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Bedford Technology Introduces Full Line of Plastic Post Profiles
Bedford Technology has announced the introduction of a complete suite of FiberForce post profiles especially designed for viticulture, organic farming, and other agriculture markets using trellis or fencing products. This full line of plastic posts range from 1 3/8-inch round profile to 6-inch or greater diameters and are available in a variety of colors and profiles.

USDA Awards $9.4 Million for Safer, More Effective Pest Management
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $9.4 million to support 25 research and outreach projects that will help mitigate pests, weeds and diseases on farms and in communities. The awards are made through NIFA’s Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CPPM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program which have awarded more than $64.5 million since 2014.

2016 ARDP recipients include:

  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., $324,517
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., $324,615
  • Regents of the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn., $324,880
  • Montana State University, Bozeman, Mont., $325,000
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $324,856
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $189,273
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., $324,979   
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., $199,590   
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., $215,460
  • Pennsylvania State University, State College, Penn., $325,000
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Research, College Station, Texas, $289,281
  • University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, Burlington, Vt., $324,560
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $324,983
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $323,491