Tree Pests and Diseases are on the Rise
November 25, 2013. A recent review published in Science finds that tree deaths caused by invasive pests and diseases are on the rise. The researchers point to increased global trade volumes as a source of the spread. They call for more work to predict pest outbreaks and manage infestations in natural environments to protect trees and the numerous ecological benefits they provide. More.
New Bee Poster from the Digital Museum of Natural History
November 18, 2013. A new poster from the Digital Museum of Natural History contains pictures, geographic ranges, and scientific and common names for thirty species of bees native to the United States. The 24x26” poster is an excellent resource for anyone in bee research or extension. Visit the Facebook page to preview the poster and learn how to order.
Microbiologist Position at Texas Department of State Health Services
November 15, 2013. Texas DSHS seeks a microbiologist to serve as the authority for mosquito identification and arbovirus testing. The successful candidate will coordinate a mosquito surveillance program, which includes processing submissions, reporting results, leading training workshops and developing and distributing public health information. Minimum Bachelor's degree in chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science. For more information, visit our Employment Page.
Take the Pledge for IPM Control of Ants
November 8, 2013. The California Department of Pesticide Regulations unveiled a new campaign to prevent ant infestations in the home. The “Got Ants? Get S.E.R.I.O.U.S.” program provides step-by-step recommendations to prevent access and eliminate food and water resources for ants. Homeowners can also make a pledge to use less-toxic practices and IPM services to control ants. More.
Southern IPM Center Announces Call for Nominations for Friends of Southern IPM Award
November 6, 2013. Nominate an individual who excels in one of Southern IPMC's six professional award categories, including IPM researchers, educators, group leaders, program implementers, up-and-coming young professionals and lifetime achievers. For the second year in a row the Center will also offer two monetary awards to graduate students for demonstrated excellence in IPM. Nominations are due by January 10, 2014. More.
Fruit Production Extension Educator Position at Michigan State University
October 31, 2013. MSU Extension and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI) seek an extension educator in fruit production. The successful candidate will lead educational outreach for small fruit production in Michigan, including research-based information disseminated through multi-media campaigns. This position will also require collaboration across work groups, institutes, community groups, academic faculty, staff and specialists. For more information, visit our Employment Page.
October School IPM Newsletter Now Available
October 30, 2013. Inside this issue: IPM tools and recommendations for wildlife pests, cleaning drains to prevent foodborne pathogens, and an in-depth look at the flourishing IPM STAR program in Washington state. Click here to subscribe to the School IPM Newsletter mailing list. More.
USDA Gathers #MyFarmBill Stories
October 28, 2013. Growers, ag supporters, and individuals can share what the passage of a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill means to them on the official USDA Blog. The blog features stories from North Dakota ranchers devastated by the recent blizzard who are without disaster assistance programs. Share your story today. More.
Ag Retailer Meeting Registration Deadline Extended
November 25, 2013. The registration deadline for IPM Institute's "Ag Retailers Leading Improvements in Resource Management for Water Quality" has been extended to Dec. 3. The meeting, scheduled to take place on Dec. 12 in Toledo, Ohio, is intended to share with ag retailers innovative technologies to prevent leaching and keep nutrients on the field. For more information, visit our Events Page.
Oregon Department of Agriculture to Require Neonicotinoid Labeling
November 25, 2013. In an effort to reduce risks to pollinators, ODA will require new labeling for products containing dinotefuran and imidacloprid, which prohibits application of these products on basswood, linden, or Tilia species. This action is in response to large numbers of bumblebee deaths associated with these products, which prompted ODA to temporarily ban the pesticides in June. More.
Northeastern IPM Center Releases Final BMSB Video
November 18, 2013. The Northeastern IPM Center has released their tenth and final video on brown marmorated stink bug. This video explores biological control methods for BMSB in-depth, with sufficient background to be suitable for a general audience. View the entire video series on the Stop BMSB website. More.
Red Tomato Releases New Eco-Apple Video
November 12, 2013. Red Tomato recently released an animated short, “Eco Fruit Rocks!” The video, which features a musically gifted apple tree, playfully teaches some basic foundations of IPM and Red Tomato philosophies. Red Tomato is a nonprofit that strives to strengthen ecological production of local produce in the Northeast. More.
IPM Symposium Website Now Online
November 6, 2013. The 8th International IPM Symposium webpage is now online. Information for speakers, exhibits, events and planning for the Symposium will be posted as it becomes available. The Symposium is scheduled for March 23-26, 2015. More.
Northeastern IPM Center seeks Director
November 6, 2013. The Northeastern IPM Center seeks a new director to oversee Center operations. The director will be responsible for developing strategic plans, networking with national stakeholders and collaborators, developing regional databases, managing the Center's grants programs, and overseeing the budget. Master's degree plus five years experience in education, entomology, plant pathology, IPM or Cooperative Extension required. For more information, visit our Employment Page.
Insecticide Exposure Associated with Behavioral Problems in Children
November 1, 2013. Canadian researchers found a ten-fold increase in a urinary metabolite of pyrethroid pesticides is associated with a doubling of parent-reported behavioral problems. Pyrethroid insecticides are used in more than 3,500 products, including many household sprays. The findings, published last week in Environmental Health Perspectives, suggest that more research is needed to ascertain potential health risks for children. More.
New School IPM Brochure from EPA
October 31, 2013. EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs has just released a new brochure, “EPA School IPM Brochure 2013.” The brochure highlights the benefits of IPM in schools and is intended as a resource for school districts interested in implementing IPM programs. More.
Save the Date: National Conference on Urban Entomology
October 29, 2013. The 2014 National Conference on Urban Entomology (NCUE) will be held May 18-21, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Award nominations are due February 3, and paper and symposia submissions due February 17. More.
Ag Retailers Leading Improvements in Resource Management for Water Quality
October 24, 2013. On Dec. 12, IPM Institute, with support from the Great Lakes Protection Fund, will host a conference for ag retailers in the Great Lakes to learn about collaborative nutrient management initiatives to enhance water quality and crop productivity in the watershed. Ag retailers who attend the conference in Toledo, OH will learn about the latest tools and technologies to prevent leaching and keep nutrients on the field. Register by Nov. 25 for this free event! More.