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Southern Pine Beetle Resource

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Newly revised from the UF/IFAS Extension, comes an updated resource on the Southern Pine Beetle, or Dendroctonus frontalis.  This contribution, last updated in January 2019, includes useful information about the insect pest including:

  • Description
  • Biology
  • Hosts
  • Outbreaks
  • Monitoring
  • Prevention

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To see the electronic version of this resource visit the UF/IFAS Extension’s Electronic Data Information System (EDIS) or download the PDF here.

 

New Drone Technology has Potential to Save Citrus Trees and Money

 

A new study from the University of Florida found that using drone technology can “save growers time, money, and labor costs.”  Instead of manually counting the number of trees in groves, these drones give farmers the ability to more accurately represent numbers of citrus trees, while also gaining the ability to monitor trees’ health, traits, and location.

Drone demonstration at the NC State Fair. Photo by Marc Hall

 

 

Find the full article here.

Southeastern Crop Handbook 2019 Released

Hot off the press from American Vegetable Grower and in its twentieth iteration, the latest version of the Crop Handbook is now available for download.  This comes as a result of collaboration between researchers and specialists from 12 land-grant institutions across the United States.

To download a copy of the PDF, click here.

 

Dr. Angle Begins Term as Director at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today swore in Dr. J. Scott Angle as the Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). President Trump appointed Angle for a six-year term at the agency on August 31.

“Dr. Angle has more than 35 years of experience in scientific research and administration, and I am confident that he will move NIFA forward in many ways,” said Chavonda Jacobs-Young, USDA’s Acting Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. “His academic track record of providing practical solutions to local, regional and national challenges, as well as his globally focused experience, will help NIFA as it supports the science required to help U.S. agriculture and rural communities achieve sustainable economic prosperity.” Continue reading

USDA Announces Update to National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the first update since 2013 of the National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) (PDF, 340 KB).

The update culminates a yearlong review by the Federal Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinating Committee (FIPMCC), a joint effort that is coordinated by the Office of Pest Management Policy in the Office of USDA’s Chief Economist with representatives of all federal agencies with responsibilities in IPM research, implementation, or education programs. These agencies include Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), and Department of Defense (DoD).

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Progress through sharing: Learn how growers and advisors are benefiting from early pest activity alerts

A new free monthly newsletter is now available, with updates on a unique program that growers, crop consultants, Extension and others are using to share actionable information on pest status.

As of 2018, the Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) has supported 28 programs that team up Extension professionals with undergraduate student interns to incentivize sharing pest observation information. Growers, consultants, Extension and others can submit observations on target endemic and emerging pests by providing tools and information for timely management decisions. Data collected from past iPiPE interns shows that students hoping for a career in agriculture before their internship found their participation in an iPiPE crop-pest program a useful stepping stone on the path to achieving that ambition.

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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.