Iowa State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) recently built a tool to help farmers evaluate the economics of cover crops, including estimating net returns from the use of cover crops in various scenarios. This tool can also help farmers who use cover crops and want to improve return on investment, and can… Read more »
Month: November 2018
Charlie Kruzansky, associate vice president for government relations at Cornell University, received an Excellence in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Award Nov. 27 in Albany from the New York State IPM Program (NYSIPM). Kruzanski has helped educate North Country legislators about the western bean cutworm, convinced Long Island state senators to adopt IPM practices for athletic… Read more »
As of November 14th, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) entered into a partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to collaborate around issues of healthy soils, clean water, climate stability, yield resilience, habitat for at-risk species and economic viability for farmers. “EDF and NCGA have been working together for many years,” says Suzy Friedman, EDF senior… Read more »
In this issue read about a webinar this week regarding Western IPM Center grants, the newly released and updated National IPM Roadmap, how western cities are vying to host USDA programs and funding news. Find the new issue here.
A study published in the November issue of Science investigated the mechanisms by which neonicotinoids impair bee colony growth. Researchers used an innovative robotic platform for real-time monitoring of worker bumblebee behavior to assess the impacts of field-realistic levels of imidacloprid, a common neonicotinoid. Neonicotinoids disrupted worker behavior in the nests, impairing nursing and caretaking… Read more »
The FFAR Fellowship Program was established to prepare students for leadership in food and agriculture, and to provide professional guidance and mentorship for graduate students looking for a career in the agriculture and life sciences industry. Over the course of the three-year program, an industry leader will sponsor a PhD student to develop them as… Read more »
USDA-NIFA is currently inviting online comments about ideas on what the top research, education, and extension priorities should be for NIFA. They have a simple online survey you can fill out in a few minutes to provide your input here.