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May 2018

National Conference on Urban Entomology & Invasive Pest Ant Conference

May 20 - May 23
Embassy Suites Cary, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd
Cary, North Carolina 27513 United States
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The 2018 National Conference on Urban Entomology and the Imported Fire Ant Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Cary, NC, May 20-23, 2018. The Planning Committee would like to hear your great ideas for a 1.5- or 2-hour symposium. Please provide the following information: 1. A brief outline that indicates the symposium title and justification 2. A tentative list of speakers, presentation titles, and duration (90/120 min) 3. Contact information for the organizer(s) Proposals should be submitted to…

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Webinar – Financial Planning 101 for Farmers

May 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

To grow a successful organic farm, financial planning is just as important as crop planning! Join the CCOF Foundation and California FarmLink for a webinar on May 23 that reviews the basics of financial planning for farmers. You’ll also learn about risk management tools—including crop insurance—that can help you reduce financial risk while growing your farm business. This webinar is funded in partnership by USDA, Risk Management Agency (RMA), under award number RM17RMEPP522C037.

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Registration opens for Growing Innovations conference

May 28

It's Time to Rethink How You Farm The world of specialty agriculture industry never stops changing, and success means growing and changing along with it. Today's farm environment is as complex as ever: Production costs continue to rise, with narrowing margins and flat growth. Labor is harder to come by and harder to keep. Growing seasons are less and less predictable. And there's an influx of new technologies that have the indisputable power to drive your farm forward. How do…

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June 2018

Preparatory Meeting Webcast to Clarify Draft Charge Questions for Resistance in Lepidopteran Pests to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Plant Incorporated Protectants

June 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Topic: Resistance in Lepidopteran Pests to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Plant Incorporated Protectants On June 5, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency will hold a preparatory meeting webcast from approximately 2 - 4 p.m. via Adobe Connect for the July 17-20, 2018 FIFRA SAP meeting on Resistance in Lepidopteran Pests to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Plant Incorporated Protectants. The goal of the webcast is to review the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for the July 17-20 meeting. This preparatory meeting webcast is open to the…

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An Assessment of Organic Farming on Soil Physical and Chemical Properties

June 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What will you learn? Join this webinar to learn about the long term impact that organic farming practices can have on various soil properties. Researchers from University of Nebraska have published recent articles assessing the soil impacts of forty years organic farming practices. The research found that organic practices can increase soil organic matter content, fertility, and water storage, and reduce the soil’s susceptibility to compaction. Learn more... Presenter(s): Dr. Charles Francis, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of…

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Understanding the Barriers and Needs of Agricultural Retailers and Certified Crop Advisers in Providing Cover Crop Services: Preliminary Findings

June 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Besides other farmers, who do farmers count on for farm management information and advice? Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) are trusted “go to” sources, along with the agricultural retailers where they work. As farmer interest in cover crops grows, are CCAs and ag retailers willing and prepared to provide much-needed cover crop supplies and services? This webinar will detail survey and interview responses from CCAs and ag retailers to uncover the barriers and needs of this influential industry.

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Weed Management Expos for School Sites

June 19

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has organized school-specific Weed Management Expos for educational facilities staff, school-affiliated contractors, and other interested community members. Topics will include: practical application of saturated steam at school sites, county laws, regulations, and pesticide use at school sites, landscape pest prevention, and turf management. Two expos will be held from 8am to 3pm on on June 19, 2018 in Long Beach USD, and on June 22, 2018 in Dixon USD. The registration fee is $25…

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Balsam woolly adelgid: the smallest and biggest reason to reconsider the importance of subalpine fir

June 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Fred Hain, Professor Emeritus, NC State University &  Steve Cook, Professor, University of Idaho Date: Tuesday, June 19 Time: 12 pm (MDT) REGISTER | GET CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS Forest Service staff have noted widespread and rapid subalpine fir mortality across forests in western ID & UT. The non-native, invasive balsam woolly adelgid (BWA), Adelges piceae Ratzburg, was confirmed as the primary insect responsible for large areas of subalpine fir mortality in Utah on September 6, 2017. This webinar will provide background on the current…

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Monarch Conservation webinar: milkweed seed collection

June 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Monarchs need milkweed! Collecting native milkweed seed is a cost-effective way to get local ecotype seeds for use in restoration projects. In this webinar, you’ll get an overview of milkweed seed collection, including a primer on native plants, tips and tricks for harvesting, storing and growing milkweed seed, and how you can participate in the Monarch Watch Milkweed Market to contribute to milkweed planting on a large scale. If you want to learn about how begin or improve your milkweed…

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Pollinator Conservation Project Webinar

June 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 The USFWS – U.S. Air Force Pollinator Conservation Project: Soaring with the Air Force Date and Time June 27, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET  Who Should Attend Anyone interested in pollinator conservation or education  Length  45 – 60 minutes, on-line webinar using Adobe Connect  Tuition  No cost.  No registration! Join Us:  http://nctc.adobeconnect.com/monarchwebinar/ 1-866-732-8654; Participant passcode: 18374033#  Contact  Michelle Donlan: 304-876-7685    Description: The goal of this webinar series is for participants to learn about various pollinator resources and to choose one that…

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