Job Opportunity: Horticultural Crops Research and Registration Specialist
May 23, 2016. The Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University is seeking outstanding candidates for a full-time position that will provide leadership for a nationally recognized research and outreach program that supports the pesticide registration needs of agriculture in the state. This position serves as the National Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4) Field Center Director for Oregon-working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Agriculture, commodity commissions and associations, and registrants to identify pesticide needs in agriculture, conduct GLP residue field trials, and conduct appropriate efficacy and crop safety field trials leading to product registrations.
A Masters's degree is required in horticulture, crop science, entomology, plant pathology, weed science, or related fields with demonstrated expertise in research and outreach community education related to agricultural crop production and management. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
The position is based at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) located in Aurora, OR.
FY 2016 AFRI Foundational Program Request for Applications Released
May 17, 2016. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the release of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program’s Request for Applications (RFA). The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details). More.
June 2016 is Healthy Homes Month
May 12, 2016. This June, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is launching a campaign to educate the public about the importance of healthy homes with the theme of "Everyone Deserves a Healthy Home." National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) is an outreach campaign designed to create awareness about and action around home health and safety hazards and to empower families to learn how to create the healthiest home possible for their family. The month is designed to encourage and promote organized community events; and increase healthy homes awareness. The month will also highlight federal and local resources that are available to make a difference in the places where families live, play and grow. The NHHM will focus on the following principles of a healthy home: a home that is dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, well-ventilated and maintained and with appropriate temperature controls in place. HUD has developed a Healthy Homes Tool Kit to help practitioners plan and promote awareness activities in the community. More.
National Forum on Climate and Pests, October 4-6, 2016
May 5, 2016. Join the Northeastern IPM Center and a host of climate change experts on October 4th, 5th and 6th for a National Forum on Climate and Pests, hosted at the National Academies in Washington DC and streaming live to an online audience. The forum's presenters will discuss the latest research on climate change and the shifting dynamics of diseases, insects, and weeds, with a goal of bringing those in the fields of climate and biological sciences together in one location to share the latest, science-based information with an online audience. Presenters will also think strategically about how to plan for the creation of more adaptable and resilient agriculture and forestry ecosystems being threatened by pests related to climate change. Groups represented will include pest managers, regulatory agencies, policy makers, scientists and faculty, not-for-profit groups, and information multipliers including communicators and cooperative extension staff. Registration details will be available soon, but in the meantime, join the mailing list to be informed of updates. More.
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.
Call for Nominations for CADPR's 2016 IPM Achievement Award
May 18, 2016. Are you aware of a group that’s using reduced-risk pest management practices and taking a leadership role to promote these practices? The California State Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is now accepting nominations for its new 2016 IPM Achievement Award. The awards are presented to groups, organizations, schools, or companies that develop and share their IPM practices and achievements. CA DPR began its IPM Innovator Award program in 1994 to recognize pioneering agricultural and urban organizations for their pest management leadership and creativity. This new award will replace the IPM Innovators going forward, expanding to include a wider range of accomplishments in areas of leadership, education and outreach, and innovation, and for participation by more diverse practitioners.
To submit a nomination online, click here for the submission form. Or, visit DPR’s web site, www.cdpr.ca.gov, and type IPM Achievement or Innovators in the search box at the top of the page. Select Nominate a group for an IPM Achievement Award to access the online submission form. CA DPR will accept nominations for 2016 awards through June 30, 2016.
New Texas A&M Guide to Managing Turfgrass Pests Now Available
May 16, 2016. Homeowners and professional turfgrass managers now have a new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service publication available to help them when selecting herbicides, insecticides and fungicides to control common turfgrass pests. Weed, Insect, and Disease Control in Turfgrass was authored by AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialists Dr. Casey Reynolds, College Station; Dr. Matt Elmore, Dallas; and Dr. Young-Ki Jo, College Station; as well as Diane Silcox Reynolds, a postdoctoral research associate. The 120-page guide will be useful for anyone responsible for maintaining athletic, golf course, landscape, recreational or utility turfgrasses. It includes information on herbicides' common names and trade names, application rates and intervals and mode of action, along with notes throughout on control tips, restricted-use pesticides, use sites, turfgrass tolerance and other issues of importance. The guide can be viewed online or ordered online from the Texas A&M Agrilife Bookstore. More.
Upcoming Webinar on Indoor Air Quality
May 9, 2016. Join the EPA's Indoor Environments Division on Wednesday, May 11 from 1-2:30 PM EDT for a webinar on indoor air quality and recent landmark research findings. Presenters include Joseph G. Allen, of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Piers MacNaughton, of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Usha Satish, from the State University of New York (SUNY)–Upstate Medical University. After the webinar, attendees will be able to recognize indoor air quality factors in buildings that lead to optimal conditions for health and productivity, explain the types of effects green buildings can have on decision-making performance, and identify health and economic benefits of increased productivity associated with increased ventilation rates in indoor environments. More.
Job Opportunity: Program Manager at ASI/UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program
May 5, 2016. The University of California Davis' Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) is seeking a program manager for its Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP). Working under the general direction of the ASI/SAREP Director, the Program Manager provides leadership, oversight, and management of ASI and SAREP operations; manages human resource planning; directly supervises core support staff; and actively encourages implementation of ASI’s mission, vision, and operational principles. The salary range will be $49,786 - $89,615/year, commensurate with experience and based on available budget funds. The deadline to apply for this position is Monday, May 9. 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.