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WSSA Applauds USDA Funding of Vital Weed Science Research

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Today the Weed Science Society of America applauded a decision by the USDA to fund vital research involving the management of weeds and invasive plants. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has budgeted $23 million for competitive grants during 2011 in the Foundational Program area of plant health and crop production, including weed management… more »

50-Year War Against Witchweed May Be Nearing Its Final Skirmish

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Eradication program has reduced infested U.S. acres by more than 99 percent For the past 50 years, areas near the border between North and South Carolina have been ground zero for a fierce battle in the war against a devastating … more »

Cranberry Crops Thrive with Effective Weed Control

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“Spotters,” wick wipers and other techniques play vital role Harvest is now underway for the colorful cranberries that herald the holiday season and grace dinner tables around the country. The USDA predicts the 2010 crop will be the second highest … more »

Scientists Pursue New Sustainable Alternatives for Weed Control in Organic Production Systems

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What is the most critical problem facing today’s organic grower? The USDA’s Invasive Weed Management Unit says the answer is weeds. They rob fields of moisture, compete with crops for nutrients, reduce yields and drive up costs. But a number … more »

51st Annual Meeting of WSSA to Focus on Latest in Weed Control Research and Management Practices

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Early bird registration now available for February 7-10 event in Portland, Oregon Early bird registration is now open for the 51st annual meeting of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) – an event that will focus on the latest … more »

New Website Provides a Central Resource for Information on Pesticide Stewardship

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The Center for Integrated Pest Management (CIPM) has announced the launch of a new Pesticide Environmental Stewardship (PES) website. The site ( http://pesticidestewardship.org ) is designed for anyone who applies, sells, stores, or disposes of pesticides; provides advice or training on … more »

The Deadly Problem of Poisonous Weeds

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Scientists recommend that you learn to identify and avoid plants that produce dangerous toxins. Your life may depend on it! Earlier this year a woman in Washington State died from suspected hemlock poisoning after gathering the leafy green weed and using it on a salad. Unfortunately her death wasn’t an isolated occurrence. Each year dozens of people die or are sickened by weeds they didn’t know would cause them harm. more »

The Battle to Build a Sustainable Agricultural Workforce

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University enrollment in crop sciences declines despite a growing demand for talent While the U.S. job market remains in the doldrums in the wake of one of the deepest recessions in history, there is at least one profession bucking the … more »

WSSA Issues Strong Appeal to USDA for Restoration of Funding for Weed Science

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Virtually all weed-related programs cut from USDA-NIFA budget May 12, 2010 — Today the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) announced it has issued a strong appeal to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture … more »

WEEDS ACROSS BORDERS: Conference Highlights the Importance of Cross-Country Collaboration to Halt the Spread of Weeds

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Cross-border efforts to manage North America’s invasive plants and weeds will be the focus of an upcoming Weeds Across Borders conference scheduled for June 1-4 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The biennial event is expected to … more »