Webinar: The Extension Sustainability Database: Connect with Your Colleagues on a National Level

This webinar is scheduled for Aug 3, 2017 3:00 pm US/Eastern.

The Climate Learning Network and the ANREP Climate Science Initiative are hosting this webinar on a new national database of sustainability-focused Extension programs. Dr. Roslynn Brain-McCannon will go through the use and potential applications of this 170+ entry databases that includes Extension programs from 41 states. Continue reading

Students, teachers and community gardeners launch pollinator census this August

By Merritt Melancon, University of Georgia

Calling the class roll is a time-tested way for teachers to start the school year, but when Georgia students head back to school this year, some of them will complete a roll call of their own.

Honeybees? Present. Leafcutter bees? Here. Swallowtail butterflies? Yo. Continue reading

USDA pollinator study examines forage quality

In Delta Farm Press

USDA’s Economic Research Service conducted a literature review of the effects of land use on pollinator health and examined the trends in pollinator forage quality over the last 30 years. Continue reading

APHIS Holds Webinars to Help Tribal Nations Interested in Seeking Farm Bill Section 10007 Funding to Support Plant Pest and Disease Management Projects

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 open period for submitting funding suggestions to the 2014 Farm Bill began on July 10, 2017, and will continue until August 18, 2017. The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will hold two help sessions in July for our Tribal Partners who want to know more about submitting suggestions. Both ‘Suggestion Help Session’ webinars will give you details for submitting suggestions to implement activities under the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program of the 2014 Farm Bill. Continue reading

Temperature inversion and herbicide applications

The following tips were presented in a Delta Farm Press article related to the dicamba drift debate. Because some herbicide labels include instructions about not applying during a temperature inversion, I am including the tips below. You can read the entire article in Delta Farm Press.

Here are eight things about temperature inversion based on University of Missouri research you should know now. Continue reading

Diseases and Pests in Organic Seed Production Webinar July 18

The 2017 Organic Seed Production webinar series continues next Tuesday with a presentation on diseases and pests. Join Jared Zystro of the Organic Seed Alliance and Jodi Lew-Smith of High Mowing Seeds, who will discuss basic field practices for avoiding diseases and pests in seed production and post harvest. They will also provide guidance on prevention, testing and treatment for seed borne diseases in organic seed production. Please note that this webinar will start at 930AM Pacific, 1030 Mountain, 1130 Central, 1230 Eastern Time. If you’ve already registered for any webinars in this series, you will receive a reminder about this one and will not have to register again. Register and find recordings of the past webinars in this series here: http://articles.extension.org/pages/74451

Wisconsin pallet maker fined for environmental fraud

Russel Wetenkamp, site manager for Timber Creek Resource in Wisconsin, pled guilty and was sentenced in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin to criminal violations related to the Plant Protection Act (PPA).

Wetenkamp fraudulently marked wooden pallets indicating that they were compliant with the regulations under the PPA that govern the use of wood packaging material in international trade even though they had not been properly treated to prevent the spread of wood-boring pests.  Continue reading