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The nation’s organic farms and ranches have higher average sales and higher average production expenses than U.S. farms overall, according to results of the 2008 Organic Production Survey released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. [Read more]
As rain continues across the state, insects may find their way into people’s waterlogged backyards, homes and landscapes.
The idea of counting bugs before spraying pesticides prompted a few laughs during a recent meeting of Alamance-Burlington Board of Education members and school system employees. [More]
The federal budget bill for fiscal year 2011 passed yesterday by both the Senate and the House of Representatives contains a mix of good and bad news for IPM funding. Funding for programs in the “section 406″ line, which had been eliminated in some plans, was partially restored.
Arkansas landowners may be seeing more dead pine trees in the next month as drought, Ips beetles and time exact their stealthy toll.
This summer, much of the eastern United States will experience the emergence of Brood XIX (also known as “The Great Southern Brood”), the 19th Brood for this population of 13-year periodic cicadas.
Mid-Atlantic apple growers lost $37 million last year from damage caused by the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) to the 2010 apple crop, according to an estimate released by the U.S. Apple Association (USApple). The damage estimate was developed at the request of federal scientists researching ways to control the newly invasive pest. Although growers suffered financial loss from this pest, the Mid-Atlantic region overall has continued to provide quality apples for the 2010 crop year. (From Growing Produce)
Kentucky and the country are in a war against invading marauders. Every year, invasive plants cause $137 billion worth of economic loss in the United States. Anyone who has seen the kudzu invasion on roadsides and in the woods of Eastern and Southern Kentucky can understand the nature of the battle.
A group of Extension specialists from North Carolina State University received an award on April 14 for helping farmers to stay in business during the phase-out of a popular fumigant.