Pollinator Research Project Website

Author – Carolina Simao Roe-Raymond Our pollinator website (https://protectingbees.njaes.rutgers.edu/) was first launched around this time last year. It was a great starting point to present the Pollinator Research Project and introduce the ability to search for pollinator plants, but we wanted the website to reach a wider audience and hone in on the main purpose […]

Spotted Lanternfly Conference 2019

Author – Thomas Pike, IR-4 Assistant Coordinator The spotted lanternfly is an invasive pest that was introduced to Berks County, PA sometime around 2014. Since then, it has spread further within Pennsylvania and into surrounding states. Given the damage it can cause to fruit trees and grape vines, as well as its potential as a […]

Northeast Region SLR/CLC Meeting 2019

Authors – Marylee Ross and Megan James Northeast region liaisons and researchers gathered at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on the main campus of the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park. The objective of this meeting was to discuss our challenges and successes throughout the year as well as identify our priorities for […]

Western Region SLR/CLC Meeting 2019

Author – Stephen Flanagan, WSR Assistant RFC The Western Region IR-4 group had a lively strategy and planning meeting in Mt Vernon Washington with old hands present along with new state representatives from Nevada, Colorado and

Producing Bedding Plants in Michigan

— by Cristi Palmer, IR-4 Environmental Horticulture Manager The Western Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council funded a film project this past winter for consumer literacy of the environmental horticulture industry as a part of a video series highlighting Michigan agriculture. This video below visualizes how environmental plants are grown, from initial early plant propagation to consumers […]

Welcome New RFCs

IR-4 is looking a bit different these days with two new Regional Field Coordinators. The North Central Region… has appointed Dr. Anthony (Tony) VanWoerkom to replace Satoru Miyazaki. When asked to provide a little information about himself, Tony wrote, ”For the past ten years I have been a fruit entomologist with Michigan State University, where […]

Report Shows The IR-4 Project is an Excellent Return On Investment

Read Entire Newsletter Volume 49 Number 1 — by Steven R. Miller, Ph.D. Director: MSU Center for Economic Analysis The Michigan State University Center for Economic Analysis (MSU/CEA) has updated their estimates of the economic significance of the IR-4 Project. Their findings show that the IR-4 Project supports over 95,000 U.S. jobs and contributes about […]

IR-4 Efforts to Provide Knowledge and Capacity on Pesticide MRLs is Recognized

In December 2017, seventeen senior government officials signed a joint statement acknowledging the productive work of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) in building knowledge and capacity for developing countries in the area of pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs). STDF provided the funding for the USDA’s IR-4 Project to provide […]