Miss the IPM Enhancement Grant webinar?

If you missed the webinar that we held on Friday about applying for an IPM Enhancement Grant, you can access the recording here: https://youtu.be/zfdSfR6v24c .

IPM Enhancement Grant RFA is public!

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Request for Applications (RFA) for the IPM Enhancement Grants. Deadline for proposals is Friday, November 20, 2015 at 5 PM EST.

The IPM Enhancement Grants Program (IPMEP) is a foundational mechanism used by SIPMC to address important issues affecting the region that has produced many significant outputs and favorable outcomes addressing Global Food Security challenges including invasive species, endangered species, pest resistance, and impacts resulting from regulatory actions. We use a competitive process each year to solicit and select projects for funding.

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Bagging peaches on trees holds promise for organic farmers

by Scott Miller, Clemson University

Clemson University researchers are opening the door for organic, chemical-free peach production in the Southeast.

Extension specialists Juan Carlos Melgar and Guido Schnabel are tying bags on peaches as they grow on trees, an unconventional method of protecting them from insects and disease while reducing reliance on pesticides.

“For conventional growers, I could imagine people bagging some fruit and selling them as priority peaches or low-residue peaches for a premium,” Schnabel said. “I could also imagine that this could be a key component for organic producers, who currently don’t really have the tools to produce quality fruits. It is very tough to keep the insects and the disease off the peaches. Those bags might be the answer.”

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Auburn research finds kudzu bugs affected by persistent cold

By James Langcuster, Auburn University Communications

If Old Man Winter deserves credit this year for reducing kudzu bugs, it is not so much due to his bite as to his persistence.

For the past few years, Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist and Auburn University professor of entomology, and a team of researchers have been monitoring overwintering kudzu bug populations.

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Proposed online urban IPM curriculum offers training that caters to the user’s needs

School IPM coordinators will soon have a cheaper, easier way to get IPM training, thanks to a newly funded regional IPM project.

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