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2014 News Archive - Past Announcements from our Home Page

The Northeastern IPM Center seeking Extension Support Specialist
March 7, 2014.
The Northeastern IPM Center is hiring a support specialist to work with affordable housing providers as a consultant and a trainer for the StopPests in Housing Program, which aims to eliminate high-level infestations of public health pests from affordable housing. Deadline quickly approaching, March 14, 2014. Employment Page.

Saluting “Healthy School Heroes”— March 18, National Healthy Schools Heroes Day
March 5, 2014.
Dr. Mark Logan, Mike Matley, and Roger Young are all honored this year as champions of schools safety that demonstrate inspiration leadership and exemplary persistence in protecting children from school hazards. Read more about their outstanding achievements in protecting schools, the history of the award at the Lessons of the 1937 Texas School Explosion Blog.

IPM Institute Part Time Project Team Member Opportunity !
March 4, 2014.
The IPM Institute is seeking an individual with excellent verbal and written communication skills for a part time position as project team member. This is an excellent entry level opportunity to interact on with IPM professionals, schools, farmers, food industry and government officials working to support adoption of integrated pest management practices. Employment Page.

Workshops to Support Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Mushroom Growers Announced
March 5, 2014.
As part of the Bringing IPM to the Hispanic Workforce in the Mid-Atlantic Mushroom Industry, Penn State Extension will be hosting workshops for the next two years, starting this April. Workshops on ipm practices, conducted in Spanish and English aim to reach a growing part of the PA farm workforce through outreach and training. More. en Español.

USDA-ARS Logan Bee Lab seeking Post-doc in Bumble Bee Pathology
February 28, 2014. The USDA-ARS Pollinating Insects Research Unit (PIRU) in Logan, Utah is hiring a Research Associate to investigate the role of pathogens in bumble bee rearing and management to begin in summer 2014. Employment Page.

February School IPM Newsletter Now Available
February 27, 2014.
Inside this issue: A new pest control product evaluator creates a searchable toxicity database, Q&A on head lice policies and management, and more information on cockroaches. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here. More.

Nominations open for IPM Innovator Award
February 26, 2014.
The Department of Pesticide Regulation is accepting nominations for the 2014 IPM Innovator Awards. These awards are presented to organizations that have demonstrated their dedication to integrated pest management (IPM) through the development and/or promotion of innovative methods for addressing agricultural and urban pest management challenges. More .

Washington State Announces School IPM State Pilot Project
February 26, 2014.
The State of Washington recently announced plans to initiate a School IPM State Pilot Project. The overall goal of the project is to initiate, develop, and provide tools for a sustainable school IPM program in Washington.

Webinar Recording: Corn Rootworm Management in the Transgenic Era
February 26, 2014.
On February 20, USDA-NIFA in cooperation with the North Central IPM Center hosted a free webinar to provide information on current rootworm management options. Topics covered include rootworm biology and behavior, management at different life stages, and a decision support model for growers. The webinar recording can be downloaded by following this link .

Registration Open for Workshops on Bed Bugs and Sustainable Landscaping
February 26, 2014.
The Midwest Pesticide Action Center will host two workshops in March and April. The first workshop scheduled for March 12 is intended for landlords, condominium and cooperative associations to develop bed bug action plans. The second workshop on April 8 will prepare school administrators and grounds managers to switch to less-toxic landscaping on school grounds. More .

“Desire to Make a Difference” Earns Excellence in IPM Award for Pest Management Educator
February 19, 2014.
Long time IPM Educator Ron Gardner wins the Excellence in IPM Award from the New York State IPM Program. Well known for his passion to protect human health and the environment through pesticide education, Gardner has organized a number of training sessions, classes and educational materials throughout his career, to further the goals of IPM not only in New York state, but in at least nine other states in the northern U.S. For more information, please visit the NY State IPM website, or read the full article published by NY Sate IPM Program.

Tree Fruit Specialist Position, Cornell Cooperative Extension
February 18, 2014. Now hiring for an expert in the tree fruit industry to connect growers and industry partners with the latest research on best practices. The area tree fruit specialist works closely with researchers to provide commercial fruit growers, producers, consultants and industry representatives to assess production and management practices that will enhance their profitability, promote environmental stewardship and sustain the growth of the fruit industry in Eastern New York. For more information, visit our Employment Page.

Pesticides May be More Dangerous than Testing Reveals
February 14, 2014.
Most pesticide safety research focus solely on a pesticide's active ingredients, however a study published in BioMed Research International reveals that many pesticide formulations may be more dangerous than previously thought. The scientists found evidence that other “inert” compounds in a mixture can interact with active ingredients to increase the effect of a pesticide by several orders of magnitude. More .

8th International IPM Symposium Call for Proposals
February 13, 2014. Organizers of the March 23-26, 2015 Symposium invite proposal submissions for mini-symposia and roundtable discussions. Sessions are organized into six tracks, including fruit and nut crops, rangeland/turf/landscapes/forestry, row and field crops, specialty crops, urban and structural, and vegetable crops. Proposals must be submitted by April 25, 2014. More.

Co-Director Position Available at IPM Institute
February 18, 2014
. IPM Institute seeks a co-director to work in partnership with the IPM Institute board and president to lead the organization. Candidates must possess extensive experience in IPM with a solid understanding of issues related to community IPM including public health/built environment and turf/landscape and have management experience. For more information, visit our Employment Page.

Museum Pests Event: March 27-28
February 10, 2014.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will host a two-day conference, workshop and poster session highlighting the latest in IPM for museums, libraries, archives and historic sites. The event will focus on four main themes: implementation, monitoring and control, treatment and remediation, and IPM policy, health and safety. More.

New Evidence for Pesticide Exposure in Children, Adults
February 10, 2014.
A new study published in Environmental Science & Technology finds evidence of pyrethroid exposure in two-thirds of adults and children tested. The effect of chronic low-level exposure to pyrethroids is not well understood. The study also finds traces of chlorpyrifos metabolites, a pesticide banned for household use in 2001, in the majority of samples taken study participants. More.

Medical Entomologist Position at Texas Department of Health
February 6, 2014.
The Texas Department of Health seeks a senior-level medical entomologist to perform consultative services, technical assistance, and field work relating to control of vector borne diseases. The chosen candidate will be responsible for developing policy, training programs, goals and long-term plans for Texas vector-control programs. For more information, visit our Employment Page.

Master's or doctoral degree in entomology, as well as experience using GIS and statistical software required. To learn more and apply, visit the Texas Health and Human Services Jobs Center.

Project Team Member Position Available at IPM Institute
February 5, 2014.
IPM Institute seeks a project team member to assist with a potato sustainability project and develop outreach for a pesticide risk mitigation software tool. Other responsibilities include outreach for an advocacy organization, IPM Voice. Knowledge of sustainable agriculture, food supply chain and IPM practices strongly preferred. For more information, visit our Employment Page.

Free Training for Professionals Interested in Providing
Nutrient Management Planning Services to Farmers
February 5, 2014.
Crop advisors in the Western Lake Erie Basin have an exciting opportunity to improve nutrient management and farmer productivity this season. This February 25-26, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Ohio State University Extension, in collaboration with IPM Institute, will host a free training event for Certified Crop Advisors to become Technical Service Providers (TSPs) qualified to write Nutrient Management Plans. More.

Webinar Series Announced for the Draft National Sustainable Agriculture Standard (LEO-4000)

February 3, 2014.
Leonardo Academy, a charitable organization that develops national voluntary standards, announced a webinar series on the National Sustainable Agriculture Standard (LEO-4000 - Public Comment Draft). The webinars will be presented over the course of five weeks and then posted on the Leonardo Academy website. LEO-4000 is intended to help users navigate various sustainability labels, specifications, and guides for agricultural products. Click here to download the draft standard. More.

Webinar Series Announced for the Draft National Sustainable Agriculture Standard (LEO-4000)

February 3, 2014.
Leonardo Academy, a charitable organization that develops national voluntary standards, announced a webinar series on the National Sustainable Agriculture Standard (LEO-4000 - Public Comment Draft). The webinars will be presented over the course of five weeks and then posted on the Leonardo Academy website. LEO-4000 is intended to help users navigate various sustainability labels, specifications, and guides for agricultural products. Click here to download the draft standard. More.

New School IPM Brochure: “An Ounce of Prevention!”
February 3, 2014.
North Carolina State University, Texas A&M and Syngenta recently published a brochure detailing IPM for schools and childcare facilities. Download an order form to order printed copies.

Pollinator Partnership Corn Dust Research Consortium Releases 2014 Call for Proposals
February 3, 2014. The Corn Dust Research Consortium (CRDC ) will fund research projects that improve understanding of best practices to limit honey bee exposure to corn seed treatments during corn planting. Projects should address either or both of the following: use by honey bees of flowering resources in and around cornfields, and/or efficacy of seed lubricant products. Proposals are due March 3, 2014.

Christmas Tree Grower Group Earns Excellence in IPM Award
January 30, 2014.
The New York State IPM Program recently recognized the efforts of the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York with an Excellence in IPM Award. Growers have been especially receptive to IPM programming for managing the variety of pests affecting Christmas trees.

20th Annual Ecological Landscape Association Conference: February 26-27, 2014
January 30, 2014.
The Ecological Landscape Association (ELA) will host a series of intensive workshops and educational sessions that explore landscaping and horticultural strategies to promote ecological health. Workshops include green roof installation, soil structure and remediation, using fungal dynamics to improve plant health, and more. Sessions will cover topics such as promoting beneficial insects, designing landscapes for threatened wildlife, and alternatives to high-input turf grass. More.

Project Team Member Position at the IPM Institute
January 30, 2014.
IPM Institute seeks a project team member to assist with responsibilities relating to school IPM certification for pest management professionals, among other current projects. Duties include outreach and communications to IPM partners and participants, preparing technical reports, database and website maintenance, phone reception, and general administrative support. For more information, visit our Employment Page.

20th Annual Ecological Landscape Association Conference: February 26-27, 2014

January 30, 2014.
The Ecological Landscape Association (ELA) will host a series of intensive workshops and educational sessions that explore landscaping and horticultural strategies to promote ecological health. Workshops include green roof installation, soil structure and remediation, using fungal dynamics to improve plant health, and more. Sessions will cover topics such as promoting beneficial insects, designing landscapes for threatened wildlife, and alternatives to high-input turf grass. More.

Project Team Member Position at the IPM Institute
January 30, 2014. IPM Institute seeks a project team member to assist with responsibilities relating to school IPM certification for pest management professionals, among other current projects. Duties include outreach and communications to IPM partners and participants, preparing technical reports, database and website maintenance, phone reception, and general administrative support. For more information, visit our Employment Page.

Organic Farming Research Foundation Seeks Executive Director
January 17, 2014.
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) supports research, policy, education, and community efforts to foster organic adoption and improve organic systems. OFRF seeks an executive director to lead the staff team to develop fundraising communications, research, policy, and other programs. For more information, visit our Employment Page.

January School IPM Newsletter is Now Available
January 29, 2014.
Inside this issue: Tips for managing lice and cockroaches, and the importance of thorough cleaning to prevent pest infestations. To subscribe to the monthly newsletter, click here . View the full newsletter here.

 

PhD Candidate Position at University of Calgary, Canada
January 23, 2014. The University of Calgary, Canada, seeks a candidate for a funded PhD position in pollination biology and pollinator management in canola. The successful applicant will have a Master's degree or equivalent in ecology, entomology, or a related field. Based in Lethbridge, Alberta, the position will support a guaranteed stipend for a minimum of three years.

Diary of a Pest from Northeast IPM Center
January 17, 2014.
The Northeast IPM Center recently published “Diary of a Pest.” The small booklet includes confessions from spotted wing drosophila, brown marmorated stink bug, late blight, deer tick, and more. The diary is a fun way to share annual updates from the Center. More.

Organic Farming Research Foundation Seeks Executive Director
January 17, 2014.
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) supports research, policy, education, and community efforts to foster organic adoption and improve organic systems. OFRF seeks an executive director to lead the staff team to develop fundraising communications, research, policy, and other programs. The ideal candidate will have experience with issues and emerging trends in organic agriculture, credibility among national stakeholders and organizations, senior management experience, and a proven track record of developing support with a diversity of stakeholders. The chosen candidate will be primarily responsible for representing the organization, fundraising, managing staff, and developing a financial strategy. Applications due February 21, 2014 or until filled.

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Call for Research Proposals
January 17, 2014.
NAPPC seeks proposals for up to $10,000 to support research relating to bee health. Specific focus areas include: effects of nutrition, pesticides, pathogens or pests on colony behavior and health; effects of climate on plants and bees; and developing diagnostics and genetic stocks to monitor and improve bee health. The deadline to apply is January 20, 2014. More.

Call for Paper and Symposia Submissions: National Conference on Urban Entomology
January 17, 2014.
The National Conference on Urban Entomology (NCUE) is scheduled for May 18-21, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. The deadline for submitting papers and symposia is February 17. Symposia presentations should be 20 minutes in length.

Agricultural Coexistence Comment Period Extended
January 9, 2014.
The USDA has extended the deadline for public comments to March 4, 2014 to allow for additional input on “how agricultural coexistence in the United States can be strengthened.” “Coexistence” is meant as concurrent production of crops in diverse systems, including organic, traditional, and genetically altered crops. Farmers and citizens concerned with genetic contamination and compensation policies are encouraged to comment. More.

University of Wyoming Extension Launches New School IPM Website
January 9, 2014
. The University of Wyoming recently published a school IPM website with an updated look. The site has links to a catalogue of information on school IPM program implementation and regionally specific pest identification tools. Click here to explore the new website.

Call for Presentations Deadline Extended: 2014 Women in Agriculture Educators National Conference
January 9, 2014.
The April 2-3, 2014 Women in Agriculture Educators National Conference brings together all types of agricultural professionals who work with women involved in production agriculture. Programming for sessions and posters should be related to the five identified risk areas, including financial, production, marketing, legal and human, especially programs directed towards women. New submission deadline is January 23, 2014. More.

Register for the 2014 Focus on Precision Conference, Feb. 18-19

January 7, 2014.
The National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants and the Minnesota Independent Crop Consultants Association present the annual Focus on Precision Conference. Attendees will hear the latest in precision agriculture techniques. Download the brochure (PDF) or visit the NAICC website for more information and to register.

Outreach Coordinator Position with Minnesota Department of Agriculture
January 6, 2014.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) seeks a qualified individual to coordinate, plan, develop and implement public information efforts, annual reporting, and short and long term outreach programs. The individual will also be responsible for maintaining the Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) homepage. For more information, visit our Employment Page.

Save the Date: Integrated Control in Protected Crops, September 14-18, 2014
January 6, 2014.
The International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control, Western Palaearctic Regional Section (IOBC-WPRS) will host a meeting focused on IPM in protected crops this September in Ghent, Belgium. Early registration ends June 30, 2014. For more information, visit our Events Page.

Contraception in Pest Birds Meets Sociopolitical Backlash
January 6, 2014. A commentary recently published in Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine details a failed attempt to establish contraceptives in resident Canada geese and pigeon populations in urban areas. The initiative was met with resistance from conservation, hunting, and urban facility managers. More.

Save the Date: National Conference on Urban Entomology

January 6, 2014.
The 2014 National Conference on Urban Entomology (NCUE) will be held May 18-21, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Award nominations are due February 3, and paper and symposia submissions due February 17. More.


January 14 Webinar: Healthy Watersheds and Green Infrastructure Planning in New York State

January 6, 2014.
Learn about green infrastructure (GI) planning at the landscape scale, with a focus on New York State's GI planning guide and a case study in Ulster County, NY. GI is a strategic approach to preserving key ecosystem functions and priority areas to maximize ecological and economic benefits. This webinar is intended for state and local government officials to learn how to develop a GI plan. Hosted by EPA's Healthy Watersheds Program and the Watershed Academy. More.

Register for the AAIE Annual Conference and Meeting
January 6, 2014.
The Association of Applied Entomologists (AAIE) will host their annual conference February 2-4, 2014 in Monterey, California. The Association was established in 1967 as a way for IPM practitioners to exchange ideas and information. More.


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