Closing the Gap: Addressing Asthma Disparities in Schools
April 14, 2014. School health experts Yolanda Cuevas and Teresa Lampmann lead webinar on utilizing EPA's Framework for Effective School and IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Management to reduce asthma in schools. Webinar will include innovative approaches for correcting the disparity, communication strategies for families, health insurance companies and other stake holders, and an overview of the EPA's IAQ Toolkit for concrete action steps on how to make a difference now. Registrations now open for the May 1 webinar. More.
USDA Announces financial support for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
April 11, 2014. The USDA's NIFA (National Institutes of Food and Agriculture) will be competitively awarding grants to programs focused on education, training and technical assistance/outreach to farmers, ranchers and land managers of private forests who are ne w to the profession, or who have less than 10 years of experience. Applications are due June 12, 2014, more information available on eligibility and how to apply.
Entomological Society of America's (ESA) 2016 Annual Meeting to be held in conjunction with the 25th International Convention on Entomology (ICE)
April 8, 2014. ESA and ICE will hold their joint 2016 symposia in Orlando, Florida on September 25-30 2016. Submissions are now open for ICE. Visit the ICE website to learn more about submissions and symposia to come. More.
We're Hiring! Four Opportunities to Join the IPM Institute Team
March 28, 2014. The IPM Institute of North America is currently hiring at all levels from entry level to upper level management. All positions are located in centrally located Madison, WI office, and offer a competitive salary + benefits package commensurate with experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until qualified candidate is found. Please visit our Employment Opportunities page to view the individual position descriptions. More.
2014 National Pesticide Forum to be held at Portland State University
March 14, 2014. Beyond Pesticides will host the 32 nd National Pesticide Forum at Portland State University April 11-12 this year, with a program titled, Advancing Sustainable Communities: People, pollinators and practices. Sessions will feature speakers on pollinators, organic agriculture, improving farm worker protection and agricultural justice. Registration for the 2014 forum is now open (available here online), early bird discount only until March 17. More.
Spring 2014 Issue of IPM Insights Now Available
March 12, 2014.
The Northeastern IPM Center's spring issue of their newsletter publication, IPM Insights is now out, available as a PDF download or as in iBook format for iPad. Among topics in the spring issue, insights into the stink bug threat, new findings on sheep and goat pasture possibilities, and provides resources for IPM in Childcare are all featured. Visit the Northeastern IPM Center website to download IPM Insights.
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.
2014 Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health – Applications Now Available
April 8, 2014. The Texas Department of State Health Services is now accepting applications for 2014 Excellence in Texas School Health Awards. The Texas Health Institute annually gives a total of 8 awards to honor schools or school districts that work to improve lifelong well-being of students. More.
Four Open Positions at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture
March 31, 2014. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture seeks two soil scientists, a research scientist and a unit supervisor for the Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division. All positions will be involved in technical assistance and review of BMPs for water quality improvements in agricultural lands as part of the Minnesota Water Quality Framework. For more information, visit our Employment Page.
New Training Opportunities Available through PMU
April 10, 2014. University of Florida's IFAS Extension is offering many training courses through their Pesticide Management University (PMU). Covering topics in both Spanish and English, the PMU has courses ranging from the treatment of general household pests to specific topics like termites and wood destroying organisms. Check the PMU website for a full listing of courses, course descriptions and registration information. More.
USDA Listening Session on Organic Agriculture, April 14, 2014
March 31, 2014. USDA invites stakeholders in organic agriculture to participate in a listening session on organic provisions in the Agricultural Act of 2014. Stakeholders are invited to share their thoughts on the implementation process and impact it will have on their communities. The session will take place at USDA headquarters from 12-1:30PM Eastern, with an option to participate remotely by teleconference. For more information and to register, email amspublicaffairs (at) ams.usda.gov. More.
EPA Hosts Free Webinar on Indoor Air Quality for Schools
March 14, 2014. The EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools (IAQ) is hosting a free webinar Thursday, April 8, 1:00-2:30pm EDT, with speakers Richard Prill and David Blake. The webinar is designed to help improve IAQ in schools by exposing attendees to warning signs, preventative measures, and tool action kits. Registration is online, more information can be found on the IAQ Tools for Schools website.
EPA Awards More than $500,000 to Schools to Help Reduce Children's Exposure to Pesticides
March 13, 2014. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded grants to The University of Arizona, The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension and Michigan State University to help reduce student exposure to pests and pesticides in school. More information about the individual grant projects can be found on the EPA Connect Blog, as well as in a related press release.
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.
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.