Now Hiring! Project Team Member Position Open
July 24, 2014. The IPM Institute of North America is seeking an individual with excellent verbal and written communication skills for a full time position as project team member. This is an excellent entry level opportunity to interact with IPM professionals, schools, farmers, food industry and government officials working to support adoption of integrated pest management practices. Employment Page.
July Issue of Coordinated IPM Newsletter Available
July 23, 2014. Coordinated IPM in Europe released the July issue of the C-IPM Newsletter. The article found within addresses a workshop covering future challenges of IPM as related to food security, food safety and food quality. A flyer is also included, giving a brief overview of the European Research Area Network Coordinated IPM (ERA-net C-IPM). The July issue can be found here.
Organic Agriculture Summer Conference Held in August
July 8, 2014. Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) announced the 40th anniversary NOFA Summer Conference, held at UMass Amherst August 8-10, 2014. The conference features over 150 workshops, educational seminars, cultural events, farm tours and a keynote speech by Dr. Elaine Ingham. Many workshops and seminars focus on pollinator health and organic pest control measures. Early registration is due July 11. More information found here.
New Guide to Tick Control Practices for Schools
July 6, 2014. US Environmental Protection Agency's Center of Expertise in School IPM released its “Tick Safety in Schools: Integrated Pest Management for Protecting Children from Tick-Borne Diseases.” The document addresses tick biology, IPM strategies for reducing tick populations, tick prevention and control recommendations and communication strategies. IPM tactics discussed include landscaping practices, planting strategies to discourage deer browsing and others. More information can be found here.
Invitation to Provide Input to Beginner Farmer/Rancher Development Program
June 25, 2014. United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) seeks stakeholder and public input for its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). BFRDP is a competitive grants program aiming to contact, educate, mentor and technically assist new farmers and ranchers. USDA-NIFA is seeking suggestions for program, application process and award cycle improvements. Deadline for input to be incorporated into the 2015 cycle is due July 3, 2014. More information found here
New Blog and Twitter Feed from New York State IPM Program
June 25, 2014. The NYSIPM Program at Cornell University announced a new blog and twitter feed connecting communities and educators to the latest in pest management at schools across New York and the northeast. Find their blog here, and follow them on Twitter @NY_School_IPM. Also be sure to look at their Best Management Practices for School IPM website.
Pest Management Centre at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Releases New Pest Management Information
June 23, 2014. The Pest Management Centre (PMC) at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) website has new information available, including summaries of apple scab and white mold risk reduction strategies, a sustainable grasshopper management factsheet, the Spring 2014 PMC newsletter, a status report for biopesticide projects and submissions and more! More information found here.
Farm Bill Funds Available for Citrus Greening Research
June 13, 2014. USDA has announced new Farm Bill funds available for research to fight citrus greening. $24 million per year will be awarded over the next five years to address regional and national priorities pertaining to pathogen research, insect vectors, citrus orchard production systems, and non-agricultural citrus growers. A stakeholder relevance review is due to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) by July 18 , 2014 . More information found here.
Program Evaluation Community Now Available from eXtension
July 14, 2014. eXtension.org, an on-line collaborative support network, hosts a new community-driven question-and-answer forum called Evaluation Community of Practice (CoP). This forum connects Extension evaluators to extension program staff members to help build capacity to evaluate their programs and learn new tools and methods. More information found here.
School IPM Training Class at Texas A&M
July 9, 2014. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering a new class entitled “IPM for Colleges, Universities or LEEDs Buildings.” Held August 6-7, 2014, the class trains pest management technicians and college staff in IPM practices. Day one will cover an introduction to IPM, developing an IPM plan for outdoor turf and managing common pests. Day two will discuss developing IPM programs for institutions, Texas Dept. of Agriculture licensing and other common pests. Cost is $100 for one day and $150 for both. More information can be found here.
Chemical Risk Assessment Program Manager Position Available
July 8, 2014. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) announced an opening for a program manager of its Environment, Health and Safety division. For more information, visit our Employment Page.
July Issue of Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter Available
July 3, 2014. University of Wisconsin's Crop Manager newsletter is now available. Topics include resilience agriculture for a changing climate, soybean pesticide application strategies, a plant disease diagnostic clinic and managing white mold in soybeans. A PDF document of the newsletter can be found here.
Comment Requested on Agricultural Worker Protection Standard
July 3, 2014. Northeastern IPM Center and Western IPM Center are organizing input from growers, pest managers and other stakeholders on changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard. The EPA measure intends to increase protections for the nation's 2 million agricultural workers and families from pesticide exposure. The survey must be completed by August 1, 2014 and can be accessed here.
Federal Conservation Reserve Program Provides Incentives for Midwest Pollinator Habitat
June 25, 2014. Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin received $8 million from USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to help recover declining honey bee populations. These five Midwestern states provide summer forage for over half of the country's commercial honey bee populations. The CRP pollinator program promotes use of pollinator-friendly wild seed mixes that provide nourishing vegetative coverage to aid pollinator populations reduced by two-thirds since the 1940s. More information found here.
New York State IPM Program Announces New Funded IPM Projects
June 25, 2014. The NYSIPM Program has announced the funding of eight Community IPM Projects. Project interests range from garden blight management, Asian tiger mosquito and tick awareness workshops, grub management for nematode-infested turf, and high-level IPM at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field.
Project reports will be available in 2015. More information found here.
Co-Director Position Available at IPM Institute
June 16, 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.
Training Director Position Available with Smithereen
June 13, 2014. Smithereen Pest Management Services is hiring for a training director position in the Chicagoland area. For more information, visit our Employment Page.