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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New kissing bug guide helps with fight against Chagas disease

from School Pest News, Texas A&M AgriLife

A guide to help battle a potentially fatal disease transferred by a blood-sucking insect called the kissing bug has been published by a task force led by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

While it may not make good bedtime reading, the new image-based guide from the Texas Chagas Task Force could keep you from falling victim to a disease caused by a parasite that the kissing bug carries. The parasite is Trypanosoma cruzi (T.cruzi), and the disease it causes is called Chagas disease. It is dubbed the silent killer because its symptoms are so elusive. If caught early, Chagas disease is treatable but if left undetected and untreated, it can eventually lead to problems such as heart failure, an enlarged heart or stroke. Continue reading

APHIS Adds All of Arkansas and Shawnee County, Kansas, to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding all of Arkansas and Shawnee County, Kansas, to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action in response to the expansion of EAB in these areas.

To prevent the spread of EAB to other states, the attached Federal Order outlines specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-regulated articles from the quarantined area in the state of Arkansas, and Shawnee County, Kansas. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in Arkansas and Shawnee County, Kansas, is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species. Continue reading

Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program

CYFAR marshals the resources of the Land-Grant and the Cooperative Extension Systems so that, in collaboration with other organizations, they can develop and deliver educational programs to youth who are at risk for not meeting basic human needs. These programs provide youth with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, and contributing lives; participating youth make a difference socially. CYFAR-PDTA partnering universities will build connections, competency, and capacity to help communities develop and sustain holistic programs for at-risk children, youth, and families who are under-served and under-represented. CYFAR-PDTA will provide professional development and technical assistance to Sustainable Community Projects (SCP) to ensure continued development and implementation of the CYFAR Sustainable Community program. CYFAR-PDTA, collaboratively through the Extension system, will provide the components of programming, evaluation, technology, and technical assistance. Continue reading

StopPests webinars on bed bugs, cockroaches in public housing

StopPests is offering three free webinars on IPM in affordable housing, covering bed bugs, cockroaches, and rodents. See the descriptions and the registration links below. Although housing professionals are the target audience for these presentations, we invite pest management professionals and anyone whose work and life is impacted by pests in affordable housing to join us. See these announcements and previous StopPests webinars here at StopPests.org’s webinar page. Continue reading