Global Bedbug Summit Coming in January
September 16, 2014. National Pest Management Association and Bedbug Central host Global Bedbug Summit on January 7-9, 2015 in Denver, CO. The Summit is composed of numerous educational sessions by university faculty and private sector researchers aimed at providing legal, technical, business and customer-oriented perspectives to the problem of bedbugs. Special offerings include a casual nights of Q&A with industry experts, an expo on cutting edge bedbug products and an optional post-show ski trip. More information found here.
Program Policy Advisor Position Available
September 11, 2014. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is recruiting a Program Policy Advisor to work in the National Organic Program. Deadline for application is tomorrow! For more information, visit our Employment Page.
Tick Safe Schools via IPM – Upcoming EPA Webinar Opportunity
September 5, 2014. Registration is now open for a one hour webinar presented by the EPA to educate school facility managers, grounds managers and staff, childcare facilities and school IPM contacts on IPM practices to keep schools safe from ticks. The webinar is free to attend and will feature a number of specialists in the field of tick borne disease prevention. More.
“The Western Front” September 2014 Edition
September 2, 2014. The Western Region IPM Center's monthly newsletter, “The Western Front”, September 2014 edition is now available. Featured items include, current available funding opportunities , information on the Western IPM Center's new website launch, and updates on collaboration initiatives between regional IPM partners . This publication is available by free email subscription or by visiting the Western IPM Center's new website.
IPM-based Weed Control Guide Available
August 27, 2014. University of Wyoming Extension has released a free publication, “Wyoming Weed Control in Turf and Ornamentals: A comprehensive IPM approach for commercial, residential and schools.” The guide, written by Extension and Department of Ecosystem Science and Management faculty and staff, teaches IPM principles, site preparation, weed biology, weed management methods, weeds specific to Wyoming landscapes as well as Wyoming grasses. More information found here.
Micro-sprinkler IPM Guide Released
August 27, 2014. Landscape maintenance company Toro released a new guide for its micro-sprinkler drip irrigation system aimed at IPM applications. Benefits of micro-sprinkler systems include increasing humidity to encourage beneficial insect growth and reduced water usage compared to traditional irrigation systems, resulting in less runoff and energy use. More information found here.
Video Tutorial on Corn Rootworm Scouting
August 21, 2014. University of Wisconsin’s IPM program released a short video tutorial on scouting for corn rootworm beetles. This is a valuable and timely IPM tutorial, as scouting mid-August through mid-September can inform next year’s control measures. More information found here.
New Canadian Crop Profiles Posted
August 21, 2014. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a department of the Canadian government, has posted new crop profiles for Allium vegetables (dry onion, green onion, shallot and garlic), as well as updates on the crop profile for Brassica vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts). The crop profiles, managed by the Pesticide Risk Reduction Program and developed in consultation with provincial stakeholders, provide national-level information concerning pest management and production information. More information found here.
House Passes Tick Research Act
September 16, 2014. On September 9, 2014, US House of Representatives passed the “Tick-Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014.” The act gives the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the power to, among other prerogatives, carry out Lyme disease research and establish the Interagency Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Working Group to advance necessary tick-related knowledge and access to services. The legislation does not affect any other Lyme-disease appropriations. The bill can be read here.
New Canadian Crop Profiles for Carrot and Sweet Corn Released
September 16, 2014. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Pesticide Risk Reduction Program released new 2012 crop profiles for Canadian carrot and sweet corn. These crop profiles and 29 others are freely available for download at the Government of Canada Publications website.
Nominate Your Candidate for the “Excellence in IPM” Awards!
September 11, 2014. New York State IPM Program seeks nominations for its annual “Excellence in IPM Awards”. Award candidates include deserving individuals and organizations in New York State that have developed IPM tools, evaluated IPM methods, encouraged IPM adoption or other reasons concerning agricultural or community IPM. To nominate, you must be a Cornell University or Cornell Cooperative Extension employee or serve on a NYS IPM Program committee. Deadline for submission is October 16, 2014. More information found here.
Ag. Economics and Business Management Position Open at Cornell Extension
September 4, 2014. Cornell Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for an extension support specialist II in the field of production economics and business management. This position will work closely with fruit growers in the Lake Ontario Fruit Program and university staff to implement and analyze profitability and sustainability programs. See employment page for details.
Journal of IPM Releases Full Open Access Guide to BMSB Management
September 1, 2014. The Entomological Society of America is now making available an article addressing brown marmorated stink bug. The article, “Biology, Ecology, and Management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug” (Rice et al.), outlines a brief history of the pest and current best practices for management. This recent, open-access article was originally published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, and can now be downloaded here.
Crop Consultant Conference Coming in January
August 27, 2014. 2015 Annual Meeting of the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants will commence January 21-24, 2015 in Reno, NV. More information found here.
Project Coordinator Position Available at Northeastern IPM Center
August 25, 2014. Northeastern IPM Center at Cornell University is hiring a Project Coordinator for the StopPests in Housing Program. Application deadline is September 5, 2014. Employment Page.
School IPM Best Practices Guide Released
August 21, 2014. Accompanying its new webinar series posted below, Environmental Protection Agency released “Model Pesticide Safety and IPM Guidance Policy for School Districts.” This document aids school districts wanting to adopt IPM-related policies and programs in their schools. The document addresses pesticide safety and proactive pest management. More information found here.
Stored Grain IPM Webinar Open for Registration
August 21, 2014. North Central IPM Center is hosting a webinar, “Stored Grain Integrated Pest Management in the North Central United States,” on September 12, 2014 from 10am-12pm CT. Webinar topics include identifying key stored grain pests, basic IPM for stored grain, infestation prevention, IPM for corn and other Midwestern crops, IPM for value-processed food and more. Segments are presented by researchers and professors from Kansas State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and Purdue University. Register early as space is limited. More information found here.