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Vance Publishing's “40 Under 40” Awards
April 5, 2013. Vance Publishing's “40 Under 40” Awards will recognize the most innovative people in agriculture under the age of 40, in areas including animal and crop production, biotechnology, University research, food and nutrition technology, agricultural equipment and agronomy. Deadline for nominations is July 30, 2013. This is a great opportunity to nominate some of our fellow IPM leaders in ag! More.
Michigan State University Seeking Fruit Production Extension Educator
April 5, 2013. Michigan State University is hiring a new fruit production extension educator to be based at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center. The selected individual will work with faculty, specialists and Extension educators to achieve efficient and economical tree fruit production and overall advancement for the Michigan tree fruit industries. This position must be filled as soon as possible. More (position number 7469).
Spring Utah Pests News Now Available
April 5, 2013. The spring quarterly issue of Utah Pests News is available online. This issue includes the following articles: Spring Cleaning with an IPM Eye, Buffalograss as a Drought Tolerant Turf, New Pesticide Regulations, Protecting Raptors from Rodenticides, and Fear no Weevil. More.
Ohio State University Seeking Director of Pesticide Safety Education
April 5, 2013. Ohio State University is seeking a director of the Ohio Pesticide Safety Education Program. Successful candidate will direct and supervise the planning, designing and implementation of a comprehensive statewide pesticide application training program including administrative leadership, documentation and generation of funding support for the program. The closing date is April 26, 2013. More.
RIPM RFA Has Been Released
April 5, 2013. USDA-NIFA has released the FY2013 Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program (RIPM) Request for Applications (RFA). Proposals are due by May 16, 2013, and no letter of intent is required. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov. Approximately $600,000 is available to fund grant applications. More.
New Resources for Growers of Non-traditional Crops
April 5, 2013. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture created a new online resource, Specialty CROPportunities, to assist growers in the production of non-traditional crops including fruit and nuts. It has information on agronomics, marketing and pests for 100 non-traditional crops. The resource was designed for Ontario growers but would also be applicable to the Great Lakes region. More.
Stored Product Protection Published by Kansas State University
March 27, 2013. Kansas State Research and Extension published a manual, Stored Product Protection, which discusses stored grain and legume insects. Section topics include insect ecology, prevention methods, monitoring-based methods, decision making, and economics, regulations, and marketing. The manual can be downloaded as a PDF or hard copies can be ordered. More.
April is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month
April 1, 2013. An article in USA Today outlines the dangers of invasive pests and diseases to US cropland and forest. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a list of the top pests, which includes the Asian Citrus Psyllid, Asian Longhorned Beetle and False Codling Moth. The USDA website HungryPests.com has suggestions on how to stop the spread of these and other invasive pests. More.
FMC Educator Fellowship Program Finalists Announced
March 26, 2013. The award made by the Entomological Foundation was awarded to Timothy Anderson of Princeton High School, Princeton, NJ and Richard W. Shevalier III of Voorhees High School, Glen Gardner, N.J., based on their demonstrated excellence in teaching science, and an experimental and innovative attitude in their approach to teaching. The fellows will be teamed with a FMC scientist in their community and engage in entomological research for the summer where they will create a hands-on entomology program to implement in their classroom. Each fellow will present their results at the Entomological Society of America’s annual meeting in Austin, TX, in November. For more information, visit the Foundation’s website at www.entfdn.org.
March School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
March 27, 2013. The March issue of the School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available. This issue includes the following articles: Weed Management in Hard-to-Reach Places, Scruffles the Mouse Teaches IPM, and Significant Asthma Reduction through IPM. More.
Student Guide to Managing Insect Pests Published by Purdue University Extension
March 27, 2013. Purdue University Extension published an insect pest management guide for 4-H, FFA, and other youth. Who Let the Bugs Out: A Beginner's Guide to Managing Radical Insects discusses methods and strategies for IPM as well as photographs and biological information to help students recognize the insect and its damaging or beneficial life stage. More.
National Healthy Schools Day is April 30, 2013
March 21, 2013. National Healthy Schools Day is coordinated by Healthy Schools Network in cooperation with US EPA. It promotes the use of IAQ Tools for Schools, other EPA environmental health guidelines and programs for schools and children's health. More.
Bat Management Webinar
March 25, 2013. Iowa State University Extension is hosting a webinar, Bats and Bat Management, on April 4, 2013 at 10-11 am CDT. The webinar will cover how to recognize signs of bats and how to keep bats out of buildings or remove them if they get in. More.
AFRI Food Security RFA Released
March 21, 2013. The FY 2013 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Security RFA was released on March 18. It includes two program areas: reducing crop and livestock losses and food security conference or workshop. Letter of intent must be submitted by April 29, 2013 and applications must be received by July 17, 2013. More.
Webinar on Controlling Fire Ants around Gardens, Ponds, and Electrical Equipment
March 21, 2013. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and eXtension are sponsoring a webinar, How to Control Fire Ants in Vegetable Gardens, Around Ponds, and in Electrical Equipment, on April 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm CDT. Speakers include Vicky Bertagnolli, extension agent and master gardener coordinator with Clemson University, and Dr. Bastiaan Drees, a professor of entomology with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. More.
Handbook of Turfgrass Insects Second Edition Released
March 18, 2013. The Entomological Society of America's second edition of the Handbook of Turfgrass Insects is now available for purchase. All major insect pests and mites of warm- and cool-season turfgrasses in the US are addressed. Includes chapters on diagnostics, sampling and monitoring, IPM for turfgrass, use of insecticides, environmental issues, and more. Limited-time ESA member-only price of $62.95. Nonmember price is $79.95. More.
Project Assistant Position Available with IPM Institute
March 15, 2013. The IPM Institute of North America is looking for a supply chain sustainability project assistant to add to our staff. Duties include supporting the project coordinator in standards development and testing with producers, retail managers and project scientists; training; communications; and project evaluation and reporting. Ideal candidate will have experience in and demonstrated commitment to sustainable agriculture. Flexible schedule, 36 to 40 hours per week, hourly compensation ranging from $11-12. More.
PSCIP Winter News Now Available Online
March 14, 2013. The Philadelphia School and Community Partnership (PSCIP) published their winter newsletter. Articles include: IPM Education in Latino Communities, Uninvited Guests: Bed Bugs, CDC Issues Health Advisory about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bugs, Training Modules for Child Cares, Home Visits for Children with Asthma, and IPM for Multi-Family Housing. More.
Webinar on Bed Bugs in Health Departments, Shelters and Health Care Environments
March 14, 2013. US EPA Region 2 is hosting a webinar entitled The Problems of Bed Bugs for Health Departments, Shelter Administrators and Health Care Providers on April 10, 2013 from 1:00-2:30 EDT. The attendee will learn about how to deal with bed bugs at work by developing and implementing a plan of action, educating staff and clients, control and management alternatives, and principles of bed bug IPM. More.
NCAP Mouse Control Videos
March 11, 2013. The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP), with support from the Western IPM Center, USDA NIFA, Oregon State University and Eden Advanced Pest Technologies, created a three-part video “short” series on mouse control, including videos on exclusion, sanitation, and trapping. More.
Don't Bug Me Webinar Series
March 6, 2013. Free webinars through eXtension in the Don't Bug Me Webinar Series will be held throughout 2013. Each webinar begins at 2pm EST and lasts 30-45 minutes. The next webinar, on targeted fire ant management in sensitive areas, is scheduled for April 5, 2013. Participating is as simple as clicking on a web link, and recordings of past webinars are available for viewing. More.
Janet Hurley Recognized as a 2013 Healthy Schools Hero
March 6, 2013. Ellie Goldberg for Healthy Kids recognized Janet Hurley, extension program specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, as one of two 2013 Healthy Schools Heroes. Janet's websites, newsletters, manuals and workshops are invaluable resources for school health and safety. Her work has been instrumental in achieving important IPM public policy and legislative initiatives. Congratulations Janet! More.
IPM for Food Plants Seminar Announced
March 5, 2013. AIB and RK Pest Management will be hosting an IPM for Food Plants Seminar on June 4-5, 2013 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This seminar will include information on the most current regulatory trends, strategies for insect management and third-party audits that will affect your IPM program. Speakers include Dr. Robert Corrigan from RMC Pest Management Consulting, Kim Kemp from Nestle Purina and Larry Schaumburger from Frito-Lay North America. Cost for the seminar is $595. More.
Quick Survey on International IPM Symposium
March 1, 2013. Preparations are underway for the 8th International IPM Symposium, to be held March 24-26, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. To ensure that the 2015 Symposium is an enjoyable and valuable experience, a quick survey has been put together to gather feedback on a possible Symposium theme, tagline, professional development opportunities and field trips. Please take the survey if you attended the 2012 Symposium or are planning to attend the 2015 Symposium. The survey contains seven questions and takes approximately five minutes. Please respond by March 12, 2013. More.
EPA Announces Launch of National Center of Expertise for School IPM
March 5, 2013. The US EPA is announcing the launch of its National Center of Expertise for School Integrated Pest Management, which will provide leadership and expertise to carry out the goal of ensuring that millions of children in US schools benefit from verifiable IPM programs. The Center is located in Dallas, Texas and is an arm of the Office of Pesticide Programs' Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division – Environmental Stewardship Branch. Center staff includes Thomas Cook, lead environmental protection specialist; Sherry Glick, senior environmental protection specialist; Brad Miller, environmental protection specialist; and Brian Davidson, environmental protection specialist.
New Pesticide Information Database App
March 1, 2013. The National Pesticide Information Center, a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the US EPA, has created a new mobile app, the Pesticides and Local Services (PALS) tool. PALS is a national database for pesticide-related services, including contacts for information on pest control, pesticide licensing and enforcement, public health, worker safety, pesticide disposal and pesticide incident reporting. More.
Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes RFA Available
March 1, 2013. US EPA has announced a research funding announcement (RFA) on climate change and indoor air pollution exposure's health impacts on traditional Tribal ways of life. This RFA seeks applications proposing research to develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems that affect tribes. Deadline for submissions is June 25, 2013. More.
National Invasive Species Awareness Week
February 25, 2013. National Invasive Species Awareness Week, March 3-8, 2013, is a good opportunity to teach IPM in the classroom or conduct public outreach. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry created a video highlighting threats from invasive insects that could be used for education and outreach. Featured insects are the emerald ash borer, hemlock wooly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle. There is also a 30-second PSA.
University of Florida IPM Policy Manual for University Housing
February 22, 2013. The University of Florida has published a comprehensive manual on IPM policies and treatment options for university housing. The manual includes information on protocols to institutionalize IPM in a university, pest-specific IPM options, and forms the university uses in its IPM program. More.
University of Florida Heat Box Treatment for Bed Bugs
February 22, 2013. The University of Florida uses heat treatment to manage bed bugs in university housing. This treatment is done by piling the furniture in the center of the room, surrounding it with insulation boards, and blowing heat into the box. No pesticides are used in this treatment. More.
2013 RFA for Southern Region IPM Enhancement Grants Now Available
February 19, 2013. The Southern IPM Center announced the release of the 2013 RFA for the IPM Enhancement Grants program. Project directors can apply for one of four project types: pest management strategic plan, working group, seed, or capstone. Projects are limited to one year, with a project end date no later than April 30, 2014. Primary project director must be from within the southern region, but collaboration with individuals outside the region is acceptable. Proposals are due April 1, 2013 at 6pm EDT. More.
UNL Agroecosystem Ecologist Faculty Position Opening
February 18, 2013. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has an opening for an agroecosystem ecologist faculty member. This is a 12-month, tenure-leading position in the Department of Entomology located in North Platte, NE. The position provides leadership for arthropod IPM research and extension programs in cropping systems of west central Nebraska including an emphasis on resistance management. Applications will be reviewed beginning on March 15, 2013. More.
NE IPM Center Program and Evaluation Specialist Position
February 18, 2013. The Northeastern IPM Center has an opening for a program and evaluation specialist. The successful candidate will serve as a liaison to IPM working groups, assess the status of and need for IPM courses and certification programs, evaluate IPM programs, establish a pilot IPM speakers' bureau, and more. This is a one-year full-time appointment which can be extended. More.
FMC Corporation Seeking Applied Entomologist
February 15, 2013. FMC Corporation is seeking an applied entomologist for their Princeton, New Jersey office. This is a good opportunity for a new PhD, post-doc, research associate or other experienced applied entomologist. The candidate will establish laboratory and greenhouse testing plans and design, conduct and report the results of bioassays to evaluate and optimize active ingredients, formulations and new technologies. More.
Updated Factsheet on Reducing Risks to Pollinators
February 15, 2013. The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently updated their factsheet, Reducing Risks to Pollinators from Pest Control. The factsheet gives tips for implementing IPM to control pests with reduced risk to beneficial pollinators. More.
31st Annual CT NOFA Winter Conference
February 15, 2013. The Connecticut chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (CT NOFA) is hosting their 31st annual Winter Conference on March 2, 2013. Early registration has been extended to February 21. The conference will feature workshops and vendors on sustainable farming issues in the face of climate change. More.
Fighting Asthma Disparities Conference
February 15, 2013. The fifth annual Fighting Asthma Disparities Conference is scheduled for June 14, 2013 at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The goal of this conference is to identify key strategies and develop an action plan to generate more awareness and funding to support children with asthma and their families. More.
February School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
February 14, 2013. The February issue of the School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available. This issue includes the following articles: US EPA Grant Helps CESA 10 Raise IPM Awareness, New Science Standards Provide Exciting Opportunity for Expanded IPM Education, and Kitchen Shelving and Pests: What's the Connection. More.
University of Wisconsin-Madison MS Research Assistantship in Host Plant Resistance in Cranberries
February 8, 2013. An MS research assistantship is available at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to assess host plant resistance in cranberries by looking at varietal susceptibility to three of the major Lepidopteran cranberry pests. Successful candidate will receive an annual stipend plus tuition remission and health care benefits. Financial support is available for two years. Application deadline is March 1, 2013 and the project starts June 2013. More.
Orange County Public Schools Creates Educational IPM Videos
February 8, 2013. Orange County Public Schools, in conjunction with Orlando Tech Animation, has started producing short videos on IPM concepts. Their IPM mascot, Scruffles, explains IPM for pests such as bed bugs, ants and head lice in a series of YouTube videos. More.
Free IPM & Asthma Webinar February 21 at 12PM CST
Green Shield Certified is hosting a free “Reducing Asthma Triggers Using Integrated Pest Management Techniques” webinar on Thursday, February 21 at 12PM CST. Participants will learn ways to manage and reduce asthma triggers by controlling pest allergens using green pest management techniques. Presenters included John Kane, Dr. Chad Gore and Dr. Thomas Green. Click here to register for this free webinar.
University of Arizona Seeking Assistant in Extension, Community IPM
February 7, 2013. The University of Arizona is seeking an assistant in Extension for community IPM. The successful candidate will conduct applied research in support of Extension efforts, including laboratory and field research; plan, coordinate, manage, implement and evaluate community IPM programs; develop Extension publications and other materials; and other tasks. This 12-month position is a year-to-year academic professional appointment. Initial application reviews will begin March 20, 2013 and the position will remain open until filled. More.
One Week Left to Apply for Science Educator Fellowship Opportunity
February 6 , 2012. The Entomological Foundation is collaborating with FMC, a specialty chemical company, to provide a new fellowship opportunity for two teachers of science in elementary school through college. Fellows will work with mentors at FMC to create hands-on entomology programs to transfer new knowledge to their students when they return to their classrooms. The ten-week fellowship begins in June 2013. Applications are due February 14, 2013. More.
IPMnet News February/March Issue Now Available
February 4, 2013. The February/March issue of IPMnet News, published in collaboration with the Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University, is now available. Articles include: Council Promotes IPM in Canada, State Whacking: Are Multiple Herbicide Resistance Traits a Long-term Threat, and IPM Global Notes. More.
Lincoln University Hiring IPM Employees
February 1, 2013. Lincoln University (LU), located in Jefferson City, Missouri, is hiring two employees to support entomological research from March 1 to August 15, 2013. Successful candidates will about concepts and applications of IPM and entomology; produce experimental plants in the greenhouse; execute research activities at the LU research farm; and support on-farm research. More.
Sustainable Lawn and Landscape Care Workshop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
February 1 , 2013. Chicago's Safer Pest Control Project and its local partners have organized the Sustainable Lawn and Landscape Care Workshop in Milwaukee on March 6. Chip Osborne, one of the country's leading organic turf experts, will provide information for professional and municipal lawn care operators and individuals who want to manage their lawns and landscapes without toxic pesticides. Registration is $90/person for early registration and $100/person after February 8, 2013. More.
Andrew Landers Earns Excellence in IPM Award
February 1, 2013. Andrew Landers, an agricultural engineer at Cornell University, earned the Excellence in IPM Award from the New York State IPM Program for his innovations such as the “Cornell doughnut,” which protects the environment from spray drift. More.
New Spanish-Language Bed Bug Video Available
January 31, 2013. Rutgers University has created an eight minute video on bed bugs and IPM methods that can be used to control them. The video details inspection techniques to find the elusive insects and explains how to safely manage infestations. More.
Brian Nault Earns Excellence in IPM Award
January 31, 2013. Brian Nault, a professor at Cornell University, earned the Excellence in IPM Award from the New York State IPM Program for a range of work including his research on an aphid that was transmitting a virus to snap beans in New York and the Great Lakes region. Nault has also worked with growers on controlling thrips, the most destructive pest of onions. More.
Mike Stanyard Earns Excellence in IPM Award
January 29, 2013. Mike Stanyard earned an Excellence in IPM award from the New York State IPM Program for his work with growers in ten counties as team leader for dairy and field crops in northwestern New York. Stanyard, a cooperative extension educator for Cornell University, leads workshops and field meetings with farmers to teach IPM techniques. More.
Field and Lab Assistant Needed for Penn State Master's Thesis
January 29, 2013. A field and laboratory assistant is needed to help with data collection for a Penn State Department of Entomology Master's thesis project. Research is focused on the contribution of flowering spring cover crops to local native bee communities in an organic agriculture setting. Project runs from April 1 through June 28, 2013 with possible extension. More.
Virtual School Walkthrough Webinar
January 29, 2013. US EPA is hosting a free webinar, The Virtual School Walkthrough: Identifying and Solving Common IAQ Problems, on February 26, 2013 from 1:30-3:00 EST. Participants will gain insight on how to identify potential IAQ issues and how to take IAQ-related measurements. More and to register.
57th Annual ASPCRO Conference in August
January 28, 2013. The 57th annual conference of the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) is scheduled for August 18-21, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. This meeting will include presentations and sessions focused on structural pest management and urban pesticide issues that affect regulators and members of the pest management industry. The agenda is currently being developed. More.
Winter NC IPM Center The Connection Newsletter Available
January 28, 2013. The North Central IPM Center has released the winter 2013 edition of its newsletter, The Connection. Articles include: American Academy of Pediatrics Makes Recommendations, IR-4/IPM Centers First Summit on Collaboration, Update on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Tomato IPM for Gardeners Webinar, and others. More.
Northeastern IPM Center Seeking Program Evaluation Specialist
January 25, 2013. The Northeastern IPM Center at Cornell University is seeking a program evaluation specialist for a one-year full-time appointment. Responsibilities include enhancing connections to existing stakeholders, serving as a liaison to IPM working groups, establishing a pilot IPM speakers' bureau, and helping the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Project align outreach to stakeholder needs. This appointment can be extended for more than one year depending on successful performance, available work and the continuation of program funding. More.
New Webinar in 2013 Don't Bug Me Webinar Series
January 24, 2013. The Don't Bug Me Webinar Series, brought to you by eXtension and its participating Cooperative Extension Institutions, will host a webinar entitled Get Rid of Those Bed Bugs on June 7, 2013. Dr. Dini Miller, associate professor from Virginia Tech University, will explain how bed bugs live and give research-based advice on how to get rid of them. The webinar series hosts webinars on different pest topics each month starting on February 1, 2013. More.
PA IPM News Winter 2013 Edition Available for Download
January 25, 2013. The Winter 2013 edition of the PA IPM News is available as a downloadable PDF file. Articles in this issue include: Uninvited Guests—Squirrels, Natural Fungus Bed Bug Control, Penn State Ag Sciences Students Awarded International Fellowships, American Academy of Pediatrics Supports IPM, CDC Issues Health Advisory about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bugs, and New Publication Offers Advice on Managing Wood-destroying Pests. More.
Bed Bugs go to School Webinar Scheduled for January 30
January 24, 2013. US EPA Region 2 is hosting a webinar, Bed Bugs go to School, on January 30, 2013 from 2:30-4:00 EST. School administrators and others who have decision-making responsibilities for pest management in and around school facilities should be knowledgeable about bed bugs and how to handle an introduction in school buildings. More and to register.
University of Wyoming Student Position to Study Pollinators
January 24, 2013. The Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming has a position available for an M.S. student investigating pollinators and other insects in sagebrush ecosystems of southern Wyoming. The student will begin field research in May 2013 and full funding, including a stipend, full tuition waiver, and health insurance, is available for 2.5 years. More.
Mark Your Calendar for the 8th International IPM Symposium
January 23, 2013. The 8th International IPM Symposium will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah from March 24–26, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Symposium sessions will address IPM across disciplines, internationally, in the market place, urban settings, greenhouses and more. More details will be announced in the coming months.
Oregon State University Offering IPM Planning and Implementation Course
January 23, 2013. The Integrated Pest Protection Center (IPPC) of Oregon State University is offering a residential course in IPM planning and implementation between August 11th and 24th this year. Participants will work together on a number of case studies and refine their skills in IPM planning. Pre-registration is now open, and more details can be found here.
January School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
January 22, 2013. The January issue of the School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available. This issue includes the following articles: School IPM Coalitions Foster Collaboration and Progress, Tips to Keep Mice Out, and Don't Let Employees Bring Pesticides to Work. More.
Pesticide-Free Lawn Care Presentation at Garden Expo
January 21, 2013. Turf grass expert Kevin Trotta is presenting at the Wisconsin Garden Expo on February 9, 2013 at 11:30am. His presentation, Lawn Care Without Pesticides, will cover modern methods to achieve a healthy, attractive and pesticide-free lawn. More.
UNL “Big Idea Seminars” Continue in January and February
January 18, 2013. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's (UNL) Agricultural Research Division's “Big Idea Seminars” will continue with two seminars. “Using Computer Vision for Species Identification” is scheduled for January 22 and “Plant Recognition for Robotic Weeding: Challenges and Opportunities” will be held February 1, both from 3:30-4:30pm at the UNL City Campus. Seminars are free and open to the public, and will be videotaped and made available on the UNL website following the event.
Utah State University Seeks Postdoctoral Researcher on Honey Bee Declines
January 18, 2013. The Utah State University Department of Biology is inviting applications for a postdoctoral researcher to work in a multi-institute team to evaluate trends in honey bee declines relative to environmental factors. This is a two-year appointment. Position is open until filled; application review will begin February 18, 2013. More.
Plant Pathologist Recommends Using Level of Disease to Determine Corn Fungicide Use
January 16, 2013. Carl Bradley from the Department of Crop Science at the University of Illinois spoke to attendees of the University of Missouri Crop Management Conference on fungicide use in corn fields. He recommended making fungicide application decisions based on scouting, saying that fungicides should only be used “when disease is present on the third leaf below the ear or higher on half of the plants in the field.” More.
Connecticut NOFA Organic Land Care Event
January 9, 2013. The Connecticut chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (CT NOFA) is hosting their 8th Annual Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference on January 26, 2013. The conference will be held in East Hartford, Connecticut and costs $40 for CT NOFA members and $50 for non-members. More.
Connecticut NOFA Hosting Winter Conference
January 9, 2013. The Connecticut chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (CT NOFA) is hosting their 31st Annual Winter Conference on March 2, 2013 in Wilton, Connecticut. CT NOFA's largest event, the conference will include workshops, hands-on demos, engaging speakers and a wide array of vendors promoting sustainable farms, gardens, food and land care. More.
University of Connecticut Develops Rain Garden Smart Phone App
January 8, 2013. The University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research developed a Rain Garden smart phone app that is available for download from iTunes. The app is targeted to homeowners and contractors, and leads the user through the proper siting, sizing, construction, planting and maintenance of a rain garden. Plants in this version are specific to Connecticut. More.
Teaching Ambassador Fellowships Now Available
January 7, 2013. The applications for 2013-2014 US Department of Education Washington and Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellowships are now available. Teaching Ambassador Fellows spend a year learning about federal programs and policies; sharing their expertise with federal staff; and providing outreach and communication about federal initiatives to other educators. Deadline for application is January 29, 2013. More.
Texas AgriLife Extension IPM Coordinator Trainings
January 7, 2013. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will host four regional two-day school IPM trainings in 2013. Trainings will be held in Grand Prairie, Texas on February 20-21; Waco, Texas on April 17-18; Tyler, Texas on September 18-19; and Katy, Texas on October 15-16. More.
Association of Applied IPM Ecologists Annual Conference
January 4, 2013. The Association of Applied IPM Ecologists (AAIE) annual conference and meeting is scheduled for February 3-5, 2013 in Napa, California. Registration for the conference is still open! Embassy Suites offers a group rate for guests attending the conference. More.
Project Assistant Position Available with IPM Institute
November 12, 2012. The IPM Institute of North America is seeking a project assistant to work a flexible schedule, 30-36 hours per week, with hourly compensation from $11-12. Duties include communicating with partners and participants, technical writing, website maintenance, providing phone reception and general clerical and administrative support. More.
Missouri Dept of Ag Seeking Plant Protection Specialist
January 4, 2013. The Missouri Department of Agriculture has a full-time, benefited plant protection specialist position available in Northeast Missouri. Responsibilities include conducting nursery inspections, plant pest surveys, export inspection/certification and biological control work. This position will be open until filled. More.
University of California Seeking Vegetable Crop Cooperative Extension Specialist
January 4, 2013. The University of California is seeking a vegetable crop cooperative extension specialist who will also serve as director of the Desert Research and Extension Center (REC). Responsibilities include developing an extension education and research program, advocating for the Desert REC, participating in regional and statewide ANR committees, and managing the research project process. This position will close on January 15, 2013. More.
Pest Prevention by Design Guidelines Launch
January 4, 2013. The Pest Prevention by Design Guidelines, developed by a committee of experts led by the Department of Environment, will be officially launched at a presentation on January 24, 2013 in San Francisco. This event will feature presentations on why builders need to think about pests, the development of the guidelines, and pest prevention in certified Green Buildings. More and to register.
IPM Helping Reduce Asthma in Boston Public Housing
January 2, 2013. An article written by Kay Lazar for The Boston Globe details the reduction in asthma symptoms among public housing residents due to a push to reduce rodents and roaches. Since implementing an IPM program in 2005, the rate of adults who reported having asthma symptoms in the authority's units dropped from 23.6 percent in 2006 to 13 percent in 2010. Asthma rates in other low-income housing in Boston not run by the authority remained relatively unchanged. More.
IPM Institute Seeking Pest Scout Project Assistant
January 2, 2013. The IPM Institute of North America is looking for a tree fruit pest scout project assistant to add to our staff. Duties include providing pest scouting support to tree fruit producers, participation in IPM training opportunities, and coordinating communications with partners and participants. Position requires frequent travel throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin during the growing season. Flexible schedule, 30 to 36 hours per week, hourly compensation ranging from $11-12. More.
House Mouse Pest Press Now Available
December 28, 2012. Washington State University Extension and Oregon State University Extension have released a new pest press on house mice. It includes reasons why mice should be a zero-tolerance pest in schools, tips on cleaning up mouse droppings and how to prevent or manage infestations. More.
New Fellowship Opportunity for Science Educators
December 19, 2012. The Entomological Foundation is collaborating with FMC, a specialty chemical company, to provide a new fellowship opportunity for two teachers of science in elementary school through college. Fellows will work with mentors at FMC to create hands-on entomology programs to transfer new knowledge to their students when they return to their classrooms. The ten-week fellowship begins in June 2013. Applications are due February 14, 2013. More.
Associate/Full Professor in Plant Breeding at UC-Davis
December 19, 2012. The University of California, Davis is hiring an associate/full professor in plant breeding. The successful candidate's research will focus on applying modern genetics and genomics approaches to breeding crops important to California and/or international agriculture. The candidate would also be expected to establish an innovative teaching program. Application deadline is March 1, 2013. More.
FY 2013 NIFA Fellowships Program RFA Released
December 19, 2012. The FY 2013 National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Fellowships Program RFA has been recently released. This program provides fellowships to outstanding pre- and postdoctoral students in the agriculture, forestry and food sciences. Letters of intent are due January 3, 2013 and full applications are due March 7, 2013. More.
December School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
December 19, 2012. The December issue of the School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available. This issue includes the following articles: EPA PPDC Recommends The Business Case for IPM in Schools, Top Ten DOs and DON'Ts for School IPM Success, and Training Modules Provide IPM Tips for Child Care and Early Learning Environments. More.
IPMnet News December 2012/January 2013 Issue Released
December 18, 2012. The Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University has released the December/January issue of IPMnet News. News items include Certified Advocates Support IPM at Retail Stores, Two Apps Help Guide Insecticide Spraying, and summaries of recently published information. The issue also includes information on open professional opportunities, including an IPM extension program specialist with Texas A&M University and a plant pathologist research associate with USDA-ARS. More.
Pest Prevention By Design Guidelines Provide Valuable Resource for Designing Pest-Resistant Buildings
December 13, 2012. The Pest Prevention By Design Guidelines are a new resource for designing buildings that are resistant to common pests. Compiled with input from a national, cross-sector team of experts and coordinated by the San Francisco Department of the Environment, the guidelines address pest problems caused by poor building design and offer an easy-to-use collection of techniques for designing pests out of buildings. These free guidelines aim to reduce both pests and pesticides for the lifetime of a building. More.
USDA APHIS Seeking Supervisory Agriculturist
December 10, 2012. The US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) is seeking a supervisory agriculturist, who will serve as the director of the Pest Detection Program staff and is responsible for leadership in plant pest surveillance on a national level. Application deadline is December 24, 2012. More.
NEA Creates Fact Sheets for School Cleaning During Flu Season
December 7, 2012. The National Education Association (NEA) Health Information Network created a series of fact sheets on cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting various school environments during cold and flu season. Fact sheets include cleaning tips for athletic areas, buses, cafeterias, classrooms and school wide cleaning. More flu specific cleaning information can be found here.
New Mexico Department of Ag Recruiting for Several Positions
December 7, 2012. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) has several job openings. They are seeking pesticide inspectors in Albuquerque and Clovis, New Mexico; a pesticide compliance specialist in Las Cruces; and a state chemist position, which includes pesticide, fertilizer, feed and seed analysis, in the Las Cruces office. More.
2013 NRDC Growing Green Awards Call for Nominations
December 5, 2012. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has announced its fifth annual Growing Green Awards to recognize individuals who have demonstrated original leadership in the field of sustainable food. This award recognizes contributions that advance ecologically-integrated farming practices, climate stewardship, water stewardship, farmland preservation and social responsibility from farm to fork. Nominations are due December 7, 2012. More.
EPA Webinar on Community Health Workers' Role in Asthma Management
December 4, 2012. The US EPA is hosting a free webinar, The Role of Community Health Workers in Asthma Management, on December 6, 2012 from 2-3pm EST with a Q&A session from 3-3:30pm EST. The webinar will cover topics including how community health workers can help address asthma disparities by bridging cultural gaps, best practices for mobilizing community resources, and strategies for obtaining reimbursement for use of community health workers. More.
Association of Applied IPM Ecologists Annual Conference
December 5, 2012. The Association of Applied IPM Ecologists (AAIE) annual conference and meeting is scheduled for February 3-5, 2013 in Napa, California. Member only early bird registration is now open. Rates will increase after December 18, 2012. Group rates are available with Embassy Suites; use IPM as the group/convention code. To register.
South Dakota State University Plant Sciences Seeking Department Head
November 30, 2012. The Department of Plant Science at South Dakota State University is seeking applications for the position of department head. This is a 12-month, administrative appointment that carries an academic rank of professor. Responsibilities include developing and maintaining strong research, teaching and extension programs, and fostering strong working relationships between the department and alumni, university stakeholders, employers and news media. Application deadline is January 18, 2013. More.
IPM Training for Texas IPM Coordinators
November 30, 2012. An IPM coordinator training is scheduled for December 5, 2012 for Texas IPM coordinators who have not yet taken the six-hour mandatory IPM coordinator training. This class fulfills Texas state requirements for IPM coordinators and will cover legal requirements for schools, an introduction to IPM, how to monitor your schools under the new requirements and a hands-on exercise on pesticide categories. Fee is $100. More.
EPA Seeking Applications for School-Based Asthma Management Programs
November 28, 2012. The US EPA is seeking school-based asthma management programs to apply for the US EPA National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management, the nation's highest honor for comprehensive asthma management programs. Programs should address environmental triggers, promote healthy indoor learning environments, foster collaborations with a diverse set of partners, and demonstrate results in improved academic performance based on asthma control strategies. Deadline is February 12, 2013. More.
Healthy Kids Healthy Schools Hero Award Seeking Nominations
November 28, 2012. The Healthy Kids Healthy Schools Hero Award is seeking nominations for individuals whose sense of responsibility, inspirational leadership and exemplary persistence and courage protects children from school hazards and unhealthy school conditions. Deadline is February 10, 2013. More.
BedBug Central's Holiday Charity Provides Relief from Bed Bugs
November 28, 2012. BedBug Central will partner with bedbugFREE for the Taking the Bite out of the Holidays campaign. This annual holiday campaign donates bed bug services for non-profits and individuals. To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and explain where you are located and why you/the company need this service. More.
November School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
November 20, 2012. The November issue of the School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available. This issue includes the following articles: Go Beyond the IPM Basics, Gaining Administrator Buy-in for IPM in Schools, and Two Washington State School Districts Achieve IPM STAR Certification. More.
IPM Institute Seeking Pest Scout Project Assistant
November 16, 2012. The IPM Institute of North America is looking for a tree fruit pest scout project assistant to add to our staff. Duties include providing pest scouting support to tree fruit producers, participation in IPM training opportunities, and coordinating communications with partners and participants. Position requires frequent travel throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin during the growing season. Flexible schedule, 30 to 36 hours per week, hourly compensation ranging from $11-12. More.
NPMA Seeking Entomologist
November 26, 2012. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) in Fairfax, Virginia is seeking an entomologist to join its team. This position includes responsibilities such as answering inquiries from pest management firms on topics ranging from insect identification to operations assistance, writing for NPMA's print and electronic publications, coordinating development of educational materials, and presenting at industry meetings. More.
EPA Releases Strategic Plan for School IPM
November 16, 2012. The EPA's Strategic and Implementation Plan for School IPM demonstrates how the EPA will promote the goal that all of the nation's children be covered by a verifiable and ongoing school IPM program, setting forth the agency's approach and activities over a three-year timeframe - fiscal year 2012 through 2014. More.
Project Assistant Position Available with IPM Institute
November 12, 2012. The IPM Institute of North America is seeking a project assistant to work a flexible schedule, 30-36 hours per week, with hourly compensation from $11-12. Duties include communicating with partners and participants, technical writing, website maintenance, providing phone reception and general clerical and administrative support. More.
Mississippi Department of Ag Seeking Two Entomologists
November 12, 2012. The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce – Bureau of Plant Industry is seeking potential candidates for two entomologist positions. These positions conduct field inspection activities and enforce state and federal laws. This is a full-time, 12-month position with paid vacation and fringe benefits. Closing date is November 16, 2012. More.
Delaware Green Your School Workshop
November 9, 2012. The Delaware Valley Green Building Council is hosting the Green Your School Workshop on November 30, 2012 in Newtown, PA. This workshop will include presentations on student-led energy, resource conservation and other environmental and wellness programs in schools, and information on practices for building in-school campaigns and hands-on marketing and communication tools. This event is free for school personnel and students. More.
Morris Arboretum Seeking Year-Long Interns
November 9, 2012. The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania has openings for nine year-long interns. One of the positions available is the plant protection internship, which monitors plant pest and disease problems affecting the living collection and extends the Arboretum's horticultural expertise and IPM philosophy to the public. More.
Clemson University Seeking Director of Regulatory Services
November 7, 2012. Clemson University's Division of Public Service and Agriculture is seeking a director of regulatory services. Responsibilities include administration of the regulatory programs to fulfill state and federal mandates, ensuring that pesticides are used safely, providing diagnosis of plant pests, and conducting programs for seed and organic certification. Please submit application materials by November 30, 2012. More.
US EPA Environmental Education Sub-Grant Program Releases RFP
November 6, 2012. The RFP is now available for the US EPA Environmental Education Sub-Grant Program for Region III. The National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC), which was chosen to manage the program for Region III, is seeking proposal applications for sub-awards of up to $5,000. There will be an optional informational webinar on November 13 at 10 am EST. Letters of intent are due November 26, 2012 and final proposals are due December 17, 2012. More.
BIRC Least-Toxic Pest Control Products Directory
November 2, 2012. The Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC) has released the IPM Practitioner's 2012 Directory of Least-Toxic Pest Control Products. The online directory lists more than 2,000 products such as baits, traps, pheromones, microbials, biocontrol agents and other materials useful for IPM. More.
PA IPM News Fall Edition Now Available
November 2, 2012. The PA IPM News fall 2012 edition is now available as a downloadable PDF. Articles include Agrochemicals Impair Learning in Honey Bees, Uninvited Guests – Lady Beetles, Educational Tools for Safer Pest Control in Childcare Centers, New IPM Manual for Growers, and Back to School Means a Return for Head Lice. More.
Water Stewardship Inc. Seeking Executive Director
November 2, 2012. Water Stewardship, Inc, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Annapolis, MD, is seeking a new executive director to begin in early 2013. The executive director will be the day-to-day leader and manager of the organization, which currently has seven permanent staff and additional contractual staff. Closing date is December 14, 2012 or until a qualified candidate is found. More.
Monsanto Now Hiring Entomologists
October 31, 2012. Monsanto is seeking entomologists to fill a number of research positions. Areas of expertise include insect production and rearing, population ecology and genetics, global pest control, regulatory affairs and others. Visit their corporate booth (#305) at the Entomological Society of America annual meeting in Knoxville, TN on November 11-14, 2012. Visit our Employment page for more information.
Second Edition of Handbook of Turfgrass Insects Published
October 25, 2012. The second edition of the best-selling Handbook of Turfgrass Insects, edited by Rick Brandenburg and Callie Freeman, is now available. All major insect pests and mites of warm- and cool-season turfgrasses in the US are addressed. ESA members are eligible for a limited-time reduced price of $62.95. More.
Oklahoma State University Seeking State Pesticide Education Coordinator
October 31, 2012. The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Oklahoma State University is seeking an extension entomologist/state pesticide education coordinator. This is an 11-month tenure-track extension appointment to provide statewide leadership programs focused on management of arthropod pests in fruits and nuts in commercial and small farm production, and pesticide safety education. Evaluation of applicants begins December 3, 2012. More.
October IPM in the Marketplace eNewsletter Now Available
October 24, 2012. The October IPM in the Marketplace eNewsletter is now available online. This issue features the following articles: The Future of IPM is Green, IPM Voice Makes Progress in Advocacy, Help for Multifamily Housing Facility and Pest Managers, Making Informed Pesticide Decisions in Agriculture, and Attend the 2012 Entomological Foundation Awards Reception. More.
Recordings from International Organic Fruit Research Symposium Available
October 23, 2012. eOrganic conducted live broadcasts from the 2nd International Organic Fruit Research Symposium on June 19 and 21, 2012. Fifty-five recorded presentations from the symposium on organic fruit production and research topics are available for viewing. These presentations will be of interest to researchers, Extension professionals, growers, consultants, suppliers and retailers. More.
Proceedings of National Summit on Herbicide-Resistant Weeds Now Available
October 23, 2012. The proceedings of the National Summit on Strategies to Manage Herbicide-Resistant Weeds have been released. The summit provided the opportunity for stakeholders to explore the scientific basis of the emergence of herbicide resistance and consider perspectives on overcoming the problem of herbicide-resistant weeds. More.
October Issue of The Western Front Now Available
October 19, 2012. The October edition of The Western Front, published by the Western IPM Center, is now available online. Articles include An IPM Educational Program for Vineyards and Orchards to Prevent and Manage Glyphosate-resistant Weeds, European Grapevine Moth Eradication Program in California, and Western IPM Center Develops Two New Signature Programs and Continues a Third. More.
IPM Symposium for Sustainable Ag in Asia and Africa
October 19, 2012. The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), in collaboration with Niigata University in Japan, is organizing the 5 th International Symposium for the Development of IPM for Sustainable Agriculture in Asia and Africa. The symposium will take place December 18-20, 2012 in Malaysia. More.
October School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
October 17, 2012. The October School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. The newsletter features the following articles: Fall is the Perfect Time to Overseed in Northern Climates, Calculate your School District's IPM Budget and Pest Risk, and Outdoor and Field School IPM. More.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Creates Interactive Bed Bug Publication
October 11, 2012. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln created a publication, Managing Bed Bugs, that covers information such as bed bug biology, prevention techniques, methods for control and the use of bed bug dogs through text, links and videos. More.
EPA Announces Environmental Justice Grants
October 16, 2012. The EPA announced the availability of small grants, up to $30,000 each, for environmental justice related projects to non-profits and tribes. State universities and state agencies are not eligible. Deadline for submission is January 7, 2013. More.
Caribbean Bee College Scheduled for January
October 10, 2012. The Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab at the University of Florida is hosting the first ever Caribbean Bee College January 3-5, 2013 in Grenada, West Indies. Lectures and hands-on workshops will include live bee hive demonstrations from experts. Topics include everything from basic biology to value-added hive products. More.
EPA's Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division Announces Three Position Openings
October 10, 2012. EPA's Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD), Environmental Stewardship Branch has announced three open positions. One environmental protection specialist position is being advertised at each of three grade levels (GS-09/11, GS-12/13, GS-14). These positions will be located in Dallas, TX. More.
NRCS Technical Service Provider Training
October 10, 2012. There will be a day-long training event on November 7, 2012 in Parlier, CA to prepare individuals for certification as technical service providers (TSPs) for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). More.
Sustainable Ag Expo Scheduled for November
October 8, 2012. The 8th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo will take place November 12-13, 2012 in Monterey, CA. This educational meeting provides an opportunity for farmers, ag professionals and pest control advisors to learn about the latest in farming research, resource issues and business trends in sustainable ag. More.
DPR Pest Management Research Grant Solicitation Now Available
October 8, 2012. The Department of Pesticide Regulation's (DPR) 2013/2014 Pest Management Research Grant Program provides a total of $500,000 for research projects that develop practices to reduce use of high-risk pesticides. DPR will consider proposals requesting $50,000 to $200,000. Proposals are due December 3, 2012. An optional conference call will be held at 9:30am PST on October 16, 2012 to answer questions on proposal development. Call-in number is 888-390-3412 and passcode is 50533. More.
University of Vermont Seeking Post-doctoral Researcher
October 8, 2012. The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to develop models that predict crop pollination services. This 3-year position is part of a new collaborative project funded by the USDA. More.
NYS IPM Program Seeks Nominations for Excellence in IPM Awards
October 4, 2012. The New York State (NYS) IPM Program is seeking nominations for the 2012 Excellence in IPM Awards. Nominees should be individuals or organizations in New York State whose work in IPM deserves special recognition. Candidates might be awarded for developing new IPM tools, evaluating IPM methods in their organizations, or promoting IPM and bolstering the adoption of IPM practices. Nominations are due by November 2, 2012. More.
Fall Issue of Utah Pests News Now Available
October 3, 2012. The fall 2012 issue of Utah Pests News is available online. Articles include Winter Cover Crops, USU Student Organic Farm, Elm Seed Bug, Drought and Honey Bees, and Insect Vectors of Vegetable Virus Diseases. More.
IPM Voice September Newsletter Available
October 2, 2012. The September IPM Voice newsletter is available online. Articles include IPM Voice Survey Results, Farm Bill Updates and IPM Voice Board of Directors Submits Input on Board of Agriculture Assembly Working Group Discussion Paper. More.
NIFA Hosting National Grantsmanship Workshop
September 28, 2012. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will host a grantsmanship workshop on December 11, 2012, the fourth in a series of one-day workshops covering the preparation and management of competitively awarded grants. The program will be hosted in Greensboro, NC, and remote participants will be able to view a live webcast or access an archived version later. Registration is free, but advance sign-up is strongly encouraged. More.
IPM Institute Releases New Feral Cats School IPM Pest Press
September 26, 2012. The IPM Institute, with support from the National School IPM Steering Committee, has produced a new school IPM pest press, IPM Tactics for Managing Feral Cats. The pest press can be used by school officials and maintenance departments to help them develop an IPM policy for managing feral cat populations on school grounds. More.
University of Georgia Seeking IPM and Pesticide Education Coordinator
September 26, 2012. The University of Georgia is seeking candidates for a tenure track Extension position: Assistant Professor with responsibilities in IPM Program coordination and Pesticide Education Programs. Applications will be reviewed beginning December 15, 2012. More.
EPA Funds Projects to Support Pesticide Risk Reduction in Agriculture
September 19, 2012. The US EPA is announcing the Regional Agricultural IPM Grants for six projects to support the adoption of IPM in agriculture to reduce pesticide risk. The grants total nearly $300,000. They will expand public-private stewardship and collaborative pesticide risk reduction efforts in agriculture. More.
September School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
September 19, 2012. The September School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. The newsletter features the following articles: Don't Invite Pests to Breakfast, US School IPM “Report Cards” Show Progress and Make IPM Fun and Educational. More.
Northeastern IPM Center Releases IPM Partnership Grants Program RFA
September 17, 2012. The Northeastern IPM Center has announced the availability of funding through the IPM Partnership Grants Program, which is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Up to $300,000 in total will be available for 2013 to fund projects that foster the development and adoption of IPM. Applications are due December 14, 2012. More.
US EPA Mosquito Website Information Restructured
September 14, 2012. The US EPA reorganized the mosquitoes and pesticides (including DEET) information posted on their website. The new resource directory includes simple, do-it-yourself prevention methods such as removal of standing water sources and how to use insect repellants safely. These resources can be used to help people protect themselves from the disease risks, including West Nile virus, posed by mosquitoes. More.
California DPR Seeking Volunteers to Review Child Care Outreach Materials
September 14, 2012. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) would like to form a group of interested persons to advise the Child Care IPM Program on outreach materials for child care providers. Tasks include reviewing documents and providing comments on materials. Time commitment is minimal. Contact Belinda Messenger if interested, email@example.com or 916-324-4077.
Webcast on Applying for Green Ribbon Schools Program
September 14, 2012. The US Green Building Council is hosting a free webcast on understanding and applying for the US Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program. The webcast will include an overview of the program, changes from last year, a review of the timeline and resources to help with a strong application. More.
New Website Hosts Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Info
September 13, 2012. A new website, StopBMSB.org, has been created to provide information about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and its effect on agriculture. The website received funding from USDA and includes collaborators such as the Northeastern IPM Center, Rutgers University and Penn State.
Pest Proofing and Exclusion Webinar Recording Available
September 13, 2012. A recording of the webinar on pest proofing and exclusion hosted by Extension Urban CoP earlier this month is available to download. Presenters were Dr. Thomas Green and Dr. Fudd Graham. To view the recording, click here and select “watch recording.”
IPM Workshop for Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers
September 7, 2012. The University of California is hosting an IPM training for retail nurseries and garden centers on October 30, 2012 in Santa Clara, CA. This hands-on workshop covers IPM, pest ID, and how to direct customers to less toxic pest management tools. Deadline for registration is October 22. More.
Advanced IPM Techniques for Green Pest Management Webinar
September 5, 2012. Green Shield Certified is hosting a webinar, Advanced IPM Techniques for Green Pest Management, on October 4, 2012 at 12:00 CDT. Speakers include Dr. Austin Frishman, Keith Willingham and Dr. Thomas Green. Only 100 spaces are available. More.
Pest Proofing and Exclusion Webinar September 6
September 4, 2012. Extension Urban CoP will host a webinar on pest proofing and exclusion this Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 10:00 CDT. Presenters will be Dr. Thomas Green and Dr. Fudd Graham. There is no need to pre-register. Log in 15 minutes prior to the event.
IR-4 Project Call for Proposals
September 5, 2012. The IR-4 Project has released a call for proposals for their 2013 biopesticides and organic support research program grants. Projects can be early stage, advanced stage, or demonstration projects. Typical funding for all grants totals $400,000. Proposals are due October 19, 2012. More.
Cornell Guide Gets to the Root of Tree and Shrub Problems
August 31, 2012. Branching Out, a newsletter started in 1994 by Cornell plant pathologist George Hudler, has been updated and compiled into a 300-page book, Branching Out: Features from the Past for the Future. The book includes plant care information on diseases, arthropods and cultural conditions like drought, herbicide injury and soil compaction. More.
First International Symposium on Horticultural Insects Management
August 30, 2012. The Regional Center on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development for the Near East is hosting the 1st International Symposium on Horticultural Insects Management from November 19-22, 2012 in Amman, Jordan. The deadline for registration and abstract submission is September 15, 2012. More.
NAPCA Tribal Pesticide Specialist Position Open
August 29, 2012. The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) has a position opening for a tribal pesticide specialist. This is a part-time position (20-30 hrs/week) for a Senior Environmental Employee (SEE), who must be 55 or older. Responsibilities include assisting EPA staff in implementing tribal pesticide program activities in Indian country throughout Region 5. More.
NIFA Seeking National Program Leader
August 29 , 2012. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Institute of Food Production and Sustainability is seeking a national program leader (cropping systems). Responsibilities include initiating program development and collaboration and evaluating the quality, outcomes and impacts of these programs. Position closes on September 14, 2012. More.
Andrea Falken Receives Golden Apple Award
August 29, 2012. US Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan honored Andrea Falken with the Department of Education Golden Apple Award for her leadership in the Green Ribbon Schools Program and the Green Strides Webinar Series. Congratulations to Andrea!
EPA Releases Environmental Education Regional Grants RFP
August 29, 2012. The EPA Office of Environmental Education issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for their Environmental Education Regional Grants. Projects should increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants need to make informed environmental decisions. Applications must be postmarked by November 21, 2012. More.
EPA Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments Document Released
August 28, 2012. The US EPA released a new guide, Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments. This document covers over 20 different environmental concerns in school environments. More.
Helpful Additions to Rutgers University's Bed Bug Website
August 24, 2012. Rutgers University has updated its bed bug web page, www.njaes.rutgers.edu/bedbug/, to include Power Point presentations for residents and building managers as well as additional bed bug photos and videos.
IPM Extension Positions Open in Texas
August 24, 2012. Texas AgriLife Extension is seeking two Extension Agents for IPM and one IPM Extension Program Specialist. For more information on these positons, please visit www.greatjobs.tamu.edu and search postings, selecting Integrated Pest Management within the "Hiring Unit" field.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Website Launched, Developers Seek Feedback
August 23, 2012. With funding from USDA's Specialty Crop Research Initiative, a team of researchers has mobilized to form a defense against the invasive pest brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). As part of the effort to control BMSB, the team has launched a website containing the latest research findings from the project: http://www.StopBMSB.org/. Website developers are seeking feedback on the website by September 7th. More.
University of Minnesota Provides Online Bed Bug Resources
August 23, 2012. The University of Minnesota has updated its bed bug website, www.bedbugs.umn.edu.This website contains a plethora of information for a variety of groups dealing with bed bugs, including homeowners, students, travelers and school staff.
Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award - 2012 Call for Nominations
August 23, 2012. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Pollinator Partnership (P2) are pleased to solicit nominees for the 2012 Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award . This award recognizes an individual or family in the farm and ranch community in Canada who has contributed significantly to pollinator species protection and conservation on working and wild lands. Nominations due September 5th. More.
Superintendent and Associate Professor of Plant Pathology Position Available at Montana State University
August 22, 2012. Montana State University's Eastern Agricultural Research Center is seeking applications for a superintendent and associate professor of Plant Pathology. The incumbent will be responsible for the development of a field-oriented research program that focuses on disease management in pulse crops, sugar beets, and other crops under production in this Montana region. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2012. More.
American College of Medical Toxicology Hosting Webinar on Pesticide Residues in the Indoor Environment
August 20, 2012. This webinar will be hosted by Daniel Sudakin, Associate Professor of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University. This webinar is free to all. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. More.
University of Tennessee Seeking Head of Entomology and Plant Pathology Department
August 16, 2012. The University of Tennessee is seeking applications and nominations for the position of professor and head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. This is a 12-month, tenured position. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 1, 2012. More.
University of Arizona Seeking Assistant in Extension for Community IPM
August 21, 2012. The Assistant in Extension will work with an interdisciplinary team of Extension and research faculty to develop and
implement priority Extension programs for Community Integrated Pest Management
on a statewide basis. More.
Western IPM Center Seeking Director
August 16, 2012. The University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking a director to lead the Western IPM Center. This is an academic career track appointment. Applications should be submitted by September 5, 2012. More.
August School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
August 15, 2012. The August School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. The newsletter features the following articles: Safely Manage Feral Cats, Following Bed Bugs Home from School, and New YouTube Channel Highlights IPM Video Shorts. More.
Pesticide Risk Mitigation Engine (PRiME) Webinar August 23
August 15, 2012. Paul Jepson, State IPM Coordinator for Oregon and Director of the Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University, will be hosting a webinar Thursday, August 23 at 2 PM EDT on PRiME. Jepson will provide an overview of the PRiME tool, followed by a closer look at its risk indices and real-life applications, highlighting his work with specialty crop growers in Oregon and the western region. This webinar is open to IPM Coordinators, Extension, EPA, and NIFA staff interested in learning more about PRiME and its potential uses. More.
New Orleans Environmental Health and Pest Management Workshop
August 13, 2012. The City of New Orleans, Greater New Orleans Pest Control Association and Centers for Disease Control are hosting a workshop, Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science and Pest Management, on September 11-12, 2012. This workshop will offer information on environmental health, vector and pest control, food and water safety, and disaster management. Click here for agenda and registration.
Deployed War Fighter Protection Grant Call for Pre-proposals
August 9, 2012. The Department of Defense has announced a call for pre-proposals for the Deployed War Fighter Protection program competitive grants. Projects should address development of new tools and products for protecting deployed personnel against vector-borne diseases, with likely value for wider applications against pests and vectors of public health importance. Closing date is September 14, 2012. More.
IR-4 Program Seeking Proposals for 2013 Grants
August 7, 2012. IR-4's Biopesticide and Organic Support Program is seeking proposals for the 2013 Early, Advanced and Demonstration Grants. The typical level of funding available has been $400,000 in total, but 2013 levels will depend on federal dollars allocated to IR-4. Proposals are due October 19, 2012. More.
EPA Hosting Webinar on School Asthma Management
August 6, 2012. US EPA is hosting a webinar, Strategic Collaboration for Effective Asthma Management in Schools, on September 12, 2012 from 2-3 pm EDT. Leading asthma experts will discuss best practices for asthma management in schools and how they collaborated with key partners to expand the reach of their school-based asthma management programs. More.
Ohio State University Seeking Turf and Ornamental Plant Pathologist
August 8, 2012. The Ohio State University Department of Plant Pathology is hiring a turf and ornamental plant pathologist. This is a tenure-track 12-month appointment. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. More.
Indiana Healthy Homes and Childcare Conference
August 6, 2012. Improving Kids' Environment is presenting the 2012 Indiana Healthy Homes and Childcare Conference on October 3 and 4 in Indianapolis. This conference will explore health risks such as lead, bed bugs and asthma. More.
Virginia Tech Seeking Assistant Master Gardener Coordinator
August 2, 2012. The Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) is hiring an assistant master gardener coordinator to provide statewide leadership and training for local VCE master gardener coordinators. This is a full-time, calendar year, non-tenure track position. Candidates are encouraged to apply by August 15, 2012. More.
NIFA Seeking National Program Leader
July 31, 2012. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Institute of Food Production and Sustainability is seeking a national program leader (cropping systems). Responsibilities include initiating program development and collaboration and evaluating the quality, outcomes and impacts of these programs. Position closes on September 14, 2012. More.
U of Delaware Hiring Plant Pathology Extension Specialist
August 3, 2012. The University of Delaware is seeking an extension specialist in plant pathology. Responsibilities include primary leadership and educational opportunities in the development, marketing, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive outreach and educational program in plant pathology in Delaware. Application deadline is August 31, 2012 or until a suitable candidate is identified. More.
EPA Region 10 Online Grants Training
July 26, 2012. US EPA Region 10 is hosting their second annual online grants training on August 21 and 22 from 10-12 PT each day. Participants will learn the tools, tips and pitfalls to avoid in applying for federal and nonfederal grants, including EPA grants. Plan to attend the webinar both days. More.
Free IPM in Housing Guide Now Available
August 2, 2012. The Northeastern IPM Center created a free resource, Integrated Pest Management: A Guide for Affordable Housing, for housing managers, owners and agents. The 81-page guide gives readers a basic knowledge of pests and pesticides, an understanding of how to implement IPM in housing and tools to orient staff to their role on an IPM team. More and to download.
PA IPM Program Summer Newsletter Available
July 31, 2012. The PA IPM Program's Philadelphia School & Community IPM Partnership summer newsletter is now available. Articles include: Reducing Pest Problems in Latino Communities, Uninvited Guests: Raccoons, and Reducing Asthma Disparities. More.
K-8 School Grounds Landscape Management Outdoor Workshop
July 24, 2012. The Connecticut School IPM Working Group is presenting its third workshop on August 15, 2012 from 8:15-1:15 in Hebron, CT. The workshop will provide training for school landscape managers in maintenance of ornamental plantings on school grounds without the use of pesticides. Click here for the agenda/registration form. More.
July IPM in the Marketplace eNewsletter Now Available
July 25, 2012. The July IPM in the Marketplace eNewsletter is now available online. The newsletter features the following articles: IPM Conservation Activity Plans Provide Opportunities for Growers, IPM3 Modules Provide IPM Training for Busy Professionals and California DPR Rolls Out New Pyrethroid Regulations. More.
Free Multi-Family Housing IPM Training in Philadelphia
July 23, 2012. The National Center for Healthy Housing and US EPA are sponsoring a free IPM training for multi-family property owners, property managers, maintenance staff, pest control professionals and residents. This training will take place in Philadelphia, PA on September 12, 2012 from 8:30-4:30. Registration is required for admittance. More.
Project Assistant Position Available with IPM Institute of North America
July 20, 2012. The IPM Institute of North America is seeking a project assistant to work a flexible schedule, 36-40 hours per week, with hourly compensation from $11-12. Primary responsibility will be assisting with a new project designed to improve sustainability of fresh produce production, working with a national food retailer and its supply chain. More.
Summer Issue of Utah Pests News Available
July 20, 2012. The summer issue of Utah Pests News is now available. Articles include Grasshopper Alert, Getting Chemicals into Trees Part 2, New Honey Bee Resources and The Search for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Utah. More.
University of Illinois Seeking Applicants for Research Specialist Position
July 19, 2012. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has an opening for a research specialist at the St. Charles Horticulture Research Center. This is a 12-month, permanent academic professional position focusing on fruit and vegetable research and outreach and the expansion of local food systems. More.
NOFA-NY Searching for Education Director
July 18, 2012. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) has an opening for an education director. This position will work with the executive director and education team to lead farmer, gardener and small business educational activities. Position will be open until filled. More.
July School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
July 18, 2012. The July School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. The newsletter features the following articles: Proactive Action Plans Discourage Bed Bug Problems, Pest Identification is Vital to IPM, and Suburban Exterminating Offers Mobile Device Pest ID App. More.
Lincoln University Hosting Bacterial Canker Webinar
July 18, 2012. The Lincoln University IPM Program will host a webinar on bacterial canker on July 30 from 10-11:30 am EDT. Participants will learn how to diagnose bacterial canker, disease development and spread routes, measures to prevent disease incidence, and organic and conventional disease management options. More.
NIFA Seeking National Program Leader
July 18, 2012. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment is seeking a national program leader (sustainable bioenergy systems). Responsibilities include initiating program development and collaboration and evaluating the quality, outcomes and impacts of these programs. Position closes August 13, 2012. More.
New Organic Fruit and Vegetable Storage Guide Released
July 16, 2012. The New York State IPM Program (NYS IPM) posted the 2012 Production Guide for Storage of Organic Fruits and Vegetables, by Christopher Watkins and Jacqueline Nock. This free guide provides information and advice for keeping organic crops fresh longer. More.
Western IPM Center Seeking New Director
July 16, 2012. The Western IPM Center, housed on the UC Davis campus, is seeking a new director. The director is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of the Western IPM Center. The position description has not been finalized but will be available in late July. More.
Colorado Coalition for School IPM Creates Educational Videos
July 13, 2012. The Colorado Coalition for School IPM has created a series of short videos on school IPM. Topics include proper food storage, performing a school IPM assessment, pest proofing schools and controlling mice with snap traps. More.
EPA Outdoor and Field School IPM Webinar
July 12, 2012. EPA Region 2 will be hosting a webinar on outdoor and field school IPM on August 28 from 10-11:30am EDT. This webinar will discuss how to incorporate IPM into a school's daily outdoor management routine in athletic fields, lawns, and waste disposal areas. More.
Facility Masters Webcast on Top 12 Summer Maintenance Activities in Schools
July 12, 2012. The Facility Masters Webcast Series will present a free webcast, “Improving Indoor Air Quality and the Learning Environment: Top 12 Summer Maintenance Activities,” on July 24 at 12pm EST. The webcast will also include tips for organizing classrooms to reduce clutter and establishing a process to schedule maintenance activities. More.
Improving Kids' Environment Seeking Project Manager
July 5, 2012. Improving Kids' Environment (IKE), an Indiana-based non-profit, is seeking a full-time project manager to manage a large EPA grant on IPM. Project manager will oversee a team to organize IKE's work for school IPM in Indiana, coordinate and grow the Indiana IPM Schools Coalition, and plan and produce IPM workshops for school personnel. Applications must be received by August 1, 2012. More.
Lucas Greenhouses Earns Excellence in IPM Award
July 3, 2012. The team at Lucas Greenhouses has won the Excellence in IPM award for their leadership in promoting IPM to other greenhouse growers and customers. Their IPM arsenal includes biocontrol, or the use of insects or pathogens to manage pests. The Lucas team receives their award on July 24 at Cornell University's Floriculture Field Day. More.
PA IPM News Summer 2012 Edition Now Available
July 2, 2012. The PA IPM News summer 2012 edition is available as a downloadable PDF. Topics in this issue include Ticks Making a Comeback, Uninvited Guests – Yellowjackets, and Crop Diversity Aims to Decrease Pest Damage and Pesticide Use. More.
Pesticide Risk Mitigation Engine (PRiME) Webinar July 12
June 29, 2012. Paul Jepson, State IPM Coordinator for Oregon and Director of the Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University, will be hosting a webinar Thursday, July 12 at 1 PM EDT on PRiME. Jepson will provide an overview of the PRiME tool, followed by a closer look at its risk indices and real-life applications, highlighting his work with specialty crop growers in Oregon and the western region. This webinar is open to IPM Coordinators, Extension, and NIFA staff interested in learning more about PRiME and its potential uses. More.
May/June Issue of Beyond Pesticides School Pesticide Monitor Available
June 29, 2012. Beyond Pesticides has published the May/June issue of their School Pesticide Monitor. Highlights include Mothball Pesticide Linked to Health Effect in Children and Congressman Asks FDA to Ban Toxic Lice Treatment. More.
IR-4 SOAR Award Nomination Deadline July 15
June 28, 2012. The IR-4 Project's SOAR award recognizes individuals who excel in serving growers of specialty and minor use crops. Awardees will demonstrate excellence in three of the four elements: service, outreach, altruism and research. Nominations must be made on the nomination form and be accompanied by at least two letters of support no later than July 15. More.
NYS IPM Program Announcing Three Job Openings
June 27, 2012. The NYS IPM Program has three professional job openings: vegetable IPM specialist (Geneva, NY), community IPM specialist focused on structural and turf (southeastern NY), and school IPM specialist (Albany, NY). These appointments are for 6-9 months, with potential for extension into long-term positions. Positions will be filled when suitable candidates are found.
IPM Consulting Position Available with the IPM Institute of North America
June 21, 2012. The IPM Institute is seeking an experienced IPM consultant to conduct onsite evaluations of pest management companies, facilities, landscape companies and hospitals for its Green Shield Certified program. This third-party consultant would be responsible for conducting nationwide audits as needed on a flexible schedule. Please review the evaluator criteria and contact Caitlin Seifert for more information.
June School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
June 20, 2012. The June School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. The newsletter features the following articles: Tips for More Effective Asthma Management in Schools, IPMPro Mobile Device App Supplies Plant-Care Help, and California Reports School Pest Management Survey Results. More.
Project Assistant Position Available with IPM Institute of North America
June 18 , 2012. The IPM Institute of North America is seeking a project assistant to work a flexible schedule, 36-40 hours per week, with hourly compensation from $11-12. Primary responsibility will be assisting with a new project designed to improve sustainability of fresh produce production, working with a national food retailer and its supply chain. More.
Project Coordinator Position Available with IPM Institute of North America
June 18 , 2012. The IPM Institute of North America is seeking a project coordinator to work a flexible schedule, 36-40 hours per week, with hourly compensation from $14-15. Primary responsibility will be coordinating a new project designed to improve sustainability of fresh produce production, working with a national food retailer and its supply chain. More.
International Symposium on New Management Strategies for Insects and Diseases of Rice
June 15, 2012. The First International China Society of Plant Protection (CSPP)/International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS) Symposium on New Management Strategies for Insects and Diseases of Rice will be held on October 25-26 in Beijing, China. Twenty world experts in rice pest management will give plenary session talks. More.
June Issue of School Pest News Available
June 14, 2012. The June edition of Texas AgriLife Extension's School Pest News is now available. Topics include Typhus, Gnats Driving you Crazy, Putting out the Unwelcome Mat for Borers, and Pest Private Eye Video Game Allows Kids to Become a Pest Detective. More.
EPA Soliciting Comments on Draft Publication
June 14, 2012. US EPA is seeking comments on its publication, Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development. This publication aims to build on past successes and help other low-income, minority, tribal and overburdened communities implement equitable development. Comments can be made through July 6, 2012. More.
USDA Seeks Nominations for NAREEE Advisory Board
June 12, 2012. The Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. This Congressionally established committee provides advice to the Secretary of Agriculture, related Congressional Committees and land-grant universities on top priorities and policies for food and ag research, extension, education and economics. Nominations must be received by June 29, 2012. More.
Software Developer Position Available with IPM Institute of North America
June 7, 2012. The IPM Institute of North America is seeking a software developer to work a flexible schedule, 36 hours per week. Primary responsibility will be assisting IT team in development of the Pesticide Risk Mitigation Engine (PRiME), with additional responsibilities including on-going website and application development, maintenance, database development and implementation for PRiME and associated sites. More.
State of Washington Seeking Certification and Training Specialist
June 5, 2012. The State of Washington has an opening for a certification and training specialist in Olympia, WA. Responsibilities include clarification of state pesticide laws and rules, exam development, administration and review, and accreditation and monitoring of continuing education courses. Application deadline is June 20. More.
Michigan State University Seeking IPM Program Coordinator/Asst. Professor
June 1, 2012. Michigan State University is looking to hire an IPM program coordinator/assistant professor. The IPM coordinator will provide leadership for development, coordination and implementation of IPM programs in Michigan. More (position #6135).
Watch Presentations from Beyond Pesticides' 30th National Pesticide Forum
June 1, 2012. Beyond Pesticides has released videos of presentations from its 30th National Pesticide Forum, Healthy Communities. The conference featured leaders in pesticide reform, public health, organic ag and alternative pest control. Access the 2012 Forum playlist on Beyond Pesticides' YouTube channel.
New Issue of North Central IPM Center Connection Available
June 1, 2012. The summer 2012 issue of the North Central IPM Center's Connection newsletter is now available. Articles include: IPM3 Adds Bed Bug Course, IPM Coordinators Vital to IPM Program Success, Envisioning Tomorrow's Weed Control, and Natural Enemies Video Wins Telly Award. More.
IPMPro Mobile App Announced
May 23, 2012. University of Tennessee has released a new mobile app developed by faculty from seven major universities, IPMPro. The app will include pest and plant disease information and plant care recommendations. It is available through iTunes and GooglePlay for Apple and Android devices. More.
May School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
May 22, 2012. The May School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. The newsletter features the following articles: Green Ribbon Schools Recognized for Creating Healthy Learning Environments, Pest Private Eye Video Game Allows Kids to Play Detective, and US EPA Webinar on IPM in Child Care Centers Draws a Crowd. More.
ASBO Asthma Awareness Education Program Webinar
May 21, 2012. The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) is hosting a webinar entitled What Impact is Asthma Having on Student Learning in Your District? on May 23 from 12-12:45 p.m. EDT. Diane Rhodes from North East Independent School District will discuss creating healthy environments through the Asthma Awareness Education Program. More.
Celebrate Asthma Awareness Month in May
May 17, 2012. May is Asthma Awareness Month. On average, one in ten school-aged children has asthma. Controlling asthma triggers, including dust mites, molds, cockroaches, animal dander and secondhand smoke, can improve the health and achievement of students with asthma. A study, Mouse Allergens in Urban Elementary Schools and Homes of Children with Asthma (Sheehan et al), documents the prevalence of allergens caused by mice. More.
Spring Issue of Utah Pests News Now Available
May 15, 2012. The Spring 2012 issue of Utah Pests News is now available. This issue includes the following articles: Manage Chlorotic Pine Trees in the Spring, Tomato Diseases to Watch for in 2012, Pest Management in High Tunnels, Getting Chemicals into Trees, Western Black Legged Tick and Lyme Disease Survey, Basic Pest Management in Home Orchards, Fungicide Effects on Bees, and Blister Beetles and Clover Root Curculio in Alfalfa. More.
Penn State Seeking Assistant Professor in Tree Fruit Pathology
May 14, 2012. Penn State is looking to fill a non-tenure track assistant professor position with research and extension responsibilities in the area of tree fruit pathology associated with commercial apple and stone fruit production. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. More.
National Cotton Council of America Posts Weed Resistance Management Video
May 14, 2012. The National Cotton Council of America created a video on herbicide-resistant weeds. Increased costs associated with resistance include new herbicides and more hand labor to pull weeds. The video recommends scouting the field to identify weed problems, investigating best management practices, keeping in mind ways to minimize the risk of resistant weeds and staying proactive. More.
EPA Webcast, “USDA's NIFA-CEAP Watershed Synthesis: Lessons Learned”
May 8, 2012. The EPA Watershed Academy is hosting a webcast entitled “USDA's NIFA-CEAP Watershed Synthesis: Lessons Learned” on May 15 from 1-3 pm EDT. The webcast will highlight a study led by North Carolina State University to analyze and synthesize key lessons learned from 13 watershed-scale projects on cropland and pastureland. More.
Spring EPA Healthy School News Available
May 8, 2012. The Spring 2012 edition of EPA Region 10 Healthy School News is now available. This issue features articles on Green Ribbon Award Schools, Bed Bugs and Book Bags, Pest Private Eye Game and Summer Tips for Facility Maintenance. More.
Penn State Running “Bug Camp for Kids”
May 8, 2012. Penn State Department of Entomology will be running “Bug Camp for Kids” June 25-28 on the University Park Campus. This day camp for kids ages 8-11 is from 9am-4pm and costs $275, which covers instruction and materials, bus travel to field trip locations, a camp picture, T-shirt and diploma. Enrollment is limited and some scholarships may be available for students in need. More.
DPR Accepting Nominations for IPM Innovator Award
May 8, 2012. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is now accepting nominations for its IPM Innovator Award. This award has been presented to organizations that demonstrate their dedication to IPM through the development and/or promotion of innovative methods to address ag and urban pest management challenges. Nominations will be accepted until May 31. More.
New EPA Child Care IPM Resources Available
May 7, 2012. The US EPA has posted two new child care IPM resources to their website: a recording of last month's webinar on IPM in child care settings and a new set of training modules for IPM in child cares. The training was developed by Jody Gangloff-Hoffmann and includes modules for different audiences, such as child care center directors or maintenance staff, and target pests like cockroaches and flies. More.
“Ant Control Made Easy” Webinar
May 3, 2012. The Urban Integrated Pest Management Community is hosting a webinar on urban ant control May 17 from 11am-12pm EDT. Topics include: How Can You Tell if You Have Odorous House Ants, Understanding the Biology and Behavior of Carpenter Ants, and Managing Problems with Pharaoh Ants. More.
Frank Ellis Chosen as Chief of Stewardship Branch of BPPD
May 3, 2012. Frank Ellis has been appointed as the Chief of the Environmental Stewardship Branch of US EPA Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD). He has been with the Office of Pesticide Programs for over 22 years. He will assume his new position on May 6 and will become BPPD's point person for IPM and stewardship, including the new School IPM Program. More.
Connecticut Rollback of School Pesticide Ban Killed
May 1, 2012. Connecticut State Representative Richard Roy killed legislation that would roll back the state's ban on the use of pesticides on elementary school grounds. Rep. Roy said he would not call the bill for discussion, which would remove the chance for committee approval. More.
April School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
May 1, 2012. The April School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. The newsletter features the following articles: Bed Bugs and Book Bags Teaches Kids Valuable Lessons, The IPM Minute Videos Show the Basics and New York City Department of Education Renews IPM STAR Certification. More.
Beyond Pesticides School Pesticide Monitor March/April Issue Available
April 30, 2012. Beyond Pesticides has released the March/April issue of the School Pesticide Monitor. Highlights of the current issue include: School Environment Protection Act 2012 Introduced and Students Vote to Ban Triclosan on Campus. More.
April Issue of School Pest News Available Online
April 26, 2012. Texas AgriLife Extension published their April 2012 issue of School Pest News. Articles include Learning Opportunities Abound, National Healthy Schools Day Provides Opportunities for IPM Education, and IPM Coordinators Vital to IPM Program Success. More.
The Weed's News Digest Provides Weed Control Tips
April 26, 2012. The Weed's News is a weekly digest on the latest weed research and weed control and prevention information. It is created by The Weed's Network at Monash University. More.
IL Structural Pest Control Advisory Council Subcommittee on Bed Bugs Releases Report
April 25, 2012. The Illinois Structural Pest Control Advisory Council created a subcommittee to report to the General Assembly with recommendations on the prevention, management and control of bed bug infestations. The subcommittee's report includes recommendations related to the availability of education materials; proper transport, storage and disposal of infested materials; promotion of the development of effective treatment methods; and increasing tenant and landlord awareness. More.
April IPM in the Marketplace eNewsletter Now Available
April 24, 2012. The April IPM in the Marketplace eNewsletter is now available online. The newsletter features the following articles: Sysco IPM Program Making Great Strides in Sustainability, Eco Apple Provides a Niche for Local Fruit Grown Using IPM and City of Boulder Advances IPM. More.
Full Version of Pest Private Eye Now Available
April 24, 2012. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has announced that the full version of Pest Private Eye and the Case of IPM in Schools (Pest PI) is now available. Pest PI is an educational first person role playing video game that teaches children and educators about pests and how to use IPM. More.
US Department of Education Announces Green Ribbon Schools
April 23, 2012. US Department of Education, White House Council on Environmental Quality and US EPA joined together to announce the 2012 Green Ribbon Schools, a list including 78 schools in 29 states and D.C. Honored schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating “green” environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education. More.
EPA Launches Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse
April 23, 2012. The US EPA is launching an online Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse. It contains peer-reviewed bed bug outreach materials from sources such as governments, universities and extension services. The Clearinghouse is searchable by audience, topic, type of product and language of publication. More.
LSU AgCenter Hiring Extension Specialist
April 20, 2012. Louisiana State University AgCenter is hiring an Assistant Extension Specialist/Assistant Professor. This is a tenure track position with statewide responsibilities, 85% Extension entomology and 15% teaching. Closing date is July 1 or until a suitable candidate is found. More.
Free IPM Training for Section 8 Multi-Family Property Owners, Managers
April 18, 2012. The National Center for Healthy Housing is sponsoring a free one-day IPM training for Section 8 multi-family property owners and managers. The training will take place May 1 from 8 am – 4:30 pm in Philadelphia, PA. More.
USDA Hiring Plant Pathologist
April 16, 2012. The USDA Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP) in Washington, DC is currently hiring a plant pathologist. Responsibilities include analyzing and evaluating pest management practices; serving as liaison with EPA regulatory and scientific staff, USDA staff, land grant institutions and industry scientists; gathering data and analyses on pesticide use, alternatives and impacts; and providing plant pathology expertise and guidance. Application deadline is April 30. More.
PA IPM News Spring 2012 Edition Now Available
April 16, 2012. The PA IPM News Spring 2012 edition is available as a downloadable PDF file. Topics in this issue include Bed Bugs Can't Beat the Heat at Penn State, Uninvited Guests—Ants, When “Green” is Not so Green, West Nile Virus Strikes Early, Christmas Tree Scouting Reports Available, and Guidelines on Bed Bug Prevention and Control in Public Housing. More.
Fire Ant Control Made Easy Online Seminar
April 16, 2012. Imported Fire Ant eXtension Community of Practice is hosting an online seminar, Fire Ant Control Made Easy, on May 10 from 11am-12pm EDT. The presentation will include information on how to tell if you have fire ants, understanding their biology and behavior, managing imported fire ants and biological control. Log in as a “guest” here. More on fire ants.
Webinar Lecture on Asthma Triggers and Management in School Age Children
April 11, 2012. The Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health will be hosting a webinar about asthma triggers and management in school age children. The webinar has been approved for 1 hour of CNE credit through the Texas Nurses Association. More.
ACMT Hosting Webinar on Indoor Pesticide Residues
April 11, 2012. The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) will be hosting a webinar on Pesticide Residues in the Indoor Environment: Assessment and Health Effect on April 25 from 1-2:30pm EDT. Pre-registration is required. More.
Chicago Bed Bug Training Available Through Safer Pest Control Project
April 11, 2012. The Safer Pest Control Project in Chicago is offering a series of free bed bug trainings on April 19 from 1-3:30pm, May 2 from 9:30am-noon and June 6 from 10am-noon. Recommended attendees are client service providers, social service agencies, landlords, childcare managers and staff, school administration staff and concerned citizens. More.
Managing Pests in Multifamily Housing Webinar
April 11, 2012. The Northeastern IPM Center is presenting a free webinar, “Managing Pests in Multifamily Housing,” April 26 from 1:30-2:30pm EDT. Presenters will be Sandra Harrison, property manager at the Housing Authority of the City of York, and Allison Taisey, project coordinator at the Northeastern IPM Center. More.
EPA Hosting Free Training, “Healthy School Environments Across Texas”
April 10, 2012. The US EPA is hosting a free training on the impact of indoor environmental quality in schools across Texas April 23-24 in Garland, TX. The meeting will provide an overview of why green and healthy school buildings should be a priority in every district, and concrete action steps on how to save money, improve health and decrease student and staff absenteeism. More.
K-12 Facilities and M&O Training Available Online
April 10, 2012. Region 4 Education Services Center is now presenting a series of online professional development training modules for facilities and maintenance & operations (M&O). The online format allows employees to take training at their own pace. Cost of a 30-day subscription is $9.95 through April 30. More.
IKE Hires New Executive Director
April 9, 2012. Dolores E. Weis has been hired as the new executive director of Improving Kids' Environment (IKE). IKE is a non-profit, advocacy organization that facilitates tangible and significant improvements to children's health through reductions in environmental threats. More.
EPA Selects Six Organizations for $1.1 Million in School IPM Grants
April 9, 2012. US EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs has selected six projects to receive $1.1 million in grants to promote IPM in schools. The selected school IPM grant recipients are: Colorado State University, Improving Kids' Environment, University of Florida, Washington State University, City of New Orleans and Cooperative Educational Services Agency 10. More.
2012 Roadmaps to Health Community Grants Call for Proposals
April 6, 2012. The Roadmaps to Health Community Grants will provide up to 20 coalitions with grants to create policy or system change to address the social and economic factors that impact the health of people in their community. Grantees will receive awards of up to $200,000 each. Deadline for proposals is May 2 at 3 pm EDT. Community Catalyst will hold a webinar on April 10 from 12-1:30 pm EDT to help applicants learn more about the grants. More.
“IPM in Child Care Centers: Protecting Children from Pests and Pesticides” Webinar
April 5, 2012. The Office of Children's Health Protection and the Office of Pesticide Programs are putting on a webinar, “IPM in Child Care Centers: Protecting Children from Pests and Pesticides,” on April 24 from 1-2:30 pm EDT. Webinar will discuss actions needed to eliminate pests through IPM and include a tour of pest vulnerable areas in child care centers. To register.
“Using Rodent Biology to Control Rodents” Webinar
April 4, 2012. JT Eaton will host a webinar on rodent biology and how to use their natural behavior to gain control. The webinar will be held April 11 from 3–4 pm EDT. To register.
National Webinar on EPA's Draft State K-12 School Environmental Health Guidelines
April 3, 2012. The US EPA has partnered with the Association of School Business Officials and the US Green Building Council to host two national webinars. The webinars will provide an opportunity to comment on the draft guidelines and will be held on April 4 from 12-1:15 pm EST and April 6 from 2:30-4 pm EST. More and to register.
Four NIFA Listening Sessions Scheduled for Crop Protection Program
April 3, 2012. NIFA has scheduled four listening sessions to provide an opportunity for public comment on the proposed Crop Protection Program. The first session was held at the IPM Symposium. The three remaining sessions are as follows: April 11 (webinar), 1-5 pm EDT; April 16 (face-to-face in Washington, DC), 1-5 pm EDT; May 1 (webinar), 1-5 pm EDT. More.
NRCS Technical Service Provider Website Change
April 2, 2012. The official NRCS website for Technical Service Providers (TSPs) has changed. The new TSP website is kept current with information for TSPs including training announcements, Conservation Activity Plans, NRCS forms, policy, etc. Use the new TSP site as the launching point for all TSP activity.
EPA Recognizes Environmental Innovation with 2012 PestWise Awards
April 2, 2012. The US EPA's 2012 PestWise Awards were presented at the 7th International IPM Symposium. Awardees were the National School Demonstration Project, University of Arizona – Arizona Pest Management Center, County of Santa Clara, CA, and the IPM Institute of North America. More.
ESA North Central Branch Annual Meeting Call for Papers and Posters
March 23, 2012. The 67th annual meeting of the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) will be held June 3-6, 2012 in Lincoln, NE. The call for papers and posters is now available. The paper submission site will be open from March 15-April 15. More.
56th Annual ASPCRO Conference Scheduled for August
March 22, 2012. The 56th Annual Conference of the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) is scheduled for August 26-29, 2012 in Seattle, WA. This conference will provide an opportunity to hear presentations and sessions on structural and urban pesticide issues affecting regulators. More.
March School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
March 21, 2012. The March School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. The newsletter features the following articles: IPM Coordinators Vital to IPM Program Success, More Than 500 Facility Managers Hear Tips on Bed Bug and Lice Management, and National Healthy Schools Day Provides Opportunities for IPM. More.
CropLife America 3rd Annual National Policy Conference
March 20, 2012. CropLife America's third annual National Policy Conference, “The Politics of Food and the 2012 Farm Bill: Are You Being Served?,” will be held on May 16, 2012 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Featured keynote speaker will be Dayton Duncan, writer and producer of the upcoming Ken Burns documentary “The Dust Bowl.” More.
LA Tech University Searching for Assistant Professor of Plant Science
March 19, 2012. Louisiana Tech University's Department of Agricultural Sciences is advertising for an Assistant Professor of Plant Science. This is a nine-month, tenure track position with teaching, research/scholarly activity and service responsibilities. Review of applications begins May 1 and continues until position is filled. More.
Poison Prevention Week Stakeholder Call with EPA Administrator Jackson
March 16, 2012. US EPA is hosting a conference call on poison prevention with Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on Monday, March 19 at 10:30 am EDT. Other officials will join the call to discuss their organizations' roles in preventing accidental poisonings, what to do if exposure occurs and how to spread the word about prevention. More and to register.
University of Minnesota IPM3 Offering IPM Courses in April
March 16, 2012. The University of Minnesota IPM3 program is offering five courses in April 2012. Courses include: IPM Core Concepts Module, IPM Core Concepts Module in Spanish, Invasive Species, Imported Fire Ant IPM and IPM for Facility Managers and Supervisors. Each course runs from April 9-May 21, except Facility Managers and Supervisors which runs from April 9-June 18. More.
2012 IPM Achievement Awards Winners Announced
March 16, 2012. Winners of the International Awards of Excellence include the Regional IPM Centers, the Eco Apple program and Spring Independent School District. Other award categories are the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Walter Bentley, and the International Awards of Recognition. Awards will be presented during a special ceremony at the International IPM Symposium. More information and a complete list of winners.
Spring 2012 PESPWire Available
March 15, 2012. The Spring 2012 issue of PESPWire is now available online. This issue focuses on the 7th International IPM Symposium and includes stories on Five Questions with the Salt Lake City School District, Bed Bug Management Research and IPM in Buildings. More.
US DOE Opens “Investing in Innovation” Grant Competition
March 14, 2012. The US Department of Education (DOE) has opened the third year of the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition for districts, groups of schools and non-profit organizations to improve student results through innovative practices. Deadline for recommended Notice of Intent to Apply is March 15. More.
30th National Pesticide Forum to be held in March
March 13, 2012. Beyond Pesticides, in partnership with others, is convening the 30th National Pesticide Forum, Healthy Communities, March 30-31 at Yale University. Forum topics include pesticide-free lawns and landscapes, pesticides and health, organic food and farming, and protecting honey bees and wild pollinators. Presenters include Chip Osborne, national organic turf expert, and David Hackenberg, the beekeeper to first “discover” colony collapse disorder. More.
California DPH Seeking Public Health Biologists
March 12, 2012. The California Department of Public Health is recruiting for Public Health Biologists at the Associate level. Responsibilities relate to the prevention, surveillance, epidemiology and control of vector-borne diseases in California. More.
The IPM Minute Videos Educate About IPM
March 12, 2012. Philip Smith, compliance assistance specialist with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, has created several short videos in The IPM Minute video series. Videos are roughly one minute long and cover topics including rodent management, monitoring in classrooms, exterior doors and the IPM file. More.
University of Maryland Releases New Pest Posters
March 6, 2012. The University of Maryland has added five new pest posters to their collection. Poster topics are: brown marmorated stink bug, mosquitoes, stinging insects, spiders and Norway rats. Visit their educational resources page for a full list of posters and to download. A sample of the brown marmorated stink bug poster is available.
California DPR Accepting Nominations for IPM Innovator Awards
March 2, 2012. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is now accepting nominations for its 2012 IPM Innovator Awards. These awards honor agricultural and nonagricultural California groups, organizations or companies for their innovative approaches to IPM. Nominations will be accepted until May 31. More.
NIFA Releases FY 2012 Organic Transitions Program RFA
March 1, 2012. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Organic Transitions Program (ORG) FY 2012 Request for Applications has been released, with total estimated funds of $3.7 million. NIFA ORG supports research and implementation of cutting edge organic farming practices, with special emphasis on climate change mitigation and soil conservation from organic livestock and crop techniques. Application deadline is April 25, 2012. More.
EPA Announces RFA for Implementation of Draft Voluntary Guidelines
March 1, 2012. The US EPA has released a Request For Applications (RFA) for implementation of the voluntary draft K-12 Environmental Health Program Guidelines for States, Tribes and Territories. Total funding is expected to be $750,000 and applications for up to $150,000 will be accepted. Deadline for applications is April 10, 2012. More.
Washington State University Extension Releases New School IPM Pest Press
March 1, 2012. Washington State University Extension released a new pest press on problem birds in schools. The winter 2012 issue gives suggestions about prevention and management of problem birds like sparrows, pigeons and starlings. More.
Pennsylvania IPM News Winter 2012 Edition Now Available
February 29, 2012. The winter edition of the PA IPM News is now available as a downloadable PDF. Articles include PA Fruit Tree Improvement Program, Uninvited Guests—Rodents, IPM for Multi-Family Housing Training Now Online, Use Caution When Handling Bleach, PA Child Care Directors Featured in IPM Training Module, PA IPM Part of New School IPM Curriculum Website and Invasive Species Video Now Online. More.
Take Advantage of IPM Symposium Early Registration!
February 23, 2012. Online registration is now available for the 7th International IPM Symposium, "IPM on the World Stage—Solutions for Global Pest Challenges," March 27–29, 2012 in Memphis, TN. Register now and take advantage of the early bird price of $275. Registration fee includes symposium admission, three continental breakfasts, Tuesday awards luncheon and two poster session receptions. The special price is good until March 2. More.
EPA K-12 School Environmental Health Program Guidelines Open for Comment
February 28, 2012. The US EPA has released for public comment the K-12 School Environmental Health Program Guidelines for States, Tribe and Territories. The guidelines are primarily intended to be used as a resource for the establishment of a state, tribal or territorial K-12 school environmental health program. Comments on the draft guidelines will be accepted until April 13, 2012. More.
Schools and Childcares Lawn Care Workshop in March
February 17, 2012. Safer Pest Control Project and its Great Lakes Restoration Initiative partners are hosting a natural lawn care workshop for school and childcare staff on March 22 in Highland, IN. The featured speaker will be Chip Osborne, natural turf management expert. Registration is $35. More.
NIFA Listening Sessions on Proposed Reorganization of IPM Programs
February 16, 2012. The President's proposed budget for USDA-NIFA for FY2013 includes significant funding line changes. NIFA proposes to consolidate funding for Expert IPM Decision Support System, IPM & Biological Control, Minor Crop Pest Management IR-4, Pest Management Alternatives, Smith-lever 3(d) Pest Management and Regional IPM Centers into a single program called Crop Protection. NIFA is planning a series of listening sessions for stakeholders, the first of which will occur at the conclusion of the 7th International IPM Symposium on March 29, 2012 from 2-5 PM in Memphis, TN. For the fullest description available on the proposed changes, click here, see page 17-81.
City of Boulder Publishes IPM Program Assessment Report
February 17, 2012. The City of Boulder initiated an assessment of its IPM program in 2010. The IPM Institute of North America, the Pesticide Research Institute and Osborne Organics worked together to evaluate the city's IPM program. Key findings and recommendations of this assessment have been published in a report. The city also published its 2011 annual IPM report. More on City of Boulder IPM.
SD West Nile Virus & North Central Mosquito Control Conference
February 16, 2012. The South Dakota West Nile Virus and North Central Mosquito Control Conference is scheduled for April 18-19 in Aberdeen, SD. Speakers include Bob Peterson, Lon Kightlinger, Dennis Todey, Mark Hoven, Mike Hildreth, Mike Wimberly and James Stark. There is no registration fee. More and to register.
February School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
February 15, 2012. The February School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. The newsletter features the following articles: Oregon Joins States with School IPM Mandates, EPA Centralizes Healthy Child Care Training and Curriculum Resources, and IPM and Green Cleaning in Tribal Schools. More.
Facility Masters Webcast on School IPM for Bed Bugs and Lice
February 13, 2012. The Facility Masters Webcast Series will host a webcast on February 22, 2012 at 12 pm EST entitled “Effective Integrated Pest Management for Bed Bugs and Lice in the Educational Environment.” IPM experts will discuss best practices for performing regular inspections and preventive measures to reduce contributing factors for bed bugs and lice. More and to register.
NIFA Announces Release of RFA for IR-4 Program
February 13, 2012. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the release of the FY 2012 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Interregional Research Project #4 Minor Crop Pest Management Program (IR-4). NIFA is soliciting applications in anticipation of funding five projects: one to establish a national headquarters and four to establish geographically-based regional IR-4 centers. Applications are due March 20, 2012. More.
EPA Winter 2012 Healthy School News Available
February 13, 2012. The winter 2012 edition of EPA's Healthy School News is now available. Article topics include Radon Wears an Invisibility Cloak, Purchasing Toxic Safe Art Supplies and Raise a Flag to Health. More.
New Information Available from Pest Management Centre
February 7, 2012. The Pest Management Centre at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has new materials available on its website, including the Pesticide Risk Reduction Strategy for Pest Management in Greenhouse Floriculture and Optimizing Sprayer Efficiency to Improve Onion Thrips Control. More.
IPM Institute Tree Fruit Pest Scout Project Assistant Opening
February 7 , 2012. The IPM Institute of North America is looking for a seasonal tree fruit pest scout project assistant to add to our staff. Duties include frequent travel to orchards to provide pest scouting support to apple producers in southern WI and development of a regional weekly apple IPM bulletin. Flexible summer schedule, 15-20 hours per week. Please see our employment page for a full position announcement.
Utah Pests News Winter Issue Now Available
February 7, 2012. The winter issue of the Utah Pests News quarterly newsletter is now available. Article topics include pheromone technologies to manage Prionus Root Borer, honey bee navigation, cluster flies in indoor settings and growing healthy plants. More.
Pesticide Exposure and Response for Children Webinar
February 6, 2012. US EPA is hosting a webinar on February 8 from 1 – 2 pm EST on Sharing Lessons from the Field: Understanding Factors that Define Variability in Pesticide Exposure and Response for Children. This is part of the monthly webinar series presenting the latest research findings on children's environmental health from the EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers. More.
EPA Hosting Grants Award Process Webinar
February 2, 2012. The Office of Grants and Debarment is hosting an EPA Grants Award Process Webinar on February 23 at 2 pm ET. The webinar will cover grants management topics, including how to find and apply for grant opportunities, FFATA reporting requirements and preparing a proper budget detail. More and to register.
New Discover Entomology Brochure Available Now
February 1, 2012. Discover Entomology is a 12-page, color brochure written for students from grades 6-12. It explains why studying insects is important for agriculture, medicine, forestry and human health. It can be downloaded for free as a PDF or purchased through the ESA Online Bookstore. To download or order.
Indiana Natural Lawn Care Workshop Scheduled
February 1, 2012. Funded by the EPA Great Lakes Initiative and coordinated by Safer Pest Control Project, the Natural Lawn Care Workshop will take place on March 22, 2012 in Highland, IN. This half-day workshop is geared toward landscape companies, turf managers, homeowner associations and public employees and will feature Chip Osborne of Osborne Organics. More.
IPM Institute Project Assistant Position Opening
February 1, 2012. The IPM Institute of North America is looking for a full-time project assistant to add to our staff. Duties include communicating with partners and participants, website maintenance, providing phone reception and general clerical, financial and administrative support. Flexible schedule in a casual office, 30-36 hours per week. Please see our employment page for a full position announcement.
Maine School IPM Newsletter Now Available
February 1, 2012. The winter issue of the Maine School IPM Newsletter is now available. This issue includes stories on microbe management, protecting yourself and others from the flu, implementing IPM, pest of the month—head lice and after school education on bed bugs. More.
6th National Small Farm Conference Scheduled for September
January 31, 2012. The 6th National Small Farm Conference, “Promoting the Successes of Small Farmers and Ranchers,” will take place September 18-20, 2012 in Memphis, TN. Abstracts for oral and poster papers, success stories and exhibits are due February 29. Early conference registration deadline is July 31. More and to register.
IPM Innovators Include City of Palo Alto, Marin County IPM Programs
January 30, 2012. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation recognized the City of Palo Alto, Gallo's Sonoma Vineyards, Marin County and Sunwest Fruit Co. with 2011 IPM Innovator Awards for their leadership in reducing pesticide use. Marin County has reduced pesticide use on Marin County owned, managed or leased property by 90 percent in the last 10 years. More.
7th International IPM Symposium Preliminary Schedule Available
January 30, 2012. The preliminary schedule for the 7th International IPM Symposium has been posted to the Symposium website. Registration is now open for the Symposium, scheduled for March 27-29, 2012 in Memphis, TN. The Symposium is the premier IPM event worldwide and not to be missed by anyone involved or interested in IPM! More and to register.
IPM Academy Offering Continuing Ed Credits
January 26, 2012. Michigan State University Extension's IPM Academy is scheduled for February 20-21, 2012 in East Lansing, MI. The Academy will offer 16 Pesticide Recertification credits, nine Certified Crop Advisor credits, MAEAP Phase I credits and seven Certified Green Industry Professional credits. More.
IKE Seeking Executive Director
January 26, 2012. Improving Kids' Environment (IKE), Indiana's primary advocate for children's environmental health, is seeking a full-time executive director. This position is responsible for fundraising, personnel management, policy development, strategic planning and communications. Applications are due by February 15, 2012. More.
“Putting P in its Place” Article Highlights Need for Reduced Nutrient Losses
January 25, 2012. Agricultural retailers are leading an innovative effort to reduce on-farm nutrient and sediment losses in Ohio's Sandusky River Watershed. In collaboration with Heidelberg University, the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition and the IPM Institute of North America, retailers are educating staff agronomists and farmer customers about the potential for cover crops, precision agriculture and other products and services to reduce phosphorus losses from farmland, and improve water quality in the Sandusky River and Lake Erie. More.
Bay Area Schools Environmental Conference Scheduled in February
January 25, 2012. The 6th annual Bay Area Schools Environmental Conference “Sustainability: The Game Changer” is scheduled for February 4, 2012 from 8 am – 4 pm in San Jose, CA. The conference will present options to green your school and incorporate environmental education into classroom curriculum. More.
January IPM in the Marketplace eNewsletter Now Available
January 25, 2012. The January IPM in the Marketplace eNewsletter is now available online. The newsletter features the following articles: 2011 Update on IPM in Sustainable Ag Certification, Attend the Upcoming 2012 International IPM Symposium and Green Shield Certified Program Continues Growth. More.
7th International IPM Symposium Registration Open
January 23, 2012. Registration is now open for the 7th International IPM Symposium in Memphis, TN March 27-29, 2012. The Symposium is the premier IPM event worldwide and not to be missed by anyone involved with or interested in IPM! More and to register.
Job Opportunity at NIFA for Program Specialists
January 20, 2012. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is recruiting for three program specialists in the Division of Plant Systems-Production and the Division of Agricultural Systems. The specialist position assigned to the plant production division will have the opportunity to work on a range of programs including the organic, specialty crop, and AFRI programs. Closing date is February 6, 2012. More.
New Orleans 4th Annual Termite Academy Scheduled
January 20, 2012. The City of New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans Pest Control Association's 4th Annual Termite Academy is scheduled for February 7-9, 2012 in New Orleans. This Academy is a Louisiana Structural Board Commission accredited course. Brochure, agenda and registration form.
30th National Pesticide Forum Scheduled for March
January 18, 2012. The 30th National Pesticide Forum “Healthy Communities: Green Solutions for Safe Environments,” organized by Beyond Pesticides, is scheduled for March 30-31, 2012 at Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, CT. Admission fees start at $35. More.
Latest Journal of Integrated Pest Management Issue Now Online
January 18, 2012. The Journal of Integrated Pest Management has been published online. Articles in this issue include: best management practices for invasive crane flies in NE US sod production, advancement of IPM in university housing, genetically engineering Bt corn and range expansion of the Western Bean Cutworm in the US, and designing an IPM research strategy to benefit poor producers and consumers in Honduras. More.
January School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
January 18, 2012. The January School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. This month's newsletter features articles on Superior Pest Elimination Applying IPM in New York Schools, Gain Recognition for your School's Asthma Management Program and Webinar Spreads the Word on Policies to Reduce School Pesticide Exposures. More.
NPMA Has Issued Solicitation for Grant Proposals
January 17, 2012. The National Pest Management Association's (NPMA's) charitable organization, the Pest Management Foundation, is collecting grant proposals related to structural pest management in urban and suburban environments. Worthwhile submissions will be eligible for a grant of up to $35,000. Submissions are due by February 17, 2012. More.
OREI Request for Applications Released
January 17, 2012. The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) 2012 RFA has been released. Projects should enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Applications are due March 9, 2012. More.
Connecticut IPM Program Seeking Fruit IPM Extension Educator in Residence
January 12, 2012. The Connecticut IPM Program at the University of Connecticut has an opening for a Fruit IPM Extension Educator in Residence. The Educator will develop and conduct IPM educational programs for fruit growers statewide. Application deadline is February 15, 2012. More.
Northeastern IPM Center Seeking Development Specialist/Grants Manager
January 12, 2012. The Northeastern IPM Center is looking for a Development Specialist/Grants Manager. Projects include initiating and carrying out a plan to expand support, develop rapport with private foundations and corporations, and oversee internal grants processes. The position will be open until filled. More.
Upcoming PA Childcare Center Workshop
January 10, 2012. The “Eco-Healthy Futures for Childcare Centers” workshop will be held on February 22 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Norristown Public Library in Norristown, PA. This workshop is open to Pennsylvania childcare center directors and representatives and will provide information on becoming more environmentally sustainable. More.
DPR Pest Management Alliance Grant Solicitation Open
January 9, 2012. Department of Pesticide Regulation's (DPR's) 2012/2013 Pest Management Alliance Grant Solicitation is now available. DPR is authorized to provide a total of $400,000 in funding for projects that focus on adoption and implementation of IPM practices in the suggested areas: air quality, groundwater quality, surface water quality, worker and public health and safety, environmental health, and wildlife health and habitat. Project concepts must be submitted by February 6, 2012. More.
Assured Environments Donates 10% of Profits to Charity
January 9, 2012. Assured Environments, a pest management company located in New York, donated ten percent of its 2011 profits to charitable organizations. Most donations went to New York-based charities like New York's Museum of Modern Art and FDNY Foundation, and a few to national organizations like Ronald McDonald House and the American Cancer Society. Assured offers a Green Shield Certified service to its customers upon request. More.
California DPH Compiles Indoor Pesticide Use Resources
January 6, 2012. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has put together useful resources, including new web pages and fact sheets, about indoor pesticide use in office buildings. Materials include tips to prevent worker illness from indoor pesticide exposure and managing pests with safer pest control options. More.
RFA Announced for Northeast Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program
January 5, 2012. The NIFA Northeast Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program has approximately $600,000 available to support projects that develop pest control tactics, integrate tactics into an IPM system and extend IPM information to others. A letter of intent is due February 3, 2012 and complete proposals are due February 29, 2012. More.
RFA for Southern Regional IPM Grant Released
January 5, 2012. The NIFA Southern Regional IPM Grant has approximately $800,000 that is available for research only, extension only or research and extension projects. All applications are due by February 29, 2012. More.
EPA Announces Tribal Schools Webinar Series
January 5, 2012. The US EPA Region 8 will host a Clean, Green and Healthy Schools webinar series every Wednesday for six weeks starting on January 18, 2012 at 3:30 MST. The webinar series will focus on issues important for schools that serve tribal communities. More info and registration.
NIFA Announces RFA for Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program
January 5, 2012. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the release of FY 2012 RFAs for the Regional IPM (RIPM) Competitive Grants Program. The program supports research and extension efforts needed to increase the implementation of IPM methods. Applications must be received by grants.gov by 5 pm EST on February 29, 2012. More.
Free Webinar on Transitioning to Organic Land Care
January 3, 2012. The Sustainable Places Information Network is hosting a free webinar on January 10, 2012 at 11 am PST. David Alba, Organic Land Care Program Manager with Oregon Tilth, will speak about strategies for transitioning to organic land care. Presentation will contain Northwest-specific information, but will also cover more general pesticide reduction and alternative landscaping and maintenance practices for schools. More.
LSU AgCenter Announces Pesticide Educational Coordinator Position
January 3, 2012. The Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter has announced an opening for a Pesticide Educational Coordinator. This position will be responsible for coordinating statewide Pesticide Safety Education within the LSU AgCenter's Cooperative Extension Service. The position is open until January 6, 2012 or until a suitable candidate is identified. More.
IKE Seeks Contractor to Assist with School IPM
December 22 , 2011. The non-profit Indiana-based Improving Kids' Environment has put out an RFQ for an IPM Coordinator to help implement IPM in 10 demonstration schools in IN and OH. Responses are due January 30, 2012. More.
IPM Symposium Call for Post Abstracts Announced
December 22, 2011. The 7th International IPM Symposium, to be held March 27-29, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee has announced that its poster abstract submission deadline is January 9, 2012. Abstracts must be submitted using the online submission form available here. Registration and accommodations information has also been added to the website.
NSAC Seeking Director of Development
December 19, 2011. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has an opening for a Director of Development. Based in their Washington, DC office, the Director of Development will raise NSAC's annual budget from a variety of sources and help manage the organization's finances. More.
Northeast IPM Center Hiring Grants and Signature Projects Manager
December 19, 2011. The Northeast IPM Center is searching for a Grants and Signature Projects Manager. Projects will include seeking private and public grant support for the Center and managing grants and their impacts, ensuring all funding and reporting requirements are met. The position runs through March 31, 2013 and can be extended contingent upon available funding. Application deadline is January 4, 2012. More.
Fall Northeast IPM Insights Published
December 19, 2011. The Northeastern IPM Center has published its fall edition of Northeast IPM Insights. The issue includes articles about dealing with bed bugs using dry ice pellets, Sysco's IPM program and research on controlling tiger mosquitoes. More.
National Pesticide Forum Scheduled for March
December 19, 2011. The 30th National Pesticide Forum, “Healthy Communities: Green Solutions for Safe Environments” will be held March 30-31, 2012 at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The conference will focus on organic landcare, urban/suburban pesticide use, organic food and protective national, state and local policies. More.
December School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
December 14, 2011. The December School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. This month's newsletter features articles on Building Out Pests, Pest Presses Provide a Wealth of Information and Parents: Become an Advocate for IPM in your Child's School. More.
DPR Grant Solicitation to be Distributed in January
December 9, 2011. The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will distribute the solicitation for the 2012/2013 Pest Management Alliance Grant the first week of January 2012. This grant will provide a total of $400,000 in funding for projects that increase implementation and adoption of IPM. More.
EPA Award for Asthma Management
December 9, 2011. The US EPA is calling for applications for the National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management. Organizations should apply if their work addresses environmental triggers as part of a comprehensive asthma program, fosters high-performing collaborations and improves the daily lives of those with asthma by promoting a healthy environment. Applications are due February 21, 2012. More.
USDA Awards $5.7M for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Research
December 5, 2011. The US Department of Agriculture has awarded $5.7 million to ten institutions across the country to fund research on management of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). These insects caused total losses for some growers of sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, apples and peaches in 2010. Researchers have yet to find a reliable way to combat the BMSB and still protect other beneficial insects and maintain IPM. See the full article from the Northeastern IPM Center.
7th International IPM Symposium Scheduled for March
November 29, 2011. The 7th International IPM Symposium, “IPM on the World Stage—Solutions for Global Pest Challenges,” is scheduled for March 27-29, 2012 in Memphis, TN at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Nominations for the “IPM Achievement Awards” are due by December 15, 2011. The deadline for poster presentation abstracts is January 9, 2012. More.
2012 NCUE Conference Scheduled for May
November 29, 2011. The 2012 National Conference on Urban Entomology (NCUE) will be held May 21-23, 2012 in Atlanta, GA. The conference emphasizes innovation and research in household, structural and public health arthropod pests. Conference pre-registration is due by April 12, 2012 and student scholarship applications are due January 15, 2012. More.
NRDC Announces Growing Green Awards
November 22, 2011. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) announces its fourth annual Growing Green Awards to recognize leaders in the sustainable food field. Individuals are eligible in the following categories: food producer, business leader, food justice leader and young food leader. Nominations are due December 9, 2011. More.
EPA Virtual School Walkthrough Webinar on IAQ
November 21, 2011. The US EPA is facilitating a webinar on Friday, December 9, 2011 from 1-2:30 pm EST entitled “The Vitual School Walkthrough Webinar: Identifying and Solving Common IAQ Problems.” This webinar will teach participants how to take, interpret and use indoor air quality (IAQ) measurements and the importance of prioritizing IAQ issues. Send questions to the speakers (IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com ) by December 2, 2011. More information and register.
Holiday Bed Bug Prevention
November 17, 2011. The University of Minnesota's Bed Bug Hotline created a fact sheet summarizing their answers to the most common questions about preventing bed bugs during the holidays. The fact sheet includes tips such as using mattress encasements and not placing guests' coats on the bed. More.
Final Spending Bill Supports IPM
November 17, 2011. The House and Senate agriculture funding committees have convened a conference committee to resolve their differences. While final Senate action has not yet occurred, nothing will change in the Senate related to IPM funding in the final bill. Generally, IPM did better than expected in the conference. IPM Center funding is restored to 2010 levels, Extension funds dropped slightly from 2011 levels and NIFA IPM funding will be about $4 million. More.
November School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
November 16, 2011. The November School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. This month's newsletter features articles on Building Out Pests, Environmentally Conscious Schools Receive a Green Ribbon and EPA Releases School Siting Guidelines. More.
NIFA Announces Availability of BRAG Grant Funds
November 14, 2011. The US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announces an RFA through its Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG). Approximately $4 million in grant funds will be available to support environmental assessment research concerning the introduction of genetically engineered organisms into the environment. Letters of intent are due December 1, 2011 and full proposal applications are due February 1, 2012. More.
NIFA Grant Opportunities for IPM-Related Projects
November 10, 2011. US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has several currently open grant opportunities that align with IPM strategies and priorities. Review the following RFAs to determine where your work might fit: Sustainable Bioenergy, AFRI (closes 12/15/11), Climate Variability and Change, AFRI (closes 12/16/11), Specialty Crop Research Initiative (closes 1/31/12) and Food Security, AFRI (closes 2/2/12).
Cornell Cooperative Extension Seeks Four Educators
November 9, 2011. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County is currently looking for four educators to work with farming communities in Eastern NY. Open positions are: Fruit Resource Educator, Vegetable Resource Educator, Organic Production Resource Educator and Agricultural Business Management and Land Use Senior Educator. All positions require at least an MS degree. More.
Upcoming Facility Masters Webcast on Green Ribbon Schools Program
November 8, 2011. The Facility Masters Webcast Series will present a webcast entitled “Green Ribbon Schools Program: Making the Energy Efficiency and Environmental Grade” on Thursday, November 17 at 12 pm EST. The webcast will discuss how to qualify and apply for the US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Program, which promotes the implementation of healthy and sustainable practices and environmental literacy in the classroom. To register.
North Central IPM Center Announces RFA
November 3, 2011. The North Central IPM Center announced the release of its FY12 Working Group Grants Program Request for Applications (RFA). The application deadline is December 16, 2011. Proposals for Working Groups can request up to $20,000 in funding for a 12-month term. The lead project investigator submitting the proposal must reside in the North Central region, but Working Group participants can reside outside the region. More.
U.S. EPA SEE Program Seeks IPM Specialist
November 2, 2011. The U.S. EPA has announced an IPM Specialist position opening in their Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program. Responsibilities for this position include visiting with schools and districts to advance school IPM, verifying IPM in participating schools and responding to public inquiries about school IPM. Applicants must be 55 years of age or older. More (scroll down to positions in Chicago, IPM Specialist).
New Onion Thrips Control Factsheet Published by the AAFC
October 31, 2011. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has released a new factsheet entitled Optimizing Sprayer Efficiency to Improve Onion Thrips Control through their Pesticide Risk Reduction Program. The factsheet will soon be posted on their Sustainable Crop Protection Factsheet Series page.
Northeastern IPM Center Announces New Grant Funding
October 26, 2011. The Northeastern IPM Center has announced the availability of up to $200,000 in funding through the IPM Partnership Grants Program. Projects that qualify for this funding must foster the development and adoption of integrated pest management in one of these four categories: IPM Working Groups, IPM Issues, Regional IPM Publications and IPM Planning and Assessment Documents. Applications must be submitted online by December 14, 2011. More.
October School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
October 19, 2011. The October School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. This month's newsletter features articles on Building Out Pests, New School IPM Business Case and Asthma Documents Spread the Word About IPM Benefits and Three Texas School Districts Become IPM STAR Certified. More.
News 14 Carolina Covers New IPM in Schools Requirement
October 18, 2011. News 14 Carolina ran a story yesterday about the provision of the School Children Health Act in North Carolina that requires schools to implement an IPM program. News 14 interviewed Patty Alder, NC State University IPM training coordinator, about how IPM works and ways students and teachers can help keep pests out. More.
New PSEP Facebook Contest Announced
October 18, 2011. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has announced a Facebook contest through their Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). The grand prize is a copy of the Pest Private Eye game, Teacher's Guide, and Comic book for use in the classroom to teach about pests and IPM. To enter, “Like” the PSEP Facebook page and follow the instructions in the CONTEST post. The contest runs through October 21, 2011.
NOFA-NY Announces Call for Papers and Posters
October 17, 2011. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is accepting paper and poster abstract submissions for their 2012 Northeast Organic Research Symposium, scheduled for January 19-20, 2012 in Saratoga Springs, NY. The goal of this event is to enhance relationships between farmers and researchers. Presentation abstracts are due by November 1, 2011. More.
Second International Organic Fruit Symposium Scheduled
October 17, 2011. The International Society of Horticultural Science is sponsoring the 2nd International Organic Fruit Symposium “Organic Fruit 2012: From Research to Practice” in Leavenworth, WA June 18-21, 2012. This research Symposium will deal with topics on the current and future state of organic fruit production and marketing. Abstracts are due in mid-December and presentations will be published in Acta Horticulturae. More.
Business Case and Asthma Documents Released
October 14, 2011. The National School IPM 2015 Steering Committee released two new documents on reducing your child's asthma using IPM and the business case for IPM in Schools, to educate schools and parents about the cost benefits and asthma reduction that can be achieved through IPM implementation.
University of California Seeks Senior Editor
October 6, 2011. The University of California is now recruiting a Senior Editor to work in the Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) located in Davis, CA. The Senior Editor will be responsible for coordinating the development, updating, editing and production of the Pest Management Guidelines series of publications. This is the University of California's primary pest management data source for more than 40 agricultural crops, comprising more than 3,300 printed pages published online and in PDF. The position requisition number is 03006276. More.
7th International IPM Symposium Scheduled for March
October 3, 2011. The 7th International IPM Symposium, “IPM on the World Stage—Solutions for Global Pest Challenges,” is scheduled for March 27-29, 2012 in Memphis, TN at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Nominations for the “Achievement in IPM Awards” are due by December 15, 2011. The call for poster presentation abstracts will be sent in late October. More.
North Central IPM Center's Newsletter Now Online
September 28, 2011. The fall issue of North Central IPM Center's Connection newsletter is now available online. Articles include Measuring IPM Performance in US Public Schools, Nebraska IPM in Schools, AEPA Solicits Regional Agriculture IPM Grants Proposals for 2011, EPA Takes Major Actions to Reduce Americans' Risks from Mouse and Rat Poisons, New PPLS Web Application, DuPont's Imprelis Fact Sheet, Severe Root Damage to Bt Corn Confirmed in Northwestern Illinois, North Central IPM Center Grants and Mini-Grants Program Awards 2007-2011, Stored Product Protection Publication and Educating the Public with “Expert Plant Picks” and Sustainable Lawn Care Posters. More.
IPM Voice September Newsletter Available
September 28, 2011. IPM Voice, an organization that advocates for progressive IPM, has released its September newsletter. The newsletter includes an update on IPM Voice's current efforts to educate policy makers about the need for continued and expanded support for IPM. The update includes figures compiled by Harold Coble illustrating a reduction in federal funding for IPM since 2000 despite the successes of IPM programs and IPM Centers. More.
RFA Released by the Western IPM Center
September 28, 2011. The Western IPM Center released a Request for Applications (RFA) for “Western IPM Center 2012 Competitive Grant Programs.” Programs available in this RFA include IPM Work Groups, Outreach and/or Publications and Surveys/Crop Profiles/Pest Management Strategic Plans. Applications are due on November 18. More.
IPM Cubed Extends Fall Session Course Discount
September 28, 2011. The IPM Cubed Training Consortium has extended their 33% discount on courses offered in fall 2011. Discounted courses include IPM Core Concepts Module, Pest Biology - Weeds, Pest Biology - Plant Diseases, Invasive Species Specialty Module, Imported Fire Ant IPM and IPM for Facility Managers and Supervisors. The fall session runs from October 3 - November 14 (except the IPM for Facility Managers course, which ends December 19). More.
National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) to Hold Third National Meeting
September 22, 2011. The Third NPDN National Meeting will be held November 6-8 at the Doubletree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center in Berkeley, CA. The theme is “Next Gen NPDN” and the meeting will include symposia, workshops and field trips for professionals concerned with plant health issues, emerging pests and pathogens and biosecurity. More.
September School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
September 21 , 2011. The September School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. This month's newsletter features articles on Contracting for IPM Services in Schools, Facility Managers Learn IPM Tactics for Schools and 2011-2012 Pest Management Calendar Released. More.
IPM Innovator George Kennedy to be Honored in Reno
September 20, 2011. The Entomological Foundation is awarding Dr. George Kennedy with the 2011 Medal of Honor at its Awards Luau Reception on November 14 in Reno, NV. This event pays tribute to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding support and commitment to entomology. Dr. Kennedy is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of agriculture and department head at North Carolina State University. He uses his research on the ecology and life systems of arthropods that affect agricultural crops to enhance IPM. More.
Association of Applied IPM Ecologists (AAIE) to Hold Citrus Roundtable Meeting
September 12, 2011. The AAIE Citrus Roundtable meeting will be held September 28 at the Lindcove Citrus Research and Extension Center in Exeter, CA. Topics will include pest review for 2011, scale control issues, Asian Citrus Psyllid as well as other topics from the group. More.
Northeastern IPM Center Announces Urgent IPM Grant Program
September 12, 2011. The Northeastern IPM Center is pleased to announce the availability of funding for its new Urgent IPM Grant Program, which is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Approximately $50,000 is available in 2011 to fund up to five projects that quantify an emerging pest situation, develop IPM methods, or educate audiences about IPM. Each proposal is limited to $10,000. More.
University of California Seeks Urban IPM Advisor
August 29, 2011. The University of California is now recruiting a new urban IPM Advisor for the San Francisco Bay Area. The coordinator will be based in Alameda County but will work throughout the SF Bay Area counties. The emphasis of this position is pest management of arthropods in urban areas, but other pest issues such as weed, pathogen and vertebrate management are also included. More.
Addressing Potential Pest Issues Resulting from Hurricanes
August 26, 2011. The Southern IPM Center has posted a blog post on hurricanes and pests. The post features a checklist of tips for preparing for and managing potential pest issues that could result from a hurricane event. More.
Pesticide Safety and IPM Outreach Position Available
August 25, 2011. Pesticide safety and IPM outreach position available working for the Indian Health Service (IHS), based out of Spokane, WA. Job Duties include: educates growers, the public and schools about pesticide use restrictions in their area. Assist and/or trains field workers, pesticide applicators and pesticide producers; tribes and other Indian Health Service staff in Basic Integrated Pest Management. More.
Latest IPM Insights Newsletter Now Online
August 24, 2011. Headlines in the Summer 2011 issue of IPM Insights include: Swallow-wort Biocontrols Pass Test, Decoded Secret Betrays Berry Weevil, New IPM Partnerships for 2011, Spotted Wing Drosophila in the Northeast and More.
Post Doctoral Associate Position Available at University of Puerto Rico
August 15, 2011. A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the new Quarantine and Invasive Species Laboratory at the Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Puerto Rico, Jardín Botánico Sur, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The research associate will work on methods development and field data collection focused on invasive pests and their natural enemies. More.
Craig Watson Awarded James Beard Foundation Leadership Award
August 15, 2011. The James Beard Foundation has awarded Craig Watson with one of its ten inaugural Leadership Awards for his work to improve sustainable agriculture and IPM practices for Sysco's food products. This award reflects Craig leadership as Vice President of Sustainable Agriculture for Sysco. These awards recognize visionaries in the business, government and education sectors who have been responsible for creating a healthier, safer and more sustainable food world. More.
Documents from EPA's Tick IPM Conference Now Available
August 11, 2011. EPA sponsored the Promoting Community IPM for Preventing Tick-Borne Diseases conference this past March. The conference covered a broad array of topics related to the use of IPM to reduce tick-borne diseases. Key documents from the conference are now available online: More.
August School IPM 2015 eNewsletter Now Available
August 11, 2011. The August School IPM 2015 eNewsletter is now available online. This month's newsletter features articles on Pesticide Restrictions Provide New Opportunities for IPM, EPA PestWise Awards and the New Facility Masters Webcast and Nationwide Listserv. More.
HUD and EPA Grant Opportunities Available
August 9, 2011. The Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC) administers three grant programs that help communities around the country achieve its mission of creating strong, sustainable communities by connecting housing to jobs, fostering local innovation, and helping to build a clean energy economy. Grant opportunities for FY2011 include Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants and Community Challenge Grants. More.
New York State IPM Seeks Nominations for its Annual
"Excellence in IPM Awards"
August 8, 2011. Candidates for Excellence in IPM Awards should be individuals or organizations in New York State whose work in IPM deserves special recognition. They might be awarded for developing new IPM tools; evaluating IPM methods in their operations, businesses, or organizations; encouraging demonstrations and adoption of IPM; promoting IPM and bolstering the adoption of IPM practices. More.
Severe Apple Scab Affecting Pennsylvania Crop
August 8, 2011. Dr. Henry Ngugi, in the Department of Pathology at Penn State University, said he has recently seen two commercial orchards with complete apple scab control failure in Pennsylvania. Ngugi states that if the level of devastation from scab reoccurs in the coming years, it would threaten the Pennsylvania apple industry. More.
USDA APHIS Proclaims August as 'Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month'
August 8, 2011. During August, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will raise awareness about the threat that invasive plant pests and diseases pose to America's agricultural and natural resources, and will urge residents to help stop their spread. Throughout the month, APHIS will stress that "individual citizens play a vital role protecting U.S. agriculture and the environment from invasive pests." More.
Free School IPM Webcast on August 17th
August 5, 2011. Facility Masters is hosting an interactive webcast entitled “Effective Integrated Pest Management for Safeguarding Kitchens, Cafeterias and Classrooms” on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, from 12:00 – 1:15 pm EDT. Attendees will hear from IPM experts as they discuss best practices for identifying, eliminating and preventing common pests and factors contributing to pest problems in kitchens, cafeterias and classrooms. More.
EPA Announces Regional Ag IPM Grants
August 4, 2011. EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), in coordination with the EPA Regional Offices, announces the availability of approximately $500,000 for assistance agreements to further, through research, development, monitoring, public education, training, demonstrations, or studies, the adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to reduce pesticide risk in production agriculture settings in the United States.More.
EPA PESP Awards Application Deadline Extended
August 2, 2011. In June EPA's Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program announced the new PESP Awards program that is currently underway. The deadline for award applications has been extended to August 19th. This program is designed to recognize partners and stakeholders who are advancing IPM and pesticide risk reduction. The awards will provide public recognition of partners and stakeholders for their commitment to IPM and provide an opportunity for IPM stakeholders to showcase their accomplishments in promoting IPM. More.