2015 Healthy Schools Hero Nominations
October 28, 2014. In remembrance of the 1937 Texas school explosion, March 18 has been adoped nationally as Healthy Schools Heroes Day; a day to honor a s cience educator, professional in public health, school health, environmental health, facilities management, IAQ, IPM, school security, asthma educators, first responders, school administrators, nurses, advocates, parents and or students who have been inspirational leaders working to protect children in their local schools. Nominations and stories about the leaders are due January 15, 2015. More.
Nominate for “IPM Achievement Awards”
October 27, 2014. The 8th International IPM Symposium is seeking nominations for individuals, organizations, businesses, teams, consultants, growers, and municipalities who have demonstrated outstanding efforts towards implementing IPM practices that minimize risks and costs to people and the environment. Nominations are due by December 1, 2014. More.
Sysco Honors Supplier Sustainability Efforts
October 24, 2014. Sysco honored Red Gold, Inc., as a top supplier with their 2014 Sysco Supplier Excellence Awards Program, honoring the tomato canning and producer with this year's Supplier Sustainability Award. Red Gold was selected due to their commitment to a responsible supply chain, including, plant energy upgrades, IPM use, tree farm development, and their responsible uses of fertilizer, water and fuel for production. More.
Revised Stink Bug Publication Available
October 21, 2014. The North Central IPM Center's Stink Bug publication (link to previous version), “Field Guide to Stink Bugs” has been updated for 2014 and is now available for purchase through mail in order form for $1.75/copy. Orders must be placed by Friday, October 24, 2014.
First Nations Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program
October 20, 2014. The First Nations Development Institute is now offering six $1,000 scholarships to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and related fields. Complete application information, including eligibility details are available online, here. Applications are due Monday, November 17, 2014.
October PA IPM Newsletter Available
October 20, 2014. Penn State University's quarterly PA IPM Newsletter is now available. This edition covers recent outreach efforts at Latino health fairs, review of a recent bed bug webinar, childcare training opportunities with PA IPM, and stink bug information. More.
IPM Institute Now Hiring !
October 10, 2014. The IPM Institute is seeking top level managers for community IPM and agricultural resource management positions. Both positions seek candidates with the ability to envision change to work creatively to lead project development, fundraising, project management, strategic planning and outreach. More information and full position descriptions are available on the Employment Page.
RFA for 2015 Western IPM Center Grant Program Released
October 1, 2014. The Western Region IPM Center has released its request for applications for the 2015 grant program. One year grants are awarded for project initiation, working groups, outreach and implementation, and IPM planning documents. Applications are due December 3, 2014 and can be found on the center's grants page . More.
EPA Webinar – School IPM 101
October 2, 2014. October 21, 2014, the EPA will host, Basics of School Integrated Pest Management, a webinar for school nurses, staff, administrators, child care facilities, and buildings/ground managers. Pre registration is required, and can be completed here. This webinar is one of many school IPM related webinars the EPA will be hosting in the next few months. More.
Webinar for Partnership Grants Program
October 29, 2014. The Northeastern IPM Center will host webinars on October 30 (1-2pm ET), and on November 13 (2-3 ET) to answer questions about specific projects being submitted for the Partnership Grants Program. Registration is required . More materials and pre-recorded webinars that answer general questions can be found on the Center's website. More.
Pollinators and IPM Webinar Event
October 28, 2014. The Northeastern IPM Center will host, "Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Pollinators: What is the appropriate role for IPM on the issue of pollinators?",a discussion format in a live-streaming event. The discussion to be held on November 12, 10.30am to 12.00pm (ET) will bring together speakers from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Natural Resources Defense Council, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the US Environmental Protection Agency to provide updates on current pollinator topics and issues. Online registration.
EPA Launches Spray Drift Technology Rating Program
October 26, 2014. EPA Launches a voluntary star-rating program to reduce pesticide drift. The star rating system is a voluntary program for manufacturers to test their spray equipment for pesticide drift reduction potential. Star ratings are based on the product's potential to reduce pesticide drift. T he EPA plans to post these ratings online, as well as on pesticide labels, by 2015. More.
$16 Million in Grants for Integrated Pest Management Programs
October 23, 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded $16 million in grant funding for IPM research and extension through the Crop Protection Management Program (CPPM). Grants were awarded for IPM adoption, implementation, research and extension projects which have goals aligned with the National IPM Roadmap for Integrated Pest Management . Information about all 83 funded projects can be found online . More.
Whole Foods Market Launches “Responsibly Grown” Program
October 15, 2014. Today, national food retailer Whole Foods Market (WFM) launched a trailblazing new program, “ Responsibly Grown”, bringing a new level of transparency and knowledge to consumer purchases in WFM's cut flowers and produce departments. The new program ranks the overall sustainability of how produce is grown based on a comprehensive set of sustainability metrics including, soil health, waste reduction, energy choices, farm worker welfare, water conservation, resource protection, biodiversity preservation, pollinator protection, pesticide reduction, and use of IPM practices. More.
Friends of Southern IPM Award Nominations Open
October 13, 2014. The annual Friends of Southern IPM Award are seeking nominations for individuals contributing to outstanding IPM work in the southern region. Nominations, consisting of a cover form and a two-page written nomination, are sought for both outstanding graduate students and professionals. More information, including Instructions for nominations, is available at http://www.sripmc.org/friendsofipm/ . Nominations are due by Friday, December 12, 2014.
Upcoming – National Bat Week
October 6, 2014. The US Forest Service's first annual National Bat Week, October 26-November 11, kicks off an array of exciting bat focused events with an informational webinar meeting October 9, 11-12pm, to explain what you can do to participate. The week dedicated to raising awareness of bats and bat conservation includes 13.5minute film (English/Spanish), a bat inspired art contest for youths, a free, multimedia bat education resource bank, a “save the bats” campaign, awards for USFS Bat Champions, and a Project Edubat Webinar on October 29.
USDA Invests in American Specialty Crops
October 3, 2014. Over $118 million has been authorized to support grants to American specialty crop producers. As part of the 2014 farm bill, specialty crops like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops will be supported by the specialty crop block grants in the areas of food safety, research and increasing access to fruits and vegetables. More.