NCSU Transition Team for Methyl Bromide helps growers maintain yields while improving the ozone layer

A group of extension specialists at NC State University have helped growers use integrated pest management to transition away from a toxic fumigant while maintaining their yields. Decreased use of the fumigant has had positive environmental consequences as well: the decreased use has led to lower bromine levels in the atmosphere, accounting for one-third of the measured decrease in ozone depleting halogens above the Antarctica.

The transition away from the pesticide methyl bromide began in 2005, in response to scientific data linking it to decreasing ozone levels in the atmosphere. Developed countries banned methyl bromide under the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty signed in 1987 to protect the stratospheric ozone layer. In the United States, the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture devised a funding mechanism to help scientists gradually wean farmers away from methyl bromide use. Each year, scientists would apply for “critical use exemptions” to specify how much methyl bromide they felt farmers in their state would need while they searched for alternatives. The funding mechanism was called the “Methyl Bromide Alternatives Program.” Continue reading

Methyl Bromide Transition RFA has been released

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) Request for Applications (RFA). The MBT program supports the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives for commodities and uses affected by the methyl bromide phase-out. This program focuses on integrated projects that use a systems approach to deliver short- to medium-term solutions and economic analyses for all commodities impacted by the loss of methyl bromide. 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=282730 . For programmatic questions, please contact Dr. Herbert Bolton (hbolton@nifa.usda.gov or (202) 401-4201).

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2016 

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Methyl Bromide Transition RFA released

The FY 2015 Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program – Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) RFA is now available for public viewing.

DEADLINE: May 4, 2015

NIFA Funding Opportunity Page: http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/methyl-bromide-transitions

Grants.gov Page: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275311. This page includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package.