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TAG: U. S. Department of Agriculture

USDA allocates $58M to plant pest, disease protection

February 17, 2016By

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released its plan for allocating more than $58 million in special Farm Bill funding to protect agriculture and horticulture from plant pests and diseases. The funds come from the 2014 Farm Bill’s Horticulture title, a key legislative priority for AmericanHort. “For many years, the Farm Bill has been about row crops and livestock, but... read more

IA members aid U.S. National Arboretum’s Grass Roots exhibit

May 5, 2014By

Construction on the U.S. National Arboretum’s Grass Roots exhibit is underway. Since the groundbreaking ceremony last fall, the Irrigation Association (IA) and several members have donated expertise and equipment to the initiative. The 1.3-acre exhibit is the centerpiece of the larger Grass Roots Initiative, a four-year program that examines the environmental, economic, aesthetic and recreational benefits of turfgrass in landscapes,... read more

EPA funds projects to lower pesticide risk to bees

January 14, 2014By

Through Agricultural Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Grants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is putting nearly $500,000 toward three university projects focused on reducing the use of pesticides as well as protecting bees from pesticides. The Agricultural IPM Grant money will be divided among Louisiana State University (LSU), University of Vermont (UVM) and Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). “These collaborative... read more

Ecologel Solutions earns biobased label

April 3, 2013By

Ecologel Solutions’ Hydretain ES Plus has earned the Certified Biobased Product label from the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The biobased label verifies that the amount of renewable biobased ingredients in the product meets or exceeds prescribed USDA standards. Biobased products are composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry or marine materials. “The USDA biobased label... read more

SoilWrap certified as USDA Biobased Product

October 21, 2011By

Ball’s plantable and soil biodegradable container also qualifies for the Federal Procurement Preference. Ball Horticultural Company’s plantable, bio-based container SoilWrap has been awarded USDA BioPreferred designation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, falling within the USDA BioPreferred Landscaping and Agriculture — Plant and Flower Pots category. In addition, SoilWrap is also identified for Federal Procurement Preference by federal agencies and their contractors when... read more