Crop Protection RFA is available

The Crop Protection and Pest Management Program RFA was released on Monday, May 19.

The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program addresses high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will increase food security and respond effectively to other major societal challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, environmentally sound and will help protect human health. The CPPM program addresses IPM challenges for emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns that can be addressed more effectively with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies supporting more vital communities.

Applications must be received by by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

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Texas-based research uncovers biological weapons against sheath blight of rice

Researchers in Texas and the Delta region have some good news for rice growers concerning sheath blight. They have discovered a combination of pest management tactics that will effectively control sheath blight and require only half of the amount of fungicides currently needed.

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Status of the Southern Regional IPM grant RFA (S-RIPM)

Several of you have been asking about when and if the Southern Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program RFA will be released. From the latest news that we have heard, USDA-NIFA plans to release the FY14 Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program Request for Applications around April 4th, 2013. Proposals will be due approximately six weeks after the RFA release. For more information, contact Jim VanKirk at 919-513-8179.

Six Southern scientists receive funding to solve weed, disease problems

Six teams of IPM scientists will use funding from the USDA Southern Regional IPM grant program to explore ways to control weeds and diseases while reducing the use of pesticides. From non-chemical weed control to plant disease management, these teams will explore new tools that farmers can use to battle diseases and weeds, while lowering their use of fungicides and herbicides. This year, USDA has awarded approximately $768,000 to support Southern Regional IPM projects.

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2011 Regional IPM Projects Help Find Solutions for Stink Bugs, Ticks, and Diseases

The Southern Regional IPM (S-RIPM) Competitive Grants Program funds projects that help to solve pest problems while reducing risks to human health and the environment. In 2011, the program has awarded approximately $800,000 to support six projects:

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