ARS Seeking National Program Leader/Entomologist/Veterinary Medical Officer
April 27, 2016. The federal Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is seeking a National Program Leader and Entomologist/Veterinary Medical Officer. This Senior Leader (SL) position is located in Animal Production and Protection, Office of National Programs (ONP), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) with additional responsibilities with Crop Production and Protection. The incumbent serves as the focal point for national leadership and coordination of agricultural research programs related to arthropods of veterinary, medical and urban importance, particularly those that transmit pathogens. The incumbent will also be Director of the Overseas Biological Control Research Laboratories (OBCL), and will be the lead for the agency’s scientific achievement, demonstrated leadership, and strength of reputation among peers, public officials, and industry. Apply by Friday, May 6, 2016. More.
Portland, Oregon Parks & Rec Department Seeks IPM Coordinator
April 20, 2016. The City of Portland, Portland Parks and Recreation is looking for an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinator. This position is responsible for developing and coordinating the bureau-wide comprehensive oversight program for the integrated management of vegetation, insect, disease and other pests in both developed and natural area park lands; providing related training to other staff members; and providing primary responses and outreach to citizens and governmental inquiries. The position offers an hourly salary of $28.39 - $36.21. For more detailed information for this position or to apply, please go here.
Now Hiring an Inspection Specialist for Sustainable Food Group Project
April 11, 2016. The IPM Institute is now hiring for a full-time position to contribute to verification efforts for sustainability programs for farmers, food companies and supply chains. The individual in this position will supervise our team of inspectors to verify information provided by suppliers, growers and distributors. This position is responsible for producing accurate, high quality reports to collaborators and participating suppliers. The individual may have a limited role supporting standards research, development and implementation, and contribute content expertise to other projects. This position is located in Madison, WI, allows for a flexible schedule and includes hourly compensation commensurate with skills and experience ($16.50 - $19 per hour). Benefits include health insurance and retirement plans, and paid holidays and vacation. Apply.
Cornell Agricultural Advocate Earns Excellence in IPM Award
March 30, 2016. Lee Telega was presented with an Excellence in IPM Award on March 28 for his tireless work advocating for IPM and for the New York State IPM program. As a member of Cornell’s Government Affairs office, Telega knocked on thousands of doors — of lawmakers, agency officials, and stakeholder groups — to spread the word about the benefits of IPM. Telega was appointed as New York’s state director for USDA Rural Development in 2013.
April 5th Webcast: Helping Residents Breathe Easier by Addressing Asthma Triggers in Housing
March 29, 2016. On April 5th, please join the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes on Tuesday, April 5th for a free webinar on addressing asthma triggers in housing. Speakers include Helen Margellos-Anast, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist and Director of Community Health Initiatives at Sinai Urban Health Institute; Elizabeth C. Matsui, MD MHS, Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins University; and Megan Sandel, MD MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. This webinar will run from 1-2:30 PM EST. Register
National Healthy Schools Day Event, Harrisburg, PA on April 5th
March 23, 2016. On April 5th, please join Healthy Schools PA and Women for a Healthy Environment in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to speak with state legislative representatives about what healthy schools mean in your community and advocate for healthy schools for all. A press conference will be held at 10:30 AM with Francine Locke, Michelle Niedermeier and Rep. Timothy Briggs speaking from the viewpoints of schools, parents and policymakers respectively. Lunch will be provided and the afternoon will hold an opportunity to meet and talk with state policymakers. Space is limited, so please register online here. A flyer about the event is available here.
Upcoming Webinar: IPM for Turf on School Grounds
March 8, 2016. Join the EPA for a webinar on turfcare IPM on Tuesday, March 15 from 2:00-3:30 PM EST. Whether school turf management has been part of your job for years or you're just starting out, this webinar will describe how you can implement Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices into your turf management program. This webinar will provide insight for improving the quality and playability of your athletic and recreational fields. You will leave with an increased understanding of the importance of IPM in turf maintenance, cultural and physical control options, record keeping and key turf issues that can be addressed and applied to your program.
2016 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Fire Ant Mound Treatments
March 2, 2016. Spring is in the air! Naturally, professionals' minds turn to thoughts of fire ant management. Join eXtension on this Friday, March 4th at 1:00 pm CST for the latest installment in the All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series, featuring Dr. Jason Oliver from Tennessee State University. Fire ant problems start with the Queen, so learn practical tips for fire ant mound treatments. On March 4, the link to this live webinar will open about 15 minutes beforehand. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message. Click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event.
Cultivating Community and Environmental Health: The 34th National Pesticide Forum, Portland, Maine, April 15-16
March 2, 2016. Join Beyond Pesticides and a host of grassroots advocates, scientists and policymakers for the 34th National Pesticide Forum in Portland, Maine on April 15-16, 2016. This year’s conference will focus on the adoption of policies to protect human health and the environment, and organic land and building management strategies. The conference runs from the afternoon of April 15 through the evening of April 16, bringing together top scientists, policy makers, and public health and environmental advocates to interact and strategize on solutions that are protective of health and the environment. Register early to take advantage of the early bird rate More.
Bed Bug Webinars for Landlords, Social Service Providers & Pest Management Professionals Now Online
March 1, 2016. The University of Minnesota's webinars on bed bugs for landlords, social service providers and pest management professionals are now available to be viewed online. Presented in December 2015, these webinars provide best management practices and advice for those who most commonly deal with bed bugs.
National Zika Virus Pest Alert Released
February 26, 2016. In response to the emergence of the Zika virus in the Americas, a national pest alert has been developed by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers. The pest alert and links to additional resources are available at http://ncipmc.org/action/alerts/zika.php to assist individuals in reducing their exposure to mosquitoes as well as discussing ways to eliminate mosquito larval and pupal development sites. The pest alert can be downloaded, printed and distributed as needed by Extension personnel and the general public.
The Zika virus, a flarivirus, is spreading quickly throughout the Americas and is vectored by Aedes mosquitoes. The virus can also be transmitted by blood transfusion, sexual contact, and in rare cases from mother to child. To date, all cases of humans infected with the Zika virus in the U.S. have contracted it from mosquitoes while traveling to countries where the Zika virus is present or through sexual transmission from an infected partner.
For more information about areas active with mosquito-borne transmission and travel recommendations see the website of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The pest alert will be updated if more information becomes available.
Feb 23 Webinar on Pest Prevention by Design in Schools
February 17, 2016. Join the EPA's Center of Expertise for School IPM on Tuesday, February 23 from 1:00-2:30 PM CST for a webinar titled "Pest Prevention by Design in Schools," highlighting the San Francisco Department of Environment and International Code Council's Pest Prevention by Design Guidelines. The guidelines provide school administrators, facility managers, architects, engineers, and builders with information on designing pests out of buildings. Join to learn how to better incorporate pest prevention by design principles in a school district’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.
Save the Date: Stop School Pests & iPestManager Webinar, May 10
February 17, 2016. Join the EPA's Center of Expertise for School IPM on Tuesday, May 10 from 1:00-2:30 PM CST for a sneak-peek at two new, free, online school IPM resources: Stop School Pests, a standardized, peer-reviewed, national IPM training program for school communities (developed in part by the IPM Institute), and iSchool Pest Manager, an online hub for school IPM materials. These new resources, developed through EPA School IPM grants, are intended to help schools initiate and grow their IPM programs thereby providing students, faculty, and staff with healthier learning environments.
PhD Scholarships Available for International PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity
February 16, 2016. The Institute of Life Sciences at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, Italy (SSSA) is about to start the 13th year of its International PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity, and is offering six scholarships to motivated students from any country. The Course aims to contribute to the enhancement of human resource capacity in the utilisation and management of biodiversity in agricultural and natural systems, to improve the sustainability of agriculture and the conservation of genetic resources and agroecosystem (bio)diversity for the well-being of present and future generations. The scholarship application must include description of a research project that the candidate would like to carry out during the three-year period of the PhD. Examples of research themes are indicated in the Call for Applications.
Applications from developing/in transition countries are particularly welcome. More.
USDA Announces $58.25 Million to Protect Agriculture and Plants from Pests and Diseases Through 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007
February 15, 2016. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has allocated $58.25 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This money will support 434 projects that prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment and ensure the availability of a healthy supply of clean plant stock in the United States. Funding will be provided to 50 States plus Guam and Puerto Rico to implement projects suggested by universities, States, Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, non-profits and Tribal organizations. More.
Upcoming Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) BioControl Identification Workshop & IPM Working Group Meeting
April 27, 2016. The 2016 BMSB Biocontrol Identification Workshop and BMSB IPM Working Group Meeting will be held in New Brunswick, New Jersey from June 14th to June 16th. The Working Group meeting will focus on Urban and Nuisance Pest Management Issues as well as other studies highlighting new data and findings. Attendees are encouraged to submit presentations that are directly applicable to these areas. The group also will be updating research, Extension/outreach, regulatory and consumer pest management priorities during the meeting. Please fill out this form and return to Torri Hancock by May 14, 2016 to allow time to finalize the agenda. See here for a map to the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick at Rutgers University. More.
Upcoming USDA Webinar on the Value of Habitat for Pest Management
April 26, 2016. Join the USDA on May 25, 2016 at 2 PM EST for a webinar about the benefits of creating on-farm habitat to support conservation biological control. The webinar will emphasize the most current scientific research on enhancing native beneficial insects and why maintaining habitat is so critical to these insects. Learn how adding diversity into agricultural cropland can provide the basic requirements to support these insects and how other farm management practices may have an impact. More.
IPM Institute Seeks Community IPM Project Manager
April 21, 2016. 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.
May 10 HUD Healthy Homes Research Seminar on IPM
April 13, 2016. The Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) is sponsoring a series of seminars to present research and evaluation findings on key healthy homes issues at HUD headquarters and via public webcast, including one on Integrated Pest Management on May 10th. The purpose of the series is to highlight OHHLHC-sponsored research and evaluation in a manner that is accessible to a general audience. This live-streaming webcast will be available here on May 10. More.
School District Participants Sought for EPA-Funded Study on the Economics of School IPM
April 6, 2016. Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is seeking applications from school districts across the country to participate in an economic assessment of the implementation of integrated pest management programs in schools. The project, Keeping the Pests Out: The Economics of IPM in Schools, is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, and will inform school pest management policies nationwide. HRiA will select three school districts that are diverse in terms of size, setting and location; the plan is to include one rural, suburban and urban district. The economic assessment is provided free to the selected school districts, and each of the selected three school districts will be compensated $6,000 for their participation over the project period. Request for Qualifications (RFQ) need to be submitted online by May 6th.
Upcoming EPA Webinar: Vertebrate Turf Pests on School Grounds
March 30, 2016. Join the EPA and three vertebrate turf pest IPM experts on Tuesday April 19 from 1-2:30 PM CDT for a webinar on addressing those pesky critters that infest school turf areas. Stephen Vantassel, Ph.D., Vertebrate Pest Specialist with the Montana Department of Agriculture, will discuss control strategies for moles, voles and pocket gophers, Samuel Smallidge, Ph.D., Wildlife Specialist with New Mexico State University, will focus on issues surrounding prairie dog control, and Richard Kramer, Ph.D., President of Innovative Pest Management will discuss his experiences with controlling groundhogs on school grounds. Space is limited to the first 1,000 to attend. Register
Registration Open for 2016 Integrated Tick Management Symposium
March 23, 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.
EPA Awards $500,000 to School IPM Projects to Help Reduce Children’s Exposure to Pesticides
March 18, 2016. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced two grants to help reduce students’, teachers’ and staffs’ exposure to pests and pesticides in our nation’s schools, while saving money, energy and pesticide treatment costs. The first project that has received an award is the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Mentorship Program for Developing School IPM Capabilities, which received $241,000. This project will promote effective and environmentally sensitive pest management practices in schools through an intensive mentorship program between local health departments and underserved school districts. The mentorship program, pairing local health departments with school districts, will provide increased access to technical resources, and partnerships. The second project is entitled, "Keeping the Pests Out: The Economics of Integrated Pest Management in Schools – Health Resources in Action," which received $300,000. This project will examine the costs and benefits of implementing school IPM activities. Currently, there are only a few studies about the economics of school IPM. This project will help school districts understand the costs and benefits associated with establishing and sustaining IPM programs. The results of this two year project will be available in early 2018.
NIFA, NSF Announce $14.5 Million in Available Funding for Plant-Biotic Research
March 10, 2016. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) joined with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to announce the availability of $14.5 million in funding for the NIFA-NSF Joint Plant-Biotics Interactions (PBI) program. PBI supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests. In fiscal year 2016, NIFA has made $6 million available for PBI and NSF has made $8.5 million available for fiscal year 2017. Applications are due June 6, 2016 for those projects seeking NIFA funding and April 21, 2017 for NSF funding. Please see the request for applications for more information. More.
IPM Institute Seeks Office Manager
March 2, 2016. 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. Apply.
Upcoming Webinar on Preventing Zika in the US
March 1, 2016. The National Environmental Health Association is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, March 3 from 2-3 PM EST entitled, "Preventing Zika in the US: What Environmental Health and Pest Management Professionals Need to Know." Topics to be covered include an overview of the epidemiology of the Zika virus outbreak, how it could spread and change, how the Zika virus is different than West Nile, Aedes mosquito control, worker safety, preventive measures and public education around the Zika virus.
Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care from NOFA's Organic Land Care Program
February 22, 2016. NOFA's Organic Land Care Program will be hosting our next accreditation course in organic land care February 22-25, 2016 at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT. Gardeners, homeowners, nature enthusiasts, and farmers: this is a great opportunity to become an AOLCP (accredited organic land care professional) and learn about organic practices and principles in land care which you can translate to your garden, home, and farm! Curriculum includes new sections such as soils testing and analysis, permaculture, and green storm water infrastructure and management! Agenda - Speaker Biographies - Learning Objectives - Registration.
Register Now for March 24 Natural Turf Management Training with Chip Osborne in Madison, Wisconsin
February 17, 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
StopPests in Housing Bed Bug Contracts Webinar, March 22
February 17, 2016. Join StopPests in Housing on March 22nd from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST. for a new webinar on bed bugs. “Bed Bug Control Starts With Good Contracts” will offer an understanding of the importance of good pest control contracts in effective bed bug management for property managers/landlords, procurement and other housing staff. Topics to be covered include contract language and the oversight needed to ensure an integrated pest management (IPM) approach is taken with proactive inspections, record keeping, monitoring, and appropriate treatment protocols. This webinar is open to anyone to participate but will specifically address the issues and needs of affordable housing providers. Registration is limited to the first 1000 people. More.
Friends of Southern IPM Award Winners Announced
February 16, 2016. The Southern IPM Center has announced the winners of its annual Friends of Southern IPM Awards. These awards include a masters student award, a Ph.D. student award and six IPM professional awards. To read all about the winners, please visit the Southern IPM Center's blog post about the awards.
IPM Institute Seeks Project Team Member
February 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.
2016 National Conference on Urban Entomology Extends Paper Submission and Award Nomination Deadlines
February 12, 2016. The 2016 National Conference on Urban Entomology (NCUE) has extended its deadline for paper submissions and award nominations to March 1. Scheduled for May 22-25, the Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Early registration for the conference is available through April 4. All NCUE details, including submission directions and housing and registration information, are on the NCUE website and the NCUE facebook page.
Barcelona to Host 2016 Biopesticides Europe Conference
February 11, 2016. Active Communications International (ACI) has announced that the 2016 Biopesticides Europe Conference has been set for June 8-9, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. This two-day event will bring together key industry stakeholders from the biopesticides industry to discuss the challenges faced and the future opportunities in the growth of the global and European biopesticides market. Speakers will discuss the current overview and progression of markets, with a peek at projects in the pipeline. A 20% early bird discount is available through March 11th. Please click here for the agenda or email ACI for speaking opportunities or to submit an abstract.