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Pollinator Protection in the Green Industry a Focus in USDA NIFA Grant Allocation
Over $2.8 million was awarded towards pollinator protection in ornamental horticulture through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). The funds will be distributed over a period of two years, with additional funds available over a total five year period, to a collaboration of researchers facilitated by Dr. Cristi Palmer, IR-4 Project. The research will further define pollinator attractiveness of landscape plants to help increase the supply of nutritious forage for bees and to identify key plants for targeted integrated pest management approaches to reduce pesticide risk to bees. Pesticide residue analysis will also be included.

IR-4 Receives SCRI Grants
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has announced this year’s Specialty Crop Research and Extension Investments (SCRI) funded projects. These grants are funded through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). IR-4’s Executive Director, Jerry Baron, announced that two of these projects were awarded to IR-4’s Ornamental Horticulture Program based at Rutgers University. The first project is titled “Protecting Pollinators with Economically Feasible and Environmentally Sound Ornamental Horticulture”. This 5-year grant, which is funded for the first two years at $2,849,975, will support 21 scientists and extension experts at 12 different institutions.

2016 Farwest Show to Showcase Plants and Grower Solutions
The 2016 Farwest Show will have a New Varieties Showcase and Growers Showcase that will present the latest plant introductions and ways to be more successful in production. The showcases are staged on the expo floor and is open for all attendees August 25 to 27.

Western Nursery & Landscape Association Offers 6 Upcoming Webinars
The Western Nursery & Landscape Association is offering 6 webinars. The webinars are free for WNLA members and $50 for non-members. Click here to register.

IR-4 Calls for Nominations for SOAR Award
IR-4 has announced that it has opened nominations for the 2016 SOAR Award. The award recognizes a person for their service, outreach, altruism and research related to the IR-4 mission of facilitating registration of sustainable pest management tools for specialty crops and specialty uses.

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