Two PhD student positions in Manhattan, Kansas

The United States Department of Agriculture and Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS) are looking for two PhD students to help run and grow the Invasive Mosquito Project (www.citizenscience.us). The Invasive Mosquito Project (IMP) is a partnered citizen science project that pairs schools with local professionals to teach about scientific research and recruit the next generation of STEM students while conducting mosquito surveillance and public health education. The project is summarized well by this ABC national news report (http://www.wcvb.com/politics/usda-launches-nationwide-project-to-track-invasive-mosquitoes/39871684). Continue reading

USDA APHIS PPQ Phytosanitary Issues Management

USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine Phytosanitary Issues Management seeks applicants for Agricultural Trade Director Positions. Trade Directors play a major leadership role with respect to planning, coordinating, and directing the resolution of plant health issues involving import and export trade in plants and plant products. www.usajobs.gov

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Smuggling, Interdiction and Trade Compliance Officer

6PQ-APHIS-MA-2015-1396

Closing Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015      

GS-0401-07/11

1 vacancy in the following location:

Houston, TX

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USDA Asks People to Check Their Trees for Signs of the Asian Longhorned Beetle During the Month of August

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announces August is Tree Check Month and urges people to check trees for signs of the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). August is a time of peak emergence for the beetle and is most likely when the adult beetle can be seen infesting trees.

“We are asking people to take 10 minutes to look at their trees for any damage caused by the Asian longhorned beetle and to look for the beetle itself, then let us know if you see something suspicious,” said Josie Ryan, APHIS’ national operations manager for the Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program.

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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Regulated Area Expands to include Bledsoe and Cumberland Counties in Tennessee

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding Bledsoe and Cumberland Counties in Tennessee to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of EAB in Bledsoe and Cumberland Counties.

To prevent the spread of EAB to other states, the attached Federal Order outlines specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-regulated articles from the quarantined areas in Tennessee. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in Tennessee is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species.

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APHIS fights spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania

Last year, an invasive pest known as the spotted lanternfly was found in the United States for the first time ever in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  Tucked away in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Berks County may seem an unlikely location to find a foreign pest, but with today’s global economy unwanted pests can show up almost anywhere.

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APHIS seeks comments on wasp release to control citrus greening

In Southwest Farm Press

USDA-APHIS officials are asking for public comments before the Oct. 20 closing date concerning a preliminary environmental assessment on a plan that would release endoparasitoid predator wasps in select citrus-growing regions as part of a proposed strategy to help control Asian citrus psyllids (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB) disease that threatens the U.S. citrus industry.

Interested individuals can file comments by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0078.
  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2014-0078, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

Read the entire article in Southwest Farm Press.

USDA APHIS assessment attempts to reduce population of cattle fever ticks

In Southwest Farm Press

by Logan Hawkes

According to a revised and re-issued environmental assessment last week, failure to take action to reduce the population of free ranging and tick-infected Nilgai antelope near the mouth of the Lower Rio Grande River in deep South Texas would likely open the door to re-infestation of cattle fever ticks into other and adjacent parts of lower Texas. Consequences to the state’s vibrant cattle industry could be dire.

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USDA syncs agencies on citrus greening

In Southeast Farm Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture looks to better manage the fight against citrus greening across the country, creating what it calls a Multi-Agency Coordination Group for Huanglongbing, or HLB, which causes the bacterial disease. And it’s kicking in $1 million to get it going.

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Busting Bugs: USDA Creates Online Tools to ID Pests

from the USDA blog

by Natalie Loggins, USDA

Do you work at a port or international border where identifying potentially destructive agricultural pests is part of your job? Are you a student or teacher interested in learning more about potential and existing agricultural pests? Have you ever seen a creepy crawly thing in your backyard and wondered if it might be an invasive species? If you fit any of these descriptions, then ID Tools may be just what you need.

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