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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 »


USDA Releases New Reports on Antibiotics and Pesticide Residue

The USDA recently released two reports, one analyzing pesticide residue and one analyzing antibiotics in the US food supply. The pesticide report found that “In 2017, over 99 percent of the samples tested had residues well below the tolerances established by the EPA with 53 percent having no detectable pesticide residue”. The study also found… Read more »


Cornell Releases Pollinator Network’s 2018 Pesticide Decision-Making Guide

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell recently released their 2018 version of their Pesticide Decision Making Guide. The guide provides at-a-glance perspectives on best choices for protecting tree fruit crops while protecting pollinators. This guide and future guides in this series can be found on the Cornell Pollinator Network “Grower Resource Page”


California Department of Pesticide Regulations Releases New Infographics on Insect and Weed Control

Linked below are two infographics recently distributed by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. One contains tips on keeping your home cockroach-free, and the other has information on how to control weeds without herbicides. Click here for the cockroach control infographic: in English in Spanish And the weed management infographic: in English in Spanish


Southern IPM Center Extends Deadline for Nominations for Friends of Southern IPM Award

The Southern IPM Center is extending the deadline for nominations for their annual Friends of Southern IPM Award program through December 21. This program recognizes outstanding work in IPM in the southern region. They have two kinds of awards: one for IPM professionals and one for graduate students. Find the Calls for Nomination for these awards, along with cover forms here.