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May 2012

Selected "In the News" items previously featured on NISIC for this month. See the In the News Archives to view previously posted items by year and month.

See our What's New section for current items of interest.

2008 Farm Bill

USDA Provides Funding to Cooperators for Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention (PDF | 51 KB) (May 24, 2012)
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
USDA will support 321 projects in all 50 states that help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases threatening U.S. agricultural and the environment. The funding, totaling $50 million, is provided by Section 10201 of the 2008 Farm Bill.

Smartphone apps

WSSA Says Online Databases and Smartphone Apps Make It Easier than Ever to Track Invasive Weeds (May 21, 2012)
Weed Science Society of America.
Online databases and new smartphone applications are making it easier than ever to track and map infestations of invasive weeds. New technologies are also making it easier than ever to capture and report information on the location of weeds so that online databases are more complete. Previously, weed sightings were submitted to EDDMapS using detailed online forms. But the new applications are game changers. Now home gardeners, backpackers and other laypeople likely to encounter invasive weeds can participate as well. See our Smartphone Applications page for more information.

Emerald ash borer

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week -- May 20-26, 2012: Spot the Purple Trap for EAB Awareness Week (May 21, 2012)
USDA. Blog.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is one of many "Hungry Pests" that can cause significant damage to our country's natural resources. Since first being identified in 2002, EAB is responsible for the destruction of tens of millions of ash trees in 15 states in the Midwest and Northeast. Help keep EAB from spreading by not moving firewood and by inspecting your trees regularly.

Kudzu bug - USDA, ARS photo

Biocontrol Agent Tested to Battle Invasive Kudzu Bug (May 3, 2012)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
ARS is studying a potential biological control for the kudzu bug, which does feed on the kudzu vine, but also could be a major pest of soybeans, peanuts and other legumes.

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