IPM keeps food on our table–at a price we can afford

I read a blog article today written by one of the Southwest Farm Press editors, resolving to eat more doughnuts in 2018. The editor, Shelley Huguley, discussed how one of America’s favorite treats was in jeopardy because of a pest insect that attacks sugarcane, the sugarcane borer. Although I didn’t come up with the idea to discuss the idea of pest management in terms of the products that we love, I know a great idea when I see one, so I decided to take her idea and run with it to talk about our own contributions to America’s products.

Keeping products in our homes is just one of the benefits for good pest management. With so many insects and diseases that can adapt to a single pest management technique, such as a particular pesticide, scientists have to get creative to make sure farmers and others who need to manage pests can do it at a cost that won’t break America’s banks. Continue reading

Coastal Bend Landscape Conference set Feb. 23 in Corpus Christi, TX

by Kevin Gibbs, Texas A&M AgriLife

Springtime is approaching quickly, and a meeting has been set up to help landscape and garden professionals and enthusiasts learn some helpful tips and techniques, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service official said.

The Coastal Bend Landscape Conference will be 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Feb. 23 at the Del Mar Development Center, 3209 S. Staples, Corpus Christi. Registration is $40, and includes breakfast and lunch. Reservations must be made by calling 361-767-5217 by Feb. 10. Continue reading

NC State doctoral student wins Friends of Southern IPM Award for work on urban heat islands

A doctoral student at NC State University will receive a regional award in November for his work on urban tree integrated pest management.

NCSU Ph.D. student, Adam Dale, was one of several graduate students nominated to receive a Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student award. The Southern IPM Center, which sponsors the award, gives one Masters award and one Ph.D. award based on the decision of an outside panel.

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