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This position is with the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM). UC IPM develops and promotes integrated and ecologically sound pest management programs in California (www.ipm.ucanr.edu).
The Pesticide Safety Educator works under the direction of the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator. This position coordinates with UC ANR advisors and specialists, government agencies, professional organizations, and others to plan, develop and deliver local pesticide safety educational programs for fieldworkers, pesticide handlers, pesticide applicators, as well as other trainers of these clientele. This position supports development and delivery of programs that provide objective information about pesticide use and safety in order to reduce pesticide risks to human health and the environment. The Educator participates in program planning and supports the efforts of the PSEP Coordinator to identify priorities, engage cooperators and disseminate resources to achieve program goals. In addition, the Educator develops or assists in the development and delivery of outreach materials and training programs and also conducts systematic review of program materials to assure that they are up-to-date and meeting clientele needs.
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Position announcement for a Weed Science Extension Educator with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (see the full advertisement in the attachment at the bottom of the post)
Writer Editor Supervisor—Content Development Supervisor
Application instructions and a full position description are available on the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources employment web site (ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Employment_Opportunities).
This position is with the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM). UC IPM develops and promotes integrated and ecologically sound pest management programs in California (www.ipm.ucanr.edu). The Content Development Supervisor is responsible for working with experts to develop and produce informational products and communications about integrated pest management (IPM) for agricultural and urban/community pest managers, as well as the general public. In addition to developing IPM products, this position manages the team of writers and editors involved in the development of documents and training materials for Web and print. If you are knowledgeable about integrated pest management, writing and editing technical publications, and successfully managing a team, please apply.
For more information, click attachment below.
From a PRESS RELEASE from the USDA Office of Communications:
Release No. 0227.14
Contact: Brian Mabry (202)720-4623
USDA Announces Measures to Help Farmers Diversify Weed Control Efforts
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced several steps that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking to address the increase of herbicide resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems.
"Weed control in major crops is almost entirely accomplished with herbicides today," said Vilsack. "USDA, working in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, must continue to identify ways to encourage producers to adopt diverse tactics for weed management in addition to herbicide control. The actions we are taking today are part of this effort."
Today USDA is announcing several of the steps it is taking to help farmers manage their herbicide resistant weed problems in a more holistic and sustainable way:
- USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer financial assistance under its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for herbicide resistant weed control practices that utilize Integrated Pest Management plans and practices.
- Later this year NRCS will be soliciting proposals under the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Program for innovative conservation systems that address herbicide resistant weeds.
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will actively promote use of best management practices (BMPs) in design protocols for regulated authorized releases of genetically engineered (GE) crops and will include recommendations for BMPs with the authorization of field trials of HR crops.
- USDA is partnering with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and is providing funds to develop education and outreach materials for various stakeholders on managing herbicide–resistant weeds. The Secretary has directed Dr. Sheryl Kunickis, Director of the USDA Office of Pest Management Policy, as the point person leading this effort with the USDA.
The issue of herbicide resistant weeds has become one of increasing importance for agriculture. When herbicides are repeatedly used to control weeds, the weeds that survive herbicide treatment can multiply and spread.
With EPA's announcement today on the registration of new uses for herbicide mixtures containing the herbicides 2,4-D and glyphosate (in the Enlist® formulation) in conjunction with new genetically engineered crop varieties, farmers are being offered one more new tool to better manage emerging populations of herbicide-resistant weeds in corn and soybeans crops. In its decision for 2,4-D use on genetically modified corn and soybean, EPA has outlined new requirements for registrants as part of a product stewardship program.
The USDA Office of Pest Management Policy worked with EPA to address the issue of herbicide resistance through appropriate label language that will require registrants to develop a stewardship program for the herbicide, develop training and education on proper use of the product that includes diversifying weed management, investigate and report nonperformance, and develop and implement a remediation plan for suspected herbicide resistant weeds.
EPA intends to require the same stewardship plans for all new applications for product registration on genetically modified crops with the goal being to encourage effective resistance management while maintaining needed flexibility for growers.
USDA recognizes that the problem of herbicide resistant weed control will not be solved solely through the application of new herbicides. USDA has worked with the Weed Science Society of America for a number of years on identifying best management practices for farmers and on addressing impediments to adoption of those practices.
USDA will continue to work to ensure that growers have the diverse tools they need to address the management of herbicide resistant weeds.