University of Tennessee Seeks New Departmental Head of Entomology and Plant Pathology
August 31, 2015. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. This will be a 12-month, tenured position in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Department Head’s responsibilities include leadership of all departmental programs and administrative responsibility for planning, fiscal management, human resources, and facilities. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 30, 2015, but will be accepted indefinitely until the position is filled. Please see full details including application instructions
National Institute of Food and Agriculture Seeks National Agronomy Program Leader
August 26, 2015. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is seeking a full-time permanent Biological Science Specialist to act as a National Program Leader for their Agronomy program. In the position, the candidate will network and collaborate with partners and stakeholders to identify mission relevant problems, opportunities and issues requiring Federal attention and support; conceive and execute programs and activities in response to existing or emerging problems, priorities and issues for development; developing and apply science-based knowledge by working with universities and other partners; and evaluate the quality, outcomes and impacts of the programs. The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 17, 2015. More.
Indiana State Department of Health Releases Bed Bug Brochure
August 20, 2015. The Indiana State Department of Health has released a new brochure on the subject of bed bugs. The brochure busts some top bed bug myths, offers facts on bed bug history, life cycles, feeding habits and statistics on common bed bug hiding places. The brochure is free to download, print and distribute and is available on the ISDH site or here. (PDF)
New IPM Experience House Offers Hands-On IPM Training for Pest Management Pros
August 19, 2015. The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas recently held their inaugural IPM training class for more than a dozen professionals and paraprofessionals using the IPM Experience House, a new training facility designed to teach pest-control professionals how to control pests more safely and effectively. A converted former dormitory on the Texas A&M Agrilife campus, the 2000+ square foot IPM Experience House offers pest management professionals hands-on learning opportunities, a contrast to more common passive slide/lecture training. The House is supported by the Texas pest control industry, with staffing and curriculum development being developed by IPM specialists based at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas. Read more about the House here. (PDF)
New EPA Indoor Air Quality App for Schools
August 17, 2015. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched a new mobile app to assist schools and school districts with performing comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) facility assessments to protect the health of children and school staff. The School IAQ Assessment mobile app is a “one-stop shop” for accessing guidance from EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit. It includes an IPM checklist. More
IPM Practitioner's 2015 Directory of Least-Toxic Pest Control Products Now Available
August 12, 2015. The Bio-Integral Resource Center has released its 2015 Directory of Least-Toxic Pest Control Products for IPM practitioners. This information-packed resource lists over 2000 products such as baits, traps, pheromones, microbials, biocontrol agents, and other materials needed for IPM. The Directory also provides contact information for more than 600 national and international suppliers.
Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference, Aug 14-16
August 10, 2015. The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) is hosting its annual summer conference at UMass in Amherst, MA, on August 14-16. The theme for this year's Conference is "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology". The main conference features 144 individual sessions with 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more. More.
New White Paper on Schools Green Cleaning Laws Released by USGBC
August 7, 2015. The Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council has reached out to various stakeholders and officials across ten states to learn more about their green cleaning laws, and these conversations, alongside policy analysis, research, and data from a national survey have resulted in a new white paper, entitled “Perspectives on Implementation and Effectiveness of School Green Cleaning Laws.” The research found that laws perceived as effective tended to include reporting requirements and mandate, rather than encourage, implementation of green cleaning, and also that the need for school-focused education about the purpose and requirements for green cleaning is critical. Read the white paper here.
University of Maryland Seeks Assistant Professor in Integrative Arthropod Biology
July 28, 2015. The University of Maryland College Park is seeking an Assistant Professor in Integrative Arthropod Biology. Candidates doing outstanding work on any aspect of terrestrial arthropod biology will be considered, but topics of special interest include, but are not limited to: vector biology; insect/microbe interactions; insect behavior; ecology, and biodiversity; systematics, evolutionary biology and evo-devo; developmental biology and physiology; functional and comparative genomics; and arthropod roles in urban ecosystems, ecosystem services and their link to human health. This position will be expected to build a nationally prominent, robustly funded research program, as well as contribute to our undergraduate and graduate teaching portfolios. The deadline to apply is October 2, 2015. More.
Michigan State University Seeking a Tree Fruit Production Educator
July 24, 2015. Michigan State University Extension is searching for a full-time Educator on Tree Fruit Production. Located in Oceana County (Hart, MI) in West Michigan, this position will collaborate across work teams and Institutes including working with faculty, specialists, educators and commodity groups to achieve efficient, profitable and sustainable fruit production and overall advancement for the Michigan tree fruit industries. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2015. More.
Livestock & Field Crop Specialist, Greenhouse Pro Honored for Excellence in IPM
July 21, 2015. The New York State IPM Program has awarded its "Excellence in IPM" award to two outstanding individuals. Keith Waldron is a 30-year veteran livestock & field crop specialist who works for NYSIPM. Keith has made his name teaching better ways to keep crops and livestock healthy and productive, and works with everyone from growers, to industry reps, to farmers' next-door neighbors. Nora Catlin is a floriculture specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. Catlin's award honors her work with commercial greenhouse growers who, on Long Island alone, contribute nearly $80 million to New York’s economy. Read more about Keith here and Catlin here.
PhD. Position Available at the University of Palermo Studying the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
July 16, 2015. Professor Stefano Colazza at the University of Palermo in Italy is seeking a candidate for a three-year PhD. position studying the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). The candidate for this position will adopt a multidisciplinary approach to study the ecological consequences of BMSB invasions, and in particular the effect of alien herbivore invasion on local natural enemies. Specific research strands will focus on: 1) the impact of exotic herbivores on infochemical communication between plants, herbivores and natural enemies; 2) Learned responses of parasitoids to infochemical evolutionary traps in a climate change context; 3) Contest behaviour of local egg parasitoids for possession of co-evolved and non-coevolved hosts; 4) Patch time allocation of local egg parasitoids after alien herbivore invasion: behavioural and modelling approaches. A Bachelor's or Master's degree in entomology, biology, behavior, chemical ecology, or a related field is required, along with excellent written and oral communication skills. Potential candidates will be contacted for Skype interviews directly by Dr. Colazza. To apply, email the following by August 1, 2015 to Dr. Colazza: 1) a statement of interest in the position and major research interests, 2) your CV, and 3) your unofficial transcripts.
Tribal School IPM Workshop July 23-24 in Arizona
July 14, 2015.
The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA), along with University of Arizona and US EPA Region IX, is organizing a Tribal School IPM Workshop, July 23-24, 2015. The workshop will include classroom instructions and a hands-on practicum. The purpose of this workshop is to provide information for the tribal school community on: IPM philosophy and the best way to manage pests, pesticide safety, controlling vector pests, and developing a School IPM Plan specifically for each school. Contact Africa Dorame-Avalos from Inter Tribal Council of Arizona for agenda questions and to inquire about financial support to attend this workshop: (602) 258-4822. More. (PDF)
Latest University of Arizona School & Home IPM Newsletter Now Available
July 13, 2015. The July edition of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension's newsletter, School & Home IPM, is now available. Topics covered in this issue include a new guide to preparing a School IPM plan, Giant Mesquite Bugs, a request for your participation in a bed bug survey, upcoming events and more. Read it here. (PDF)
Upcoming EPA Webinar on Selecting the Right Materials to Improve IAQ in Schools
July 10, 2015.
Join IAQ experts as they discuss the role of proper materials selection in IAQ and how it affects student and staff health, as well as construction and operating costs, and get a fresh perspective on selecting the right materials practices for your school buildings. This EPA Indoor Air Quality Master Class professional training webinar will take place Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT. Register
Upcoming Webinar to Address Hoarding, Housing & Pests
July 9, 2015. The StopPests in Housing program at Cornell University is hosting an upcoming webinar on Tuesday, August 4, at 12PM EDT to address the subject of hoarding in multifamily housing and its implications for pest management. This free 90-minute webinar discusses how clutter is often associated with an increase in pest reports among residents, and how managers can use the StopPests team's experience, tools, and intervention program to train their own staff to help residents with clutter and hoarding issues. Learn how to recognize hoarding, flag units, and rate the severity of clutter, and then offer an intervention that will empower residents to address hoarding behaviors. Register here.
Upcoming EPA Webinar on How to Conduct a Pest Assessment at Your School
August 28, 2015. The EPA’s Center of Expertise for School Integrated Pest Management will host a new webinar on September 21 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Entitled “How to Conduct a Pest Assessment at Your School,” the webinar will explore how to do systematic inspections of your school to recognize conditions that attract pests, as well as the calling cards left by pests. The webinar will feature: Dr. Stephen Vantassel, Vertebrate Pest Specialist for the Montana Department of Agriculture, and Dean Walendzak, Environmental/Energy Program Administrator of Monroe County Community School Corporation. Registration is limited to the first 1000 registrants.
Northeastern IPM Center to Host Twitter Town Hall with Research and Extension Specialists
August 24, 2015. The Northeastern IPM Center will host a Twitter Town Hall on Thursday, August 27 from 2:30 to 3:30 EDT to discuss the importance of integrated pest management (IPM) in protecting food supplies and communities and how the Northeastern IPM Center supports these efforts by engaging with public and private sector partners. The virtual Town Hall will feature IPM Center research and extension specialists and representatives of Agriculture Is America, a communications initiative that highlights land-grant universities and institutions and their research, extension, and teaching efforts related to agriculture, food production, economics, national security, and health. The hashtag for the Town Hall is #AgIsChat and the participating handles are @NortheastIPM and @AgIsAmerica.
The IR-4 Project SOAR Award Seeks Nominations
August 21, 2015. The IR-4 Project has put out an open call for nominations for its SOAR Award. Since 1963, the IR-4 Project has been the major resource for supplying pest management tools for specialty crop growers by developing research data to support new EPA tolerances and labeled product use. SOAR stands for Service-Outreach-Altruism-Research. It recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated clear Service toward enhancing the mission of IR-4 through participation on committees, advisory panels, or similar activities; excellent Outreach to growers educating growers on IR-4; Altruism by donating time and effort towards IR-4’s mission; outstanding Research which contributes to expanded product labels and increased understanding of product use. The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 31, 2015. More.
Stinging Insects Webinar Latest in 2015 All Bugs Good and Bad Series
August 21, 2015. Join Dr. Charles Ray on September 4th at 2 PM EDT for a 60 minute webinar on stinging insects. Entitled "Bees, Wasps & Hornets: They're All Different," the webinar explains the difference between these creatures and gives practical tips for preventing hornets, yellow jackets and other wasps from ruining your next picnic.
Save the Date: Second Bark & Ambrosia Beetle Academy, May 2016
August 18, 2015. The Forest Entomology Lab at the University of Florida is hosting the Second Bark & Ambrosia Beetle Academy. This comprehensive and fun workshop on this intriguing forest pest will be held in Gainesville, FL, on May 2-6, 2016.
This workshop is geared towards researchers and students interested in bark and ambrosia beetles, extension agents, government insect identifiers and forest managers. Bark and ambrosia beetle identification, ecology and damage will be covered. Learn from international experts through hands-on labs, field demonstration, lectures, and socializing. Choose one or both modules: Applied and Academic. Sign up quickly, as last year all 30 seats were taken in a few weeks.
North Central IPM Center Seeks Agricultural Research Specialist
August 17, 2015. The North Central Insect Pest Management Center (NCIPMC) is seeking a Research Specialist in Agriculture to provide content and writing expertise for agricultural research communications initiatives. A Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to communications and writing including agricultural communications or other scientific communication training is required. This is a 12-month, 50% academic professional position. Applications are due August 27, 2015.
Insect Toxicologist Position Open at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Entomology Department
August 11, 2015. The Entomology Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking applicants for the tenure line position at the assistant, associate, or full professor rank with expertise and interest in insect toxicology. A Ph.D. degree or equivalent in entomology or molecular biology, toxicology, or a related field is required before employment begins, in addition to research expertise in insect toxicology. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. More (PDF)
EPA Proposes Stronger Standards for People Applying Riskiest Pesticides
August 6, 2015. EPA is proposing stricter standards for people certified to use restricted use pesticides and to require all people who apply restricted use pesticides to be at least 18 years old. Certifications would have to be renewed every 3 years. EPA is proposing additional specialized licensing for certain methods of application that can pose greater risks if not conducted properly, such as fumigation and aerial application. For further protection, those working under the supervision of certified applicators would now need training on using pesticides safely and protecting their families from take-home pesticide exposure. The comment period for the proposal is open for 90 days, ending on November 5, 2015. More.
EPA Grant Opportunity: The Economics of School IPM
August 3, 2015. EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting proposals for a cooperative agreement to provide financial assistance to an eligible organization to research and analyze the economics of integrated pest management in K-12 public and tribal schools in the United States. The OPP intends that the recipient of the award will develop and present a robust and unbiased short- and long-term economic assessment of implementing an IPM program in several school settings (urban/rural/large/small) through research, data collection, and analysis. The agency expects to fund this two-year cooperative agreement for up to $300,000. The deadline to apply is September 9, 2015. More.
University of Florida Seeks Entomology and Nematology Eminent Scholar
July 27, 2015. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) in Gainesville, Florida is hiring an Eminent Scholar (Davies, Fischer and Eckes Endowed Chair) in the Entomology and Nematology Department. This is a 12-month tenured position involving 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences). The major research emphasis will be to investigate and develop novel citrus pest management solutions using modern molecular and/or genomic tools. Areas of expertise may include biological control, host-plant resistance, invertebrate pathology, toxicology, or host-symbiont interactions, with the goal of improving control of arthropod pests of citrus. For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by December 6, 2015. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined. More.
South Dakota State University Extension Announces Three Open Positions
July 23, 2015. South Dakota State University Extension has announced open positions at three of their locations. The Agronomy-Weeds Extension Field Specialist position is based out of Aberdeen Regional Extension Center, the Agronomy-Crops Extension Field Specialist position is based out of Sioux Falls, and the Consumer Horticulture Field Specialist will be based out of Mitchell Regional Extension Center. All three of these positions are open until filled. Please click on the position titles above to open the position descriptions for each, and apply here.
New Research on the Financial Impact of Bed Bugs on the Hospitality Industry
July 20, 2015. New research from the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has shed new light on the negative financial impact bed bugs often have on the travel and hospitality industry. The goal of the research was to understand consumer preferences when choosing a hotel for business or leisure travel, and how the risk of bed bugs influences their decision. The study found that bed bugs are highly costly overall to the industry, with a single report of bed bugs in recent traveler reviews lowering the value of a hotel room by $38 and $23 per room per night for business and leisure travelers respectively, on average.
STEMbugs: The 2015 Entomological Foundation Educator Workshop
July 20, 2015. The Entomological Foundation is hosting an Educator's Workshop in conjunction with the ESA Annual Meeting. For only $10, educators may sign up for two out of six one-hour educational sessions devoted to using insects in the classroom and creating hands-on learning projects. Participants will also receive a certificate of attendance that shows 4 CEU hours of education, a free boxed lunch, a parking voucher, and of course excellent guidance on taking "lessons learned' back to the classroom and into the hands of students. Space is limited to the first 150 participants. Register here.
APHIS Announces Dates for Fiscal Year 2016 Farm Bill 10007 Open Period
July 17, 2015. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today the dates of the fiscal year (FY) 2016 open period for submitting suggestions to implement the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program of the 2014 Farm Bill. The FY 2016 open period will last six weeks from August 3, 2015, through September 14, 2015. There will be $62.5 million available with at least $5 million going to the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). The open period for submitting NCPN project suggestions will be announced separately. APHIS will solicit suggestions about one month earlier than last year in an effort to establish agreements with cooperators in the first and second quarters of the new fiscal year. This will allow cooperators to plan and conduct activities that need to start in the spring and early summer of 2016.
Training for Young Growers in IPM Orchard Scouting by PSU Extension
July 14, 2015.
Join PSU Extension experts in Biglerville, PA on Thursday, July 16 for a two-hour networking session on the subject of IPM orchard scouting. This session is intended for young growers and features hands-on training on scouting orchards for insects, mites, beneficials, and diseases. The session will take place from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM at Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center, 290 University Drive, Biglerville, PA 17307. Info and registration here.
IPM for Food Plants Seminar, September 29-30, Sacramento CA
July 8, 2015. Clark Pest Control and RK Pest Management are bringing together a unique group of experts in September to discuss the challenges and solutions to Food Plant IPM in the face of the recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Topics to be discussed include Meeting 3rd Party Audit Criteria, Moving from Pesticide Dependence to IPM, Cockroach Management in a Food Environment, and more. The deadline for early registration is July 31 for only $545; registration after July 31 is $645. More.