Friday, October 28, 2016
Flies and more Flies Flies and more flies. It seems like this time of year there are billions of flies and the all want in my house, or to visit relatives already there. Right now flies, which are a cold blooded animal, are realizing that fall is here and winter is coming. The reason they want in your house is to avoid being killed by the cold, it’s that simple. The best way to prevent fly problems in a home is to exclude them by screening. The use of sticky traps indoors or outdoors or stinky trap outside can help as well. Several species of flies enter homes in Eddy County. Most are mere nuisance problems. Blowflies or houseflies can be found in and around the home during summer and into the fall. These flies develop in garbage, manure or on other organic materials. Large numbers of stable flies can emerge from mismanaged compost piles. Control involves sanitation of breeding sites. Because of recent rains there are lots of moist, organic matters for flies to lay their eggs. There is no insecticide that can control flies in an unsanitary situation. Dry these areas out if possible, this reduces another diptera family and mosquito. Fruit flies, drain flies (a.k.a. sewer flies) and fungal gnats are small nuisance flies that can breed inside the home. Control involves removal of breeding sites. Check around house plants and other moist places. Large number of these flies could indicate a pipe leak under a sink or under a house with peer and beam floors. Cluster flies and flies are found during fall and winter, often in upper stories or attics. These larger flies use homes for shelter from the cold but do not reproduce inside the home. Best control includes caulking entry points and using fly swatters. If nothing is done, these fly populations will die off due to attrition over a period of a few weeks if left on their own. Insecticide "bombs" can be used in attics and other rooms that can be isolated from the rest of the house. Read and follow the label. Insecticides can supplement other controls for some flies. These should be applied to areas away from food, where flies rest. Insecticides should never be poured down the drain. Any person using an insecticide for fly control should read the label carefully before using the product. Fly Biology The most common observed stage of a fly is the winged adult. The adult fly mates, lays eggs in a breeding medium that will provide sufficient food for the immature stage--a pale, legless maggot. The breeding site is nearly always moist and surrounds the soft-bodied maggots. When maggots are full grown, they stop feeding and usually wander from the breeding site in search of a place to pupate. After pupation, they emerge as an adult fly. In warm weather, flies complete their development (egg--larva--pupa--adult) in an incredibly short period, 7-14 days, and produce numerous generations during a typical season. In the cold part of the year their life cycle will stretch out to as long as 45 days. It seems if you look even in the coldest period you can find a few adult flies. Because animal excrement and garbage are excellent breeding media, certain flies, especially house flies, can transmit disease pathogens. For example, it has been shown that each house fly can easily carry over one million bacteria on its body. Some of the disease-causing agents shown to be transmitted by house flies to humans are: shigella spp. (dysentery and diarrhea = shigellosis), salmonella spp. (typhoid fever, Escherichia coli, (traveller's diarrhea), and Vibrio comma (cholera). The housefly (Musca domestica) can go through complete metamorphosis, passing from egg to larva, pupa and adult, in as few as eight days. Other fly species have similar life cycles. Blow Flies, House Flies and Stable Flies Blow flies are fairly large, metallic green, gray, blue, bronze or black flies found throughout Eddy County. The adult flies may spend the winter in homes or other protected sites but will not reproduce during this time. During warm weather, blow flies breed most commonly on decayed carcasses and droppings of dogs or other pets. They can be found in homes that are near a carcass of a dead squirrel, rodent or bird. Occasionally, small animals may die inside walls or under the crawlspace of a house. A week or two later, blow flies and/or maggots may appear. The adult blow fly is also attracted to gas leaks. Stable flies are flies that closely resemble house flies in appearance, but the adults feed by biting mammals including humans because they are blood feeders. Typically, these flies remain outdoors, but bite ankles of humans or backs of dogs or other pets. These flies are mainly a problem with livestock, but in urban settings, pet feces, compost piles, and garbage any wet moist nutrient rich media can breed considerable numbers of these Now you know more about flies then you wanted, and you are think ok how do I kill them. As I said at the start, keep them out, remove breeding sites and trap them, and of course there is the trusty fly swatter. Subscribe to Eddy County Ag news at: http://nmsueddyag.blogspot.com/ Eddy County Extension Service, New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. All programs are available to everyone regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. New Mexico State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Eddy County Government Cooperating
Statement by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on How Ag Export Surge Boosted GDP Growth WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued the following statement: "Today's report on gross domestic product growth in the third quarter of 2016 brings welcome news for our overall economy, and brings further affirmation that America's agriculture sector remains a shining star in our nation's ability to seize export opportunities. Economic growth has increased 2.9 percent in the third quarter of 2016, a direct result of the gains made in export sales. Exports reached 10 percent growth in the quarter, the highest since 2013, with agricultural exports contributing disproportionately to the gains. Although a strong U.S. dollar and lower commodity prices have created headwinds for America's farmers and ranchers, this report demonstrates their ability to remain resilient and to seize opportunities to sell U.S. food, fiber and fuel to markets around the world. "In this Administration alone, agricultural exports have topped $1 trillion since 2009, far and away the best stretch in our nation's history. Our farmers and ranchers have also helped to maintain a consistent agricultural trade surplus year after year since the 1960s-a remarkable feat in our global marketplace. Since 2009, USDA has worked to remove hundreds of unfair barriers to trade; open or expand key markets for products such as beef, dairy, fruits and vegetables, and more; and led 17 trade and investment missions and attended 23 trade shows, generating billions-of-dollars in sales for U.S. businesses. "In order to continue this momentum, we can and should do more to expand global markets. U.S. farmers are facing unprecedented competition amid a slowing global economy and appreciating dollar. That's why it is important for Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Exports are responsible for 20 percent of U.S. farm income, also driving rural economic activity and supporting more than one million American jobs on and off the farm. The American Farm Bureau Federation has found that ratifying the TPP agreement will boost annual net farm income in the United States by $4.4 billion-an increase which would directly boost out economic prosperity. As the agriculture sector expands, U.S. real income will increase by $57.3 billion and sixty-six percent of GDP growth from TPP would go to American workers through increased wages and job opportunities. "Today's announcement shows the capability of America's agricultural sector to increase overall growth and prosperity across the country. American agriculture needs the good deal laid out in the TPP agreement to bolster its position in the world economy." #
Please do help us get the word out. The ISC is working with Bureau of Reclamation on a Pecos Basin Study – attached is an info sheet that describes the project in more detail. Essentially this project aims to: 1) Look at possible climate variability over the coming decades, especially the likelihood of severe drought 2) Evaluate the associated implications to water users in the basin by using hydrologic modeling approaches 3) Suggest, and model, a range of adaptations that would support resiliency We would love for anyone from the PVWUO or the Lower Pecos Valley Regional Water Planning Steering Committee to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to gather input from stakeholders in the basin before our big modeling push this winter. Here are the meeting details: When: Wednesday, November 2 1pm to 3pm Where: Roswell Office of the State Engineer 1900 W Second St. Can you forward this out? I am happy to answer any questions. Thanks so much, Hannah
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Last day to submit a preference to the poll 27 October at 4:00 MDT Heard from the ISC and the presentation of the addendum to the Lower Pecos Regional Water Plan will be December 12th in Roswell. We need to select two delegates to do the presentation, and some other items of concern. I have included a hyper link to a doodle pool please complete this as soon as possible. http://doodle.com/poll/9k522t4et24yhs6y
10 reasons why cheating in 4-H livestock shows must stop Hoosier Perspectives There is no room for cheating and abusive animal practices in modern agriculture. Published on: October 24, 2016
WOODS NOTE: I am reprinting this because I think the Livestock Producer Community need to step up and help curb an issue that has potential long term damage. I wish I could say this is only in Indiana but it is not. Eleven animals were disqualified from the Indiana State Fair in 2016 for drug violations. Two more were stripped of their awards later when it was discovered the animals were too old according to the rules. Cheating of various types in livestock shows in general, and 4-H shows in particular, didn’t start in 2016. It’s been an ongoing issue since the first purple banner was awarded. Can it be stopped in 2017? It must be stopped, if 4-H, agriculture and the animal industry want to maintain trust and integrity in the future. Here are 10 reasons why: 1. The public depends upon a safe food supply. More people are watching than just those who come to the county fair to see a livestock show. The consumer who buys a package of meat assumes it’s free of drugs and is a quality product. 2. We need to keep meat in the food chain free of antibiotics. Antibiotics in feed are under scrutiny, and a new rule now coming into effect allows feeding feeds with antibiotics only if a veterinarian prescribes it. Plus, if antibiotic drug withdrawal periods aren’t followed, drug residue could pose a risk to someone sensitive to the compound. 3. You never know who is watching. No fairgoer wants to see animals abused. But some may be members of animal welfare groups. If they suspect animals are being abused, they could create bad publicity for the event.4. Livestock producers are in the minority. Agriculture needs all the positive publicity it can get. The vast majority of voters and decision-makers are removed from the farm. Stories about drugged animals don’t help agriculture’s cause. 5. Cheating creates an unlevel playing field. If your children are 4-H’ers showing livestock, how can they compete against 4-H’ers who cut corners and break rules? 6. Reports of drugged animals reflect poorly on the 4-H program. Even if 99% of all 4-H’ers follow the rules, this is one time where it’s worth worrying about the 1% who cheat. That 1% can create doubt about the integrity of the entire program. 7. Concerns about cheating distract from enjoyment of the event. Most 4-H’ers and 4-H parents want to enjoy the county and state fair shows. Many consider them as vacations. If cheating and rumors of cheating abound, it taints a pleasant atmosphere. 8. Cheating teaches the wrong lesson to 4-H’ers. Chances are a majority of drugging and other cheating is initiated by parents, not 4-H’ers. What does it teach children if they see their parents abusing an animal just to win a banner? 9. Winning at all costs is a dangerous example. If it’s OK to cheat to win in livestock shows, is it OK to cheat in other aspects of life? Is winning more important than personal integrity? 10. Abusing animals destroys the image commodity groups invest heavily in to promote. One story about drugged animals in a local newspaper can undo the positive image livestock commodity groups work hard to create. After all, which story will people read first: "Local 4-H’er banned for cheating" or "Local 4-H’er wins showmanship at county fair"? Think about it. It’s time for cheating to stop. It’s wrong for kids. It’s wrong for animals. And it’s wrong for 4-H. The Indiana livestock industry deserves better!
EPA probes alleged illegal herbicide use in area Tuesday, October 25, 2016 By Cody Tucker ~ Daily Dunklin Democrat The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has executed federal search warrants at several locations in Southeast Missouri, including Cape Girardeau County, as part of an investigation into alleged misuse of herbicides containing dicamba, according to a news release. EPA's investigation is ongoing and stems from widespread complaints of damage to crops across Missouri and other states in the Midwest and Southeast. Special agents from the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division served federal search warrants during the week of Oct. 10 at several locations in Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, New Madrid and Stoddard counties in Missouri. The searches are part of a continuing criminal investigation into alleged misuse or misapplication of herbicide products containing dicamba. Since June 22, the Missouri Department of Agriculture has received more than 100 complaints of pesticide drift believed to be related to herbicide-use incidents, mostly within the four counties mentioned.
Reminder for CEU credit we are having three workshops this year. This Thursday is the first one October 13; the second will be November 17, Private Applicators tests will be given after this class,; the LAST ONE is December 15. Class start at 9:00 am and are at the Eddy County Extension Office 1304 west Stevens, Carlsbad NM. Cost is $10 THIS IS NOT PART OF YOUR RENEWAL FEE OR TESTING FEE! Call Robin Wilson at 575-887-6595 or toll free at 1-877-887-6595 to pre-register or if you have a disability and need an auxiliary aid or service.
Will Estate Tax Crackdown Hold up in Court? Politico Morning Ag If the IRS finalizes a proposal to crack down on a tactic that family-owned companies and partnerships use to reduce the value of their assets and avoid paying the estate tax, litigation is sure to follow - and plaintiffs suing the agency are likely to prevail, predicts Roger McEowen, the Kansas Farm Bureau Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation at Washburn University School of Law, in Topeka. The IRS proposal, in general, would end most of the so-called valuation discounts, which can be applied to intra-family transfers of interest when there are restrictions attached, such as on liquidation and voting rights. The American Farm Bureau Federation and its state branches - including Kansas, for which McEowen will be filing comments this week - plan to request that the IRS scrap the entire proposal.
DOW, DUPONT MERGER TO CLOSE IN Q1 2017: Andrew Liveris and Ed Breen, the CEOs of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co., respectively, said Tuesday they expect the $59 billion merger of the companies to close in the first quarter of 2017 — Breen said by the end of March — which is beyond the end-of-year target set in June when shareholders approved the link-up. In interviews with Bloomberg on Tuesday, the leaders of the two agrichemical giants said regulators’ “greatest concern is agriculture” amid rapid consolidation in the seed and pesticide industry, but that the value created by the Dow-DuPont deal will be worth waiting for. Earlier this month the European Commission pushed its decision deadline to Feb. 6, because it wanted more information on the transaction. Liveris declined to say whether assets will need to be sold to gain approval. ChemChina’s proposed $43 billion takeover of Syngenta also has been delayed until the first quarter of 2017, due to an in-depth probe by the European Commission, said Erik Fyrwald, CEO of the Swiss seed and pesticide maker, in a statement to investors on Tuesday. The two companies missed a deadline last week to submit plans to resolve antitrust regulators' concerns, paving the way for a wider investigation. In August, the deal was cleared by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which reviews foreign transactions for any national security threats. Read more: http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-agriculture#ixzz4ODRIw1la Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook
Just a reminder of our upcoming program on Cow/Calf Nutrition on November 2nd starting at 10 a.m. This program is free to attend because of the great support of our sponsors. Please go to www.corona.nmsu.edu to register. There will be two presentations before lunch; Supplementation Frequency and Value of Added Fat. Brisket will be served for lunch followed by a roundtable discussion to answer any questions you might have concerning ranch nutrition. We will have a number of experts from NMSU and the feed industry on hand to field your questions. Attached is the flyer. Shad Shad H. Cox, Superintendent/Programs Operations Director Corona Range and Livestock Research Center & Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability Animal and Range Sciences Agricultural Experiment Station College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences New Mexico State University P.O. Box 392 Corona, New Mexico 88318 575.849.1015 office 575-849.1021 fax www.corona.nmsu.edu Facebook: /nmsucorona
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Reminder for CEU credit we are having three workshops this year. The Next will be November 17, Private Applicators tests will be given after this class,; the LAST ONE is December 15, this date has changed due to a conflict on the December 13. Class start at 9:00 am and are at the Eddy County Extension Office 1304 west Stevens, Carlsbad NM. Cost is $10 THIS IS NOT PART OF YOUR RENEWAL FEE OR TESTING FEE! Call Robin Wilson at 575-887-6595 or toll free at 1-877-887-6595 to pre register or if you have a disability and need an auxiliary aid or service.
Heard from the ISC and the presentation of the addendum to the Lower Pecos Regional Water Plan will be December 12th in Roswell. We need to select two delegates to do the presentation, and some other items of concern. I have included a hyper link to a doodle pool please complete this as soon as possible. http://doodle.com/poll/9k522t4et24yhs6y
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
High Desert Discovery District, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and New Mexico State University
High Desert Discovery District, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and New Mexico State University announce “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food”, November 9-10 in Las Cruces Related discoveries from across New Mexico invited to apply June 30, 2016 – The High Desert Discovery District (HD3) – New Mexico’s first privately-led high technology start-up accelerator – the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announced today that they will co-host the next HD3 Discovery Day™ - “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food” - November 9-10, 2016 in Las Cruces. The event will focus on statewide innovation and commercialization opportunities within or that impact the agriculture, value-added food products and food industries. “You can think of this event as Shark Tank for the agricultural and food-related sectors, both of which are significant economic drivers for our state,” New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said. “We’re excited to see people of all backgrounds bring forward their projects and ideas to improve market conditions, develop new market opportunities and solve real and significant challenges in agriculture.” As with other Discovery Day events, innovators from all over New Mexico are invited to apply to HD3 to present their agriculture, agriculture-related (e.g. water, irrigation, biosecurity, energy, biomass, etc.), food or value-added food discovery/innovation/product to a highly experienced group of subject matter experts, business achievers, entrepreneurs, innovators, management experts and investors. The application deadline to participate in the Las Cruces Discovery Day is Friday, October 7, 2016. Application details are at www.hddd.org. “HD3 Discovery Day will further support the next generation of innovators and leaders in agriculture and food and we are so pleased to be part of it,” said Kathryn Hansen, director of Arrowhead Center at NMSU. “Because of our rich network of entrepreneurs and agribusiness leaders at NMSU and the Arrowhead Technology Incubator, Discovery Day is a very natural and significant progression of our support of agricultural entrepreneurs”. All Discovery Day presenters are invited to attend the HD3 Networking Cocktail Reception and Casual Supper, an HD3 tradition to gather together presenters, panelists, hosts, sponsors and special guests socially the evening before Discovery Day. For this event, HD3 will spotlight New Mexico’s wine industry with a wine dinner for all participants on November 9, 2016 in La Mesilla.
Monday, October 17, 2016
USDA Announces McLarty Capital Partners Rural Investment Fund WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into growth-oriented, small businesses across rural America. The McLarty Capital Partners (MCP) Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) will be the fifth RBIC that USDA has helped to initiate since 2014. The initiative is part of USDA's ongoing efforts to attract private sector capital to investment opportunities in rural America to help drive more economic growth in rural communities. "Innovative small businesses throughout rural America need the same access to capital as their urban business counterparts," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "McLarty Capital Partners is an important ally in USDA's efforts to reenergize the rural economy, help small businesses grow and strengthen local communities." "We are pleased to partner with USDA in this innovative public-private partnership to propel and sustain small business growth in rural America," said McLarty Capital Partners co-founder, Franklin McLarty. "With roots in America's heartland, McLarty Capital Partners is committed to ensuring that small and medium sized enterprises have the means necessary to achieve their business goals, and this endeavor only furthers that mission." McLarty Capital Partners, founded in 2012 by co-presidents Franklin McLarty and Christopher Smith, provides flexible financing solutions to small and medium sized enterprises in the United States. McLarty Capital Partners is uniquely positioned to support the long-term business objectives of rural American partners across the country. MCP Rural Investment Fund will invest in this vital sector of the U.S. economy with the goal of ensuring that businesses located in smaller communities throughout the nation have access to the capital needed to realize their goals. The new fund announced today was formed under the USDA's Rural Business Investment Program (RBIP). USDA is utilizing RBIP to license funds that invest in enterprises creating growth and job opportunities in rural areas, with an emphasis on smaller enterprises. In 2014, Advantage Capital was granted a license for their $154 million Advantage Capital AgriBusiness Partners fund. The fund is making private equity investments in innovative agriculture-related businesses that support USDA's strategy for economic growth, including bio-manufacturing, local and regional food systems, advanced farming technologies and other cutting-edge fields. Since its inception in 2014, the fund has made a total of 11 investments, totaling $39 million. Secretary Vilsack has also announced the conditional approval of other RBICs: Innova Ag Innovation and Meritus Kirchner Ventures in April 2015; and in April 2016, the Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund. Additional funds are currently under review. These efforts are part of the Made in Rural America initiative, which was created by President Obama to help rural businesses and leaders take advantage of new investment opportunities and access new markets abroad. USDA works to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. Since 2009, USDA has provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,700 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results. #
Please join us for our Beyond the Roundtable on Cow/Calf Nutrition on November 2, 2016 starting at 10 am here at the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability on the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center. Starting with two presentations in the morning; Feeding Frequency and The Value of Added Fat. Following lunch a traditional roundtable discussion with panel members from both NMSU and the feed industry. Please pre-register free of charge at www.corona.nmsu.edu. Shad Shad H. Cox, Superintendent/Programs Operations Director Corona Range and Livestock Research Center & Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability Animal and Range Sciences Agricultural Experiment Station College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences New Mexico State University P.O. Box 392 Corona, New Mexico 88318 575.849.1015 office 575-849.1021 fax www.corona.nmsu.edu Facebook: /nmsucorona
Hunters Helping the Hungry program kicks off this season SANTA FE – Hunters can donate deer and elk meat this year to help feed the hungry under a new program run by Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. Hunters can drop off fresh, clean, properly stored elk or deer meat at any of 11 approved meat processors statewide. The program pays processing costs and distributes the ground meat to l soup kitchens and others for use in prepared meals. “This is a great way for hunters to share their bounty with those in need,” said Bob Osborn, assistant chief of private land programs for the department. “We hope hunters will support this program by giving generously.” The Department of Game and Fish provided seed money and organizational assistance to help the program get started. Roadrunner Foodbank will manage the program, conduct fundraising and distribute meat donations. Those who donate cash or meat to the program can receive a receipt for charitable deduction purposes. A list of approved game processors where hunters can donate meat can be found on the food bank’s website, www.rrfb.org/hunters. Financial donations to fund the program also can be made through the website.
Feral Swine Eradication Status September 2016 Twelve counties covering almost 19 million acres have been cleared and we are on track to complete feral swine eradication from most areas of the state, where access has been provided, by the end of CY 2017. NM WS currently has 4 full time temporary employees working to remove feral swine primarily in mountainous areas of south central NM. The USFS granted approval to begin using an integrated approach with multiple tools for feral swine removal in the White Mountain Wilderness in late FY 15 and work began in October 2015. Thirteen feral swine were taken within WMWA in FY 16. Over 225 feral swine were taken by NM Wildlife Services staff in 2017, and approximately 1,258 feral swine have been taken since eradication began in January 2013. Over 1,900 feral swine have been taken since federal FY 2004. Over 66% of the total feral swine removed were taken with aid of the helicopter and approximately 60% of the feral swine taken since eradication began were taken with aid of “Judas” swine. The current focus is primarily in the Lincoln National Forest (including the White Mountain Wilderness), the Mescalero Apache Reservation, and adjacent areas in south central NM. Since the project began, 239 feral swine have been taken on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, not including those taken by Mescalero Apache staff. During the summer of 2016 WS staff began using Environmental DNA (eDNA) water sampling in the Lesser Prairie Chicken area in eastern Chaves County, and the Lincoln National Forest, to test for feral swine presence or absence. This involves collection of water samples from dirt tanks, reservoirs, stock tanks, streams and other water sources. A buffer solution is added and the samples are shipped to our National Wildlife Research for analysis. The analysis can detect single feral swine presence at the site up to 13 days prior to the sample date, and multiple feral swine presence up to approximately 60 days prior to the sample date. Using these results to target specific areas, 8 feral swine were removed from Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat this year. A single positive sample was detected in the White Mountain Wilderness (Indian Creek), and although feral swine presence was confirmed by trail camera, this feral pig has not been found. Lincoln National Forest (Sacramento Ranger District) staff have volunteered to collect eDNA samples to assist us in this surveillance effort. Each targeted area will be sampled every 2-3 months for verification that there are no feral remaining feral swine. Estimated Numbers of Feral Swine Remaining in the Following Areas Curry County: 0 known. No reported sightings this FY. Roosevelt County: Very few if any remaining at present but pigs are moving back and forth into TX. Presently working on a ranch in SE Roosevelt County. This FY, 117 feral hogs have been taken, 87 by Helicopter, 29 by trapping and 1 by shooting. De Baca County: 0 known. No reported sightings in this FY. Guadalupe County: 0 known, 1 reported hit by a vehicle north of Santa Rosa. Chaves County: Very few in the LPC area. Pecos River: no reported sightings/photos since June 2016. Eddy County: 2-3 known near the El Paso Gas Plant (Pecos River). Periodically, lone boars (1-2) are taken along the Delaware River coming in from Texas. Otero County: WS staff are presently working north of Timberon to Benson Ridge east from Sunspot Highway to Weed. A large amount of rooting was found near Wills Canyon/Hubble Canyon area, however only 2-3 have been documented on camera. Aerial flights have been conducted with minimal results because of the dense forest canopy. Restrictions on flights due to T&E concerns (Mexican spotted owl) and big game hunting seasons have limited WS aerial work in these areas. A small sounder 6-10 feral hogs NW of Pinon was recently located on private land adjacent to LNF. Corral Traps have been set in this area where we hope to radio collar another Judas. A helicopter hunt is planned for this area. Our last remaining Judas dropped her ear tag in Bluewater Canyon in June. She had been very productive the past year and a half. We removed 60 + feral pigs from her alone. Quay County: 0 reported sightings. San Miguel County: Only 2 feral swine were taken in San Miguel Co. this FY. No additional sign or reports from this area. Union County: Seven feral swine were removed with the aid of a Judas this year. Lea County: No reports of feral hogs during FY 16 Harding/Mora County: In early September 2016 a feral hog track was found on the Canadian River within the boundaries of the Kiowa Grasslands. An aerial flight was conducted in mid-September and no feral swine were found. We will continue to monitor this area. Hidalgo County: Unknown numbers in areas where access has been denied. Middle Rio Grande Valley: No credible reports at this time. Lincoln County (Excluding WMW): 3 feral hogs in the last 2 months were caught on camera north of the Capitan Mountains. There was a confirmed sighting on the south side of the Capitan Mountains (Latham Allotment). This area will be worked in between the big game hunts this fall. One feral hog was caught on camera in the Loma Grande area. A total of 24 cameras are set in the WMW and adjacent allotments, 31 cameras are set throughout the LNF on 14 allotments. Drainages and canyons surveyed include: Argentina Canyon, Argentina Spring, Nogal Creek, Nogal Canyon, Kraut Canyon, George Canyon, Littleton Canyon, Whitehorse Hill, Indian Canyon, Tortillita Canyon, Pennsylvania Canyon, Crest Trail, Skull Canyon, Turkey Springs, Big Bonito Canyon, Gaylord Canyon, Water Canyon, and Norman Canyon. Feral swine sign (wallows & tracks) has been found in Argentina Canyon, Big Bonito Canyon, Indian Canyon, Crest Trail, Pennsylvania Canyon, and Skull Canyon. There is an abundance of food sources including pinon nuts, acorns, forbs and grasses as well as water sources within wilderness. The western and southern parts of the wilderness will be surveyed soon. Mescalero Apache Reservation: As of September 2016, we were aware of 5-10 feral swine on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation in the Rock House Spring and Spur Well area. A Judas Boar was tagged and collared in Jan 2016. He has been located many times in the past few months, but has been alone each time. He has had a home range of 225-240 square miles. There are several reports of swine along the 244 highway that runs from HWY 70 to Cloudcroft. These have been investigated but no definite sign has been found. We are in the process of setting out monitoring cameras in these areas. Feral swine rooting was observed from the helicopter at 9000 ft. elevation on the SW side of Sierra Blanca in an extremely remote and rugged area on the wilderness boundary. A new Feral Swine Specialist (Aaron Fierro) was hired in Aug and he is presently setting cameras and becoming familiar with the Reservation. Lesser Prairie Chicken Area: During FY 16, 126 feral swine were removed from the Lesser Prairie Chicken Area (Roosevelt County-101, Eastern Chaves County-25). Monitoring will continue through FY17. BLM Biologists informed WS that LPC counts are up from last year. Numbers have increased in each of the last three years from 161 in 2014, 355 in 2015, and 1,249 in 2016. The primary reason for a high success was likely the increase in rainfall but they also believe feral swine and coyotes removed in these areas have helped increase the population. Adjacent areas in Texas: During FY16, the Texas WS program took 222 feral swine within the buffer zone in Texas and New Mexico. An additional 347 were taken just east of the buffer area, and another 210 were taken along the Pecos River south of the buffer area in Texas. Work will continue in these areas in FY 17. AR-15 Testing In June 2015, WS staff began field testing use of an AR-15 from the Helicopter for feral swine under an established research protocol. The AR-15 is used primarily in mountainous, ponderosa pine habitat where shotgun use is generally ineffective. Sixteen flights have been conducted using the AR-15 and 155 feral swine were taken with an average of 4.7 shots. Distances to target ranges from 60-150 yards, depending on terrain and visibility, averaging 98 yards. Distance above ground level has ranged from 85 -130 feet, averaging 109 feet. Outreach During FY 16, English and Spanish public service announcements for radio developed with the help of NMDA and Cooperative Extension were distributed to outlets across eastern NM. The PSA’s request that people report any feral swine sightings to WS. Feral Swine Take by NM WS FY 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 131 14 15 16 TOTAL # Taken 21 32 62 77 62 80 219 143 620 195 214 229 1,954 1Feral Swine Eradication Funding Received
EPA Issues Sulfoxaflor Registration for Some Uses Following the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate the registration of sulfoxaflor, EPA has reevaluated the data supporting the use of sulfoxaflor and is approving a registration that meets all requirements of the court. Sulfoxaflor will now have fewer uses and additional requirements that will protect bees. EPA will consider the other uses at a later date as data become available to support those uses. EPA made this decision after careful consideration of public comments and supporting science. EPA is registering sulfoxaflor for use only on crops that are not attractive to pollinators or for crop- production scenarios that minimize or eliminate potential exposure to bees. The registration is very protective of pollinators and includes fewer crops than were allowed under sulfoxaflor’s previous registration. For those crops that are included and that are bee attractive, sulfoxaflor will be allowed only post bloom, when bees are not expected to be present, and will not be allowed on any crops grown for seed, including turf. These restrictions practically eliminate exposure to bees in the field, which reduces the risk below EPA’s level of concern such that no additional data requirements to protect bees are triggered. EPA is also prohibiting application if wind speeds exceed 10 mph and requiring a 12-foot on-field buffer on the down-wind edge to protect bees from spray drift if there is blooming vegetation bordering the treated field. EPA is prohibiting tank mixing of sulfoxaflor with pesticides that have shown evidence of synergistic activity with sulfoxaflor. The product label directs applicators to more information and a list of these pesticides. Sulfoxaflor is a sulfoximine, a new insecticide class that is an alternative to organophosphates, which are considered to be much harsher on non-target organisms and the environment. Sulfoxaflor will control a number of difficult insect pests and is proven to work against challenging pests that carbamate, neonicotinoid, organophosphate, and pyrethroid insecticides fail to control. Learn more about the Decision to Register the Insecticide Sulfoxaflor with Limited Uses and Pollinator Protective Requirements.
October 2016 CLIMAS SW Climate Podcast SW Monsoon: Monsoon Recap & Leftovers Edition In October 2016 episode of the CLIMAS SW Climate Podcast, Mike Crimmins and Zack Guido recap the Southwestern monsoon, with an eye towards how various regions of the Southwest fared in terms of storm events and seasonal totals. They also discuss the different events that contribute to seasonal totals during the official monsoon (June 15 - Sept 30), as well as what some of the best case and worst case monsoon totals might look like in a thought experiment regarding monsoon extremes. They close out with a brief discussion of La Niña (or the lack thereof), and a look towards what fall and winter might have in store given the current (uncertain) conditions. Note: During the first 8 minutes of the podcast there is a minor problem with Zack's audio. Share Tweet Southwestern Monsoon Information (CLIMAS) • Monsoon information • Short term and seasonal outlooks • Monsoon tracker • Outreach materials and feature articles and publications Other Monsoon Resources • National Weather Service - Monsoon Tracker • Climate Science Applications Program • Arizona WRF Discussion • MadWeather Blog • John Fleck at Inkstain JOIN MAILING LIST Copyright © 2016 Climate Assessment for the Southwest, All rights reserved. CLIMAS: Climate Assessment for the Southwest University of Arizona: Institute of the Environment ENR2, 5th Floor - 1064 E. Lowell Street Tucson, AZ 85721-0137 You are receiving this email because you opted in on the CLIMAS website or decided to join the Southwest Climate Outlook mailing list. unsubscribe from this list
This next spring I want to put out a demonstration Plot with Sendero Herbicide. I need to be able to divide it into thee plots with a buffer in between. What we want to demonstrate is the difference timing makes. One plot will go on to early, one at the correct timing and one to late. If you have a good place let me know. We also want to put up signs so you will know what is what. Call the Extension Office or email me at email@example.com or call 887-6595.
Gentlemen On Friday the EPA renewed the Full Section 3 label for Closer in many crops. For pecans, the use pattern is identical to what we had in the past. So once we receive the NMDA blessing all will be well. Too late for this year but our growers will have this tool again next year. Regards Greg Renewed Registration Issued for Products Containing Sulfoxaflor (Isoclast® Active) On October 14, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) re-established the registration for products containing sulfoxaflor (Isoclast® Active): Transform® WG, Closer® SC and Sequoia® insecticides. Dow AgroSciences is pleased to have registrations for these important brands re-established. This registration limits the crops available under previous product labeling, has a downwind buffer zone included and restricts tank-mixing with products containing certain active ingredients. This re-established registration will allow for post-bloom usage on potatoes, pome fruit, stone fruit, grapes and tree nuts. Season-long uses will be permitted on lettuce and wheat. Dow AgroSciences is working diligently to provide EPA the information it needs to authorize previously labeled uses in other important crops and have buffer zones and tank-mix restrictions removed in the future. Previously issued FIFRA Section 18 Specific Emergency Exemptions remain in place for cotton and sorghum until they expire. Section 18 labeled products may continue to be utilized and sold according to those labels and should not be returned to Dow AgroSciences. Sincerely, Jesse Richardson Field Scientist 760-963-0329 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 1. What crops and uses will be listed on the re-established Section 3 Federal label for Transform® WG insecticide, Closer® SC insecticide and Sequoia® insecticide? a. Post-bloom uses will be allowed on potatoes, pome fruit, stone fruit, grapes and tree nuts. b. Season-long uses will be permitted on lettuce and wheat. c. Cotton, strawberries, citrus, soybeans, cucurbits and other crops will not be on the renewed Section 3 Federal label. d. Please consult the label for specific use instructions on labeled crops. e. Dow AgroSciences will continue to work diligently with the EPA to restore all previously labeled crops and uses. 2. What should distributors and dealers do with their existing inventory of Section 18 labeled Transform? a. There is nothing a distributor or dealer needs to do with their inventory of Section 18 labeled Transform. b. Section 18 labeled Transform may be utilized and sold according to the existing Section 18 Emergency Exemptions until they expire. c. Furthermore, it is anticipated that these Section 18s will be granted again in cotton and sorghum in 2017. d. In addition, states may continue to apply for other Section 18 exemptions, and approval is at the discretion of EPA. Section 18 labeled Transform could also be utilized for those uses as well. 3. How will Section 18 Emergency Exemptions apply to Transform with the renewed Section 3 Federal label? a. Section 18 uses are authorized for Transform® WG insecticide possessing either the re-established Section 3 Federal label or the Section 18 package label. 4. Does this re-established Section 3 Federal label require buffer zones? a. Yes. In the Environmental Hazards section of the label, it is specified that a 12-foot in-field, downwind buffer from blooming vegetation during application must be maintained. 5. Does this renewed Section 3 Federal label prohibit tank mixes of other products with Transform, Closer or Sequoia? a. The only tank mixes prohibited are those with products containing the active ingredients spinosad, spinetoram, gamma-cyhalothrin, methoxyfenozide, chlorpyrifos, halauxifen-methyl, penflufen and mandestrobin. b. The list of prohibited tank-mix partners can also be accessed at the following URL: http:///isoclasttankmix.com 6. Must these buffer zones and tank-mix restrictions be adhered to when utilizing Transform on crops labeled via Section 18 Emergency Exemptions? a. Tank-mix restrictions apply to all uses of Transform /Closer. Buffer restrictions are placed on uses in individual crops and Section 18 labels will determine whether they apply to those crops. 7. What is the impact to current and future Section 24(c) Special Local Need registrations? a. Section 24(c) labels may not be granted for uses that were previously canceled. 8. What is the timeline for registration of products containing sulfoxaflor in California? a. Dow AgroSciences will submit labels for registration in California. California Department of Pesticide Regulation will review the label according to normal processes. Closer SC, Sequoia and Transform WG are not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Always read and follow label directions. Transform has Section 18 Specific Emergency Exemptions for use on cotton in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee. Transform has Section 18 Specific Emergency Exemptions for use on sorghum in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The BLM Carlsbad Field Office is developing an outreach program to address the dangers of litter on the public landscape including impacts to animals both domestic and wild. To do a great job, they'll need high quality photographs of animals interacting with trash (e.g., cows eating a pump jack drive belt or plastic bag, fish/turtles swimming among pollution or trash, ducks with 6-pack necklaces, javelina playing kick-the-can, etc.) Please feel free to submit any pictures you may have to offer to me or directly to Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include photo credits where applicable. Thanks in advance and please forward this request to someone that may have pictures!
5 packer concerns about show steers & how 4-H families can help Jun 15, 2016 by Amanda Radke in BEEF Daily
Summer is here, kids are out of school, and if they participate in 4-H, FFA or junior breed association activities, chances are they’ve been busy this month washing, leading and working on their show calves in preparation for upcoming shows. I love the life lessons that kids learn from showing cattle; however, with the intense competition also comes those parents and kids who might be willing to step over the line of integrity in order to win. This is not only wrong, but it’s unacceptable when it comes time to slaughter these market beef animals. At the end of the day, we are teaching kids to raise a safe, nutritious beef product, and that should always be at the forefront of parents’ mind and be kept at a higher priority than winning and losing.Of course, sometimes mistakes can be made, too, so it’s not always an ulterior motive that creates problems with show animals. It’s important for everyone — from the novice beginner showman to the experienced, highly-motivated veteran — to be aware of packer issues and work to negate them. Heidi Carroll, South Dakota State University Extension livestock stewardship associate, recently shared information presented in a webinar by Paula Alexander, Tyson project manager for sustainable food production and food safety quality assurance, about the specific challenges packers face when handling show animals at the plant. Alexander said show animals pose five general packer challenges including: 1. Residue sampling increases “Product may be held if positive for further testing and additional tracking in plant, which could result in the loss of product if it tests positive,” says Carroll. 2. Scheduling of employees Carroll writes, “USDA/FSIS requests that all show animals are harvested first in the day or ‘A Shift’ because of increased sampling needs.” 3. Carcass data collection Alexander explained in her webinar that show animals require more people to do tag transfer and carcass data collection, which may slow down the line. 4. Mobility of the animals I doubt this refers to show steers that just complete a state fair and headed to the packing plant, but perhaps Alexander is referring to the club calves that are born crippled or the ones that didn’t make the cut because of their structure and mobility. Like all beef animals, not just show animals, “They must be able to walk to the restrainer/knock box on their own or they will be condemned,” says Carroll. 5. Bruises or injection site lesions Any time an animal requires a shot, it can leave an injection site if Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) protocols aren’t followed. These injection site lesions require, “trimming off the damaged muscle, which means the plant loses money and increases employee’s trimming time on carcasses,” says Carroll. Carroll explains, “Alexander outlined the United States National Residue Program of the chemicals that are tested and the process each plant is required to go through to ensure all meat is safe. Packing plants have plans to minimize the risk of presence in the meat of chemical hazards, such as drug and medication residues. “As part of this plan, packers typically require affidavits and/or treatment records for cattle and hogs they buy from state youth projects or market animal shows. Packers typically require these documents be provided prior to arrival or with the incoming truck of animals. Several examples of these documents and the required phrases were provided in her presentation slides for viewers to see.” So what can the parents and 4-H members do to responsibly show cattle and ensure a high-quality beef product? The answer is pretty much common sense, but it’s worth reiterating. Carroll writes that 4-H families should, “Guarantee industry best practices through BQA programs where both parents and youth complete the training. Adhere to drug label withdrawal times carefully. Communicate with the buyer or plant if withdrawal time on any animals is missed. Understand we are all responsible for producing safe food. Be proactive and assist youth to implement best management practices that result in safe food products.” Alexander also said in the webinar, “When Tyson receives animals from a fair and there is an issue with an animal from that group, it taints the view for that fair, not just that one individual. So everybody needs to work together and understand what’s happening in that organization and not just their animals.” Read more of Carroll’s summation of the webinar here. Also, check out the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Animal Care Resources for additional information on how 4-H youth can learn to responsibly manage their beef animals. The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Penton Agriculture.
The New Mexico Legislative Report summarized the end of the legislature’s special session in these words: At approximately 12:00 noon today, the Senate and House adjourned sine die. All Senate bills received from the House were acted upon by the Senate and are now in the process of being Enrolled and Engrossed in preparation for action by the Governor. No House bills were acted on by the Senate. The vote to adjourn sine die (for the second) time in the Senate was a 22-16 party line vote, that cut off any consideration of the 3 “tough on crime” bills approved by the House. The Senate concurred with all of the House changes to the Senate bills that were adopted before their first adjournment early last Saturday morning. This means that the acceleration of the phase out of hold harmless payments to local governments is NOT in the final version of Senate Bill 6. It was taken out of the bill on Sunday in Chairman Harper’s Ways and Means Committee amendment. The bill passed the House 50-17 some time during the House’s marathon evening/night/early morning session, which ended about 7 a.m. today. In spite of a strong week-long effort by our DWI Coordinators Affiliate, the language sweeping funds from that program and from the E911Fund in Senate Bill 2, was not changed in the House. The bill passed 43-22, which means it did not get an emergency clause (that takes a 2/3 vote) and will take effect 90 days after signature by the Governor. DWI Coordinators Affiliate Chair Kelly Ford’s good explanation of the implications of that loss of funding is copied below the signatures at the end of this message. The Special Session is over; the feed bill passed so the workers will be paid. We are already working on plans for NMAC to play a proactive role in the last 3 months of the year, on tax policy, DWI & E911 funding, and other issues that will be critical to counties in the 2017 regular session. Call us anytime! Tasia Young Steve Kopelman Brian Moore email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 505-469-6409 505-469-5584 505-670-9311 • From Kelly Ford (reprinted with permission): • The LDWI fund currently has a cash balance of $2 million - this is current revenue, not fund balance. • $4 million was swept from the LDWI in the last regular session in HB311 o This is being paid out of this current year revenue and we still have $1 million left to pay! • Another $3.6 sweep will have to be paid out of current/future revenue to be accomplished. • The first quarterly distribution amounts to each of the 33 county local programs were already reduced from $4 million to $1,555,700 to pay $3 million towards the original (HB311) sweep allocation. • With having a reduced balance and paying the sweeps out of the current year revenue we also must pay the following: o $1.6 to AOC for Drug Court (per HB2) o $2.8 for Detox Programs (per 11-6A-3.D.) o $1.9 in DWI Grants (per 11-6A-3.C.) o $900,000 to DFA/TSB (per 11-6A-3.C./11-6A-3.E.) • The County Local Programs will receive approximately 50% of their estimated distributions. Most Local Programs budgeted the majority of their LDWI distributions for payroll. o Statewide we employ approximately 212 FTEs, 56 PTEs, and 64 contract employees. • If the LDWI sweep amount is not amended, the LDWI fund will be unable to sustain its original intent and Local Programs will not be able to supervise and treat our current convicted 11,319 DWI offenders or provide services for future DWI occurrences. If the LDWI fund is reduced an additional $3.645 million, current program operations will be affected and the fund will be unable to pay the actual County Programs as intended by statute. I know these bills were drafted with the understanding there would be a year’s worth of operating funds and we very much appreciate that effort. However, with the current balance of the fund and the allocations to be paid I am afraid that will not be the case for LDWI.Please, take a second look at the calculations for this fund. I know for my own program, if my distributions continue to be the same or less than my first distribution, I will be laying off employees.
WHAT IS THE "VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE"? 10/11/2016 ...and what does this have to do with my ranch, dairy, farm, or show animals? Why are we now discussing VFD's and VFD drugs? Beginning January 1, 2017 a certain class of livestock drugs will find their way onto the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drug list. In 1996 Congress enacted the Animal Drug Availability Act (ADAA, Public Law 104-250) to regulate new animal drugs used in or on animal feed. These uses were limited to those allowed under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. These drugs were termed Veterinary Feed Directive drugs or VFD drugs. Continue reading... For additional information, click on the following links: Read full story on the VFD here List of distributors by state registered to sell the VFD drugs (to date) The FDA site for the Veterinary Feed Directive List of the drugs transitioning
USDA Announces Plans to Purchase Surplus Cheese, Releases New Report Showing Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Create Growth for Dairy Industry
USDA Announces Plans to Purchase Surplus Cheese, Releases New Report Showing Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Create Growth for Dairy Industry LA CROSSE, Wisc., Oct. 11, 2016 – Following a roundtable discussion with dairy producers near La Crosse, Wisc. today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering to purchase $20 million of cheddar cheese to reduce a private cheese surplus that has reached record levels, while assisting food banks and other food assistance recipients. While USDA projects dairy prices to increase throughout the rest of the year, many factors including low world market prices, increased milk supplies and inventories, and slower demand have contributed to a sluggish marketplace for dairy producers and caused dairy revenues to drop 35 percent over the past two years. Section 32 of the Agriculture Act of 1935 authorizes USDA to purchase surplus food to benefit food banks and families in need through its nutrition assistance programs. "America's farming families are being called on to demonstrate their world-famous resourcefulness and resilience in the face of this current market downturn, and USDA is making use of every tool that we have to help them," said Vilsack. "For dairy farmers, this has included $11.2 million in payments in August through the Dairy Margin Protection Program, in addition to the surplus purchase offers. While our analysis predicts the market will improve for these hardworking men and women, reducing the surplus can give them extra reassurance while also filling demand at food banks and other organizations that help our nation's families in need. Farmers at other points in the supply chain are also receiving a boost with over $7 billion in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage payments for the 2015 crop year, which by design kick in when times are tough. As always, we continue to watch market conditions and will explore opportunities for further assistance in the coming months. For producers challenged by weather, disease and falling revenue, we will continue to ensure the availability of a strong safety net to keep them farming or ranching." A solicitation will be issued shortly, and cheese deliveries to food banks and other food assistance recipients are expected to occur beginning in March 2017. Also at the roundtable, Vilsack shared details of a new report by the USDA's Office of the Chief Economist, which shows continued growth of the U.S. dairy sector is largely contingent on trade and that the Trans-Pacific Partnership could create an additional $150 to $300 million in annual U.S. dairy exports. Free trade agreements have contributed to the growth in U.S. dairy exports and helped to address tariff and nontariff barriers that disadvantage U.S. products in overseas markets. U.S. dairy exports to free trade agreement partners grew from $690 million in the year prior to each agreement's entry into force to $2.8 billion in 2015, driven by lower trade barriers and increased U.S. competitiveness. For more information on TPP, visit www.fas.usda.gov/topics/trans-pacific-partnership-tpp. USDA works to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. Since 2009, USDA has provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,500 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results. #
EPA Acts on New Chemical Law to Fast-Track Five Chemicals WASHINGTON - EPA is taking swift steps to carry out requirements in the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act and to reduce exposure to certain persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals. “The threats from persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals are well-documented,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator in EPA’s office of chemical safety and pollution prevention. “The new law directs us to expedite action to reduce risks for these chemicals, rather than spending more time evaluating them. We are working to ensure the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act signed in June of this year delivers on the promise of better protecting the environment and public health as quickly as possible.” The five chemicals to receive expedited action are: • Decabromodiphenyl ethers (DecaBDE), used as a flame retardant in textiles, plastics and polyurethane foam; • Hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD), used in the manufacture of rubber compounds and lubricants and as a solvent; • Pentachlorothio-phenol (PCTP), used as an agent to make rubber more pliable in industrial uses; • Tris (4-isopropylphenyl) phosphate, used as a flame retardant in consumer products and other industrial uses; and • 2,4,6-Tris(tert-butyl)phenol, used as a fuel, oil, gasoline or lubricant additive. The statutory deadline for EPA to propose action is June 22, 2019. The new law gave manufacturers an opportunity to request by September 19, 2016, that EPA conduct risk evaluations for the PBT chemicals on EPA’s 2014 Work Plan, as an alternative to expedited action. Requests for risk evaluations were made for two chemicals that can be used in fragrance mixtures. For the remaining PBT chemicals, EPA must move ahead to take expedited action to reduce exposure to those chemicals to the extent practicable. After EPA finishes identifying where these chemicals are used and how people are exposed to them, the Agency will move directly to propose limitations on their use. PBT chemicals are of particular concern because they remain in the environment for significant periods of time and concentrate in the organisms exposed to them. These pollutants can transfer among air, water, and land, and span boundaries of geography and generations. The new amendments to TSCA will help bring significant improvements to public health as EPA continues to take the steps necessary for its successful implementation. More about the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act and EPA’s implementation activities and to sign up for updates, visit: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/frank-r-lautenberg-chemical-safety-21st-century-act
NMSU hosts regional turfgrass conference DATE: 10/11/2016 WRITER: Kristie Garcia, 575-646-4211, firstname.lastname@example.org CONTACT: Bernd Leinauer, 575-646-2546, email@example.com Homeowners, master gardeners, landscape managers and turfgrass professionals are invited to attend the Southwest Turfgrass Association Recreational Landscape Conference and Expo hosted by New Mexico State University Oct. 25-27. The event begins with a golf tournament Oct. 25 at the NMSU Golf Course. The conference is at the Las Cruces Convention Center and includes a field trip to the NMSU Turfgrass Salinity Research Center on Triviz Drive southeast of campus. Bernd Leinauer, NMSU Extension Turfgrass Specialist, said the conference will focus on water and the economic impact of turfgrass, among other topics. “Water is the key issue, in regards to turfgrass and its impact on the tourism industry and on quality of life in general,” Leinauer said. “The turfgrass industry plays an important role in the state, as it generates a lot of income through tourism, which contributes to the economy. It also makes our environment more habitable. And how can we do this with the least amount of resources, particularly with the least amount of water, possible? That has always been the aim of our research.” While the conference rotates locations each year, Leinauer said having the event in Las Cruces is important because people are able to visit the NMSU turfgrass research facilities and see the work that’s being accomplished first-hand. The conference will include the following presentations: Oct. 26: - Introduction (Steve Hendley, SWTA President) - Welcome (NMSU Associate Dean and Cooperative Extension Service Director Jon Boren and Associate Dean and Agricultural Experiment Station Director Dave Thompson) - Extension and research update (Leinauer) - Keynote address: The State of the Golf Courses (Brian Whitlark, United States Golf Association Agronomist) - NMSU Turfgrass Salinity Research Center field trip Oct. 27: - Irrigation needs of Southwest trees; distinguishing biotic and abiotic problems in trees and shrubs; managing annual and perennial plants (University of Arizona School of Plant Sciences Extension Specialist and Professor Ursula Schuch) - Weed control in newly established or over-seeded areas; weed control in home lawns (University of Tennessee Turfgrass Weed Science Research and Extension Program Head Jim Brosnan) - Beyond green speed: How rolling affects putting green physiology; where do turfgrasses fit in a world with less water? (University of Arkansas Horticulture Department Professor Mike Richardson) - Maximizing turf health in challenging soil conditions (Whitlark) - Weed update (NMSU Extension Plant Scientist Specialist Leslie Beck) - Insect update (NMSU Extension Entomologist Carol Sutherland) A trade show – featuring the latest technology in turfgrass management and maintenance – will also be part of the conference. On Oct. 26, SWTA scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to two NMSU Plant and Environmental Sciences students: Laura Johnson and David Rodriguez Herrera. The Arden Baltensperger Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented. Continuing education units will be granted for New Mexico and Texas pesticide professionals needing to maintain their license. For a list of fees or to register, visit www.southwestturfgrass.com. Contact SWTA Secretary Mike Jones at 575-317-6104 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Monday, October 10, 2016
Reminder for CEU credit we are having three workshops this year. This Thursday is the first one October 13; the second will be November 17, Privite Applicators tests will be given after this class,; the LAST ONE is December 15. Class start at 9:00 am and are at the Eddy County Extension Office 1304 west Stevens, Carlsbad NM. Cost is $10 THIS IS NOT PART OF YOUR RENEWAL FEE OR TESTING FEE! Call Robin Wilson at 575-887-6595 or toll free at 1-877-887-6595 to pre register or if you have a disability and need an auxiliary aid or service.
Join agricultural producers and professionals for a workshop on the drought outlook for the upcoming winter season. Experts from the National Drought Mitigation Center, NOAA, NMSU, University of Arizona and the USDA will be presenting on the potential impacts of drought on agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley and surrounding rangelands of New Mexico and West Texas, and available local and regional resources to help manage and monitor those impacts. Workshop topics will include short- and medium-range weather forecasts, historical climate trends, local monitoring activities, drought tools and early warning resources, and USDA programs. If you are in Eddy County I will be going to this and can furnish transportation for up to nine, call Roblyn Wilson 575-887-6595 or e-mail me email@example.com if you want to travel with us. Date: October 25th, 2016, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Jornada Experimental Range, Wooton Hall, 2995 Knox St, Las Cruces, NM, 88003 Register online: Southwest Hub website: http://swclimatehub.info/content/drought-workshop-registration Contact: Caiti Steele: tel. 575-646-4144, email. firstname.lastname@example.org Limited travel support available for agricultural producers - enquire early!