Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Meeting October 31, 2018 and Biotechnology Seminar November 1, 2018

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) will hold a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additionally, on Thursday, November 1, from 8:30 a.m. to noon OPP will hold a Biotechnology Seminar. Both events will be held in EPA’s first floor conference center at One Potomac Yard South, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Read the Federal Register notice announcing the PPDC meeting and biotechnology seminar.

The agenda for the PPDC meeting will be available on the PPDC webpage by October 19, 2018. The PPDC provides advice and recommendations to EPA on issues associated with pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from use of pesticides. Further information about the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee. Continue reading

University of Georgia students and faculty discuss GMOs

By Sadie Lackey, University of Georgia

To help spark a more substantive conversation about genetically modified crops, the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative hosted a panel discussion on Sept. 26 after the public film screening of “Food Evolution,” a 2016 documentary on the issues surrounding GMOs and their promise for building a more food-secure world. The Sustainable Food Systems Initiative is a faculty group from across the University of Georgia campus that focuses on inter-disciplinary solutions to food system problems. Faculty from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) led this initiative.

The panel included UGA agricultural communications professor Abigail Borron, Wayne Parrott of the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, Pablo Lapegna, UGA sociology professor and author of Soybeans and Power: Genetically Modified Crops, Environmental Politics and Social Movements in Argentina and UGA CAES sustainable agriculture coordinator Julia Gaskin. Continue reading

Webinar – Bed Bugs: Considerations for Healthcare Providers

Bed bugs can infest just about anywhere. There are unique considerations to be mindful of as healthcare providers and social service professionals address their clients’ health concerns while providing a safe and healthy living environment.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Followed by a live Q&A session 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

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UGA plant pathologist cautions Georgia grape growers against fungicide resistance to downy mildew

By Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

Fungicide resistance to downy mildew disease is a growing concern for Georgia grape producers. University of Georgia Extension Fruit Disease Specialist Phil Brannen advises growers to modify their fungicide applications to combat the increasing resistance.

“If producers properly rotate the chemical ingredients (used in the different fungicides) that treat for downy mildew, this will help our chemical classes be sustainable for years to come,” Brannen said. “We have already essentially lost one of our fungicides — the quinone outside inhibitors (Qol) — and we simply can’t afford to lose more classes if we are to manage this aggressive disease in the future.” Continue reading

Funding Available to Support Projects that Address Huanglongbing (Citrus Greening)

The Huanglongbing Multi-Agency Coordination group (HLB MAC) is accepting suggestions until November 1, 2018, for projects that will help develop near-term solutions for citrus producers facing huanglongbing (HLB, also known as citrus greening).  HLB MAC is focused on funding projects that have the greatest potential to keep HLB out of citrus that is currently free of the disease, help growers produce citrus under high HLB disease pressure, and remediate the impact of HLB.

Interested stakeholders are invited to submit project suggestions three times a year (by November 1, February 1, and June 1) as resources are available. All projects must be no more than 24 months in duration and must address one of the HLB MAC goal areas. Continue reading

Scientists work to prevent African swine fever in US

African swine fever virus threatens to devastate the swine industry and is positioned to spread throughout Asia. The virus has spread throughout the Caucuses region of Eastern Europe and was reported in China in August. It recently was detected in wild boar in Belgium.

Kansas State University researchers and the Biosecurity Research Institute have several projects focused on African swine fever. Their research topics vary, but they share the same goal of stopping the spread of African swine fever and preventing it from reaching the U.S. Continue reading