The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the availability of more than $6 million in funding to implement practices that will help private farmers, ranchers and forest landowners affected by the wildfires blazing in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
The funding, made available by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), will assist local producers as they begin to restore scorched grazing land, rebuild fencing, protect damaged watersheds, and implement various conservation measures to mitigate losses.
EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address priority local and state resource concerns. Producers must submit a complete program application, establish “farm records”, and other documentation to support eligibility to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP. Step-by-step assistance can be found here.
States will begin accepting applications in the near future. Producers in the affected counties are encouraged to check with their local NRCS service centers for additional information.
The 2016 Year-in-Review from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Pest Management Centre (PMC) has been published.
In this newsletter you will find articles that highlight some areas of focus in 2016:
•Using beneficial insects to help farmers deal with aphids;
•Protecting brassica crops from insect damage with insect netting;
•Minor use trials on new crops – rice, quinoa and wasabi;
•Generating data to keep greenhouse workers safe;
•Hands-on training in good laboratory practice for PMC staff;
•Analytical chemistry challenges when supporting minor use submissions;
This newsletter also contains a message from the Pest Management Centre’s former Executive Director, Dr. Manjeet Sethi.
EPA is working on a mobile application that will dramatically save state government inspectors’ time and increase efficiency, allowing for more pesticide labels to be inspected and improving compliance rates over time. As part of this effort, EPA is looking for state and federal officials to beta test the Pesticide Label Matcher (PLM) mobile application. EPA is particularly interested in federal and state officials who routinely go into the field and inspect pesticide products, as well as pesticide registrants.
The aim of the application is to modernize and streamline the current manual process for inspecting and reviewing pesticide labels for potential violations. With this application, inspectors can enter the EPA pesticide registration number on a mobile device and compare the label they are viewing with the approved federal master label and/or data contained in EPA’s Pesticide Product Label System. This app will also include a web-based component for access via supported browsers on other devices such as laptops and desktops.
Parties interested in participating in beta testing can contact Alan Boutureira. The PLM application release 1.2 will be open for beta testing through May 31, 2017. Additional information here.
EPA will also host an instructional webinar on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. ET. Register for the Pesticide Label Matcher webinar here.