7 p.m. EDT July 11 at the Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way, Lexington. Continue reading

POSTPONED: Technology Upgrades Webinar For CoP Leaders & Article Contributors

Due to an unforeseen circumstance, eXtension must postpone today’s scheduled webinar.

The webinar has been rescheduled to July 24th, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT. It is still available to CoP Leaders and Article Contributors.  Our eXtension Learn event has been updated with the new date and time, and you can learn more about it at: https://learn.extension.org/events/3463 Continue reading

Plant Pathologist, Forest Health Protection office in Asheville, NC

DESCRIPTION OF THE DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS POSITION:

Position Description:

This Plant Pathologist position serves as the Manager of the Resistance Screening Center located at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest.  The position is responsible for providing service to a variety of clients including national forests, other federal agencies, state forestry organizations, private industry, colleges and universities located primarily in the Southern Region. The Resistance Screening Center is a facility where plant materials are screened against a variety of plant pathogens to determine resistance.  Fusiform rust, pitch canker, Phytophthora root rot, dogwood anthracnose, and brown spot are a few of the pathogens of interest.  The facility consists of a glass greenhouse, two plastic greenhouses, a soil/media mixing building, a head house, a laboratory and administrative offices.  The position requires field and laboratory work.  Travel will be occasional as some work locations are more than a day’s drive from the field office.  As a member of the Asheville Field Office staff, the plant pathologist will cooperate and collaborate with other plant pathologists, biological scientists, technicians, and other specialists to produce reports that address forest pathology issues of local, regional and national importance.  The work may involve diseases caused by both native and introduced pathogens.  This position supervises two full time Biological Science Technicians.

Deadline: July 31, 2018

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