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Month: December 2017

NIFA Announces Support for Organic Agriculture Research, Extension, and Education

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the availability of $17.6 million in grants focused on organic agriculture research, education, and extension activities. These grants are funded through a competitive process by NIFA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “America’s organic industry… Read more »

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Small Business Innovation Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) – Phase II program. The SBIR program was established under the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 to address scientific problems and create opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant… Read more »

Lessons of the 1937 Texas School Explosion. Who Is Your 2018 Hero?

December 2017 Who Is Your 2018 Hero? Attention: Science educators, STEM advocates, professionals in public health, school health, environmental health, facilities management, IAQ, IPM, health and safety, lab safety, school security, emergency and risk management, asthma educators, first responders, school administrators, nurses, advocates, parents and students. Do you know someone whose sense of responsibility, inspirational leadership,… Read more »

Managing Pests in Canadian Quinoa

Due to growing demand for quinoa, a gluten-free grain with high nutritional properties, its cultivation has recently expanded from the Prairies, where it has been grown for 24 years, into Ontario.  As the crop’s popularity increases, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) researchers are increasing their efforts on finding effective pest control solutions. In 2015, during… Read more »


New Online Courses Help K12 School Employees Make Schools Healthier Places to Learn MADISON, Wis., December 14, 2017 – Stop School Pests, a new online training program, is now available to school employees across the United States and beyond at www.StopSchoolPests.com. The training will help schools reduce pest complaints, pesticide use, and pest-related costs, and… Read more »

The Winter 2017 edition of PESPWire has been published

PESPWire, The e-bulletin of EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program has been published. In this edition you will find the following articles: Pest Prevention: Steps Designers Can Take New Jersey School District Overcomes Pest Control Challenges Free School IPM Tools Maintaining Momentum for School IPM New Pest Practices Manual for Mosquito Control New and Updated IPM Resources

Food Service and IPM handouts

In preparation for the Texas Rodent Academy Janet Hurley from Texas A&M has provided the two documents below. FP1709-IFC-ALSP-SR-FINAL FP1710-PEST

IPM News posts from news – IPM in the South for 12/06/2017

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… Read more »

ESA Creates New Infographic Fact Sheet on Integrated Pest Management

At Entomology 2017 in November, the ESA Science Policy Committee approved the latest ESA fact sheet, focused on integrated pest management (IPM). This infographic fact sheet was created by a team of ESA volunteers to explain how IPM is practiced and why it is a critical tool in the agricultural, environmental, and urban pest management… Read more »