TAG: USDA

Arborjet’s NutriRoot earns USDA certification

March 1, 2016By

Arborjet earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its NutriRoot 2-2-3 Liquid Soil Applied Fertilizer. The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the product’s amount of renewable bio-based ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by the USDA. With 86 percent renewable organic carbon, NutriRoot surpasses the minimum required renewable carbon content of 71 percent to qualify. “The USDA... read more

Researchers lure EAB to electrocution with female decoys

November 20, 2014By

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) might have met its maker. A team of international researchers created female EAB beetle decoys that electrocute male EAB beetles when they attempt to mate. “We coated a dead female beetle with a vapor of nickel, and used the ‘nickelized’ shell to fabricate two matching molds in the shape of a resting beetle,” said Akhlesh Lakhtakia,... read more

Grass Roots exhibit opens to public

October 30, 2014By

Grass Roots, a 1.3-acre interactive outdoor exhibit at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., held its grand opening Oct. 16. The exhibit is the centerpiece of the Grass Roots Initiative, a four-year a collaborative effort between the Arboretum and the National Turfgrass Federation. The program consists of an outdoor interactive exhibit; turfgrass management information on the Web that complements... read more

APHIS declares Boston area free of ALB

May 12, 2014By

The U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) declared the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) was effectively eradicated from an area in Boston. The beetle was discovered in Boston in July 2010. To control the pest, 10-square miles were regulated in Norfolk and Suffolk counties—an area that included the neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Roxbury, West... read more

Bobcat selects Iowa couple as Create and Conserve contest winner

September 5, 2013By

Jay and Samantha Prier’s 120-acre property in Mondamin, Iowa, will receive quite a transformation this month as part of the Create and Conserve habitat contest. The couple was selected as the winner of the contest by Bobcat Co. and Rick and Julie Krueter, cohosts of “Beyond the Hunt” on the Outdoor Channel. “My wife and I believe we have a... read more

Keep America Beautiful promotes National Planting Day

August 21, 2013By

Native species provide ideal habitats for wildlife, are hardier, and require less water and ongoing maintenance than other ornamentals. Yet, they are losing ground to suburbanization, fragmented habitats, ornamental plants and invasive species, according to Keep America Beautiful (KAB). That’s why KAB, its affiliates and partners, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s People’s Garden Initiative and U.S. Composting Council, are encouraging... read more