Hay Bought to Off-Set Loss Due to Drought Contained Red Imported Fire Ants

Drought and Red Imported Fire Ants in Found in Hay

Taken from University of Missouri Extension press release, an Ozark County farmer got more than he bargained for when he recently bought hay from Florida,. The hay contained Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA). In accordance with USDA regulations hay in areas with established populations of RIFA must be inspected and certified prior to shipment out of an area under quarantine.

For more information see Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) alert and the RIFA Community of Practice of eXtension.

 

Kim Cassel

Drought NEIL Webinar: Drought Recovery Critical Issues for the Unexpected Helper in Drought.

A reminder of the EDEN webinar tomorrow, Drought Recovery Critical Issues for the Unexpected Helper in Drought.  The webinar is Tuesday October 16, 2012 from 3-4:15 pm Eastern Time (2-3:15  CT, 1-2:15  MT, 12-1:15 PT) This is the first of two webinars EDEN will host dealing with the mental/behavioral health issues of drought stress.  The webinar link is https://gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/eden2012/   The session will be recorded.

A list of mental/behavioral and suicide hotlines plus educational resources have been posted to the EDEN drought page on the Key and Emerging Issues for Individuals and Families.  Note at the USDA led Regional Drought Meeting in Omaha last Tuesday, Mental/Behavioral Issues related to the drought were raised in both the community and livestock/crop breakout sessions, with significant increases to hotlines being seen in a number of states.

Kim Cassel

EDEN Drought Team

As Seasonal Drought Outlook (below) shows peristence and intensification of the drought over much of the country through the end of the year, I share with you the leadership of  the newly formed Drought NEIL (National EDEN Issue Leader) Team.  The team is charged with the development of  sustainable EDEN and EDEN eXtension drought preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation research based resources.  Working from a Logic Model, we will be building on the excellent resources shared by Extension Specialists and County Extension Educators.

 

University Who Email Phone
South Dakota State University E. Kim Cassel Kim.cassel@sdstate.edu 605-696-7873
University of Tennessee Tim Prather tprather@tennessee.edu 865-974-7266
University of Kentucky Tom Priddy Priddy@uky.edu 859-257-3000 ext 245
Auburn University Virginia Morgan morgamv@auburn.edu 334-844-5699
Purdue University Steve Cain cain@purdue.edu 765-494-8410
Louisiana State University Pat Skinner pskinner@agcenter.lsu.edu 225-578-2910
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Rick Atterberry ratterbe@illinois.edu 217-244-2828
University of Missouri Bev Maltsberger MaltsbergerB@missouri.edu 816-279-1691
University of Minnesota Phyllis Onstad onsta003@umn.edu 507-796-6008
University of Missouri Sherry Nelson NelsonS@missouri.edu 573-769-2177
Oregon State University Lynette Black lynette.black@oregonstate.edu 541-296-5494
University of Arkansas Deborah Tootle dtootle@uaex.edu 501-671-2228
South Dakota State University Alvaro Garcia Alvaro.garcia@sdstate.edu 605-688-5488
University of Nebraska – Lincoln Rick Koelsch rkoelsch1@unl.edu 402-472-2966
NIFA/USDA Bill Hoffman whoffman@NIFA.USDA.GOV 202-401-1112

 

Kim Cassel