Sports Turf Management Webinars

The Midwest Pesticide Action Center and the Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association are partnering to provide a series of webinars on sports turf management.

The webinar on sports turf grass selection that was held on March 8th is now available as an archive at http://www.ilstma.org/newsletter.aspx.

A second webinar will discuss composting for sports fields and is scheduled for May 15th, 11 AM to 12 PM. This webinar is part of Chicago Grows Green Week. Our panelists Benjamin Krumstok and Vytas Pabedinskas from the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition, and Dan Dinelli from the North Shore Country Club, will cover compost sourcing, creation, application, and best practices.  Register for this webinar at bit.ly/MGGmay15.

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Notice of Availability: 2018 Draft Environmental Assessment for Public Comment: Predator Damage Management in Nebraska April 2018

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY – Nebraska: The USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services (WS) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA), “Predator Damage Management in Nebraska April 2018” to update and replace WS-Nebraska’s 2016 pre-decisional Predator Damage Management EA.” This EA has been updated to better explain the WS-Nebraska Predator Damage Management Program and expand upon the analysis of the proposed action. This EA addresses recent literature published on the subject of predator management, incorporates WS-Nebraska’s updated Biological Assessment, and addresses additional concerns that have been raised by the public. This EA is available for review and comment prior to issuing a decision on the alternative to be selected and its associated environmental impacts.  The proposed action is to implement an integrated approach using a variety of methods to reduce predator damage to agricultural resources, aircraft and air passenger safety, natural resources, and human and pet health and safety.   Wildlife Services is seeking review and comments on the pre-decisional EA from interested parties. To receive full consideration, comments must be received by the close of business on May 23, 2018.

OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

Interested parties may view the EA by clicking on the following links:

https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=APHIS-2016-0081

Or by Contacting:

Timothy Veenendaal: State Director

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

5940 South 58th Street

Lincoln, NE 68516

Phone (402) 434-2342

Fax: (402) 434-2340

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New Grain Import Law to Keep Invasive Weeds and Other Pests from Entering China

In 2016, China put in place a new grain import law to keep invasive weeds and other plant pests from entering their country. In 2017, they informed USDA that U.S. grain shipments, particularly soybeans, did not comply with the new law. They specifically cited increased detections of weed seeds. These weed seeds threaten U.S. access to China’s soybean market.

Soybeans are critical to the U.S. economy. Approximately 1 of every 3 bushels of U.S. soybean are shipped to China, making it the United States’ largest market for this commodity. In 2017, this export was valued at $12.4 billion, which is approximately 91% by value of all U.S. grains shipped to China.

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website outlining “A Systems Approach for U.S. Soybean”.

 

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A History and Future of White Pine Blister Rust in North America Webinar

A History and Future of White Pine Blister Rust in North America
Katie McKeever, Forest Pathologist, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Date: April 24, 2018
Time: 12 pm (MST)
This webinar will examine the biology, disease cycle, and history of white pine blister rust in North America and provide information on cultural control methods and resistance breeding programs for western white pine and whitebark pine.
 
Katie received her BSc in Forest Health from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, NY. Her MSc and PhD were completed at Washington State University’s Puyallup Research & Extension Center under the mentorship of Dr. Gary Chastagner. Her research focused on Phytophthora ramorum and root-rotting Phytophthora species affecting western forest and Christmas trees. She is currently the Forest Pathologist with the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation Forestry Division in Missoula, MT.

 

THIS WEBINAR IS CO-SPONSORED BY THE MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

Megan Dettenmaier
Extension Educator, Forestry
Wildland Resources, Utah State University
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p: 435-797-8424  m: 425-213-4452
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w: forestry.usu.edu  e: megan.dettenmaier@usu.edu
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EPA Announces May 10 Webinar on Submitting Incident Information on Pet Spot-on Flea and Tick Products to EPA

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EPA Announces May 10 Webinar on Submitting Incident Information on Pet Spot-on Flea and Tick Products to EPA

On May 10, 2018, from 1:00-3:00 pm ET, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a webinar for registrants of pet spot-on flea and tick products to instruct them on new templates that will now be encouraged for use when reporting incidents stemming from the use of these products. This is part of an EPA effort to obtain better incident information to improve the regulation of pet Spot-on flea and tick products.

Over the past year, EPA conducted a pilot project with five volunteer registrants to determine the usability and feasibility of the templates in providing the Agency with information needed to improve the regulation of pet-spot-on flea and tick products. Although registrants have been submitting the incident data required under FIFRA section 6 (a)(2), including the more detailed reports required in 2010, those data submissions lacked consistent terminology and a common format, which made it difficult to use the data for regulatory purposes.

Over the course of the pilot, EPA sought comment from the public and the pilot participants regarding the templates and made adjustments accordingly. EPA concluded that use of the standardized templates does provide data in a format that can be readily analyzed in a meaningful way and will improve the Agency’s ability to evaluate safety of pet spot-on products.

The webinar marks the conclusion of the Pet Spot-on Enhanced Reporting Pilot and the beginning of implementation using EPA’s standardized templates. This implementation process is relevant to all spot-on products with registrations that require the submission of enhanced reporting as well as new spot-on products submitted for registration.

To participate in the webinar, go to http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/enhancedreporting2018/.

More information on the pilot, templates and webinar.

EPA distributes its Pesticide Program Updates to external stakeholders and citizens who have expressed an interest in the agency’s pesticide program activities and decisions. This update service is part of EPA’s continuing effort to improve public access to federal pesticide information.

For general questions about pesticides and pesticide poisoning prevention, contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC),  by email at npic@ace.orst.edu or, by visiting http://npic.orst.edu.

For information about ongoing activities in the Office of Pesticide Programs, visit our homepage at: https://www.epa.gov/pesticides.

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New Cooperative Agreement Supports Training for Healthcare Providers on Pesticide-Related Health Conditions

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New Cooperative Agreement Supports Training for Healthcare Providers on Pesticide-Related Health Conditions

EPA has awarded a cooperative agreement, Pesticide Education for Medical Professionals, to the University of California Davis Extension to educate the medical community on how to prevent, recognize and treat pesticide-related health conditions.

Through outreach, technical assistance and training, UC Davis Extension, in partnership with Oregon State University, will seek to achieve improved health for farmworker and agricultural communities by increasing knowledge and awareness of environmental and occupational health risks. The program will expand on previous programs by including additional healthcare practice sites, improving existing educational materials, and targeting larger audiences of providers, including doctors, nurses, emergency response personnel and other clinical staff.

The cooperative agreement is for five years, and funding for the initial year is $125,000. For future years, EPA expects to provide up to a maximum of $500,000 per year, subject to availability of funds.

EPA distributes its Pesticide Program Updates to external stakeholders and citizens who have expressed an interest in the agency’s pesticide program activities and decisions. This update service is part of EPA’s continuing effort to improve public access to federal pesticide information.

For general questions about pesticides and pesticide poisoning prevention, contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC),  by email at npic@ace.orst.edu or, by visiting http://npic.orst.edu.

For information about ongoing activities in the Office of Pesticide Programs, visit our homepage at: https://www.epa.gov/pesticides.

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Plant Search Feature Available on Protecting Bees Website

The IR-4 Project at Rutgers University is pleased to announce the launch of the Plant Search page on the Protecting Bees website. Users can search for pollinator attractive plants by zip code, bloom period, sun/light requirements, and/or pollinator attractiveness. Once the search is complete, users can download a printable list of select plants, compare pollinator information (limit of 5 plants), or get detailed information about the attractiveness data and links to the data sources.
This plant search tool is a necessary resource for anyone with an interest in protecting pollinators and growing plants. Planting pollinator attractive plants provides insects and animals with essential resources, while helping plants survive and flourish. All pollinator attractiveness information on Protecting Bees comes from reputable scientific studies or publications. New plants and pollinator information is constantly being added, so be sure tosearch Protecting Bees for attractive plants when planning for your next planting or when guiding others about pollinator beneficial gardens!
For more information contact:
Cristi Palmer
IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program Manager
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Upcoming Environmental Modeling in Ground Water Public Meeting

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Upcoming Environmental Modeling in Ground Water Public Meeting

On May 23, 2018, EPA will hold an Environmental Modeling Public Meeting (EMPM). This meeting provides a public forum for pesticide registrants, other stakeholders and EPA to discuss current issues related to modeling pesticide fate, transport, and exposure for pesticide risk assessments in a regulatory context. Additionally, this meeting will provide a forum for presentations on methods for assessing pesticide monitoring data in surface waters.

This meeting will focus on:

  • Quantitative use of surface water monitoring data in pesticide exposure/risk assessment;
  • Calibration of water quality models using surface water data;
  • Comparisons of pesticide monitoring and modeling data;
  • Chemical removal efficacy of drinking water and sewage treatment and monitoring data for agricultural, urban, forestry and aquatic pesticide applications; and
  • Updates on ongoing topics.

Requests to participate in the meeting must be received on or before April 23, 2018.

Please contact Rebecca Lazarus (Lazarus.Rebecca@epa.gov) or Andrew Shelby (Shelby.Andrew@epa.gov) to register for this meeting. More information can be found at www.regulations.gov in docket # EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0879. Sign up for updates and abstract requests for future Environmental Modeling Public Meetings.

EPA distributes its Pesticide Program Updates to external stakeholders and citizens who have expressed an interest in the agency’s pesticide program activities and decisions. This update service is part of EPA’s continuing effort to improve public access to federal pesticide information.

For general questions about pesticides and pesticide poisoning prevention, contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC),  by email at npic@ace.orst.edu or, by visiting http://npic.orst.edu.

For information about ongoing activities in the Office of Pesticide Programs, visit our homepage at: https://www.epa.gov/pesticides.

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USDA Provides Almost $70 Million in Fiscal Year 2018 to Protect Agriculture and Plants from Pests and Diseases through the 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007

Media Contacts:
Abbey Powell, 301-851-4054
Suzanne Bond, 301-851-4070

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2018 —U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating almost $70 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill to support 494 projects in 49 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. These projects prevent the introduction or spread of invasive plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment, as well as ensure the availability of a healthy supply of clean plant stock in the United States.

“Through the Farm Bill Section 10007, the USDA strengthens our nation’s ability to safeguard U.S. specialty crops, agriculture, and natural resources by putting innovative ideas into action,” said Under Secretary Ibach. “Getting these funds into the hands of our cooperators around the country helps us to keep U.S. plants, crops, and forests safe from invasive pests and diseases, enhances the marketability of our country’s products, and makes American agriculture and natural resources thrive.”

USDA has funded 1,849 projects with approximately $228 million in Section 10007 funding since the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted. Collectively, these projects allow USDA and its partners to quickly detect and rapidly respond to invasive pests and diseases. They also help our country maintain the infrastructure necessary for making sure that disease-free, certified planting materials are available to U.S. specialty crop producers.

This year, funded projects include, among others:

    • Asian Defoliating Moth Survey and Response: $1,700,370 funding projects in 14 states;
    • Coconut rhinoceros beetle: $2,323,880 to respond to infestations in Hawaii and Guam;
    • Invasive pest and weed control on Tribal lands: $518,494 for five projects to support Tribal outreach and education initiatives and projects to mitigate and control invasive pests and noxious weeds on Tribal lands
    • Phytophthora ramorum and related species: $1,772,429 in 16 states and nationally for survey, diagnostics, mitigation, probability modeling, genetic analysis, and outreach;
    • Giant African snail: $1,643,151 to support ongoing eradication efforts in Florida;
    • Agriculture Detector Dog Teams: $4,835,000 to programs in California and Florida to enhance package inspections;
    • Grapes: $851,184 to enhance surveys for grape commodity pests and diseases in 18 states and harmonize Grapevine Nursery Stock Certification Programs;
    • Citrus: $1,337,685 in support of citrus producing states to survey, develop diagnostic tools, and conduct rapid response for viruses related to Citrus Leprosis
    • Palm Commodity Survey: $340,000 for work in 6 states;
    • Forest pest outreach: $729,615 in 17 states for forest pest outreach, education, and emergency preparedness;
    • Plant Pest Rapid Response: $14,238,558 will be used for potential invasive pest emergencies such as Asian Gypsy Moth, European Cherry Fruit Fly, Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle, Exotic Fruit Flies, Spotted Lanternfly, or the detection of any newly introduced, exotic pest that is of high economic consequence anywhere in the United States or U.S. Territories; and
    • National Clean Plant Network: $6,049,997 to support 28 projects in 18 states that focus on providing high quality propagated plant material for fruit trees, grapes, berries, citrus, hops, sweet potatoes, and roses free of targeted plant pathogens and pests.

You can view the FY 2018 Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill spending plans on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Web site at www.aphis.usda.gov/farmbill.

The public can help protect America’s agricultural and natural resources by being aware of invasive pests and the damage they cause. APHIS created the Hungry Pests public outreach program to empower Americans with the knowledge they need to leave these “hungry pests” behind. Visit www.aphis.usda.gov/pestsdiseases/hungrypests to learn more about invasive plant pests and diseases impacting your area and how you can help. And, join the discussion about invasive plant pests via the Hungry Pests Facebook and Twitter pages.

Since the Farm Bill was enacted, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for American products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life throughout America. For more information, visit www.aphis.usda.gov/farmbill.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

 

 

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Pesticide Safety Education Program Professional

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension invites applications for a Pesticide Safety Education Program Professional to begin work Spring, 2018 based in Pest Management Office located at the University of Maine in Orono.  This position is full-time, contingent upon funding & adequate performance. The position will be responsible for delivering/coordinating educational programs in support of PSEP that align with the University of Maine Extension’s mission and plan of work.The position is expected to work collaboratively with faculty, professional and classified staff. Typical hiring range for this position is $41,000 to $47,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

For a full job description and to apply:  https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=46597&job=pesticide-safety-education-program-professional

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