Posted on March 31, 2017 by rhallberg
Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP) will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems. Proposals submitted to AFRP should address one or more of the following priorities: (1) Improving alfalfa forage and seed yield through better nutrient, water and/or pest management; (2) Improving persistence of alfalfa stands by lessening biotic or abiotic stresses; (3) Improving alfalfa forage and seed harvesting and storage systems to optimize economic returns; (4) Improving estimates of alfalfa forage quality as an animal feed to increase forage usage in animal feeds; and/or (5) Breeding to address biotic and abiotic stresses that impact forage yield and persistence and the production of seed for propagation.
Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017 Continue reading
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Posted on March 22, 2017 by rhallberg
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
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Posted on February 9, 2017 by rhallberg
by Blair Fannin, Texas A&M AgriLife
A series of landscape irrigation short courses for licensed irrigation professionals will be held February through May with stops in College Station, Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.
Licensed landscape irrigators are required to have 24 hours of continued education every three years to renew their licenses, while licensed irrigation technicians need 16 hours every two years, said Charles Swanson, short course instructor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist in College Station. Continue reading
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Posted on February 3, 2017 by rhallberg
by Sharon Dowdy, University of Georgia
More than 1,000 farmers, gardeners, health advocates and organic food lovers are expected to attend the 2017 Georgia Organics Conference and Expo. This year’s schedule includes farm tours, 10 in-depth workshops, 32 educational sessions, three daylong intensive workshops, two keynote addresses, one-on-one consulting sessions and a trade show.
Registration ends on Monday, Feb. 6, for this year’s conference. The two-day annual event, one of the largest sustainable agriculture expos in the South, is set for Feb. 17-18 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. Continue reading
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Posted on January 30, 2017 by rhallberg
Supporting the Professional Pest Management & Vector Control businesses in North America, the primary responsibilities of this role, Scientist ll, are to:
- Provide technical leadership in developing new products and label expansions, new formulations and alternative control methods. Participate in project teams, utilizing process optimization, project management and technology tools to ensure strategies are technically sound;
- Develop research programs, write trial protocols, and administer grant-in-aid funding, so as to quickly identify the value of innovative concepts, and efficiently advance new ideas through development process. Prepare summaries for each trial season, and prepare bioefficacy dossiers for regulatory submissions;
- Work independently to analyze and interpret trial data from all sources, provide technical summaries to enhance sales effectiveness and make biological recommendations serving as a basis for investment decisions in new development opportunities;
- Identify and reduce to practice innovative concepts, through interaction with field development, technical directors, university researchers, etc;
- Preparation of trial programs &/or project workloads for up to 10 FTEs in field development, development station biologists, and in formulation development.
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Posted on January 27, 2017 by rhallberg
The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware seeks to fill a continuing-track faculty position in Agricultural Entomology at the Assistant Professor level. The position has responsibilities in 25% scholarship and 75% extension. The agricultural entomologist will develop a visible and applied research and extension education program for diverse audiences in agricultural communities, including farm organizations, non-governmental conservation organizations, state and federal governmental agencies, industry, and the general public. The successful candidate will need to build a research program using external funding from agencies such as USDA-NIFA, NSF, FDA, USGS, USEPA, USFWS and other federal and state agencies and industry or growers’ groups concerned with agricultural entomology. Continue reading
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Posted on January 17, 2017 by rhallberg
In PCT Magazine
With Zika virus grabbing headlines throughout 2016, many pest management professionals found themselves on the frontline as public health protectors, whether it was providing mosquito control services and/or educating the public.
Mosquito control is a different type of service that involves learning new equipment, products and regulations, as well as having a thorough understanding of mosquito biology and behavior. To help PMPs navigate mosquito control better, this year’s Purdue Pest Management Conference included sessions on mosquito management from leading experts. Continue reading
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