Nominate Someone for an IPM Award with our Friends of IPM Program

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Each year, the Southern IPM Center recognizes those with extraordinary potential to contribute to the development and implementation of research, extension, or implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the Southern Region of the United States.

The award program generally gets submissions from college deans, department heads, and other administrative personnel who are not usually involved directly in IPM programs but may interact or supervise students or faculty who are involved in IPM research or extension. Student and professional award recipients are invited to participate in future award panels to assist with selection of new winners.

The award categories are as follows:

Professional Graduate Student
Bright Idea Masters
IPM Implementer Doctoral
IPM Educator
Pulling Together
Future Leader
Lifetime Achievement

Please be advised that there is a new Proposal/Project Management System (PPMS) for this proposal submission.  Please allow ample time to enter the information into the system after you have completed the instructions that are outlined in the RFA.

Deadline: January 13, 2020, 5PM Eastern Time

Find out more information here: https://southernipm.org/projects/friends-of-southern-ipm/

IPM Enhancement Grant 2020 RFA Released!

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See the release here

New SIPMC Website and Blog

Has it been a while since you’ve heard from us?

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We have debuted a brand new website and a brand new newsletter that will be released monthly starting at the end of this month.  We also have a new option for our news, as we have started writing photo essays.

To get on our mailing list, just go to the homepage of our website, and click the subscribe button on the bottom right of your screen–Or click right here.

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There are many exciting things to come, so please subscribe to our newsletter and catch up on IPM news on our website, our photo essays, and on Facebook and Twitter.

2017 Census of Agriculture Released by the USDA

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The USDA has now released the 2017 Census of Agriculture including millions of data points, number of farms, land in farms, total value of production, demographics, and more at the national, state, and county levels.  The report includes the following:

“The census of agriculture provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches every five years. It is the leading source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every State and county or county equivalent. Census of agriculture data are routinely used by agriculture organizations, businesses, State departments of agriculture, elected representatives and legislative bodies at all levels of government, public and private sector analysts, the news media, and colleges and universities. Census of agriculture data are frequently used to:

  • Show the importance and value of agriculture at the county, State, and national levels;
  • Provide agricultural news media and agricultural associations benchmark statistics for stories and articles on U.S. agriculture and the foods we produce;
  • Compare the income and costs of production;
  • Provide important data about the demographics and financial well-being of producers;
  • Evaluate historical agricultural trends to formulate farm and rural policies and develop programs that help agricultural producers;
  • Allocate local and national funds for farm programs, e.g. extension service projects, agricultural research, soil conservation programs, and land-grant colleges and universities;
  • Identify the assets needed to support agricultural production such as land, buildings, machinery, and other equipment;
  • Create an extensive database of information on uncommon crops and livestock and the value of those commodities for assessing the need to develop policies and programs to support those commodities;
  • Provide geographic data on production so agribusinesses will locate near major production areas for efficiencies for both producers and agribusinesses;
  • Measure the usage of modern technologies such as conservation practices, organic production, renewable energy systems, internet access, and specialized marketing strategies;
  • Develop new and improved methods to increase agricultural production and profitability;
  • Plan for operations during drought and emergency outbreaks of diseases or infestations of pests;
  • Analyze and report the current state of food, fuel, and fiber production in the United States; and
  • Make energy projections and forecast needs for agricultural producers and their communities.”

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.

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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.