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Organizations Join Forces to Explore the Impact of Weeds and Invasive Plants on Farmers, Gardeners and Land Managers

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Joint meeting of North Central Weed Science Society and Midwest Invasive Plant Network to be held December 8-11 in Indianapolis. The growing impact of weeds on farming, gardening and land management will be the focus of the first joint annual meeting of two leading Midwest weed science organizations. more »

Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs Threatened by Last-Minute Changes in 2008 Farm Bill

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The Weed Science Society of America is advocating an immediate change in the amendment to the 2008 Farm Bill to restore formula funding for the Extension IPM program. We encourage our members to contact elected and appointed government officials and other influential constituents in their state to discuss the benefits of Extension IPM programming, the damage the new funding model causes and the importance of maintaining a stable, efficient nationwide IPM network. more »

WSSA Asks Congress to Rescind Farm BIll Change That Threatens Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs

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The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) has petitioned Congress to rescind a last-minute change to the recently approved 2008 Farm Bill that threatens Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs throughout the United States. more »

Is Your Bird Feeder a Weed Seeder?

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Are weeds sprouting beneath your backyard bird feeder? If so, researchers say the type of feed you use may be to blame. In studies at Oregon State University, scientists examined 10 brands of wild bird feed commonly sold in retail stores. The samples contained seeds from more than 50 weed species – including 10 ranked among Oregon’s most noxious weeds. more »

Scientists are Cracking the Genetic Code of Weeds

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When scientists identified the function of the 25,000 or so genes that make up human DNA, they unleashed a new wave of innovation in healthcare that is allowing physicians to tailor the treatment of diseases for better outcomes. The same type of genetic research is helping scientists do battle on a very different front – learning how to better control the invasive weeds that harm crops, reduce harvests and impact our ability to feed a growing world population. more »

‘Underground Gardening’ by Earthworms is Spreading one of the Nation’s Most Irritating Weeds

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Scientists have discovered that “underground gardening” by earthworms is contributing to the spread of giant ragweed, a plant that causes sneezes and sniffles and is one of the nation’s most irritating weeds. more »

Midwest Flooding Leads to Bumper Crop of Weeds

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The 2008 floods were devastating to the Midwest (with an estimated $3 billion loss of crops in Iowa alone). A major issue for agriculture was the long-term unfavorable weather throughout the spring, which created problems for crop planting, crop growth … more »

Weeds Constrain the Quality of Life of African Women

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Solving weed problems is key to increasing crop yields and improving the lives of women in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to Weed Science Society of America member Leonard Gianessi of the CropLife Foundation. He presented results from his study on the … more »

IWSC Highlights the Impact of Weeds on Agricultural Systems, the Environment and the Global Economy

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The impact of weeds on agricultural systems, the environment and the global economy will be the focus of the 5th International Weed Science Congress scheduled for June 23-27 in Vancouver, Canada. Hundreds of weed scientists and students from nearly 50 countries around the globe are expected to attend the event, which will be held at the Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina. The Congress, held every four years, is a cooperative effort of the International Weed Science Society, the Canadian Weed Science Society and the Weed Science Society of America. more »

FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT MAY BE LURKING IN YOUR GARDEN

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You’ve just finished a long day of gardening, taking great care to meticulously prune the trees and shrubs, painstakingly weeding the lawn and all the flower beds. But before you sit back and congratulate yourself on a job welldone, you … more »