Cooperative Extension professional hosts pesticide drop-off event

by Catherine Clabby, NC Health News

For most people in farming with a bulging to-do list, rain is a disruptor. Not for Walter Adams this week in Lenoir County, where he hosted a pesticide drop-off event.

Farmers and others were urged to bring unneeded pesticides, herbicides and fungicides to a spot in South Kinston. People expert at safely disposing of the chemicals took them off their hands for free, no questions asked. Continue reading

Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist

Integrated Management of Invasive and Endemic Arthropods Attacking Subtropical Fruit Crops University of California, Riverside

The Department of Entomology invites applications for an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in the area of integrated management of invasive and endemic arthropod species attacking subtropical fruit crops at the University of California, Riverside. This is a fiscal year position and is available January 1, 2018 with a 90 % Cooperative Extension/10% Organized Research appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station (http://cnas.ucr.edu/about/aes/). The position will be housed at the University of California Riverside Campus in Riverside, CA. Continue reading

Abstracts for Journal of Extension Special Issue on Innovation Due June 30

The Journal of Extension Board, in partnership with eXtension, is pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for the Journal of Extension Special Issue on Innovation. The 200-word abstracts are due June 30, 2017. Continue reading

Send in nominations for the 2017 Seaman A. Knapp Lecture

Each year the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) joins with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to sponsor a lecture presented at the APLU Annual Meeting. The lecture honors one of the three most important historical figures of the Land-Grant University System, William Henry Hatch for research, Seaman A. Knapp for extension, and Justin Smith Morrill for whom the Morrill Act, which created the Land-Grant University System, is named.

NIFA and APLU are seeking nominations to honor Seaman A. Knapp, the father of the Cooperative Extension concept. In 1906, Knapp initiated the county-agent plan. To promote the plan, he organized boys’ cotton and corn growing clubs and in 1910, a girls’ corn and poultry club. These organizations were the forerunners of the modern 4-H clubs. In today’s rapidly changing world, Cooperative Extension has evolved to meet the shifting local, national, and global needs of the people it serves. Continue reading

CE Entomology and Crop Production Advisor, Riverside, CA

Location Headquarters: Palo Verde, Riverside County, California

SUBMISSION DATE: To ensure full consideration, submit materials by March 24, 2017. Those received after March 24, 2017 may be considered if the position has not yet been filled. (open until filled)

POSITION PURPOSE:

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking a Cooperative Extension (CE) Entomology and Crop Production advisor to conduct an extension, education and applied research program with emphasis on development and delivery of a pest management program for field, row and vegetable crops and the development of new crops for diversification and risk management. This position will continue to work in pest management and IPM in the Palo Verde Valley field crops (alfalfa and cotton), as well as in row and vegetable crops and support diversification via development and improvement of new crops in vegetable and tree crops. The farm advisor is also expected to work in research and education in water management, issues and policies. Key clientele will include UCCE advisors, growers, managers, consultants, pest control advisors, and allied industry personnel. Continue reading

NIFA Announces $1.85 million for Potato Breeding Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $1.85 million in funding for regional potato breeding research to support the development of superior-performing varieties that can be brought to market as soon as possible. The United States is one of the top potato producers worldwide, and industry sales estimates topped $3.6 billion in 2015.

“Potatoes constitute a significant proportion of our diets, and there’s urgent need to continue to develop varieties with value-added traits, including a nutrient profile that promotes growth and development in children,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, director of NIFA. Continue reading

Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist – UC Riverside

The Department of Entomology invites applications for an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in the area of integrated management of invasive and endemic arthropod species attacking orchard crops at the University of California, Riverside. This is a fiscal year position and is available July 1, 2017 with a 90 % Cooperative Extension/10% Organized Research appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station (http://cnas.ucr.edu/about/aes/) .

The position will be housed at the University of California Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Parlier, CA. Continue reading