Nominations to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Open until April 21, 2017

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is currently accepting nominations for the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). A federal advisory committee, PPDC provides advice and recommendations to the EPA on issues associated with pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from the use of pesticides.

To maintain the broad representation outlined in the PPDC charter, nominees will be selected to represent: federal, state, local, and tribal governments; pesticide industry and trade associations; pesticide users; grower and commodity groups; environmental and public interest groups; farm worker organizations; public health organizations; animal welfare groups; and academia. We seek highly qualified, racially and ethnically diverse candidates representing any of these groups. Continue reading

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

Weeds: Nature’s Graffiti – How IPM Can Fix That

Weeds of concern and their control varies widely by state. The attitudes of school districts toward weeds also differ depending on whether the weeds are in the recess yard or athletic field. How do school facility managers or contracted turf management firms contend with weeds?

Learn how to observe your school grounds with an eye toward identifying weeds and their locations. This webinar, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, will provide you with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) based control tactics for common weeds. IPM is an approach that uses a hierarchy of practices, including exclusion, sanitation, biological, and mechanical methods, to reduce unnecessary pesticide exposure while providing sustainable pest control. Continue reading

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Forest Insect Pollinator Ecology

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, Athens invites applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic potential postdoctoral researchers starting in Spring/Summer 2017.  This collaborative work will be conducted with Dr. Kamal J.K. Gandhi and Dr. James Martin (Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources).  This project focuses on the interactions between forest insect pollinators and various management practices in North America.  The ideal candidate would possess a strong background in entomology, ecology, and statistics with an independent spirit to develop, conduct, and publish research.  Experience with meta-analyses is preferred.  A Ph.D. in a related field, especially in forest ecology and entomology is a prerequisite for the position.   Continue reading

Pale Cyst Nematode (PCN) Supplemental Environment Assessment Available for Review

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is making available to the public a supplemental environmental assessment (SEA) for the Pale Cyst Nematode Program (PCN) in Bingham and Bonneville Counties, Idaho. A draft SEA was made available for review and comment on April 28, 2016. This updated SEA includes revisions as a result of comments received and additional information regarding the program.  Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the document should contact Brian Marschman by mail at USDA APHIS PPQ, 9134 W. Blackeagle Dr., Boise, ID 83709; or at: Brian.L.Marschman@aphis.usda.gov). The document can also be viewed at:  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/planthealth/pcn Continue reading

Job Announcement: Two Forester 3 positions – Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture

The State of Tennessee, Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division is currently recruiting for highly qualified candidates to fill two Forester 3 positions.  In collaboration with the State of Tennessee, Department of Human Resources, The Department of Agriculture has announced one Forester 3 position located in Carroll County and one Forester 3 position located Wilson County.

To see full job descriptions and apply, interested candidates must submit their application to http://www.tn.gov/hr and search positions under “Employment Opportunities”, “Preferred Service Job Openings” by job titles.   In addition, interested candidates may receive additional information by visiting “Professional Careers with the Tennessee Department of Forestry” at http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/article/ag-forests-careers. 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