NIFA Invests $4.7 Million to Address Critical Pest Problems

NIFA recently awarded 16 applied research and development grants to enhance the development, adoption, and implementation of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable integrated pest management (IPM), technologies, tools, tactics and strategies that address regional and/or national IPM priorities. Among the projects funded include are the use of photobiology and lighting technologies for suppression of powdery mildew in strawberry production, developing techniques for management of Sclerotinia stem rot on soybeans, optimizing lures to detect invasive wood-boring insects, supporting homeowner IPM programs, and variable precision planting for maximizing weed suppression and yield increases in row crop systems. These grants are a part of NIFA’s Crop Protection and Pest Management Program, which addresses integrated pest management solutions for emerging weed, disease, and insect pests. Continue reading

NIFA Invests $4.1 Million in IPM Regional Coordination for Crop Protection and Pest Management

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently awarded four Regional Coordination Program Area grants to provide an Integrated Pest Management Center (IPMC) in each region of the United States. IPMCs increase regional and national coordination of integrated pest management research and extension efforts that address priority pest issues impacting agricultural production, natural resources, and urban areas. IPMCs facilitate local and regional collaboration across states and disciplines to promote the development and adoption of integrated pest management practices through information networks, team building, broad-based stakeholder participation, and enhancement seed grants. These awards are a part of NIFA’s Crop Protection and Pest Management Program.

APHIS Announces Schedule for Certifying Offshore Greenhouses That Will Ship Geranium Cuttings to the United States During the 2018-2019 Season

APHIS announced today that it will conduct annual certification visits in November and December to offshore facilities that wish to ship geranium (Pelargonium spp.) cuttings to the United States during the 2018-2019 season. During these visits, APHIS will confirm that the offshore facilities meet or exceed the “Minimum Sanitation Protocols for Offshore Geranium Cutting Production.”

APHIS must physically visit and certify all interested offshore facilities before December 31, 2018. Participating facilities must cover the full cost of these certification visits, including travel, salary, benefits, and overtime. The facilities will provide these funds through a trust fund established through a signed cooperative services agreement. Continue reading