USDA Provides Tips and Resources for a Bacteria-Free Thanksgiving

More than 45 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving Day, with a never-ending list of side dishes and desserts. The Thanksgiving meal is by far the largest and most stressful meal many consumers prepare all year, leaving room for mistakes that can make guests sick. But never fear, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food… Read more »

The deadline for poster abstract submission for the National IPM Symposium in Baltimore in March has been extended

Please note that the deadline for poster abstract submissions for National IPM Symposium in Baltimore in March has been extended. They will keep it open until Dec. 1, or they reach 200 posters, whichever comes first. **Submissions in Medical, Urban, and Veterinary categories are especially sought. So please encourage yourself or colleagues if you/they have materials… Read more »

NIFA announces the release of the FY 2018 Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) RFA

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2018 Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) Program Request for Applications (RFA). The BRAG program supports environmental assessment research concerning the introduction of genetically engineered organisms into the environment. NIFA Funding Opportunity Page: Page: Letter… Read more »

New articles from Connection, Newsletter of the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center

Area Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor – Entomology POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT University of California Cooperative Extension Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension Advisor Area Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor – Entomology Serving Monterey, San Benito & Santa Cruz Counties AP #17-24 LOCATION HEADQUARTERS: Salinas, Monterey County, California SUBMISSION DATE: To assure full… Read more »

California bans use of some Farming Pesticides near schools

California has banned farmers from using certain pesticides near schools and day care centers under a new rule announced Tuesday that regulators said is among the toughest in the U.S. Under the new rule, California farmers will be prohibited from spraying pesticides within a quarter mile (0.4 kilometers) of public K-12 schools and licensed daycare… Read more »

REMINDER: Deadline for Online Submission of Poster Abstracts for the 9th International IPM Symposium Approaches

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your integrated pest management (IPM) work. Submit a poster abstract by November 13 for the 9th International IPM Symposium that will be held March 19–22, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Poster abstracts should be submitted online at for full consideration. The abstract must contain an accurate summary of the work… Read more »

USDA Invests $2.5 Billion in Rural Electric Infrastructure

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that USDA is investing $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development in 27 states. “These significant investments will help develop and maintain modern, reliable electric infrastructure that businesses and rural communities need in a 21st Century economy,” Perdue said. “The loans… Read more »