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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: TRANSITIONAL ACTIVITIES TO FACILITATE THE ADOPTION OF ALT. TO METHYL BROMIDE IN THE PRODUCTION OF LOBLOLLY PINE SEEDLINGS IN THE SOUTHERN US
2012 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
1. Conduct large-scale replicated trials in nurseries across the southern United States to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of methyl bromide alternatives in the production of loblolly pine seedlings.

2. Develop, adopt, and use training materials and conduct educational programs based on outcomes of the Area-Wide demonstration trials and in accordance with the new fumigation regulations established by the USEPA Fumigant Re-registration Eligibility Decision.

3. Conduct economic analysis on assimilated data emerging from Area-Wide field demonstration trials and assess the economic impacts of new fumigation regulations.


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Continue data collection and assessment of the performance of methyl bromide alternatives implemented in large-scale field demonstration trials conducted across the southeast including pest and disease assessment and determination of the impacts on marketable yield of loblolly seedlings. Training modules for grower and applicator compliance with the newly issued USEPA Fumigant Re-registration Eligibility Decision being currently under development in Florida will be adapted for use by growers, applicators and state regulators in states belonging to the Southern Forest Nursery Management Cooperative. Additional training materials will be developed as needed and deployed at local and regional stakeholder workshops and extension meetings. Data generated from Area-Wide funded large scale on-farm research trials will be standardized and then analyzed in an economic analysis to provide economic decision tools for growers/stakeholders. Work will be initiated to develop the mechanisms needed for providing an economic analysis on the new fumigation regulations as they impact growers in the southeast.


3.Progress Report:

This research related to inhouse objective: The overall goals of the program will be to establish and implement an areawide pest management research and action program for methyl bromide (MB) alternatives.

Data generated from Area-Wide funded large scale on-farm research trials will be standardized and then analyzed in an economic analysis to provide economic decision tools for growers/stakeholders. Work will be initiated to develop the mechanisms needed for providing an economic analysis on the new fumigation regulations as they impact growers in the southeast.


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