Link information for USDA ARS stakeholder webinar for NP 104

For those who are interested in the stakeholder webinar workshop sessions for NP 104, registration and link information is below. There will be three sessions, each session will be one hour long and organized around each of the three components of our National Program. Sessions will be held on February 15, 2018 at the times indicated below. All are welcome to participate in all sessions or can choose their topics of interest.

  1. 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST: Component 1: Medical Entomology for the Public and the Military including arthropods: Mosquitoes, Flies, Sand Flies, Ticks, Bed Bugs
  2. 1:30 – 2:30 pm EST: Component 2: Veterinary Entomology including arthropods: Invasive ticks, Stable Flies, House Flies, Horn Flies, Screwworm flies, Biting Midges
  3. 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST: Component 3: Fire Ants and other Invasive Pest Ants including arthropods: Invasive Fire Ants, Invasive Crazy Ants, Other Invasive Pest Ants and Climate Change

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The war on the boll weevil

by Dominic Reisig, NC State University

In NC State University News

The boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) is not much to look at – just a grayish, little beetle with an impressively long snout. But this particular beetle, and its hunger for cotton, was powerful enough to forge an unprecedented partnership between farmers, legislators and scientists. And that partnership showed how much can be accomplished when scientists and farmers work together.

What adult boll weevils lack in size they make up for with their larvae’s ability to feed on and destroy cotton. Boll weevils entered the U.S. from Mexico in the late 1800s, when they were first spotted in Texas. By the 1920s they had spread through all of the major cotton-producing areas in the country. The scope of the damage was breathtaking, as were the control efforts thrown at this insect: at one time, one-third of the insecticide used in the U.S. was used to combat boll weevils. Continue reading

Researchers discover protein that aids in spreading citrus greening

In Southwest Farm Press

Since the introduction of Huánglóngbìng (HLB—yellow dragon disease—better known as citrus greening disease) onto U.S. soil in a Florida citrus grove in 2005, the disease has been a major threat to commercial citrus production across the country.

Before arriving in North America, HLB had already carved a path of destruction across the Far East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the Arabian Peninsula, and was discovered in July 2004 in Brazil. In its wake it left citrus growers around the world astounded at the inevitable and long-lasting risks the disease poses to the global citrus industry. Continue reading

Cotton entomologist responsible for boll weevil pheromone trap dies

In Delta Farm Press

D.D. “Dick” Hardee, the USDA Agricultural Research Services research entomologist who led the team that developed the boll weevil pheromone trap which helped eradicate the pest from the U.S. Cotton Belt, has died in Greenville, Miss. He was 77.

Dr. Hardee, a native of Snyder, Texas, spent most of his career working in cotton, first as a research entomologist at the USDA-ARS Boll Weevil Research Laboratory at Mississippi State University, then as a crop consultant and as the leader of the Southern Insect Management Research Unit at USDA-ARS’ Jamie Whitten Research facility at Stoneville, Miss. Continue reading

Two positions open at USDA-ARS Southeast Watershed Research Lab in Tifton, GA

The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Southeast Watershed Research Lab in Tifton has two open technical support positions that have recently been advertised:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/406561400

Current federal employees may also apply under:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/406567700

The two positions will be filled from the one announcement. The announcements close on June 24.

New chart helps growers choose cover crops

From ARS News

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have developed a “Cover Crop Chart” that helps growers choose the best cover crop to meet their management and production needs.

Soil scientist Mark Liebig and his colleagues with the Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory (NGPRL) in Mandan, North Dakota, created the Cover Crop Chart, which can be downloaded for free at www.mandan.ars.usda.gov. ARS is USDA’s principal intramural scientific research agency, and this research supports the USDA priority of promoting international food security.

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New virus in South Florida tomatoes

In Growing Produce

Recent sample testing results show South Florida tomatoes are under attack. Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), groundnut ringspot virus (GRSV), and (TCSV) have been putting a damper on tomato production this spring season. Aside from these notorious suspects, a new malady has been added to the mix.

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