Webinars – Crop Protection and Pest Management Program

NIFA is hosting two webinars for interested applicants concerning the fiscal year 2017 Request for Applications for the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program. More information on this funding opportunity is on NIFA’s website – https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/crop-protection-and-pest-management. We plan to record the webinars for those that are unable to make these dates. Continue reading

NIFA Announces Funding Opportunities in Food Safety and Crop Pest Management

NIFA Announces $11 Million to Support Antimicrobial Resistance Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $11 million in available funding for projects that mitigate antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a growing public health issue that affects more than 2 million people annually. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Read the full press release at the NIFA website. Continue reading

Research by Friends of IPM graduate student winner helps Tennessee ranchers with tick scouting

Cattle owners in western Tennessee need to be vigilant for four species of cattle tick, while cattle owners in eastern Tennessee need to watch for only two species. Why? That’s what research done by a Masters student at the University of Tennessee aims to address.

Masters student David Theuret, who won one of this year’s Friends of Southern IPM graduate student awards, focused on ticks infesting cattle during his graduate program. To assist cattle producers with scouting, Theuret first sampled ticks in Tennessee to determine which species were present and what times of year producers would need to watch for them. Continue reading

Cover Crops Acting as Trap Crops Protect Vegetables from Pests

From Southern SARE

For farmers in central Florida, planting cover crops in strips as a trap crop alongside cash crops is proving to be a highly effective method for attracting beneficial insects and controlling pests. Farmers have been so pleased with the results that they have fully adopted the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy as an alternative to using chemical insecticides.

In a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) On-Farm Research Grant, two small organic farms teamed up with the University of Florida to test the prevalence of beneficial and predatory insects in strip plantings of selected annual cover crops, such as sunflower, rye, triticale, sunn hemp and buckwheat. Continue reading

Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers Award $1.2 Million in Grants

To help solve critical pest issues in U.S. agriculture and communities, the Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers recently awarded $1.2 million in grants to researchers and extension specialists around the country.

The grants will support planning, developing and promoting safe and sustainable pest management, a science known as integrated pest management, which is used in agriculture, forests and other natural areas, communities and schools. Continue reading

USDA Announces $2.9 Million to Support Tribal Extension Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $2.9 million in available funding for projects that make extension programs and resources more accessible to Native American communities. Funding is made through NIFA’s Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP).

“Through cooperative extension, NIFA supports educators who engage with diverse communities to solve challenging problems,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. FRTEP supports extension outreach on federally recognized Indian reservations and tribal jurisdictions to continue the land grant mission of inclusion, providing education and research-based knowledge to those in great need who might not otherwise receive it.”  Continue reading

Webinar: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Biology and Management in the Southeastern U.S.

Mar 29, 2017 1:00 pm US/Eastern

You are invited to attend the latest Live Webinar sponsored by: Southern Regional Extension Forestry / Forest Health and Invasive Species Program

Title: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Biology and Management in the Southeastern U.S. Continue reading