USDA Invests in Integrated Pest Management for Increased Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grants to bring safer, more effective pest management approaches to farms and communities.

“Insects, weeds, and diseases are ever-evolving challenges for U.S. agriculture,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “NIFA is making investments to develop sound scientific approaches to increase production and provide continued food security in the face of these threats.”  Continue reading

North Central IPM Center to host visioning teleconference on new Crop Protection line

The North Central IPM Center will host a Crop Protection Visioning teleconference on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.  The purpose of this teleconference is to provide basic information regarding the proposed consolidation of six IPM-related funding lines in to a single funding line entitled “Crop Protection” and to allow participants an opportunity to share their thoughts regarding how this new program might be structured to foster regional and national team building efforts, communication networks, and enhanced stakeholder participation.  The new program will focus on plant protection tactics and tools; diversified IPM systems; enhancing agricultural biosecurity; IPM for a sustainable society; and development of the next generation of IPM scientists.

Continue reading