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New guide to organic management of spotted wing Drosophila released

Michigan State University is collaborating with researchers from across the country to address the invasive insect pest, spotted wing Drosophila (SWD). This pest is particularly challenging for organic growers due to the limited number of organically approved and effective insecticides. With funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), the team… Read more »


2018 Partnership Grants to Protect Honey Bees in New England, Control Mice in Multi-Family Housing, and Improve Turfgrass

In 2018, the Northeastern IPM Center awarded more than $300,000 for research and outreach through its IPM Partnership Grants, a competitive funding program. The Northeastern IPM Center began funding projects through the IPM Partnership Grants Program in 2004. Applications have come from public and private institutions or organizations, businesses, commodity groups, and private individuals. This… Read more »


Dalmation toadflax — invasive species in western Nebraska

Early Detection and Rapid Response is a concept to identify potential invasive species prior to or just as the establishment of the invasive is taking place. An Integrated Pest Management plan can be developed to manage, contain and eradicate the invasive species before it can spread further. This will avoid costly, long-term control efforts. A… Read more »


Revised field identification sheet for grubs

The revised field identification sheet for grubs from the Michigan State University Extension, Department of Entomology will assist in identification and gives information about typical crops or situations affected by different species. In summary, at this time of the year: Lighter-textured fields and parts of fields (e.g., sandy knolls) often are a focal point for… Read more »


Plant Protection and Quarantine Releases 2017 Annual Report

Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) continued to push the United States’ line of defense against invasive pests and diseases further offshore, allowing action to be taken against pests hitchhiking on or in imported goods before they reached U.S. borders. They fought back against the spread of damaging pests such as exotic fruit flies, citrus greening,… Read more »


Grant Opportunity: FY 2018 Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies Program

Available funds include approximately $2 million for Lead Technical Studies awards and $5 million for Healthy Homes Technical Studies awards. The goal of the Lead Technical Studies grant program is to gain knowledge to improve the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of methods for evaluation and control of residential lead-based paint hazards. The Healthy Homes Technical Studies… Read more »