The summer season months are the busiest time of the yr for us right here at Ask an Entomologist (AaE). We obtain a whole bunch of emails asking every kind of questions. Notably, we get numerous issues about what a specific bug is in a house and methods to cope with pests. We (AaE) should not licensed pest management operators, so we don’t give pest management recommendation. As well as, we aren’t all the time the very best supply to ask questions coping with regional insect issues/issues. Though we all know rather a lot about bugs and might reply most normal questions, we will’t all the time present particular solutions to regional questions on bugs. After we obtain a query that’s higher suited to an extension entomologist agent, we suggest that the inquirer attain out to an extension entomologist. Typically their reply is, “what’s an extension entomologist?” and/or “How do I attain an entomology extension agent?”
An extension agent is an “advisor employed by the federal government to help individuals in rural areas with strategies of farming and residential economics.” They’re educated in technical and/or scientific information and talk this information to the general public. Extension brokers additionally usually take part in public coverage and 4-H.
Subsequently, an entomology extension agent is one that’s educated on bugs and entomological analysis and improvement. They’re knowledgeable on probably the most present and related matters in entomology (e.g., built-in pest administration (IPM), public well being, residence gardening, and many others.).
Just a little little bit of historical past – How extension brokers got here to be:
The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 is a United States federal legislation that established a system of cooperative extension companies (Cooperative State Analysis, Schooling, and Extension Service (CSREES), now a part of Nationwide Institute of Meals and Agriculture (NIFA)) to tell residents on analysis and developments in agriculture and different associated areas. Extension entomology was developed to assist State extension companies to conduct instructional entomology packages on matters corresponding to IPM and beekeeping.
Now that we’ve outlined an entomology extension agent, let’s reply the query “How do I attain an entomology extension agent?”
There are a few methods to go about discovering the contact info in your nearest extension agent. Gardening Know Now has a pleasant search engine characteristic the place you may kind your zip code and it lists the closest extension places of work close to you. In any other case, you should utilize no matter web browser you like or go to the NIFA web site.
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Olson, Kathleen A. “Smith-lever extension celebrates its centennial.” Journal of Household and Client Sciences 105.4 (2013): 7.
Oakley, Peter, and Christopher Garforth. Information to extension coaching. No. 11. Meals & Agriculture Org., 1985.