University of Maryland Seeks Assistant Professor in Integrative Arthropod Biology
July 28, 2015. The University of Maryland College Park is seeking an Assistant Professor in Integrative Arthropod Biology. Candidates doing outstanding work on any aspect of terrestrial arthropod biology will be considered, but topics of special interest include, but are not limited to: vector biology; insect/microbe interactions; insect behavior; ecology, and biodiversity; systematics, evolutionary biology and evo-devo; developmental biology and physiology; functional and comparative genomics; and arthropod roles in urban ecosystems, ecosystem services and their link to human health. This position will be expected to build a nationally prominent, robustly funded research program, as well as contribute to our undergraduate and graduate teaching portfolios. The deadline to apply is October 2, 2015. More.
Michigan State University Seeking a Tree Fruit Production Educator
July 24, 2015. Michigan State University Extension is searching for a full-time Educator on Tree Fruit Production. Located in Oceana County (Hart, MI) in West Michigan, this position will collaborate across work teams and Institutes including working with faculty, specialists, educators and commodity groups to achieve efficient, profitable and sustainable fruit production and overall advancement for the Michigan tree fruit industries. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2015. More.
STEMbugs: The 2015 Entomological Foundation Educator Workshop
July 20, 2015. The Entomological Foundation is hosting an Educator's Workshop in conjunction with the ESA Annual Meeting. For only $10, educators may sign up for two out of six one-hour educational sessions devoted to using insects in the classroom and creating hands-on learning projects. Participants will also receive a certificate of attendance that shows 4 CEU hours of education, a free boxed lunch, a parking voucher, and of course excellent guidance on taking "lessons learned' back to the classroom and into the hands of students. Space is limited to the first 150 participants. Register here.
PhD. Position Available at the University of Palermo Studying the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
July 16, 2015. Professor Stefano Colazza at the University of Palermo in Italy is seeking a candidate for a three-year PhD. position studying the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). The candidate for this position will adopt a multidisciplinary approach to study the ecological consequences of BMSB invasions, and in particular the effect of alien herbivore invasion on local natural enemies. Specific research strands will focus on: 1) the impact of exotic herbivores on infochemical communication between plants, herbivores and natural enemies; 2) Learned responses of parasitoids to infochemical evolutionary traps in a climate change context; 3) Contest behaviour of local egg parasitoids for possession of co-evolved and non-coevolved hosts; 4) Patch time allocation of local egg parasitoids after alien herbivore invasion: behavioural and modelling approaches. A Bachelor's or Master's degree in entomology, biology, behavior, chemical ecology, or a related field is required, along with excellent written and oral communication skills. Potential candidates will be contacted for Skype interviews directly by Dr. Colazza. To apply, email the following by August 1, 2015 to Dr. Colazza: 1) a statement of interest in the position and major research interests, 2) your CV, and 3) your unofficial transcripts.
Tribal School IPM Workshop July 23-24 in Arizona
July 14, 2015.
The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA), along with University of Arizona and US EPA Region IX, is organizing a Tribal School IPM Workshop, July 23-24, 2015. The workshop will include classroom instructions and a hands-on practicum. The purpose of this workshop is to provide information for the tribal school community on: IPM philosophy and the best way to manage pests, pesticide safety, controlling vector pests, and developing a School IPM Plan specifically for each school. Contact Africa Dorame-Avalos from Inter Tribal Council of Arizona for agenda questions and to inquire about financial support to attend this workshop: (602) 258-4822. More. (PDF)
Upcoming EPA Webinar on Selecting the Right Materials to Improve IAQ in Schools
July 10, 2015.
Join IAQ experts as they discuss the role of proper materials selection in IAQ and how it affects student and staff health, as well as construction and operating costs, and get a fresh perspective on selecting the right materials practices for your school buildings. This EPA Indoor Air Quality Master Class professional training webinar will take place Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT. Register
IPM for Food Plants Seminar, September 29-30, Sacramento CA
July 8, 2015. Clark Pest Control and RK Pest Management are bringing together a unique group of experts in September to discuss the challenges and solutions to Food Plant IPM in the face of the recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Topics to be discussed include Meeting 3rd Party Audit Criteria, Moving from Pesticide Dependence to IPM, Cockroach Management in a Food Environment, and more. The deadline for early registration is July 31 for only $545; registration after July 31 is $645. More.
Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference, Aug 14-16
July 6, 2015. The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) is hosting its annual summer conference at UMass in Amherst, MA, on August 14-16. The theme for this year's Conference is "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology". The main conference features 144 individual sessions with 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more. The early bird deadline for discount registration is July 17, 2015. The standard registration deadline is August 8, 2015. More.
Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation: Updated Document Released
July 1, 2015. The Xerces Society has announced an updated version of its publication, Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation. Authored by multiple staff at both the Xerces Society and NRCS, these guidelines provide a concise summary of how Farm Bill conservation programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program or the Conservation Reserve Program, can be used to restore or enhance habitat for pollinators on working farms and private lands. Read it here. (PDF)
IPM Institute Seeks PARM Project Manager
June 29, 2015. The IPM Institute has an open position for a Project Manager for our agricultural program in the Great Lakes Basin, the Partnership for Ag Resource Management project. The primary responsibilities of this position will include managing the program and building and maintaining strong relationships with both public and private partners. The ideal candidate will possess experience in agriculture and IPM with a detailed understanding of the ag retail industry. This position is located in downtown Madison, WI and includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. More.
IPM Institute Seeks Community IPM Project Manager
June 25, 2015. The IPM Institute has an open position for a Community IPM Project Manager. Primary responsibilities will include providing leadership for and oversight of the organization’s community IPM programs, actively engaging the broader IPM community, and building and maintaining strong relationships with both federal and private funders. The ideal candidate will possess experience in the field of IPM with an understanding of issues related to structural and landscape IPM. This position is located in downtown Madison, WI and includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. More.
EPA School IPM Funding Opportunity Announced
June 26, 2015. The Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is soliciting proposals from eligible parties for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cooperative agreement to provide financial assistance for School IPM projects. Eligible organizations are sought to provide education, training, resources, and technical assistance to increase Integrated Pest Management (IPM) implementation in kindergarten to 12th grade (K-12) public and tribal schools nationwide. The application deadline for this funding opportunity is August 10, 2015. More. (PDF)
New Online Pesticide Research Tool Available June 25; NPIC Hosts Webinar to Unveil
June 24, 2015. On Thursday June 25th, at 1:00 PM EST, the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) will host a webinar on their new pesticide product research tool, NPIC Pesticide Research Online (NPRO). Located on the NPIC website and designed for professionals, the tool allows users to search for federally registered pesticide products by several criteria. Dynamic searching allows you to narrow the search results, and results include links to the most recent federal product label. Using the system requires some knowledge of pesticide terminology, including use sites, chemical synonyms, and pest names. The webinar is limited to the first 100 participants to log on. The webinar will also be recorded and NPIC will post a recording of the webinar within a week. To participate, please visit the NPIC webinar page on June 25, located here
University of Florida Seeks Entomology and Nematology Eminent Scholar
July 27, 2015. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) in Gainesville, Florida is hiring an Eminent Scholar (Davies, Fischer and Eckes Endowed Chair) in the Entomology and Nematology Department. This is a 12-month tenured position involving 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences). The major research emphasis will be to investigate and develop novel citrus pest management solutions using modern molecular and/or genomic tools. Areas of expertise may include biological control, host-plant resistance, invertebrate pathology, toxicology, or host-symbiont interactions, with the goal of improving control of arthropod pests of citrus. For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by December 6, 2015. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined. More.
South Dakota State University Extension Announces Three Open Positions
July 23, 2015. South Dakota State University Extension has announced open positions at three of their locations. The Agronomy-Weeds Extension Field Specialist position is based out of Aberdeen Regional Extension Center, the Agronomy-Crops Extension Field Specialist position is based out of Sioux Falls, and the Consumer Horticulture Field Specialist will be based out of Mitchell Regional Extension Center. All three of these positions are open until filled. Please click on the position titles above to open the position descriptions for each, and apply here.
Livestock & Field Crop Specialist, Greenhouse Pro Honored for Excellence in IPM
July 21, 2015. The New York State IPM Program has awarded its "Excellence in IPM" award to two outstanding individuals. Keith Waldron is a 30-year veteran livestock & field crop specialist who works for NYSIPM. Keith has made his name teaching better ways to keep crops and livestock healthy and productive, and works with everyone from growers, to industry reps, to farmers' next-door neighbors. Nora Catlin is a floriculture specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. Catlin's award honors her work with commercial greenhouse growers who, on Long Island alone, contribute nearly $80 million to New York’s economy. Read more about Keith here and Catlin here.
New Research on the Financial Impact of Bed Bugs on the Hospitality Industry
July 20, 2015. New research from the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has shed new light on the negative financial impact bed bugs often have on the travel and hospitality industry. The goal of the research was to understand consumer preferences when choosing a hotel for business or leisure travel, and how the risk of bed bugs influences their decision. The study found that bed bugs are highly costly overall to the industry, with a single report of bed bugs in recent traveler reviews lowering the value of a hotel room by $38 and $23 per room per night for business and leisure travelers respectively, on average.
APHIS Announces Dates for Fiscal Year 2016 Farm Bill 10007 Open Period
July 17, 2015. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today the dates of the fiscal year (FY) 2016 open period for submitting suggestions to implement the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program of the 2014 Farm Bill. The FY 2016 open period will last six weeks from August 3, 2015, through September 14, 2015. There will be $62.5 million available with at least $5 million going to the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). The open period for submitting NCPN project suggestions will be announced separately. APHIS will solicit suggestions about one month earlier than last year in an effort to establish agreements with cooperators in the first and second quarters of the new fiscal year. This will allow cooperators to plan and conduct activities that need to start in the spring and early summer of 2016.
Seeking Full-Time Project Coordinator, Sustainable Food Group
July 15, 2015. The IPM Institute is seeking a full-time Project Coordinator for support in improving sustainability in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Responsibilities include contributing to the development and operation of sustainability programs for national food companies and their supply chains. The ideal candidate will have excellent analytical skills, strong attention to detail, knowledge and experience in sustainable agriculture, and Spanish language proficiency is a plus. Flexible schedule, hourly compensation commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits include paid vacation and retirement plan. Located in downtown Madison, on bus routes. More.
Training for Young Growers in IPM Orchard Scouting by PSU Extension
July 14, 2015.
Join PSU Extension experts in Biglerville, PA on Thursday, July 16 for a two-hour networking session on the subject of IPM orchard scouting. This session is intended for young growers and features hands-on training on scouting orchards for insects, mites, beneficials, and diseases. The session will take place from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM at Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center, 290 University Drive, Biglerville, PA 17307. Info and registration here.
Latest University of Arizona School & Home IPM Newsletter Now Available
July 13, 2015. The July edition of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension's newsletter, School & Home IPM, is now available. Topics covered in this issue include a new guide to preparing a School IPM plan, Giant Mesquite Bugs, a request for your participation in a bed bug survey, upcoming events and more. Read it here. (PDF)
Upcoming Webinar to Address Hoarding, Housing & Pests
July 9, 2015. The StopPests in Housing program at Cornell University is hosting an upcoming webinar on Tuesday, August 4, at 12PM EDT to address the subject of hoarding in multifamily housing and its implications for pest management. This free 90-minute webinar discusses how clutter is often associated with an increase in pest reports among residents, and how managers can use the StopPests team's experience, tools, and intervention program to train their own staff to help residents with clutter and hoarding issues. Learn how to recognize hoarding, flag units, and rate the severity of clutter, and then offer an intervention that will empower residents to address hoarding behaviors. Register here.
British Columbia Ministry of the Environment Hiring IPM License Officer
July 7, 2015. The Integrated Pest Management Section at the BC Ministry of Environment in Victoria, BC is hiring for the position of Integrated Pest Management License Officer. The IPM Program objectives are to promote risk reduction, prevent environmental and human health impacts from pesticides and to administer the Integrated Pest Management Act.
The Integrated Pest Management Licence Officer leads ministry initiatives to regulate pesticides and promote IPM in key sectors: pesticide dispensing and landscape, structural and agricultural pest management. The deadline to apply for the job is July 19. More.
Online Organic Lawn Care Accreditation Course Available
July 6, 2015. The Northeast Organic Farming Association's Organic Land Care Program is offering a new online accreditation certification for lawn care professionals. This 9-unit, non-college credit course is a complete introduction to managing grass and lawns organically and will enable lawn care professionals to market and communicate this information to individual clients or municipalities. The full course is offered on an open enrollment basis and costs $150 per student. More.
2015 IPM Innovator Awards Nomination Deadline Extended
July 2, 2015. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has extended their deadline for submitting nominations for its 2015 IPM Innovator Awards. The awards are presented to groups, organizations, or companies that develop and share innovative IPM practices. The nomination process is simple and easy, and groups may nominate themselves. More.
Upcoming TX Urban Wildlife Management Conference
June 29, 2015. The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas will host an Urban Wildlife Management conference July 29. The conference will take place from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. in Building C of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, located at 17360 Coit Road in Dallas, and will discuss ways to successfully manage wildlife issues. Topics include coyotes, bobcats, birds, bats, small mammals, snakes, and diseases associated with wildlife. Lunch is included. Attendees certified with the Texas Animal Control Association (TACA) will receive CEU credit for attending the conference. CEU credits will also be available for technicians and certified applicator’s licensed with the Texas Department of Agriculture and Structural Pest Control Service. The cost is $30 per person and seating is limited. Attendees must preregister by July 23 to ensure a spot at the program and an accurate lunch count. More.
Pre-Application Period Open for HUD Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant Program
June 25, 2015. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the pre-application period for its Healthy Homes Technical Studies grant program. The purpose of this program is to fund studies to improve HUD's and the public's knowledge of housing-related health and safety hazards and to improve or develop new hazard assessment and control methods, with a focus on key residential health and safety hazards. See the program section for information on Integrated Pest Management, applied bed bug research and third-hand smoke. The deadline to apply is July 16, 2015. More.
International Congress of Entomology 2016 Symposia Announced
June 23, 2015. The XXV International Congress of Entomology has announced the symposia for their 2016 event. Topic categories range from agricultural and forest entomology to IPM & sustainable agriculture, to urban entomology. Check out the symposia here.