Register Now for March 24 Natural Turf Management Training with Chip Osborne in Madison, Wisconsin
February 1, 2016. Renowned natural turf care expert Charles "Chip" Osborne Jr., founder and President of Osborne Organics, LLC, will offer an introductory training workshop on the basics of natural turf management in Madison on March 24. This one-day course offers a valuable opportunity for grounds managers and turf and landscape care professionals interested in learning how to establish healthy, organically maintained lawns that are more resilient, drought-tolerant and resistant to pest infestations than chemically maintained lawns. The event will be held from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the Lussier Family Heritage Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Lunch will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to register by March 10 to receive the discounted early bird rate, and a discounted student rate is available until March 23. Tickets and additional information can be found
Save the Date: Upcoming EPA Webinar on Pest Prevention by Design in Schools
January 25, 2016. Join the EPA on Tuesday, February 23 for an informative webinar on how to prevent pests in schools through effective design principles. The Pest Prevention by Design Guidelines provide school administrators, facility managers, architects, engineers, builders and the green building community information on designing pests out of buildings. For example, where a school may traditionally address a rat infestation with rat poison, the guidelines would recommend sealing the gap in the door frame that let the animals enter in the first place, putting a better lid on the dumpster out back, or removing the English ivy from the landscaping (a preferred rodent habitat). By following these recommendations, it's possible to keep pests out, improve indoor air quality and save money over the life of the building. Featured presenters will include Chris Geiger, Ph.D., IPM Program Manager of the City of San Francisco, and Robert Corrigan, Ph.D., Rodent IPM Specialist, of RMC Pest Management Consulting.
2013 Canadian Crop Profile for Peach Now Online
January 13, 2016. A new Crop Profile for Peach in Canada in 2013 is available free to download from the Government of Canada Publications web site. There are over thirty Crop Profiles created and maintained by the Pesticide Risk Reduction Program that are accessible for download on this site as well.
New Entries in Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Video Series
January 7, 2016. A new set of videos on brown marmorated stinkbug (BMSB) has been released by StopBMSB, a team of 50 researchers working to find management solutions for growers, including strategies that will protect food, the environment, and farms. “Tracking the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug” shows growers and others how to identify BMSB, why this pest is important in agriculture, and what’s at stake if the pest isn't stopped. It also showcases the work of the research team and the efforts they've made to understand and control this invasive pest. More.
Register Early for the 2016 Biocontrols Conference & Expo, Monterey, CA
December 30, 2015. The 2016 Biocontrols Conference will be held March 3-4 in Monterey, California, hosted by Meister Media Worldwide in cooperation with the Biopesticides Industry Alliance and the California Association of Pest Control Advisers. This industry event will explore the use of biocontrols in agriculture including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, greenhouses and ornamentals, and will examine what's next in biocontrols. More info is available at the event homepage and registration page. More.
Save the Date! The 2016 Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem
December 23, 2015. The Centers for Disease Control, Entomological Society of America and the IPM Institute are proud to announce the 2016 Integrated Tick Management Symposium, to be held May 16-17, 2016 at the Westin Washington DC City Center. The symposium will explore the current state of the tick and tick-borne disease (TBD) problem and current practices for Integrated Tick Management (ITM), the connection between ITM, reducing tick populations and disease transmission, knowledge gaps and current needs--including existing and potentially impactful approaches, collaborations, and levels of investment required to significantly reduce the burden of illness and public health impact of ticks and TBDs. The conference will aim to summarize findings for informing various constituencies including government at all levels, funding agencies, the media, and the public about the impact of TBDs and possible solutions. Online registration will be available starting in January 2016. Please contact Chloe Nelson or visit the symposium website for more information on sponsorship and exhibit opportunities. More.
IPM Institute Seeks Community IPM Project Manager
December 22, 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.
New Fact Sheet on Indoor Air Quality & Plants
December 16, 2015. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released a guidance factsheet on the care and use of indoor plants to improve indoor air quality (IAQ). Plants and potting soil can be a source of mold, pollen, and other allergens if improperly situated and maintained. This fact sheet gives essential tips on ways to avoid worsening IAQ through poor care and usage of indoor plants. More.
Enhancing Environmental Health Knowledge (EEK): Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference
December 15, 2015. EEK: Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference is designed to enhance the knowledge of environmental health professionals to help them better prepare for public health events of concern. Scheduled for April 13-14, 2016, the conference will include sessions on rodents, ticks, mosquitoes, and bed bugs; institutional integrated pest management (IPM); emerging vectors and vector-borne diseases; new technologies in vector and pest control; climate change and vectors; lessons learned; inspection successes; and stories from the field, among others. For more information or to submit an abstract, visit here.
Upcoming EPA Webinar on Bed Bugs in Schools
December 4, 2015. Bed bugs continue to hitchhike into schools across the nation, creating challenges for administrators, facility managers, and school nurses. An EPA webinar scheduled for December 15th at 1PM CST discusses the challenges bed bugs present, and school administrators' important role in protecting students and staff, including action plans and IPM control tactics. This webinar is one in a series of EPA presentations offering information on IPM to help school districts adopt a proactive approach to pest control. The presentations are geared specifically to the school community: facility managers, buildings and grounds managers, staff, nurses, administrators, and IPM coordinators. To register, please visit here.
IPM Institute Seeks Sustainable Agriculture Analyst for Sustainable Food Group
November 18, 2015. The IPM Institute currently has a full-time analyst position available for our Sustainable Food Group project. Responsibilities include contributing to quality assurance efforts for sustainability programs for farmers, food companies and supply chains. We offer a flexible schedule and hourly compensation commensurate with skills and experience
($16.50 - $17.50 per hour). Benefits include health insurance and retirement plans, and
paid holidays and vacation. Apply.
New Free Organic Transition Business Planning Manual For Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs
November 17, 2015. The booming profit potential of organic production has farmers, ranchers and food business owners nationwide switching to organic production. But successfully managing the risky multi-year transition requires careful business planning. Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) presents a new Organic Transition Business Planner for farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs. This new manual serves as a tool to help business owners develop an actionable organic transition plan suitable for management teams and lenders, explores organic transition strategies and asks critical questions that help you decide whether organic makes sense for your farm or business. Available as a free download here.
Problem Wildlife Webinar Scheduled for December 4th
November 16, 2015. It's very nice to have wildlife in your backyard-- until that wildlife damages your plants, disfigures your lawn or invades your house. In this webinar Dr. Scott Hygnstrom from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point will explain how to minimize problems from small mammals such as squirrels, chipmunks, moles, voles, rats, and mice. This webinar is scheduled for Friday, December 4th at 1 PM CST. The link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the start time on December 4th; at that time, click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event. More.
New Organic & IPM Working Group Publication Addresses Synergy Needed to Meet Food Production Challenges
November 9, 2015. The Organic & IPM Working Group, an ongoing USDA-NIFA-funded coalition of Organic and IPM researchers and scientists, has released a new publication examining exactly what's needed to meet the food production challenges of the 21st century. Entitled Organic Agriculture and Integrated Pest Management: Synergistic Partnership Needed to Improve the Sustainability of Agriculture and Food Systems, the report details the challenges we face, opportunities for collaborative solutions, and institutional/policy reforms that should be considered to accelerate progress.
FY 2016 Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Request for Pre-Applications (RFPA) Now Available
November 6, 2015. USDA-NIFA has announced the availability of funding for speciality crop research. The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 3, 2015. More.
Call for Organic Research Posters
November 4, 2015. For the seventh year, the 2016 MOSES Organic Farming Conference will include an organic research poster session Feb. 26 and 27 as part of the Organic Research Forum, funded by the Ceres Trust. The poster session will document completed and on-going research projects related to organic agriculture. Researchers, academic faculty and staff, graduate/undergraduate students and farmer researchers may submit poster proposals for consideration by Dec. 18, 2015. Space is limited to 25 posters. This is a juried poster session with awards for 1st through 3rd place. More.
Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course: 10-Week Intensive Training for New and Aspiring Farmers
October 27, 2015. Creating and growing a sustainable farm business requires expert training and planning along with passion, drive and very hard work. CT NOFA’s Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course is designed to help you – the 68% of new farmers who didn’t grow up on a farm - realize the farm of your dreams. This course has trained new and aspiring farmers to run successful farms for over six years through intensive classroom and hands-on training with successful, seasoned mentors excited to share their wisdom and best practices. Registration is now open for a ten-week course beginning December 5, 2015. Register.
Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Agricultural Entomology position announced
October 20, 2015. The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Agricultural Entomology at the Assistant Professor level. The position is a 9-month appointment (paid over 12 months) with responsibilities in teaching and research; responsibilities are allocated as 65% research, 30% teaching and 5% service. DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on Dec. 4, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. See here for the full posting.
Cluster hire in Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security at NC State University planned
October 20, 2015. As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University seeks four outstanding faculty at any rank to form a new interdisciplinary faculty cluster on "Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security". A comprehensive review of applications will begin by Dec. 15, 2015 and continue until the positions are filled.
Indiana State Department of Health Seeks Central Vectorborne Epidemiologist
October 16, 2015. The Indiana State Department of Health is seeking an Epidemiologist to serve as the central Indiana state representative for vectorborne disease surveillance, education, and vector control consultation. The successful candidate will collect and identify mosquito populations within the region, conduct field investigations in response to cases of disease or outbreak suspicion, and provide training on vectors, other arthropods, disease information and the use of pesticides. The candidate will also work with professionals at universities in the state, other state agencies, and local health departments to coordinate surveillance activities and to assist in training in vector control. This position is grant-funded. The application deadline is October 28, 2015. To apply, please visit here and search keyword "Epidemiologist."
Post-doctoral Position at the University of Maryland IPM/Biological Control Lab Studying Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
October 14, 2015. The IPM/Biological Control lab of Dr. Paula Shrewsbury at the Department of Entomology of University of Maryland is seeking a Post-doctoral associate. This position is part of a national effort to manage the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) with opportunities for networking and Extension. Studies will focus on the role of native natural enemies in the biological control of BMSB, native and exotic parasitoid interactions, and measures to enhance the biological control impact of natural enemies. The project will combine laboratory experiments with on-farm and research station studies. Required Qualifications include a Ph.D. in entomology, agro-ecology or closely related field; strong statistical abilities and writing skills; ability to work independently; driver’s license; publication track-record; preference for biological control research experience. This position is for 12 months and will start as soon as possible.
Northeastern IPM Center Hosts First Annual IPM Online Conference on October 20
October 13, 2015. The first annual Northeastern IPM Center (NEIPMC) Online Conference will be held on October 20th at 9:30 AM EDT. The Conference will feature updates from active projects funded by the NEIPMC’s Partnership Grants Program. In addition, the online conference will have updates from IPM-related projects funded through the Northeastern Sustainable Agriculture and Education (NE SARE) Program. The rapid style conference will feature 5 minute presentations in which the speakers will discuss, show, or possibly sing about 1 or 2 highlights from their projects. The purpose of the conference is to increase collaboration and awareness about current IPM-related research and extension in the Northeast in a fun way.
Western IPM Center 2016 Grant Program Request for Applications Now Available
October 12, 2015. The 2016 Western IPM Center grant program request for applications is now available. There will be about $270,000 in funding available for one-year grants in the following categories: Project Initiation, Work Groups, Outreach & Implementation, and IPM Planning Documents. Center Associate Director Matt Baur will host a one-hour webinar to go through the RFA and answer any questions on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. Pacific. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Pacific on December 9.
The New York State IPM Program Seeks Nominations for 2015 Excellence in IPM Awards
October 5, 2015. Candidates for Excellence in IPM Awards should be individuals or organizations in New York State whose work in IPM deserves special recognition. They can be awarded for: developing new IPM tools; implementing or evaluating IPM methods in their operations, businesses, or organizations; encouraging demonstrations and adoption of IPM; promoting IPM and bolstering the adoption of IPM practices; or educating others about IPM. The program seeks nominations for people in agricultural IPM (fruit, vegetables, ornamentals, and livestock and field crops) and community IPM (schools, homes, landscapes, turf, and municipalities). New Yorkers involved in communicating about IPM through the media are also eligible. Learn about previous IPM award winners here.
Registration Now Open for 2016 Integrated Tick Management Symposium
January 27, 2016. Please join the CDC, the Entomological Society of America and the IPM Institute of North America for the 2016 Integrated Tick Management Symposium in Washington DC. The Symposium will seek to address the current status of the tick and tick-borne disease (TBD) problem and current practices for Integrated Tick Management (ITM), detail the connection between Integrated Tick Management, reducing tick populations and disease transmission, identify knowledge gaps and prioritize needs, identify existing and potentially impactful approaches, collaborations, and level of investment required to significantly reduce the burden of illness and public health impact of ticks and TBDs, and more. Registration and hotel information are available at http://entsoc.org/ITMS. Sponsorships, exhibitor and poster opportunities for the symposium are also available: please contact Chloe Nelson at (608) 232-1410 for more information.
Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District Seeks Assistant Manager
January 19, 2016. The Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District is hiring an Assistant Manager position. The mission of the SLCMAD is the enhancement of health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquito transmitted diseases and the reduction of annoyance levels caused by these pests. Research on the biology and control of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases plays an integral role in fulfilling this mission. Once this position is filled, the District will also be hiring a Lab Director. More.
NYS IPM Announces Annual Excellence in IPM Award Winners
January 18, 2016. The New York State IPM Program recently announced nine recipients of their annual Excellence in IPM award. The recipients' roles run the range from bed bug task force leaders to farmers, greenhouse growers and diehard IPM advocates. Read more about the winners
USDA Announces $8.8 Million Available to Support Food and Agricultural Sciences Education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
January 18, 2016. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that $8.8 million in competitive funding is available to support Hispanic-Serving Institutions’ (HSIs) agricultural science education programs. These grants are intended to enhance the ability of these colleges and universities to support underserved students and to develop a skilled American workforce. A recent report posited an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment fields in the United States, and an average of 35,400 new U.S. graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher in agriculture related fields, 22,500 short of the jobs available annually. Applications for collaboration projects are due Feb. 9, standard applications are due Feb. 10, and strengthening project applications are due Feb. 12. Please see the request for applications for specific program requirements.
2016 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Don't Let the Insects Eat Your Vegetables
January 7, 2016. It's frustrating when insects attack our vegetables. Learn practical tips for preventing problems from these pests in this free 60-minute webinar on Friday, February 5 at 2 PM EST, presented by Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension Specialist, Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. On February 5, the link to the live webinar will open about 15 minutes before the webinar. More.
Register for the 2016 Association of Applied IPM Ecologists 50th Annual Conference & Meeting
December 31, 2015. Registration has opened for the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists' 2016 Annual Conference and Meeting, to be held January 31st through February 2nd, 2016 in Monterey, California. See the conference schedule here, and to register, please visit here.
IPM Institute Seeks Office Manager
December 22, 2015. The IPM Institute has an open position for an Office Manager. Primary responsibilities will include managing office financials, vendor relations, grant administration, HR and board relations. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work independently. This position is located in downtown Madison, WI and includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. More.
Upcoming EPA Webinar on New School IPM Training Tools for Staff & Maintenance Personnel
December 21, 2015. Join the EPA on Tuesday, January 26 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST for an informative webinar on two invaluable new tools for school staff and administrators. Dr. Dawn Gouge of the University of Arizona will discuss Stop School Pests, a standardized, peer-reviewed online School IPM training program for administrators, facility managers, pest management professionals, IPM coordinators, landscape and grounds staff, custodians, maintenance staff, nurses, food service staff, teachers and everyone responsible for pest management in schools. A project of the IPM Institute in conjunction with the National School IPM Working Group, Stop School Pests is free and includes online and in-class teaching materials. Janet Hurley of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will also introduce iSchool Pest Manager, an online hub for school IPM materials. It provides easy, searchable access to a multitude of school IPM documents using computer, tablet, or smartphone. Register.
Cornell Cooperative Extension IPM position in Tree Fruit and Berries with Lake Ontario Fruit Program
December 18, 2015. This position is a good blend of Extension and time for applied research to delve into specific pest challenges in the commercial fruit industry in collaboration with Cornell faculty. This person will work on a 4 person team to assist the commercial tree fruit and berry industry of Wayne, Monroe, Orleans, Niagara, and Oswego county. He/She will also collaborate with other Extension Associates in tree fruit across the state. For more information and to apply, please visit here.
New Guide to Integrated Pest Management for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Vegetables
December 16, 2015. A new guidance document authored by the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug SCRI CAP Vegetable Commodity Team provides a synopsis of what researchers have learned so far about this invasive pest and management recommendations using an integrated approach. Available in English and Spanish, the guide's topics include the basic biology and life cycle of BMSB, vegetable crops at risk, vegetable injury diagnostics, period of risk/susceptibility, provisional monitoring recommendations and more. Download it here.
Post Doctoral Research Associate Position Available at the University of Minnesota Studying Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
December 14, 2015. A Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available at the University of Minnesota's Department of Entomology. This 12-month position is part of an interdisciplinary team studying ways to improve the early detection, mapping and prediction of the geographic range expansion, and temporal dynamics of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) under current Midwest conditions. This position is available February 2, 2016 or ASAP if a suitable candidate is found. Review of applications begins December 20. For more information and to apply, please visit here.
Early Registration Opens for NPMA's 2016 Southern Conference
December 9, 2015. Early registration has opened for the National Pest Management Association's 2016 Southern Conference, February 9-10 in Memphis, Tennessee. The conference will feature a mix of in-depth management sessions and technical courses featuring the latest research in the pest management industry. Earn valuable recertification credits in up to six states, learn what works and what doesn't when it comes to customer retention, hear tips detailing how to successfully use a variety of strategies to combat bed bugs, and more. Register here.
December 2nd Webinar/Workshop to Illustrate New Online Pesticide Research Database
November 24, 2015. The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at Oregon State University will be hosting a webinar/workshop to explain their new NPIC Pesticide Research Tool (NPRO) online pesticide database. Learn how to search for registered pesticide products by 1-7 criteria, singly or combined, narrow the results to active or cancelled registrations, dig deeper into specific products with one-click access to the label, to AI synonyms, and more. The webinar will take place on December 2nd at 2PM Eastern time. No registration is required and there is room for up to 1000 participants. More.
New Article on Effective Facility IPM in IFMA's Facility Management Journal
November 19, 2015. A new article on what facility managers can do to effectively and proactively combat pests in their properties, authored by Dr. Thomas A. Green of the IPM Institute, has been recently published. The article explores how facility management teams can implement IPM programs themselves and how FM teams can effectively find and hire experienced pest management professionals for IPM services. Click here to read the article, or visit here for a digital version of the entire magazine. This article originally ran in the November/December 2015 issue of FMJ, the official magazine of the International Facility Management Association. For more information on FMJ, visit www.ifma.org/fmj.
Golf Course Superintendent Earns Excellence in IPM Award for Keeping Greens Green
November 18, 2015. Richard Belowski — golf-course superintendent at Battle Island State Park in Fulton, NY — has received an Excellence in IPM award for his work keeping golf courses green with minimal chemical inputs. A self-taught turfgrass expert, Belowski was on the crew
at the Bethpage State Park golf course where the world’s first long-term research in reduced-input
practices began in 2000. He received his award on November 17 at New York’s Turf and Grounds Expo in Rochester, NY’s Riverside Convention Center. More.
IPM Institute Seeks Project Team Member
November 12, 2015. The IPM Institute is seeking a Project Team Member to assist in our mission of reducing pests and pesticide hazards in schools, communities and agriculture through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This will be a part-time position, 15-20 hours per week, with a flexible schedule in a casual office, and hourly compensation ranging from $12 to $13 commensurate with skills and experience. Duties include communicating with community IPM partners and participants, preparing technical reports, database and website maintenance, providing phone reception and general clerical/administrative support. More.
Western IPM Center Seeks Director
November 9, 2015. The Western IPM Center and the University of California Department of Agricultural and Natural Resources (UC ANR) are seeking a new director for the center. The deadline application is January 6, 2016. The Director will provide overall leadership of WIPMC, with responsibility for its successful management and operations, including supervision of all WIPMC staff, and will collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders to identify regional IPM objectives and formulate strategies to address important IPM issues. This position will also communicate with the WIPMC Advisory and Steering committees and represent the WIPMC to other agencies at the state, regional, and national levels to identify opportunities for collaboration. The deadline for application is January 6, 2016.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Position for Fruit Crop Entomology at UW Madison
November 5, 2015. A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison to work on the management of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) in Wisconsin berry crops and on improving pollination services in cranberry. This researcher will work on testing new effective baits and on describing the temporal and spatial distribution of SWD populations. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2015 and the target start date will be January 2016.
New England Regional Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care
November 3, 2015. The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)'s Organic Land Care program has announced their regional accreditation courses for February 22-25, 2016 at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Connecticut. The basic cost of the course is $695 although discounts are available for groups of three or more.
Healthy Schools Conference Announced in Washington DC for November 9
November 2, 2015. The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment at Georgetown University is hosting its annual conference in partnership with Healthy Schools Network on Monday November 9, in Washington DC. This no cost event will explore school environments and the future of children's health. Register.
Announcing EPA's New School IPM Listserv
October 28, 2015. Stay informed on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools! IPM is a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to managing pests that emphasizes pest prevention and the appropriate use of pesticides. By subscribing, you will receive timely and helpful information on school IPM every two weeks. Included will be invitations to upcoming webinars, highlights from and links to IPM-related newsletters, updates on EPA's school IPM activities, and other related announcements.
Association of Applied IPM Ecologists: Grape Roundtable on November 9, 2015
October 27, 2015. Come join your fellow grape PCAs and faculty researchers in a free-wheeling discussion of grape pest management issues in the San Joaquin Valley. The participants will determine the topics of discussion, which may include: Diseases, such as powdery mildew, Botrytis, and other rot; wood diseases, such as Botryosphaeria, Esca; diseases damaging buds; thrips and non-thrips scarring; raisin moth, OLR, armyworms, skeletonizers, and other worm problems; mealybug control, organic and conventional; bee safety around mealybug honeydew; bud mites; ants, ant baits, species causing problems and ants cleaning out rot; mite problems and miticide performance, including organic; spider monitoring and control tactics; snails and slugs; new conventional spray materials such as Sequoia, Nealta; new organic spray materials such as Venerate, Cinnerate, Botector, Suppress; and adjuvants.
Nov 18 Conservation Webinar - Matching Appropriate Seed to Conservation Practices
October 26, 2015. Learn about ecotypes and ecological restoration planning tools for greater long term conservation planting success. Participate in this training to learn ways to improve the long term success of conservation plantings. The webinar will highlight ecological restoration tools aimed at restoring native plant communities; examine broad benefits of plant community restoration; and illustrate how seed choices can improve (or harm) plantings.
Gates Foundation's "Innovation 2 Impact" Innovative Vector Control Consortium Seeks Candidates for Inaugural Leadership Positions
October 15, 2015. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been working with a broad group of stakeholders to improve the process for getting new vector control tools to market in a program named “Innovation to Impact” (I2I). The emphasis of this program is on global public health; therefore, much of the effort is concentrated on helping the World Health Organization with their approval, quality control and normative guidance programs. They are hiring for two inaugural leadership positions at the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC), their Product Development Partnership for vector control located at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. A cover letter, resumé and designation of the position applied for should be sent by November 6th to the human resources group at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. For more information on the Director and Project Manager positions available, please visit
Friends of Southern IPM Award Program Announces Call for Nominations
October 14, 2015. The Southern Region IPM Working Group has announced a call for nominations for its Friends of Southern IPM Award Program. This program recognizes outstanding work in IPM in the southern region and includes an award for IPM professionals and one for graduate students, including one Masters student and one Ph.D. student. Award winners will be publicly recognized at a presentation event of their choice, and graduate student award winners will also receive a sizable monetary award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 18, 2015.
2015 Annual TX Statewide School IPM Coordinator Conference & General Meeting of TIPMAPS Members
October 14, 2015. The Texas Integrated Pest Management Association for Public Schools (TIPMAPS) is hosting its 2015 Annual Statewide School IPM Coordinator Conference & General Meeting of TIPMAPS Members in Waco, Texas on November 11th and 12th of this year. The cost is $100 per person for both days, and lunch is included on Nov 11th. This conference benefits IPM Coordinators who need the 6 hour required IPM Coordinator refresher training, licensed applicators who need CEUs, and IPM professionals who would benefit from networking with other IPM professionals for experience sharing and mentoring. More.
Regional IPM Grants Program Retrospective Highlights National IPM Achievements
October 12, 2015. The Western IPM Center has published a retrospective on the Regional Integrated Pest Management Grants Program. Through this program, the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) helped develop safer ways to manage pests nationally. After the program ended in 2014, the four Regional IPM Centers decided to look back at the RIPM program and highlight some of the important and varied research and extension conducted while the Centers administered it. The retrospective covers highlights of four projects from each of the USDA regions, showing the tremendous regional variation in agricultural and urban pests, in addition to the effort and creativity researchers and extension specialists around the country bring to the table every day to solve those pest problems. More.