Revised Stink Bug Publication Available
October 21, 2014. The North Central IPM Center's Stink Bug publication (link to previous version), “Field Guide to Stink Bugs” has been updated for 2014 and is now available for purchase through mail in order form for $1.75/copy. Orders must be placed by Friday, October 24, 2014.
First Nations Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program
October 20, 2014. The First Nations Development Institute is now offering six $1,000 scholarships to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and related fields. Complete application information, including eligibility details are available online, here. Applications are due Monday, November 17, 2014.
October PA IPM Newsletter Available
October 20, 2014. Penn State University's quarterly PA IPM Newsletter is now available. This edition covers recent outreach efforts at Latino health fairs, review of a recent bed bug webinar, childcare training opportunities with PA IPM, and stink bug information. More.
IPM Institute Now Hiring !
October 10, 2014. The IPM Institute is seeking top level managers for community IPM and agricultural resource management positions. Both positions seek candidates with the ability to envision change to work creatively to lead project development, fundraising, project management, strategic planning and outreach. More information and full position descriptions are available on the Employment Page.
USDA Invests in American Specialty Crops
October 3, 2014. Over $118 million has been authorized to support grants to American specialty crop producers. As part of the 2014 farm bill, specialty crops like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops will be supported by the specialty crop block grants in the areas of food safety, research and increasing access to fruits and vegetables. More.
RFA for 2015 Western IPM Center Grant Program Released
October 1, 2014. The Western Region IPM Center has released its request for applications for the 2015 grant program. One year grants are awarded for project initiation, working groups, outreach and implementation, and IPM planning documents. Applications are due December 3, 2014 and can be found on the center's grants page . More.
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.
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.
Whole Foods Market Launches “Responsibly Grown” Program
October 15, 2014. Today, national food retailer Whole Foods Market (WFM) launched a trailblazing new program, “ Responsibly Grown”, bringing a new level of transparency and knowledge to consumer purchases in WFM's cut flowers and produce departments. The new program ranks the overall sustainability of how produce is grown based on a comprehensive set of sustainability metrics including, soil health, waste reduction, energy choices, farm worker welfare, water conservation, resource protection, biodiversity preservation, pollinator protection, pesticide reduction, and use of IPM practices. More.
Friends of Southern IPM Award Nominations Open
October 13, 2014. The annual Friends of Southern IPM Award are seeking nominations for individuals contributing to outstanding IPM work in the southern region. Nominations, consisting of a cover form and a two-page written nomination, are sought for both outstanding graduate students and professionals. More information, including Instructions for nominations, is available at http://www.sripmc.org/friendsofipm/ . Nominations are due by Friday, December 12, 2014.
Upcoming – National Bat Week
October 6, 2014. The US Forest Service's first annual National Bat Week, October 26-November 11, kicks off an array of exciting bat focused events with an informational webinar meeting October 9, 11-12pm, to explain what you can do to participate. The week dedicated to raising awareness of bats and bat conservation includes 13.5minute film (English/Spanish), a bat inspired art contest for youths, a free, multimedia bat education resource bank, a “save the bats” campaign, awards for USFS Bat Champions, and a Project Edubat Webinar on October 29.
EPA Webinar – School IPM 101
October 2, 2014. October 21, 2014, the EPA will host, Basics of School Integrated Pest Management, a webinar for school nurses, staff, administrators, child care facilities, and buildings/ground managers. Pre registration is required, and can be completed here. This webinar is one of many school IPM related webinars the EPA will be hosting in the next few months. More.
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.
September School IPM Newsletter Available
September 30, 2014. The September 2014 School IPM 2015 released by the IPM Institute of North America is now available online . It features tips on preparing schools for pests seeking shelter as the weather turns colder, as well as updates on IPM Inpestigation, and IPM education for the K-12 school setting. 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.
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.