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Register today for the 9th International IPM Symposium

REGISTER TODAY!

Pollinator protection, biopesticide technology, and resistance management will be featured at the 9th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, March 19-22, 2018 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland USA. The symposium is the premier global event for networking with leading scientists and learning the latest technologies for effectively managing pests. Those who register by February 19 will pay a reduced price. https://ipmsymposium.org/2018/registration.html

Highlights include:

  • Opening keynote presentation by Dr. Dini M. Miller, Professor, Virginia Tech University, and Urban Pest Management Specialist, State of Virginia, and an internationally recognized expert in the area of urban pest management, specializing in bed bug and German cockroach biology, behavior, and control
  • Mini-symposia featuring experts addressing hot topics in the IPM field
  • More than 40 concurrent sessions designed for practitioners, growers, educators, consultants, researchers, industry professionals, students, and employees of non-governmental organizations
  • A specialized day-long workshop, “Integrated Tick Management: Community-Wide Action to Address the Global Tick Problem
  • Presentation of the 2018 IPM Achievement Awards
  • Over 170 poster presentations of research and best practices
  • Field trips to see IPM in action in downtown Baltimore
  • Exhibits from leading IPM suppliers

The Symposium opens on Monday, March 19 at 5:00 PM with the keynote presentation and announcement of the 2018 IPM Achievement Awards. The closing session will end at 11:45 AM on Thursday, March 22.

Register by February 19 and take advantage of the early bird price of $375. The registration fee includes admission to all symposium sessions, Wednesday poster session reception, three continental breakfasts, and refreshment breaks. Fees will increase after February 19. For registration visit https://ipmsymposium.org/2018/registration.html

Accommodation information can be found on the website: https://ipmsymposium.org/2018/accommodations.html. The room block is released February 19; don’t miss out on staying at the symposium hotel, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 USA.

Exhibit space still available: Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your organization’s products, mission and services to an audience of pest management scientists, researchers, practitioners, and professionals. Rate increases after February 1. More information available here: https://ipmsymposium.org/2018/sponsors_exhibitors.html

Meeting space is still available for groups or organizations to meet before/after the Symposium. Meeting rooms are also available in the evenings during the event for informal conferences.  Sunday and Friday space will be released back to the hotel on February 1.

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Additional program Information is being added to the Web site regularly, so bookmark https://ipmsymposium.org/2018/index.html and visit often.

Please share this announcement with your colleagues.

Contact Michelle Marquart, Symposium Coordinator, to learn more about attending, exhibiting at or contributing to the Symposium.

https://ipmsymposium.org/2018/index.html


Apply Now for EPA’s National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management

The deadline to apply for the award is January 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Consider applying for the National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management if you represent a Health Plan, Health Care Provider or Community in Action that is working to—

  • Address environmental triggers as part of a comprehensive asthma program
  • Foster high-performing collaborations and partnerships
  • Improve the daily lives of those with asthma and their families

Questions?

Visit AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org/awards for more information and helpful resources.

Check out the FAQs to find quick answers.

Contact EPALeadershipAwards@AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org.

Learn more

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Three Funding Opportunities Announced: Organic Ag., Collaborative Robotics, and Crop Breeding

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced three new funding opportunities: Organic Transitions, the National Robotics Initiative through AFRI, and Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Organic Agricultural Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $3.8 million in available funding to address critical issues related to organic agriculture. Funding is made through NIFA’s Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants – Organic Transitions (ORG) program.

The ORG program supports the development and implementation of research, extension, and education programs that enhance organic livestock and crop production. Organic agricultural systems provide many ecosystem services, and natural resources stewardship is a key principle in organic farming.

The deadline for applications is March 29, 2018. See the funding opportunity for details.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Collaborative Robotics

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support through the joint National Robotics Initiative (NRI-2.0) to research the development and use of collaborative robots. NIFA’s funding is made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, which aims to address challenges in food and agricultural sciences, through research, extension, and education.

The NRI-2.0(link is external) program is a partnership between NIFA, the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy. It supports foundational research in robotic science and technology. There are four main areas of research to advance the goal of ubiquitous co-robots: scalability, customizability, lowering barriers to entry, and societal impact.

There is $7 million available in funding. There are two full proposal deadlines: Feb. 20, 2018, and Feb. 5, 2019. See the request for applications(link is external) for further details.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Crop Breeding Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announces support for Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) to speed the development of new crop varieties. Funding is made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which seeks to address challenges in food and agricultural sciences through research, extension, and education opportunities.

EAGER is established jointly among NIFA, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Biological Sciences Directorate, and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom to foster the development of breakthrough technologies for advancing crop breeding. Additionally, EAGER addresses the barriers to improving crop varieties, such as producing hybrids, understanding recombination, and epigenetic inheritance. This EAGER opportunity invites proposals to overcome these barriers to crop breeding in highly innovative and transformative ways.

There is approximately $3 million in available funding. The deadline for summary submission is March 14, 2018. See the funding opportunity for additional details.


USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Organic Agricultural Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $3.8 million in available funding to address critical issues related to organic agriculture. Funding is made through NIFA’s Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants – Organic Transitions (ORG) program.

The ORG program supports the development and implementation of research, extension, and education programs that enhance organic livestock and crop production. Organic agricultural systems provide many ecosystem services, and natural resources stewardship is a key principle in organic farming.

Eligible applicants include land-grant, Hispanic-serving, and private and state institutions. Program priority areas shall address: documentation of the effects of organic practices; development of technologies, methods, and metrics for ecosystem services and climate adaptation and mitigation ability of organic crop, livestock, and integrated crop-livestock production systems; establishment of cultural practices and other allowable alternatives to substances recommended for removal from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.

NIFA reviews all proposals accepted in NIFA’s competitive grant programs through an external peer review process in which a panel of experts from within the respective field in question takes part. Specific details on panel meetings, review formats, and evaluation criteria may vary among programs.

The deadline for applications is March 29, 2018. See the funding opportunity for details.


The Western Integrated Pest Management Center January Newsletter has been published

The January 2018 edition of the Western Integrated Pest Management Center newsletter has been published with a new look. This newsletter contains information on news that affects those living in both the West and across the country, funding and grant opportunities, upcoming events, job opportunities, information exclusively for students and information on the Western IPM Center itself.

The newsletter can he found here. Also, make sure to check out the Western IPM Center’s new website here.