Regional Medical Entomologist positions open in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services has two Regional Medical Entomologists Positions open.  One will be located in Houston and one will be located in Corpus Christi.  Applications are due October 9th.  Feel free to forward the position links to anyone you think is interested in applying.

https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/careerportal/Job_Profile.cfm?szOrderID=395751&szReturnToSearch=1&&szWordsToHighlight=Entomologist

https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/careerportal/Job_Profile.cfm?szOrderID=396125&szReturnToSearch=1&&szWordsToHighlight=Entomologist

Register for October 25 Webinar on Best Practices for Pesticide Ground Application

The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a webinar titled “Best Practices for Ground Application” on October 25, 2018, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET. This webinar is tailored for growers, pesticide applicators, pest management professionals, and other interested stakeholders who work in crop production.

The webinar will be presented by Dr. Greg Kruger, a weed science and application technology specialist from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The presentation will cover different methods of ground application, best practices for reducing pesticide spray particle drift when using ground application equipment, and a discussion of the optimization of weed control. Continue reading

Request for Nominations of Experts for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP)

The Environmental Protection Agency is requesting nominations of experts for ad hoc participation on the FIFRA SAP. Nominees will be considered for ad hoc participation in upcoming FIFRA SAP peer reviews, providing independent scientific advice to the Agency on health and safety issues related to pesticides. Read the Federal Register notice requesting nominations.

Nominations, including contact information and affiliation(s), should be submitted to the Designated Federal Official, Dr. Marquea D. King (king.marquea@epa.gov or 202-564-3626) on or before November 13, 2018. Continue reading

FWC announces winners of Lionfish Challenge

At its September meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the winners of the 2018 Lionfish Challenge.

Lionfish is an exotic invasive species that is displacing local fish from waters off of Florida’s coast. Hunting competitions have been one of the only ways to curb their spread.

A total of 28,260 lionfish were removed from Florida waters as part of this year’s challenge, which included recreational and commercial categories as well as a new tagged-lionfish component, rewarding participants with prizes up to $5,000 for removal of FWC-tagged lionfish. Continue reading

Biologist/Entomologist/Plant Pathologist/Horticulturist/Agronomist position with EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency is recruiting someone for an entry level biologist/entomologist/plant pathologist/horticulturalist/agronomist at its Arlington, VA location.

The vacancy announcement posted to USAJOBS today, September 28, 2018, and will close on October 4, 2018. This position is located in the Biological and Economic Analysis Division, Biological Analysis Branch.  Continue reading

Be on the lookout for brown patch, large patch diseases this fall

by Gabe Saldana, Texas A&M AgriLife

Cases of the turfgrass disease commonly identified as brown patch — more likely large patch in most warm-season turfgrasses — have spiked during a cool September that broke rainfall records across parts of the state, according to specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Large patch and brown patch are caused by different groups of Rhizoctonia solani, a fungal pathogen, said Dr. Becky Grubbs, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist in College Station. The group associated with brown patch in cool-season grasses follows a different life cycle from the one responsible for large patch in Texas’ most common warm-season grasses, including St. Augustine and zoysiagrass.

Diagnosis by a certified nursery professional or turfgrass specialist is the best option for accuracy, Grubbs said. Continue reading

USDA National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board has scheduled a public teleconference for September 28, 2018

USDA Priorities and Policies for Food and Agricultural Research, Education, Extension, and Economics – The USDA National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board has scheduled a public teleconference meeting for September 28, 2018 – The focus of this meeting will be on the “… deliberation of the following report and recommendations: The relevance and adequacy of the climate and energy needs programs of the USDA Research, Education, and Extension mission area; a report from the Science Advisory Council (a subcommittee of the NAREEE Advisory Board) on gene editing; and a report from the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (a subcommittee of the NAREEE Advisory Board) on aquatic and animal genetic resources …” Continue reading

USDA NIFA is asking for feedback in listening sessions

As the primary extramural funding agency within USDA, The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking stakeholder feedback to inform the research, extension and education priorities of NIFA. We are attempting to ensure that we reach a broad spectrum of organizations involved in food and agricultural research and development, market development, or other agricultural organizations that think about food and agricultural customer needs.

Input can be provided in-person at one of the four listening sessions being held across the country, or it can be provided through an online survey through the input form link below.  I have attached informational links also to help you decide how best your organization can engage and share perspectives with us.  I hope you are able to take a few minutes to scan through those links and determine how best your organization can share its input with us.  If it is relatively convenient, I would like to encourage industry stakeholders such as your organization to participate in the in-person session. Continue reading

Fragrant plants can be pleasant to your sense of smell and attract pollinators

By Josh Fuder for CAES News

When I set about building the landscape at my house in 2015, I selected plants based on a number of criteria. The factors I considered included edible fruits; aesthetics, such as blooms, foliage colors and textures; bloom season; adaptability; and price. A successful landscape incorporates these factors with design to create something that has multi-season interest.

In my opinion, a home landscape should go beyond a visual experience. It should say “someone lives here.” I realized last year that I was not paying enough attention to all of my senses when selecting plants. I had done a good job of mixing textures and bloom colors from plants that perform well in our area, but I was completely overlooking my nose and not judging plants on fragrance. Continue reading

Be on the alert for fall armyworms this fall

From Insects in the City

Pest management professionals who care for lawns should be on the alert for fall armyworms this fall. Higher-than-normal populations of this lawn-eating insect have been reported from many areas in Texas these past two weeks.

While fall armyworms are nothing new, according to Dr. Allen Knutson, extension agricultural entomologist in Dallas, this year they are a widespread problem for hay producers and small grains producers across the state.  “I’ve had calls as far west as Wichita Falls, south to Comanche and across east Texas,” he said.  Locally in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, my turfgrass colleague, Dr. Lindsey Hoffman, and I have gotten many calls this week from concerned lawn owners, schools and the media. Continue reading