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USDA. APHIS. Hungry Pests.

April is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking the public to help prevent the spread of invasive pests, which cost our nation an estimated $120 billion each year in damages to our environment, agriculture and native species. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has identified 18 “Hungry Pests” as some of the most destructive invasive species that people can unknowingly spread in the things they move, pack and bring home from vacations. For more information, see top invasive pest threats.

 
Post Date: Apr 20, 2015


National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

Participate in events across the nation to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional and national scales. See Ten Ways to Observe National Invasive Species Awareness Week (2015; PDF | 219 KB).

* See our News and Events section for more information and additional resources

 
Post Date: Feb 23, 2015


U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA's Secretary announced the allocation of $5 million to support 19 projects under the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) funded under the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). NCPN-funded facilities provide high-quality propagative plant material that is free of plant pathogens and pests that can otherwise cause economic losses to the American specialty crop industry, which includes fruits and vegetables and other crops.

* See our Federal Press Releases - USDA section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 02, 2014


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Capacity-building workshop for Central, South and East Asia on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets -- Jul 14-18, 2014

International Conference on Advances in Plant Sciences (ICAPS) -- Aug 6-8, 2014

Native Seed Propagation Workshop -- Sep 13, 2014

2014 British Crop Protection Council Congress -- Sep 30-Oct 1, 2014

10th Ballast Water Management Summit -- Sep 17-18, 2014

2014 Joint Symposium of the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council & Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council -- Oct 15-16, 2014

2014 Natural Areas Conference -- Oct 15-17, 2014

2014 Joint Symposium of the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council & Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council -- Nov 12-14, 2014

International Conference on Advances in Plant Sciences (ICAPS) -- Nov 18-22, 2014

CBD Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats -- Dec 204, 2014

2014 Oregon InterAgency Noxious Weed Symposium -- Dec 2-4, 2014

10th Ballast Water Management Summit -- Dec 8-12, 2014

36th Annual Forest Vegetation Management Conference: Managing Forests in a Dynamic Environment -- Jan 13-15, 2015

75th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference -- Feb 8-11, 2015

2015 National Native Seed Conference -- Apr 13-15, 2015

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 02, 2014


Invasive Plant Science and Management - Apr-Jun 2014 (Vol 7, No. 2)

Articles include:


Bioenergy and Invasive Plants: Quantifying and Mitigating Future Risks
Medusahead Ecology and Management: California Annual Grasslands to the Intermountain West
Does Elevated Temperature and Doubled CO2 Increase Growth of Three Potentially Invasive Plants?
Restoration of Exotic Annual Grass-Invaded Rangelands: Importance of Seed Mix Composition
Effects of Native Herbs and Light on Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Invasion

-- and more...

Note: Article abstracts are available to everyone. Full-text articles may require a subscription (USDA access through DigiTop).

* See our Scientific Journals page to view the first 5 abstracts or all abstracts, and additional resources. And, also see our Scientific Journal Articles section for more resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 02, 2014


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Findings from recent research project changes in crop production as air temperatures increase due to climate change. Researchers observed one of the effects that agricultural producers may see as air temperatures increase is a corresponding increase of insects, weeds and fungal pests because of milder winter temperatures.

* See our Federal Press Releases - USDA section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 16, 2014


Pollinator Partnership.

Seven years ago the U.S. Senate's unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as "National Pollinator Week" marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

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DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

* See our News and Events section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 10, 2014


U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A yearly survey of beekeepers, released today, shows fewer colony losses occurred in the United States over the winter of 2013-2014 than in recent years, but beekeepers say losses remain higher than the level that they consider to be sustainable.

* See our News and Events - USDA Press Releases page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: May 15, 2014


National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Due to continued budget and travel restrictions for federal agencies there will not be a full program of federal events in Washington DC during 2014. However please continue invasive species awareness by hosting state or local events. Planning has begun for a full event in 2015. Also see "National Invasive Species Awareness Week" Spotlights the Importance of Prevention and Management Strategies (Feb 10, 2014) from the Weed Science Society of America.

* See our News and Events section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Feb 21, 2014


State of Hawai'i Department of Agriculture.

Another new invasive pest has been detected on Oahu, one that damages coconut trees and other palm plants. The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) was detected at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Dec 23, 2013 during routine surveys conducted.

* See our Hawaii state resource page for additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 16, 2014


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Invasives 2014: Invasive Species Council of British Columbia Public Forum & AGM -- Jan 21-22, 2014

2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum -- Feb 20-21, 2014

2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting -- Feb 23-28, 2014

79th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference -- Mar 10-14, 2014

2014 Joint European Food Safety Authority - European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization Workshop on "Data Collection and Information Sharing in Plant Health" -- Apr 1-3, 2014

National Association of Environmental Professionals 2014 Annual Conference: Changing Tides & Shifting Sands -- Apr 7-10, 2014

21st Biennial International Plant Resistance to Insects Workshop -- Apr 14-18, 2014

9th Annual International Symposium of Environment -- May 12-15, 2014

2nd Annual International Conference on Ecology, Ecosystems and Climate Change -- Jun 14-17, 2014

Joint 2014 Annual Meetings & Conference of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), & Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN) -- Jun 18-22, 2014

Island Biology 2014: International Conference on Island Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation -- Jul 7-11, 2014

2nd North America Congress for Conservation Biology -- Jul 13-16, 2014

7th International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science -- Jul 13-16, 2014

2nd Annual International Conference on Water -- Jul 14-17, 2014

2014 Annual International Conference on Earth and Environmental Sciences -- Jul 14-17, 2014

2014 International Seminar on Protected Area Management -- Jul 18-Aug 4, 2014

51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation -- Jul 20-24, 2014

49th Annual Grassland Society of Southern Africa Congress -- Jul 22-24, 2014

69th Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference: Making Waves in Conservation -- Jul 27-30, 2014

2014 Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration -- Jul 28-Aug 1, 2014

11th Australasian Plant Virology Workshop - 2014 -- Aug 13-15, 2014

3rd International Marine Conservation Congress -- Aug 14-19, 2014

9th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference -- Aug 20-22, 2014

2014 Australian Entomological Conference -- Sep 28-Oct 1, 2014

Meeting the Challenge: Predicting, Detecting, and Controlling Invasive Plants -- Sep 16-17, 2014

8th Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposium -- Nov 10-13, 2014

100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America -- Aug 9-14, 2015

* See our Conference Calendar for more and resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 14, 2014


National Environmental Education Foundation.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands American's enjoy. Get involved, find a site and help eradicate invasive species! Also, see Celebrate Fall Season With Free Access to Public Lands on Sep 28 from USDA's Blog. National Public Lands Day is pleased to partner with National Estuaries Week. Normally a one day event, National Estuaries Day has been extended into a week-long series of celebrations taking place from Sep 23-29.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 25, 2013


USDA. Blog.

On an island off the northeastern tip of Long Island, NY, USDA scientists are doing their part to safeguard the U.S. food supply. At the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, a USDA research team works to ensure that we're prepared to protect ourselves against exotic animal diseases that threaten livestock production in the U.S. and around the world.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 25, 2013