In the National News
IMPORTANCE OF FARMS AND FORESTS IN GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Farms and forests play a critical role in stabilizing global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and “storing” it in plants and soil. A study from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change found that changes in agricultural practices, including re-foresting farm edges, could reduce current U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 1/5.
LIGHT BROWN APPLE MOTH CONTROL AND MONITORING
USDA will grant $75 million in funding for control of light brown apple moth, a recent pest introduction occurring in eleven California counties. California has initiated an aggressive trapping and control program using sprayable and twist-tie application of mating disruption, release of beneficial insects, and possible ground sprays of Bt and spinosad. The money from USDA will also be used for a national detection survey to look in “hot spots” of introduced nursery stock, urbanized areas, and orchards.
NEW PROGRAM ESTABLISHED TO HELP SAVE THE HONEYBEES
All the Federal bee laboratories in the nation have established a five-year “Areawide Program to Improve Honeybee Health, Survivorship, and Pollination Availability,” and will work with universities, apiculturists, and others to establish specific recommendations to help beekeepers manage their colonies.
NOVEL MOSQUITO CONTROL
A molecular pesticide developed by the Agricultural Research Service may prove to be a safer alternative control of mosquitoes than insecticides, without worry of resistance.
A recent market study predicts that demand for home and garden pesticides will increase by almost 5% per year over the next 4 years, approaching $1.7 million in sales by 2011. Newer active ingredients, more convenient packaging, super-concentrated formulations, and ready-to-use products will drive demand.