RFA for the 2015 Partnership Grants Program Released
September 30, 2014. The Northeastern IPM Center has released its RFA for grants up to $50,000. The center is seeking projects that advance IPM through working groups, IPM issues and regional communications, focusing on the topics of synergizing IPM and organic, rural and urban IPM, climate change and advanced production systems. Applications are accepted from individuals, organizations, private institutions, businesses or commodity groups that benefit the region at large. More information, including complete RFA is available on the Northeast IPM website's Partnership Grants page . Applications are due November 20, 2013.
2014 “Excellence in IPM Awards” Nominees Sought
September 26, 2014. The New York State IPM Program is now accepting nominations of individuals or organizations in New York State for their annual “Excellence in IPM Awards.” Nominees are usually leaders in developing new IPM tools, encouraging demonstrations and adoption of IPM, or promoting IPM. Nominations must be submitted or co submitted by an employee of Cornell University, Cornell Extension, or serve on a NYS IPM program committee. Deadline for nominations must be turned in to the NYS IPM Program office by October 16, 2014. More.
IPM Symposium Announces 2015 Plenary Speakers
September 26, 2014. The 8th International IPM Symposium, to be held in Salt Lake City on March 23-26, 2015, will feature Jim Jones, Marc L. Lame, Mark Gregory Robson, Sonny Ramaswamy, and David R. Shaw. In addition to the line-up of plenary speakers, the symposium planning committee also released information on two new pre and post symposium sessions to be held for the first time this year. Speaker bios, pre/post symposium session information, as well as details on the full proceedings of the symposium can be found on the 8 th International IPM Symposium website.
House Passes Tick Research Act
September 17, 2014. On September 9, 2014, US House of Representatives passed the “Tick-Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014.” The act gives the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the power to, among other prerogatives, carry out Lyme disease research and establish the Interagency Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Working Group to advance necessary tick-related knowledge and access to services. The legislation does not affect any other Lyme-disease appropriations. The bill can be read here.
Program Policy Advisor Position Available
September 11, 2014. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is recruiting a Program Policy Advisor to work in the National Organic Program. Deadline for application is tomorrow! For more information, visit our Employment Page.
Ag. Economics and Business Management Position Open at Cornell Extension
September 4, 2014. Cornell Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for an extension support specialist II in the field of production economics and business management. This position will work closely with fruit growers in the Lake Ontario Fruit Program and university staff to implement and analyze profitability and sustainability programs. See employment page for details.
Tick Safe Schools via IPM – Upcoming EPA Webinar Opportunity
September 5, 2014. Registration is now open for a one hour webinar presented by the EPA to educate school facility managers, grounds managers and staff, childcare facilities and school IPM contacts on IPM practices to keep schools safe from ticks. The webinar is free to attend and will feature a number of specialists in the field of tick borne disease prevention. More.
Now Hiring! Project Team Member Position Open
September 26, 2014. The IPM Institute of North America is seeking an individual with excellent verbal and written communication skills for a part time position as project team member. This is an excellent entry level opportunity to interact with IPM professionals, schools, farmers, food industry and government officials working to support adoption of integrated pest management practices. Employment Page.
Agricultural Compliance Specialist Position Open
September 23, 2014. Georgia Department of Agriculture has an opening for an agricultural compliance specialist. Responsibilities include ensuring federal and state law compliance and staff supervision. Recruitment period ends November 28, 2014. For more information, visit our Employment Page.
IPM Specialist Position with Xerces Society Open
September 23, 2014. Xerces Society announced a position opening for an IPM Specialist in its Pollinator Conservation Program. The specialist will develop crop-specific science-based IPM systems with diverse stakeholders to improve pollinator protections without expense to farm profitability. Deadline for application is October 24, 2014. For more information, visit our Employment Page.
Two Landscape Webinars Announced
September 24, 2014. Cornell University Landscape Webinar Series has announced two new webinars: “Turfgrass Selection for the Landscape Professional” and “Life’s a Beech: Bleeding Canker and its Control on European Beech”. Given October 16th, 2014, the first webinar will be of interest to anyone with questions about turfgrass’ relationship to pest pressures and stress, and the second one will interest anyone wondering about new developments in control strategies for bleeding canker on the European beech. Presentations are given by UConn Extension and Cornell School of Integrative Plant Science, respectively. More information found here.
Global Bedbug Summit Coming in January
September 18, 2014. National Pest Management Association and Bedbug Central host Global Bedbug Summit on January 7-9, 2015 in Denver, CO. The Summit is composed of numerous educational sessions by university faculty and private sector researchers aimed at providing legal, technical, business and customer-oriented perspectives to the problem of bedbugs. Special offerings include a casual nights of Q&A with industry experts, an expo on cutting edge bedbug products and an optional post-show ski trip. More information found here.
New Canadian Crop Profiles for Carrot and Sweet Corn Released
September 16, 2014. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Pesticide Risk Reduction Program released new 2012 crop profiles for Canadian carrot and sweet corn. These crop profiles and 29 others are freely available for download at the Government of Canada Publications website.
Nominate Your Candidate for the “Excellence in IPM” Awards!
September 11, 2014. New York State IPM Program seeks nominations for its annual “Excellence in IPM Awards”. Award candidates include deserving individuals and organizations in New York State that have developed IPM tools, evaluated IPM methods, encouraged IPM adoption or other reasons concerning agricultural or community IPM. To nominate, you must be a Cornell University or Cornell Cooperative Extension employee or serve on a NYS IPM Program committee. Deadline for submission is October 16, 2014. More information found here.
Journal of IPM Releases Full Open Access Guide to BMSB Management
September 1, 2014. The Entomological Society of America is now making available an article addressing brown marmorated stink bug. The article, “Biology, Ecology, and Management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug” (Rice et al.), outlines a brief history of the pest and current best practices for management. This recent, open-access article was originally published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, and can now be downloaded here.