August Southern Region IPM News: A Publication of the Southern IPM Center

Southern Region IPM News posts a collection of headlines from news sources throughout the Southern Region. Some of the news provided here may also be national, such as notices about upcoming EPA or NIFA webinars or national events that affect this region.

In the 08/23/2017 edition:

Tribal Pesticide Program Council Meeting — October 3-4, 2017
Why did my fungicide fail?
APHIS Removes Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the Palmview Area of Hidalgo County, Texas
Specialists to talk about deer, wild pigs Aug. 29 in Marshall
USDA grant will help LSU scientists study deer and cattle diseases
Bayer joins forces with non-profit to fight citrus greening
Elemental sulfur linked to breathing problems
Texas feral hog workshop attracts a crowd
Sugarcane aphids spreading throughout the Texas Panhandle
Mississippi hosting emergency forum on red-banded stink bug

AAIE Conference November 29-Dec. 1, 2017 Visalia Convention Center and Marriott WEED CONTROL SESSION


Dr. Jacob Wegner and Dr. Jesse Richardson on Novemeber 29, 2017 AAIE Annual Conference in Visalia, CA for a reveting discussion on Insect Adaptations to pest control tactics and how we can use such knowledge to slow the spread of resitance to our current control tactics. Understanding Resistance Management and changes in insecticides over the years.

This session, as are all AAIE sessions, is presentation and interactive. Bring your questions and experience for the experts to discuss with you and the group!

Conference Registration
Conference Schedule
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New on-Demand School Integrated Pest Management Videos Now Available

School may be out; however, your education never stops. Access EPA’s new on-demand webinar series about a variety of integrated pest management (IPM) topics. You can increase your knowledge about IPM before your students come back from summer break. Help make their environments (and yours) pest free using IPM strategies. Learn about pest management strategies you can implement now.

Let the Binge Watching Begin!

Webinar Topic
Yellow Jackets & Wasps             Watch On-Demand!
Bed Bugs                                    Watch On-Demand!
Weed Control                             Watch On-Demand!
Ticks                                           Watch On-Demand!
Rodents                                      Watch On-Demand!
Developing an IPM Plan             Watch On-Demand!
Bats                                            Watch On-Demand!
Mosquitos & Zika Virus               Watch On-Demand!
Lice                                             Watch On-Demand!

The Sustainability Consortium Partners with the Potato Sustainability Initiative on Growing More Sustainable Potatoes

PSI and TSC’s mutual membership brings over 500 potato growers and key retail partners together to create more sustainable growing practices for potatoes

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) announced today their mutual membership and partnership with the Potato Sustainability Initiative (PSI) to align metrics in measuring sustainability issues in the potato supply chain. TSC and PSI will work together to align sustainability metrics for over 500 potato growers and key retail partners. This partnership will also help streamline reporting by potato growers to retailers by working together to align metrics between PSI and TSC. PSI will join several agriculture initiatives currently TSC has in place to align metrics from farms to manufacturers to retailers.

TSC has identified sustainability hotspots around the production of potato crops including greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizer use, soil management, use of pesticides, and labor issues on farms. By working with organizations like PSI to reach growers and suppliers to gain more visibility into their supply chains, TSC and PSI together can help companies tackle the environmental and social challenges that occur in agriculture supply chains.

Dr. Christy Melhart Slay, director of research at TSC said, “TSC is very pleased to announce our partnership with PSI. PSI and TSC have created metrics for potatoes, and we look forward to working together on alignment between our tools. Potato growers have been some of the first to create and adopt sustainability metrics. We look forward to learning from this progressive initiative.”

Eric Ritchie, senior manager agriculture North America for farm assurance and policy, McCain Foods, and chair of the Potato Sustainability Governance Committee said, “The growers, processors and customers participating in the Potato Sustainability Initiative welcome our agreement with The Sustainability Consortium. The collaboration provides an opportunity to share information and expertise, align performance measures and help make the process of continually improving the sustainability of potato production more efficient for everyone.”

PSI is the leading program in North America for growers producing potatoes for the processing market, with more than 500 potato growers participating, along with six major processors, key buyers including McDonald’s and Sysco, and the National Potato Council and Canadian Horticultural Council. Potato processors Basic American Foods, Cavendish Farms, Heinz, Lamb Weston, McCain Foods and Simplot fund the collaboration, which includes an annual grower survey, reporting on key performance measures including Integrated Pest Management, nutrient and irrigation use efficiency, energy use, recycling and reuse, and periodic on-farm audits.

“Potato growers have a long history of identifying and pursuing opportunities to improve production practices. The Potato Sustainability Initiative’s agreement with The Sustainability Consortium represents a continuation of our focus on great quality potatoes and real progress on sustainability. It also recognizes the tremendous amount of the time and effort potato growers are investing to continue to improve the sustainability of their farms,” stated John Keeling, Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Potato Council.

About TSC
The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is a global organization transforming the consumer goods industry to deliver more sustainable consumer products. We are dedicated to improving the sustainability of consumer products. Our members and partners include manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, service providers, NGOs, civil society organizations, governmental agencies and academics. Each member brings valuable perspectives and expertise. TSC convenes our diverse stakeholders to work collaboratively to build science-based decision tools and solutions that address sustainability issues that are materially important throughout a product’s supply chain and lifecycle. TSC also offers a portfolio of services to help drive effective implementation. Our mission is to use the best sustainability science to help companies make the everyday products we use better and more sustainable. The Sustainability Consortium has more than 100 members and there are over 2,000 users of TSC tools worldwide; it convenes more than 200 global organizations annually over an average of 75 networking opportunities. Formed in 2009, TSC is jointly administered by Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas. It also has a European office at Wageningen University and Research, and a Chinese office in Tianjin, China. For more information visit

About PSI
PSI grew out of a North American potato industry effort to promote and measure adoption of IPM in potatoes, initiated in 2010 and expanded to broader sustainability measures in 2013. PSI works to advance and communicate continuous improvement in sustainability measures to potato growers, buyers and consumers. The program is directed by a Governance Committee composed of grower and processor representatives and facilitated by the IPM Institute of North America. For more information, visit or contact Ida Yu, coordinator.