Federal and state agencies working together on cattle ticks in Texas

in Southwest Farm Press

The threat of cattle fever ticks spreading northward into the Southwest U.S. is an issue heavy on the minds of South Texas border region livestock producers, who have been operating under inspection, and in some cases quarantine, protocols imposed by federal and state animal health officials.

The protocols were issued as because of an increase in the number of cattle fever ticks discovered on livestock and wildlife outside the permanent tick eradication quarantine zone on the Texas border. Continue reading

AgriLife Expert: Gopher control tricky, worth effort

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

Gophers can be a nuisance to hay and livestock producers, and springtime is a good time to address them, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

Gopher burrowing can cause damage to equipment and livestock injuries, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton. The rodents also can damage crops by covering available forage and by consuming plant roots and vegetation. Continue reading

Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch soon underway for Central Kentucky

It is likely eastern tent caterpillars will begin to hatch soon, according to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist.

According to Townsend, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and related trees, the first few tiny eastern tent caterpillars of the season soon should be leaving their eggs. Continue reading

Link information for USDA ARS stakeholder webinar for NP 104

For those who are interested in the stakeholder webinar workshop sessions for NP 104, registration and link information is below. There will be three sessions, each session will be one hour long and organized around each of the three components of our National Program. Sessions will be held on February 15, 2018 at the times indicated below. All are welcome to participate in all sessions or can choose their topics of interest.

  1. 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST: Component 1: Medical Entomology for the Public and the Military including arthropods: Mosquitoes, Flies, Sand Flies, Ticks, Bed Bugs
  2. 1:30 – 2:30 pm EST: Component 2: Veterinary Entomology including arthropods: Invasive ticks, Stable Flies, House Flies, Horn Flies, Screwworm flies, Biting Midges
  3. 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST: Component 3: Fire Ants and other Invasive Pest Ants including arthropods: Invasive Fire Ants, Invasive Crazy Ants, Other Invasive Pest Ants and Climate Change

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