Registration Open – North American Invasive Species Forum – May 9-11, 2017 – Savannah Georgia

Registration is open!   Registration is $200 and includes 3 lunches and 2 dinners.   Early Registration and Hotel Block is available until March 31, 2017.   Optional Field Trips are available on Thursday Afternoon, May 11 – Saturday, May 13.   Space is limited for some trips.

About the Forum

North American Invasive Species Forum – Building Cooperation Across Borders

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Study investigates impact of strip tillage on a high-value crop

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

A study done by researchers at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde may help producers in the Texas Winter Garden region and other areas decide whether conservation tillage methods might benefit them in the production of high-value crops.

Conducted by Dr. Daniel Leskovar, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research vegetable physiologist and center director, in collaboration with Drs. Yahia Othman and Xuejun Dong, the study also includes research results on how strip tillage affects soil biological activity. Continue reading

Texas A&M institute helping find ‘key’ to preserving endangered Florida deer

by Paul Schattenberg and Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

For the past several months, a Texas A&M University System institute has been actively involved in efforts to quash a screwworm outbreak in Florida that has jeopardized an already endangered species, said the director for the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.

“While there had been no screwworm outbreaks in the U.S. for the past 30 years, one began last July on Big Pine Key, which affected the Key deer population,” said Dr. Roel Lopez, institute director and co-principal investigator for the Key deer study, San Antonio. Continue reading

Missed the Palmer amaranth webinar? Recording is in YouTube

On Wednesday, February 15, Muthu Bagavathiannan, specialist in weed ecology and agronomy, presented a new tool for consultants, extension specialists and agents, and growers to assist with management decisions regarding Palmer amaranth, named PAM. Based in Microsoft Excel, the tool allows the user to input their rotation schedule, chosen varieties and other management practices. From those entries, the tool calculates the amount of weed seed present over a 10-year period, as well as the economic gains or losses during that period. In addition, it calculates the risk of the combination of practices and allows the user to compare up to 6 different management scenarios. The tool calculates risk based on the amount of weed seed present, which has been concluded to be the main reason for pigweed-related crop failures. 

You can get to the tool from this link.

If you would like to see Dr. Bagavathiannan’s presentation, follow this link to the YouTube recording. During the 60-minute video, he demonstrates how to use the tool and how to interpret the results.

North Central Integrated Pest Management Center announces FY17 working group and critical issue grant awards

From one of our sister IPM Centers:

The North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (NCIPMC) provided funding opportunities for two grants programs in FY17 with approximately $450,000 available in funding.

The FY17 NCIPMC Critical Issues Grants Program has funded four projects identified as critical issues that will address needs of regional importance. The program is designed to provide one-time seed funding to help initiate work requiring immediate attention until other longer-term resources can be secured to address the issue. Continue reading

6th Annual South Carolina Organic Growing Conference: Cultivate

This year’s Cultivate conference will take place on March 4 from 8 AM to 4 PM at the Greenville Technical College NW Campus in South Carolina.

REGISTER HERE

Highlights include:

  • Buz Kloot’s 2-class soil series (Soils: why we have to start here and Soil Health and why we think it’s turning traditional soil fertility on its head)
  • Michael Lalich’s (Low Country Labor Finders) presentation on H2A visas and the impending agricultural labor shortage
  • Building Roof Trusses with Jay Pearson and Joshua Snyder, Greenville Technical College
  • Basic Tractor Maintenance
  • Cory Mosser’s (Natural Born Tillers) Avoid Mistakes – 25 things that I did starting out that you shouldn’t!
  • Tradd Cotter’s (Mushroom Mountain) The business of mushrooms

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USDA Announces $1.7 Million to Support Research at Tribal Colleges and Universities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $1.7 million in funding to build research capacity at land-grant tribal colleges and universities. Funding is made through NIFA’s Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP).

“1994 land-grant universities represent a critically important part of our nation’s construct of academic institutions providing the leadership to address nutritional security amongst tribal populations while protecting our environment and natural resources, and at the same time ensuring young people are receiving education that prepares them for the workforce,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. Continue reading