USDA Awards $20 Million for Citrus Greening Research
February 8, 2016. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded $20.1 million in grants to university researchers for research and extension projects to help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease. This funding is available through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and is administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). HLB was initially detected in Florida in 2005 and has since affected the vast majority of Florida's citrus-producing areas. It has also been detected in Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Texas, California, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 14 states in Mexico. Current research aimed at fighting HLB includes efforts to develop bactericides and immune citrus rootstocks, and initiatives to grow the pathogenic bacterium in an artificial culture.
Save the Date: Upcoming EPA Webinar on Pest Prevention by Design in Schools
January 25, 2016. Join the EPA on Tuesday, February 23 for an informative webinar on how to prevent pests in schools through effective design principles. The Pest Prevention by Design Guidelines provide school administrators, facility managers, architects, engineers, builders and the green building community information on designing pests out of buildings. For example, where a school may traditionally address a rat infestation with rat poison, the guidelines would recommend sealing the gap in the door frame that let the animals enter in the first place, putting a better lid on the dumpster out back, or removing the English ivy from the landscaping (a preferred rodent habitat). By following these recommendations, it's possible to keep pests out, improve indoor air quality and save money over the life of the building. Featured presenters will include Chris Geiger, Ph.D., IPM Program Manager of the City of San Francisco, and Robert Corrigan, Ph.D., Rodent IPM Specialist, of RMC Pest Management Consulting.
2013 Canadian Crop Profile for Peach Now Online
January 13, 2016. A new Crop Profile for Peach in Canada in 2013 is available free to download from the Government of Canada Publications web site. There are over thirty Crop Profiles created and maintained by the Pesticide Risk Reduction Program that are accessible for download on this site as well.
New Entries in Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Video Series
January 7, 2016. A new set of videos on brown marmorated stinkbug (BMSB) has been released by StopBMSB, a team of 50 researchers working to find management solutions for growers, including strategies that will protect food, the environment, and farms. “Tracking the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug” shows growers and others how to identify BMSB, why this pest is important in agriculture, and what’s at stake if the pest isn't stopped. It also showcases the work of the research team and the efforts they've made to understand and control this invasive pest. More.
Register Early for the 2016 Biocontrols Conference & Expo, Monterey, CA
December 30, 2015. The 2016 Biocontrols Conference will be held March 3-4 in Monterey, California, hosted by Meister Media Worldwide in cooperation with the Biopesticides Industry Alliance and the California Association of Pest Control Advisers. This industry event will explore the use of biocontrols in agriculture including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, greenhouses and ornamentals, and will examine what's next in biocontrols. More info is available at the event homepage and registration page. More.
Save the Date! The 2016 Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem
December 23, 2015. The Centers for Disease Control, Entomological Society of America and the IPM Institute are proud to announce the 2016 Integrated Tick Management Symposium, to be held May 16-17, 2016 at the Westin Washington DC City Center. The symposium will explore the current state of the tick and tick-borne disease (TBD) problem and current practices for Integrated Tick Management (ITM), the connection between ITM, reducing tick populations and disease transmission, knowledge gaps and current needs--including existing and potentially impactful approaches, collaborations, and levels of investment required to significantly reduce the burden of illness and public health impact of ticks and TBDs. The conference will aim to summarize findings for informing various constituencies including government at all levels, funding agencies, the media, and the public about the impact of TBDs and possible solutions. Online registration will be available starting in January 2016. Please contact Chloe Nelson or visit the symposium website for more information on sponsorship and exhibit opportunities. More.
IPM Institute Seeks Community IPM Project Manager
December 22, 2015. The IPM Institute has an open position for a Community IPM Project Manager. Primary responsibilities will include providing leadership for and oversight of the organization’s community IPM programs, actively engaging the broader IPM community, and building and maintaining strong relationships with both federal and private funders. The ideal candidate will possess experience in the field of IPM with an understanding of issues related to structural and landscape IPM. This position is located in downtown Madison, WI and includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. More.
New Fact Sheet on Indoor Air Quality & Plants
December 16, 2015. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released a guidance factsheet on the care and use of indoor plants to improve indoor air quality (IAQ). Plants and potting soil can be a source of mold, pollen, and other allergens if improperly situated and maintained. This fact sheet gives essential tips on ways to avoid worsening IAQ through poor care and usage of indoor plants. More.
Enhancing Environmental Health Knowledge (EEK): Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference
December 15, 2015. EEK: Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference is designed to enhance the knowledge of environmental health professionals to help them better prepare for public health events of concern. Scheduled for April 13-14, 2016, the conference will include sessions on rodents, ticks, mosquitoes, and bed bugs; institutional integrated pest management (IPM); emerging vectors and vector-borne diseases; new technologies in vector and pest control; climate change and vectors; lessons learned; inspection successes; and stories from the field, among others. For more information or to submit an abstract, visit here.
Upcoming EPA Webinar on Bed Bugs in Schools
December 4, 2015. Bed bugs continue to hitchhike into schools across the nation, creating challenges for administrators, facility managers, and school nurses. An EPA webinar scheduled for December 15th at 1PM CST discusses the challenges bed bugs present, and school administrators' important role in protecting students and staff, including action plans and IPM control tactics. This webinar is one in a series of EPA presentations offering information on IPM to help school districts adopt a proactive approach to pest control. The presentations are geared specifically to the school community: facility managers, buildings and grounds managers, staff, nurses, administrators, and IPM coordinators. To register, please visit here.
IPM Institute Seeks Sustainable Agriculture Analyst for Sustainable Food Group
November 18, 2015. The IPM Institute currently has a full-time analyst position available for our Sustainable Food Group project. Responsibilities include contributing to quality assurance efforts for sustainability programs for farmers, food companies and supply chains. We offer a flexible schedule and hourly compensation commensurate with skills and experience
($16.50 - $17.50 per hour). Benefits include health insurance and retirement plans, and
paid holidays and vacation. Apply.
New Free Organic Transition Business Planning Manual For Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs
November 17, 2015. The booming profit potential of organic production has farmers, ranchers and food business owners nationwide switching to organic production. But successfully managing the risky multi-year transition requires careful business planning. Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) presents a new Organic Transition Business Planner for farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs. This new manual serves as a tool to help business owners develop an actionable organic transition plan suitable for management teams and lenders, explores organic transition strategies and asks critical questions that help you decide whether organic makes sense for your farm or business. Available as a free download here.
Problem Wildlife Webinar Scheduled for December 4th
November 16, 2015. It's very nice to have wildlife in your backyard-- until that wildlife damages your plants, disfigures your lawn or invades your house. In this webinar Dr. Scott Hygnstrom from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point will explain how to minimize problems from small mammals such as squirrels, chipmunks, moles, voles, rats, and mice. This webinar is scheduled for Friday, December 4th at 1 PM CST. The link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the start time on December 4th; at that time, click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event. More.
New Organic & IPM Working Group Publication Addresses Synergy Needed to Meet Food Production Challenges
November 9, 2015. The Organic & IPM Working Group, an ongoing USDA-NIFA-funded coalition of Organic and IPM researchers and scientists, has released a new publication examining exactly what's needed to meet the food production challenges of the 21st century. Entitled Organic Agriculture and Integrated Pest Management: Synergistic Partnership Needed to Improve the Sustainability of Agriculture and Food Systems, the report details the challenges we face, opportunities for collaborative solutions, and institutional/policy reforms that should be considered to accelerate progress.
FY 2016 Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Request for Pre-Applications (RFPA) Now Available
November 6, 2015. USDA-NIFA has announced the availability of funding for speciality crop research. The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 3, 2015. More.
Register Now for March 24 Natural Turf Management Training with Chip Osborne in Madison, Wisconsin
February 1, 2016. Renowned natural turf care expert Charles "Chip" Osborne Jr., founder and President of Osborne Organics, LLC, will offer an introductory training workshop on the basics of natural turf management in Madison on March 24. This one-day course offers a valuable opportunity for grounds managers and turf and landscape care professionals interested in learning how to establish healthy, organically maintained lawns that are more resilient, drought-tolerant and resistant to pest infestations than chemically maintained lawns. The event will be held from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the Lussier Family Heritage Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Lunch will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to register by March 10 to receive the discounted early bird rate, and a discounted student rate is available until March 23. Tickets and additional information can be found
Registration Now Open for 2016 Integrated Tick Management Symposium
January 27, 2016. Please join the CDC, the Entomological Society of America and the IPM Institute of North America for the 2016 Integrated Tick Management Symposium in Washington DC. The Symposium will seek to address the current status of the tick and tick-borne disease (TBD) problem and current practices for Integrated Tick Management (ITM), detail the connection between Integrated Tick Management, reducing tick populations and disease transmission, identify knowledge gaps and prioritize needs, identify existing and potentially impactful approaches, collaborations, and level of investment required to significantly reduce the burden of illness and public health impact of ticks and TBDs, and more. Registration and hotel information are available at http://entsoc.org/ITMS. Sponsorships, exhibitor and poster opportunities for the symposium are also available: please contact Chloe Nelson at (608) 232-1410 for more information.
Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District Seeks Assistant Manager
January 19, 2016. The Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District is hiring an Assistant Manager position. The mission of the SLCMAD is the enhancement of health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquito transmitted diseases and the reduction of annoyance levels caused by these pests. Research on the biology and control of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases plays an integral role in fulfilling this mission. Once this position is filled, the District will also be hiring a Lab Director. More.
NYS IPM Announces Annual Excellence in IPM Award Winners
January 18, 2016. The New York State IPM Program recently announced nine recipients of their annual Excellence in IPM award. The recipients' roles run the range from bed bug task force leaders to farmers, greenhouse growers and diehard IPM advocates. Read more about the winners
USDA Announces $8.8 Million Available to Support Food and Agricultural Sciences Education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
January 18, 2016. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that $8.8 million in competitive funding is available to support Hispanic-Serving Institutions’ (HSIs) agricultural science education programs. These grants are intended to enhance the ability of these colleges and universities to support underserved students and to develop a skilled American workforce. A recent report posited an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment fields in the United States, and an average of 35,400 new U.S. graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher in agriculture related fields, 22,500 short of the jobs available annually. Applications for collaboration projects are due Feb. 9, standard applications are due Feb. 10, and strengthening project applications are due Feb. 12. Please see the request for applications for specific program requirements.
2016 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Don't Let the Insects Eat Your Vegetables
January 7, 2016. It's frustrating when insects attack our vegetables. Learn practical tips for preventing problems from these pests in this free 60-minute webinar on Friday, February 5 at 2 PM EST, presented by Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension Specialist, Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. On February 5, the link to the live webinar will open about 15 minutes before the webinar. More.
Register for the 2016 Association of Applied IPM Ecologists 50th Annual Conference & Meeting
December 31, 2015. Registration has opened for the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists' 2016 Annual Conference and Meeting, to be held January 31st through February 2nd, 2016 in Monterey, California. See the conference schedule here, and to register, please visit here.
IPM Institute Seeks Office Manager
December 22, 2015. The IPM Institute has an open position for an Office Manager. Primary responsibilities will include managing office financials, vendor relations, grant administration, HR and board relations. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work independently. This position is located in downtown Madison, WI and includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. More.
Upcoming EPA Webinar on New School IPM Training Tools for Staff & Maintenance Personnel
December 21, 2015. Join the EPA on Tuesday, January 26 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST for an informative webinar on two invaluable new tools for school staff and administrators. Dr. Dawn Gouge of the University of Arizona will discuss Stop School Pests, a standardized, peer-reviewed online School IPM training program for administrators, facility managers, pest management professionals, IPM coordinators, landscape and grounds staff, custodians, maintenance staff, nurses, food service staff, teachers and everyone responsible for pest management in schools. A project of the IPM Institute in conjunction with the National School IPM Working Group, Stop School Pests is free and includes online and in-class teaching materials. Janet Hurley of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will also introduce iSchool Pest Manager, an online hub for school IPM materials. It provides easy, searchable access to a multitude of school IPM documents using computer, tablet, or smartphone. Register.
Cornell Cooperative Extension IPM position in Tree Fruit and Berries with Lake Ontario Fruit Program
December 18, 2015. This position is a good blend of Extension and time for applied research to delve into specific pest challenges in the commercial fruit industry in collaboration with Cornell faculty. This person will work on a 4 person team to assist the commercial tree fruit and berry industry of Wayne, Monroe, Orleans, Niagara, and Oswego county. He/She will also collaborate with other Extension Associates in tree fruit across the state. For more information and to apply, please visit here.
New Guide to Integrated Pest Management for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Vegetables
December 16, 2015. A new guidance document authored by the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug SCRI CAP Vegetable Commodity Team provides a synopsis of what researchers have learned so far about this invasive pest and management recommendations using an integrated approach. Available in English and Spanish, the guide's topics include the basic biology and life cycle of BMSB, vegetable crops at risk, vegetable injury diagnostics, period of risk/susceptibility, provisional monitoring recommendations and more. Download it here.
Post Doctoral Research Associate Position Available at the University of Minnesota Studying Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
December 14, 2015. A Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available at the University of Minnesota's Department of Entomology. This 12-month position is part of an interdisciplinary team studying ways to improve the early detection, mapping and prediction of the geographic range expansion, and temporal dynamics of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) under current Midwest conditions. This position is available February 2, 2016 or ASAP if a suitable candidate is found. Review of applications begins December 20. For more information and to apply, please visit here.
Early Registration Opens for NPMA's 2016 Southern Conference
December 9, 2015. Early registration has opened for the National Pest Management Association's 2016 Southern Conference, February 9-10 in Memphis, Tennessee. The conference will feature a mix of in-depth management sessions and technical courses featuring the latest research in the pest management industry. Earn valuable recertification credits in up to six states, learn what works and what doesn't when it comes to customer retention, hear tips detailing how to successfully use a variety of strategies to combat bed bugs, and more. Register here.
December 2nd Webinar/Workshop to Illustrate New Online Pesticide Research Database
November 24, 2015. The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at Oregon State University will be hosting a webinar/workshop to explain their new NPIC Pesticide Research Tool (NPRO) online pesticide database. Learn how to search for registered pesticide products by 1-7 criteria, singly or combined, narrow the results to active or cancelled registrations, dig deeper into specific products with one-click access to the label, to AI synonyms, and more. The webinar will take place on December 2nd at 2PM Eastern time. No registration is required and there is room for up to 1000 participants. More.
New Article on Effective Facility IPM in IFMA's Facility Management Journal
November 19, 2015. A new article on what facility managers can do to effectively and proactively combat pests in their properties, authored by Dr. Thomas A. Green of the IPM Institute, has been recently published. The article explores how facility management teams can implement IPM programs themselves and how FM teams can effectively find and hire experienced pest management professionals for IPM services. Click here to read the article, or visit here for a digital version of the entire magazine. This article originally ran in the November/December 2015 issue of FMJ, the official magazine of the International Facility Management Association. For more information on FMJ, visit www.ifma.org/fmj.
Golf Course Superintendent Earns Excellence in IPM Award for Keeping Greens Green
November 18, 2015. Richard Belowski — golf-course superintendent at Battle Island State Park in Fulton, NY — has received an Excellence in IPM award for his work keeping golf courses green with minimal chemical inputs. A self-taught turfgrass expert, Belowski was on the crew
at the Bethpage State Park golf course where the world’s first long-term research in reduced-input
practices began in 2000. He received his award on November 17 at New York’s Turf and Grounds Expo in Rochester, NY’s Riverside Convention Center. More.
IPM Institute Seeks Project Team Member
November 12, 2015. The IPM Institute is seeking a Project Team Member to assist in our mission of reducing pests and pesticide hazards in schools, communities and agriculture through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This will be a part-time position, 15-20 hours per week, with a flexible schedule in a casual office, and hourly compensation ranging from $12 to $13 commensurate with skills and experience. Duties include communicating with community IPM partners and participants, preparing technical reports, database and website maintenance, providing phone reception and general clerical/administrative support. More.