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Louisiana State University. Agricultural Center (LSU AgCenter).

In 2014, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Cooperative Extension Service. The Cooperative Extension Service is a nationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes. Also see WSSA Spotlights the Contributions Made by Cooperative Extension Program (May 28, 2013).

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Post Date: Jun 27, 2013


Pollinator Partnership.

Six years ago the U.S. Senate's unanimous approval and designation of the final 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.

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

 
Post Date: Jun 19, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

2013 American Phytopathological Society Caribbean Division Meeting -- Jun 17-19, 2013

Biosecurity in New Zealand - Have We Gone Soft at the Border? -- Jul 11, 2013

5th National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration -- Jul 29-Aug 2, 2013

2013 New Zealand Plant Protection Society Conference -- Aug 13-15, 2013

2013 American Phytopathological Society Northeastern Division Meeting -- Oct 23-25, 2013

Wisconsin Crop Management Conference and Agri-Industry Showcase -- Jan 14-16, 2014

Invasive Species Educational Forum -- Jan 22-24, 2014

Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2014: The Dundee Conference - Environmental Management & Crop Protection -- Feb 25-26, 2014

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 12, 2013


Thousand Cankers Disease Survey Guidelines Now Available (May 2013)

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine has updated the Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) Survey Guidelines for 2013 (Mar 2013; PDF | 4.5 MB). TCD results from the combined activity of Geosmithia morbida fungus and the walnut twig beetle (WTB, Pityophthorus juglandis).

* See our Thousand Cankers Disease page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 06, 2013


USDA. Blog.

In this case it is green, a brilliant emerald green, and it is chomping its way through America's forests. The emerald ash borer (EAB) may look pretty, but it is killing our ash trees in our forests and backyards. Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week (May 19-25) is the time of year when you might see adult beetles flitting about among your ash trees. It is also the time of year you may unknowingly move this pest if you pack firewood when you kick off the summer camping season. The EAB attacks ash trees and all ash trees are at risk.

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

 
Post Date: May 28, 2013


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

USDAscientists have developed a new cell line that rapidly and accurately detects foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) which causes a highly contagious and economically devastating disease in cattle and other cloven-hoofed animals. "This important breakthrough is an example of how ARSscientists are working to improve agricultural productivity in the face of increasing demand for food," said ARSAdministrator Edward B. Knipling. "This new cell line will help in the global effort to control a disease that can cause significant economic losses."

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Post Date: May 28, 2013


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A Miami man has caught and killed the longest Burmese
python
ever captured in Florida: 18 feet, 8 inches. The Burmese python is an invasive species that has negative impacts on the Everglades ecosystem and its native wildlife. The public is asked to report sightings of exotic species to IveGot1.org or 888-IveGot1. There is also a free smartphone app: IVEGOT1.

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Post Date: May 22, 2013


U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA and the EPA released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health. The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure. See ARSinformation on Honey Bee Health and Bee Informed Partnership information for Preliminary Results: Honeybee Colony Losses in the U.S., Winter 2012-2013.

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Post Date: May 22, 2013


USDA. Blog.

Feral swine have been called the "rototillers" of nature. Their longs snouts and tusks allow them to rip and root their way across America in search of food. Unfortunately, the path they leave behind impacts ranchers, farmers, land managers, conservationists, and suburbanites alike. April, Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month, is a great time to learn about this serious threat to both plant and animal health. Learn more from USDA's Public Education Initiative.

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Post Date: Apr 30, 2013


DOI. United States Geological Survey.

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation or BISON is the only system of its kind; a unique, web-based Federal resource for finding species in the U.S. and territories. Its size is unprecedented, offering more than 100 million mapped records of nearly every living species nationwide and growing. And the vast majority of the records are specific locations, not just county or state records.

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Post Date: Apr 23, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Southern Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- Apr 21-24, 2013

Central Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- Apr 28-May 2, 2013

Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council's Invasive Plant Removal Day -- May 4, 2013

Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species -- May 7-8, 2013

2013 Salmon Recovery Conference -- May 14, 2013

Western Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- May 20-23, 2013

Invasive Alien Predators - Policy, Research and Management in Europe -- Jun 16-18, 2013

2013 National Pollinator Week -- Jun 17-23, 2013

National Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- Aug 4-8, 2013

Great Lakes Week 2013 -- Sep 9-12, 2013

Great Lakes Commission 2013 Annual Meeting -- Sep 9, 2013

9th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference -- Sep 10-12, 2013

22nd Annual California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) Symposium -- Oct 2-5, 2013

International Workshop: How to Communicate on Pests and Invasive Alien Plants -- Oct 8-10, 2013

8th International Integrated Pest Management Symposium -- Mar 24-26, 2015

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 18, 2013


Department of Interior.

The major national groups that coordinate the battle against invasive species announced the 2013 National Invasive Species Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the dedication and collaborative efforts of local, state and federal officials; private citizens; and volunteers in preventing and controlling invasive species.

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Post Date: Apr 17, 2013


Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council.

This year, the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council is sponsoring the first-ever region-wide Invasive Plant Removal Day. This marks the 5th anniversary of the initiative for Virginia on a state-level, but the first annual event for the mid-Atlantic region. Please join in on the effort by visiting the event page! Are you an organization or community group that often hosts invasive plant removal in your county or neighborhood? Register your event today! Are you a citizen or volunteer who wants to get involved with invasive plant removal in your community? Check out the event listings for your state to see where organizations or groups are hosting an event in your area.

* See our Community Action section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 17, 2013


Earth Day Network.

Earth Day Network is partnered with National Environmental Education Week (Apr 14-20, 2013), which annually promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12 students and educators of all environmental subjects. See Earth Day 2013 Resources to help you participate in Earth Day 2013 and also see What You Can Do to help control invasive species.

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Post Date: Apr 11, 2013


University of Florida.

With ocean life facing unprecedented threat from climate change, overfishing, pollution, invasive species and habitat destruction, a University of Florida researcher is helping coordinate national efforts to monitor marine biodiversity.

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Post Date: Apr 11, 2013


USDA. Blog.

While traveling, protect our country from invasive plant pests and diseases to help keep our agriculture and forests safe. Learn and prepare in advance of your travels what you can or cannot bring back from a country you visit.

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Post Date: Apr 09, 2013


USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

All month, APHIS will highlight how invasive species can enter the U.S. and spread, and how the general public can take simple, specific actions to leave these hungry pests behind. Invasive pests and diseases are non-native species that cause - or are likely to cause - harm to the economy, the environment or human health. See Hungry Pests site to learn more about invasive pests and diseases.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 03, 2013


ScienceDaily; University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

In the U.S., only species listed on state or federal noxious weed lists are regulated, and those lists are often biased toward species that affect agricultural crops. Conversely, invasive plant council lists include species that affect natural landscapes but have no regulatory clout. After comparing the lists and how they are created, researchers at the University of Illinois's Energy Biosciences Institute have developed some suggestions on how to improve the regulation of all invasive plant species, including new biofuels plants.

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Post Date: Apr 02, 2013


Department of Interior.

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is the first nationwide strategy to help public and private decision makers address the impacts that climate change is having on natural resources and the people and economies that depend on them. The Climate Adaptation Strategy provides a roadmap of key steps needed over the next five years to reduce the current and expected impacts of climate change on our natural resources, which include the spread of wildlife diseases and invasive species.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 02, 2013


Science Daily; Virginia Tech.

Raising plants for biofuels is many farmers' dream. The lucrative crops grow with a minimal amount of work and can be harvested using existing equipment. However, some plants that are ideal for bioenergy production come with a drawback -- they can potentially become invasive weeds that can cause billions of dollars in economic damage.

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Post Date: Mar 19, 2013


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