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Month: January 2019

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Tom Gallagher Receives Excellence in IPM Award

Tom Gallagher, Senior Resource Educator of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County, received an Excellence in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYSIPM) at the Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference, in Latham NY. NYSIPM develops methods of sustainable pest management, and educates stakeholders and the public on how… Read more »


iPiPE Newsletter Connects Pest Management Professionals and Online Data Sharing Tools

iPiPE is a set of online tools, information products and expert commentary for the detection and management of pests that threaten US crops. By enabling sharing about pest observations and other data, iPiPE builds local and regional capacity to manage crop pests, reducing unnecessary pesticide applications, enhancing farm profitability and contributing to national food security…. Read more »


New Partnership Between Tyson Foods and Environmental Defense Fund

Ag Pro reports that Tyson Foods is partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to develop and employ strategies that promote ecologically sound growing practices while meeting the needs of the sustainable foods market. The partnership will initially target 500,000 acres of corn and aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve water quality, and generate maximum… Read more »


Climatologist Keith Eggleston Receives Excellence in IPM Award

Keith Eggleston, a Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) climatologist, received an Excellence in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYSIPM) at the Empire State Producers’ Expo in Syracuse. NYSIPM develops methods of sustainable pest management, and educates stakeholders and the public on how to use these methods to… Read more »


Agpro Reports on the Potential of Electrical Weed-Killers

As herbicide resistance and pesticide litigation issues in agribusiness intensify, electricity as a method of weed control is getting closer to becoming a widely available option for farmers. Grower Kevin Olson says, “Herbicide issues are unrecognizable from what we dealt with as farmers 40 years ago. There are no two ways about it—the Lasco kills… Read more »


Entomology Today Details New Findings in Stinkbug Monitoring Methodology

The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys, is an invasive pest introduced to North America in 1988 that damages fruit, vegetable, and nut crops. A January 10 article in Entomology Today discusses the work of researchers at Virginia Tech, the University of Georgia, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the USDA Agricultural Research… Read more »


Environmental Defense Fund Reports on How The Farm Bill Changes the Future of Climate and Water Conservation

A 12/12/18 post on the Environmental Defense Fund’s blog analyzes the smaller provisions within the 2018 Farm Bill that have the potential to open up new approaches to climate and water conservation. These include incentives for growers to protect water quality, a directive for the federal government to “recognize and encourage partnerships at the watershed… Read more »


Center for Biological Diversity Reports on Trump Approval of Antibiotics as Citrus Pesticide in Florida and California

On December 27, the Center for Biological Diversity issued a press release addressing the Trump administration’s decision to permit the expansion of streptomycin (an antibiotic regularly used on humans) spraying on all US citrus crops. The largest amounts of streptomycin will be deployed in Florida and California. “Trump’s EPA is taking us in a dangerous new… Read more »