New IPM Fact Sheet: Geese on School Grounds

The New York State IPM program at Cornell University has produced a new IPM fact sheet on nuisance geese, an increasing problem for schools and other facilities throughout much of the United States and southern Canada. Issues with geese include messy accumulations of feces, degraded water quality, the potential for disease transmission, traction issues on athletic fields and playing surfaces, turf damage, traffic hazards, noise, and aggression during the nesting season. Geese impact schools by not only aesthetically degrading the grounds, but also in terms of community relations and costs associated with management.  Author, Community IPM Extension Area Educator and School IPM 2020 project steering committee member Lynn Braband examines the various IPM control options available and weighs advantages and disadvantages.

Get the fact sheet here.

Position Available: Pests, Pesticides & IPM Project Coordinator, UC ANR

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is seeking a Project Coordinator to provide scientific and administrative leadership for a CDPR/UC IPM project while maintaining the day-to-day operations of the project. The Project Coordinator will be the central point of communications and budget management for all work, ensuring project deliverables are completed as outlined in the contract. The Academic Coordinator’s clientele will include a wide diversity of California stakeholders. Primary clientele will include the pesticide regulatory community (state, county and federal), key members in urban, agricultural and natural area pest managers, and IPM academics.

The position will be open until filled, but to be assured of consideration, please submit the application package by August 12, 2016. For details on how to apply, please see the position vacancy announcement or UC ANR’s job listing.

New Issue of IPM Insights Available

The July 2016 issue of IPM Insights is now available from the Northeastern IPM Center. This month’s issue is all about IPM and organic farming.  Topics covered this month include:

  • Challenges and opportunities for ecologically-based growers: Even as expectations for higher-quality food rise, we face water and air pollution, loss of beneficial organisms, and increasing persistence of pests.
  • Foundations of IPM, organic point way over barriers: Adherents of organic and IPM practices share a basic principle: emphasis is placed on human health, the environment, and economics.
  • Ecologically-based growers face obstacles and market could help: Money has spun the world of food, particularly food produced using IPM and organic practices.
  • IPM and organic moving forward together: Is it time to re-assess and re-label both IPM and organic as ecologically-based?

Check out this month’s issue online or as a downloadable PDF.

SARE Outreach Seeks a Content Development Coordinator

SARE Outreach at the University of Maryland-College Park is seeking a Content Development Specialist.  SARE Outreach is the national communications arm of Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), which provides grants and education to advance sustainable agriculture innovations.  SARE Outreach’s primary objective is to translate the results of SARE-funded projects into practical, how-to information for diverse agricultural audiences, including farmers, Extension educators and researchers.

The Content Development Coordinator will identify successful research from SARE’s portfolio of 6,000 projects, synthesize that research into clear, targeted messages, and implement promotional strategies to get the message out to a wide variety of audiences in the agricultural sector.

For more information, please visit the full posting on our jobs board or the University of Maryland-College Park’s job posting page.

Post-Doctoral Positions Studying Spotted Wing Drosophila Available

Candidates are currently being sought for two new post-doctoral research positions: one at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Guédot’s Fruit Crop Entomology Laboratory under Dr. Christelle Guédot and another at the University of California-Davis in Zalom Lab under Dr. Frank Zalom.  Both positions will be studying the biology and management of the invasive spotted wing drosophila. Candidates are sought to fill both positions as soon as possible. Please visit our jobs board for details.