Identifying true armyworms in your field

Excerpted from an article in Delta Farm Press. See Delta Farm Press for the entire article.

True armyworm damages crops and feeds on the foliage of corn, wheat, fescue and other grass plants. Continue reading

USDA Announces $12.1 Million to Support Crop Protection and Pest Management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $12.1 in available funding through the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Competitive Grants Program. Continue reading

New University of Georgia project addresses peanut burrower bug

In Southeast Farm Press

by Brad Haire, Southeast Farm Press

Peanut farmers who personally don’t know the peanut burrower bug are fortunate. Growers who’ve battled the yield- and quality-reducing pest know something needs to be done to control it, and those growers can help find answers.

A Georgia-based research project will hit the high-gears in 2017 to develop an index growers can use to gauge their risk for the pest and implement better ways to defend against it. Continue reading

RFA for Applied Research and Development Program (ARDP) has been released

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CPPM) Request for Applications (RFA). NIFA is requesting applications only for the Applied Research and Development Program (ARDP) area of the CPPM program in this solicitation. NIFA has requested continuation applications for the CPPM Extension Implementation Program and the Regional Coordination Program in separate RFAs. ARDP funds projects that develop new IPM tactics, technologies, practices, and strategies. For programmatic questions, please contact Dr. Herbert Bolton (hbolton@nifa.usda.gov or (202) 401-4201). 

The following Grants.gov link includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package:  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=282976

Application Deadline:  June 8, 2016

Crop Protection ARDP Request for Applications released

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2015 Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Request for Applications (RFAs).  The following link includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package:  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=274745.

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USDA Announces Funding for Integrated Pest Management Efforts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced today the availability of more than $16 million in funding to addresses critical integrated pest management (IPM) needs at the state, regional and national level to ensure food security and effectively respond to other major societal challenges. The funding is part of NIFA’s newly created Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CPPM).

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Slug bait is going to the worms, scientists say

From ARS News

Nocturnal monitoring by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists has confirmed that voracious worms in the Pacific Northwest are behind the disappearance of field pesticides used to control equally voracious slugs. These findings by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) agronomist George Mueller-Warrant and others could help producers better manage their applications of slug bait, an effort that costs around $3.7 million every year. ARS is USDA’s chief intramural scientific research agency.

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