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

Biological pesticides are included in integrated pest management systems

In Southeast Farm Press

Biological pesticides can play a key role in a successful integrated pest management program and can be useful in increasing sustainability on the farm.

Speaking at a symposium on the role biological crop protection products can play in sustainable agriculture in Orlando Oct. 11, David Epstein, senior entomologist with USDA’s Office of Pest Management Policy, said integrated pest management, or IPM, is all about ecosystems and a systems-based approach to controlling pests. Continue reading

Junior Entomologist position available at IR-4 HQ

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Research Analyst to provide support to the IR-4 Project. This position oversees certain national activities for the IR-4 Project to gain regulatory approval of crop protection technology on fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and other specialty food crops. Specifically, the Research Analyst reviews and assembles research data, writes and submits regulatory packages suitable for submission to worldwide regulatory agencies and assists registrants with product labeling. Continue reading

Funding opportunity: Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4)

The purpose of the IR-4 program is to enable the crop protection industry to provide safe, effective, and economical crop protection products for growers and consumers of minor/specialty crops. The crop protection industry cannot justify the costs associated with the research and development, registration, production, and marketing of crop protection products for minor/specialty crops due to the smaller market base and limited sales potential. The IR-4 program provides the assistance needed to ensure that new and more effective crop protection products are developed and made available to minor/specialty crop producers. These efforts require effective collaborations among federal agencies, the crop protection industry, and land-grant colleges and universities. Continue reading

Western Region IR-4 Coordinator position reopened

The position for Western Region IR-4 Associate Director /Field Research Director  has been reopened.  New closing date April  18, 2017.   Please encourage those who may be interested in the position to apply.  The direct link to the application posting is:  www.employment.ucdavis.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=74906

NIFA Announces Funding Opportunities in Food Safety and Crop Pest Management

NIFA Announces $11 Million to Support Antimicrobial Resistance Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $11 million in available funding for projects that mitigate antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a growing public health issue that affects more than 2 million people annually. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Read the full press release at the NIFA website. Continue reading

Western Region IR-4 Coordinator position still open

The University of California at Davis is still looking for qualified candidates to fill an Associate Director/Field Research Coordinator position. This person will lead the IR-4 program in the western region.

For those unfamiliar with the IR-4 program, this is a really important program funded by the USDA and the Land Grant Universities to help ensure specialty crop growers gain registered uses of reduced risk crop protection chemicals.  There are program areas in food crops, ornamental crops and also biopesticides.  This position helps lead and coordinate research and prioritize ag industry pest control needs for 13 western states and several Pacific island territories.

For more information about the position, including links to the application form, please see http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=22336 .