WSSA Seeking New NIFA Fellow

The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a Weed Science resource for USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and to act as a liaison between WSSA members and USDA-NIFA employees.  Dr. Donn Shilling from the University of Georgia has served in this role for the past three years, but plans to step down from this position in 2018.  Our intention is for Donn and the new NIFA Fellow to initially work together during the transition period.  Ideally, the new individual will travel to Washington, D.C. approximately once every 6 – 8 weeks to interact and work with USDA-NIFA employees during the week.  The NIFA Fellow will provide input on a wide range of topics such as current weed management practices, herbicide resistance management, weed biology and ecology, invasive plants, and the potential for new weed management paradigms such as the use of weed genomics and intelligent weed removal technologies.  A key role for the NIFA Fellow is to connect USDA-NIFA staff with WSSA committees and members to leverage their expertise to address these and other Weed Science topics. Continue reading

How IPM can help with “superweeds”

Yesterday Paul Hollis from Southeast Farm Press wrote an eloquent and fact-filled blog about the myths behind “superweeds,” based on a new fact sheet published by the Weed Science Society of America. Mr. Hollis does an excellent job at explaining the points in the fact sheet, so you can read his article if you’d like to know how the “superweed” has become an average household word that, in fact, very few people understand.

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Herbicide Resistance Summit is planned for September 10 in Washington DC

Building on the “Roadmap to Success” insights from the 2013 workshop that was co-sponsored by SWSS, the outcomes expected from Herbicide Resistance Summit II include:

  • A more unified understanding of the issues across the country, understanding of differences of opinions, and approaches to solutions.
  • A broader understanding of the need and ways to educate the general public about herbicide resistance and solutions that will and will not work.
  • Development of a compelling economic story that demonstrates the net benefits of successful herbicide resistance management.
  • An understanding of the decision framework and time management issues that have driven us to the current situation, and what it will take to address this problem.
  • An understanding of the grower’s role in the community, while at the same time preserving their individuality in both decision-making and execution.
  • A better understanding of the sociological drivers that contribute to the development of herbicide resistance, and thus a better understanding of how we can approach solutions.
  • Identify the need for and facilitation of a centralized place with educational materials and tools for developing herbicide resistance management plans, with a consistent, scientifically sound message.
  • A better understanding of the role of technology as a part of the solutions; e.g. sprayers, tillage, robotics, spatial technologies, seed destructors.
  • A better understanding of the roles that public and private incentives can play in stimulating herbicide resistance management.
  • A better understanding of the possible roles that public and private regulatory actions may play in fostering herbicide resistance management.

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