Northeastern IPM Center Hosts First Annual IPM Online Conference on October 20
October 13, 2015. The first annual Northeastern IPM Center (NEIPMC) Online Conference will be held on October 20th at 9:30 AM EDT. The Conference will feature updates from active projects funded by the NEIPMC’s Partnership Grants Program. In addition, the online conference will have updates from IPM-related projects funded through the Northeastern Sustainable Agriculture and Education (NE SARE) Program. The rapid style conference will feature 5 minute presentations in which the speakers will discuss, show, or possibly sing about 1 or 2 highlights from their projects. The purpose of the conference is to increase collaboration and awareness about current IPM-related research and extension in the Northeast in a fun way.
Western IPM Center 2016 Grant Program Request for Applications Now Available
October 12, 2015. The 2016 Western IPM Center grant program request for applications is now available. There will be about $270,000 in funding available for one-year grants in the following categories: Project Initiation, Work Groups, Outreach & Implementation, and IPM Planning Documents. Center Associate Director Matt Baur will host a one-hour webinar to go through the RFA and answer any questions on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. Pacific. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Pacific on December 9.
The New York State IPM Program Seeks Nominations for 2015 Excellence in IPM Awards
October 5, 2015. Candidates for Excellence in IPM Awards should be individuals or organizations in New York State whose work in IPM deserves special recognition. They can be awarded for: developing new IPM tools; implementing or evaluating IPM methods in their operations, businesses, or organizations; encouraging demonstrations and adoption of IPM; promoting IPM and bolstering the adoption of IPM practices; or educating others about IPM. The program seeks nominations for people in agricultural IPM (fruit, vegetables, ornamentals, and livestock and field crops) and community IPM (schools, homes, landscapes, turf, and municipalities). New Yorkers involved in communicating about IPM through the media are also eligible. Learn about previous IPM award winners here.
Texas A&M AgriLife Fall Integrated Pest Management Seminar on November 5 in Dallas
October 2, 2015. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension's Fall IPM Seminar is scheduled for November 5, 2015 in Dallas. This fall’s program will feature information on pesticide regulatory updates, new and emerging plant diseases, turfgrass selection and weed management, pesticides and honey bees, and ant management. The seminar offers 5 CEUs for both Texas Department of Agriculture and Structural Pest Control Service license holders. The focus will be on pest management in turf and ornamental plantings, though structural pest control professionals can get their Pest, L&O, and Weed CEUs at the seminar as well. Register.
2016 IPM Enhancement Grant RFA is Now Public
September 29, 2015. The Southern IPM Center (SIPMC) has released the 2016 Request for Applications (RFA) for the IPM Enhancement Grants Program (IPMEP). The IPMEP is a foundational mechanism used by SIPMC to address important issues affecting the region that has produced many significant outputs and favorable outcomes addressing Global Food Security challenges including invasive species, endangered species, pest resistance, and impacts resulting from regulatory actions. This year’s RFA does NOT cover proposals for IPM Documents, and projects are limited to one year. When determining your project start and end dates, note that funds will be available as early as March 1, 2016, and must be expended by February 28, 2017. The deadline for proposals is Friday, November 20, 2015 at 5 PM EST. More.
12 Northeast Orchards Become Eco Apple Certified for 2015
September 18, 2015. A network of 12 orchards in the Northeast US have become Eco Apple Certified for 2015. The Eco Apple program is a partnership between farmers and scientific advisors to advance the most progressive and environmentally responsible growing practices in the northeast region. Farmers use smart practices to promote soil and tree health, nurture pollinators, and protect biodiversity. They manage damaging pests with biological methods such as natural predators, mating disruption, and trapping as their first line of defense, ensuring balanced ecosystems, safer working conditions, and cleaner foods. More.
University of Georgia Entomology Seeks New Professor and Department Head
September 18, 2015. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is seeking a new professor and head for its Entomology department. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position on the Athens campus. The successful candidate will be expected to administer and provide leadership for the Entomology department that will result in high quality and relevant extension, research and teaching programs, good working relationships with the agricultural community, and development of excellent interdisciplinary and interagency cooperation. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, personnel recruitment and management, performance evaluations and reviews, coordinating promotion and tenure, program planning and implementation, managing the professional development of faculty, and effective representation of the Department. Complete applications received by December 1, 2015 will be assured of consideration. More.
USDA Grants $3 Million to Address Food Security and Hunger through Improved Plant Health
September 15, 2015. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $3 million in grants designed to mitigate crop losses by arthropods and diseases. The awards to support research, education, and extension efforts were made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. NIFA made the awards through the AFRI Food Security challenge area, which seeks to increase sustainable food production. Priority was given to projects that will improve prevention, early detection, rapid diagnosis, or recovery from new, foreign, or emerging plant diseases, arthropods, or nematodes that have the potential to cause major impacts on food security. NIFA made additional awards in April 2015 through the AFRI Food Security challenge area that focuses on minimizing livestock losses to pests. More.
Western IPM Center Releases 2014-2015 Annual Report
September 9, 2015. The Western IPM Center has released its Annual Report for 2014-2015. One of four regional centers funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to promote IPM practices, the Western IPM Center offers grants to IPM researchers and extension specialists, sponsors signature programs and work groups to tackle region-wide issues, and serves as the hub of a multi-state partnership and communication network linking researchers, growers, extension educators, commodity organizations, environmental groups, pest control professionals, government agencies and others. Their latest annual report highlights the work the Center's comment coordinators do to provide federal regulators valuable real-world information, lists the recipients of their 2015 grants and details the initial reported results and impacts of their 2013 and 2014 funded grant projects. More. (PDF)
NE IPM Center Announces 2016 IPM Partnership Grants Funding Opportunity
September 2, 2015. The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center has announced the availability of funding through its IPM Partnership Grants Program, supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Up to $300,000 in total will be available for 2016, with a maximum of $50,000 per award, to fund projects that foster the development and adoption of IPM methods. The program supports three project types: IPM Issues, IPM Working Groups, and IPM Communications. The Center is particularly interested this year in projects that address regional priorities within its five Signature Programs (not in order of priority) 1) IPM and Organic Systems, 2) Rural and Urban IPM, 3) Climate Change and Pests, 4) Next Generation Education, and 5) Advanced Production Systems. Public and private institutions or organizations, businesses, commodity groups, and individuals are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted online and are due by Tuesday, December 1, 2015. An Informational Webinar about the RFA will be held on October 1, 2015 at 1pm. More.
National Institute of Food and Agriculture Seeks National Agronomy Program Leader
August 26, 2015. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is seeking a full-time permanent Biological Science Specialist to act as a National Program Leader for their Agronomy program. In the position, the candidate will network and collaborate with partners and stakeholders to identify mission relevant problems, opportunities and issues requiring Federal attention and support; conceive and execute programs and activities in response to existing or emerging problems, priorities and issues for development; developing and apply science-based knowledge by working with universities and other partners; and evaluate the quality, outcomes and impacts of the programs. The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 17, 2015. More.
The IR-4 Project SOAR Award Seeks Nominations
August 21, 2015. The IR-4 Project has put out an open call for nominations for its SOAR Award. Since 1963, the IR-4 Project has been the major resource for supplying pest management tools for specialty crop growers by developing research data to support new EPA tolerances and labeled product use. SOAR stands for Service-Outreach-Altruism-Research. It recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated clear Service toward enhancing the mission of IR-4 through participation on committees, advisory panels, or similar activities; excellent Outreach to growers educating growers on IR-4; Altruism by donating time and effort towards IR-4’s mission; outstanding Research which contributes to expanded product labels and increased understanding of product use. The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 31, 2015. More.
Stinging Insects Webinar Latest in 2015 All Bugs Good and Bad Series
August 21, 2015. Join Dr. Charles Ray on September 4th at 2 PM EDT for a 60 minute webinar on stinging insects. Entitled "Bees, Wasps & Hornets: They're All Different," the webinar explains the difference between these creatures and gives practical tips for preventing hornets, yellow jackets and other wasps from ruining your next picnic.
Indiana State Department of Health Releases Bed Bug Brochure
August 20, 2015. The Indiana State Department of Health has released a new brochure on the subject of bed bugs. The brochure busts some top bed bug myths, offers facts on bed bug history, life cycles, feeding habits and statistics on common bed bug hiding places. The brochure is free to download, print and distribute and is available on the ISDH site or here. (PDF)
New IPM Experience House Offers Hands-On IPM Training for Pest Management Pros
August 19, 2015. The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas recently held their inaugural IPM training class for more than a dozen professionals and paraprofessionals using the IPM Experience House, a new training facility designed to teach pest-control professionals how to control pests more safely and effectively. A converted former dormitory on the Texas A&M Agrilife campus, the 2000+ square foot IPM Experience House offers pest management professionals hands-on learning opportunities, a contrast to more common passive slide/lecture training. The House is supported by the Texas pest control industry, with staffing and curriculum development being developed by IPM specialists based at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas. Read more about the House here. (PDF)
IPM Practitioner's 2015 Directory of Least-Toxic Pest Control Products Now Available
August 12, 2015. The Bio-Integral Resource Center has released its 2015 Directory of Least-Toxic Pest Control Products for IPM practitioners. This information-packed resource lists over 2000 products such as baits, traps, pheromones, microbials, biocontrol agents, and other materials needed for IPM. The Directory also provides contact information for more than 600 national and international suppliers.
Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference, Aug 14-16
August 10, 2015. The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) is hosting its annual summer conference at UMass in Amherst, MA, on August 14-16. The theme for this year's Conference is "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology". The main conference features 144 individual sessions with 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more. More.
New White Paper on Schools Green Cleaning Laws Released by USGBC
August 7, 2015. The Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council has reached out to various stakeholders and officials across ten states to learn more about their green cleaning laws, and these conversations, alongside policy analysis, research, and data from a national survey have resulted in a new white paper, entitled “Perspectives on Implementation and Effectiveness of School Green Cleaning Laws.” The research found that laws perceived as effective tended to include reporting requirements and mandate, rather than encourage, implementation of green cleaning, and also that the need for school-focused education about the purpose and requirements for green cleaning is critical. Read the white paper here.
EPA Proposes Stronger Standards for People Applying Riskiest Pesticides
August 6, 2015. EPA is proposing stricter standards for people certified to use restricted use pesticides and to require all people who apply restricted use pesticides to be at least 18 years old. Certifications would have to be renewed every 3 years. EPA is proposing additional specialized licensing for certain methods of application that can pose greater risks if not conducted properly, such as fumigation and aerial application. For further protection, those working under the supervision of certified applicators would now need training on using pesticides safely and protecting their families from take-home pesticide exposure. The comment period for the proposal is open for 90 days, ending on November 5, 2015. More.
University of Maryland Seeks Assistant Professor in Integrative Arthropod Biology
July 28, 2015. The University of Maryland College Park is seeking an Assistant Professor in Integrative Arthropod Biology. Candidates doing outstanding work on any aspect of terrestrial arthropod biology will be considered, but topics of special interest include, but are not limited to: vector biology; insect/microbe interactions; insect behavior; ecology, and biodiversity; systematics, evolutionary biology and evo-devo; developmental biology and physiology; functional and comparative genomics; and arthropod roles in urban ecosystems, ecosystem services and their link to human health. This position will be expected to build a nationally prominent, robustly funded research program, as well as contribute to our undergraduate and graduate teaching portfolios. The deadline to apply is October 2, 2015. More.
Michigan State University Seeking a Tree Fruit Production Educator
July 24, 2015. Michigan State University Extension is searching for a full-time Educator on Tree Fruit Production. Located in Oceana County (Hart, MI) in West Michigan, this position will collaborate across work teams and Institutes including working with faculty, specialists, educators and commodity groups to achieve efficient, profitable and sustainable fruit production and overall advancement for the Michigan tree fruit industries. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2015. More.
Regional IPM Grants Program Retrospective Highlights National IPM Achievements
October 12, 2015. The Western IPM Center has published a retrospective on the Regional Integrated Pest Management Grants Program. Through this program, the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) helped develop safer ways to manage pests nationally. After the program ended in 2014, the four Regional IPM Centers decided to look back at the RIPM program and highlight some of the important and varied research and extension conducted while the Centers administered it. The retrospective covers highlights of four projects from each of the USDA regions, showing the tremendous regional variation in agricultural and urban pests, in addition to the effort and creativity researchers and extension specialists around the country bring to the table every day to solve those pest problems. More.
University of Wyoming Seeks Postdoctoral Research Scientist to Develop Organic Agriculture Curriculum
October 5, 2015. The University of Wyoming is recruiting a post-doctoral scientist to contribute to a USDA-funded project focused on developing a modular organic agriculture curriculum applicable across regions in the United States, for use in both online and face-to-face classes. The post-doc will be responsible for developing curriculum, teaching activities and assessments in partnership with a team of instructors, as well as team teaching both online and face-to-face classes. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. More.
Honey Bee Removal Workshop, October 9 in Dallas
October 2, 2015. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting a honey bee removal workshop for pest management professionals on Friday October 9th at the IPM Experience House in Dallas. The workshop will cover the basic biology and behavior of honey bees and will feature a live indoor honey bee hive extraction-- attendees are encouraged to bring their own bee suits, extra long sleeve shirts and gloves. Instructors include Charles Adams of Adams Bee Removal in Sherman, TX, IPM Coordinator for Sherman Independent School District, and Lauren Ward of the Honey Bee Lab at Texas A&M University. The class runs from 10 AM to approximately 3 PM, Friday, October 9. The cost for the class is $75 before Oct 8 and includes a box lunch. Late registration is $90 after October 7. Register.
Upcoming EPA Webinar on Managing Head Lice in Schools
September 28, 2015. Join the EPA on Tuesday, October 20th at 1 PM for a free webinar on managing head lice in schools. The webinar will cover the epidemiology, public health significance, diagnostics, treatment and control of head lice, with an emphasis on least-risk, sustainable IPM control strategies. Webinar presenters will include Dr. Richard Pollack, Senior Environmental Public Health Officer, Harvard University; Nichole Bobo, Director of Nursing Education, National Association of School Nurses; and Deborah Pontius, Health Services Coordinator/Chief School Nurse, Pershing County (Nevada) School District. Space is limited to the first 1,000 to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on joining the webinar. More.
Spotted Wing Drosophila Postdoctoral Research Position Available at the University of Georgia
September 22, 2015. The University of Georgia Department of Entomology is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on ecology and management of spotted wing drosophila (SWD). The candidate will be expected to work directly with blueberry grower cooperators and extension personnel to design and execute field scale research experiments to investigate seasonal biology of SWD, evaluate effectiveness of organic management programs and potential non-target impacts, and insecticide resistance mechanisms. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. More.
Aardvark Pest Control Services Achieves Green Shield Certification for its IPM Service
September 18, 2015. Aardvark Pest Control Services of Aston, Pennsylvania has achieved Green Shield Certification of its IPM service. To achieve the certification, Aardvark underwent a rigorous on-site evaluation by an independent IPM evaluator at their home office outside of Philadelphia that examined their structural IPM protocols, training, recordkeeping and safety practices according to Green Shield Certified's publicly available evaluation standards. Aardvark Green Pest Control Services are now available for the greater Philadelphia area in addition to neighboring towns in New Jersey and Delaware. More.
Upcoming Citrus Roundtable To Discuss Citrus Pest Management Issues
September 17, 2015. The Association of Applied IPM Ecologists is hosting a roundtable to discuss citrus pest management issues on October 13, 2015 in Exeter, California. Topics to be discussed include the Asian Citrus Psyllid, Citrus Red Mites, and the Fuller Rose Beetle. The one day event is from 10 AM to 2:30 PM and will be hosted at UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center. For more information and to register, please click here.
Entomological Society Names Winner of 2015 Excellence in IPM Award
September 16, 2015. The Entomological Society of America (ESA) has announced the winner of its 2015 Excellence in IPM award: Dr. James R. Hagler. Dr. Hagler is a research entomologist with the USDA-ARS Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center in Maricopa, Arizona. Dr. Hagler is the pioneer of the insect “immunomarking” procedure. The immunomarking method has revolutionized both mark-release-recapture (central point release) and mark-capture (area-wide dispersal) research. He has established collaborations with scientists from a variety of research institutions who are using this procedure to study pest, natural enemy, and pollinator dispersal patterns. Read more about Dr. Hagler and the other award winners here.
New Associate Certified Entomologist IPM Study Guide Available From ESA
September 16, 2015. The Entomological Society of America (ESA) recently released a new study guide for the Associate Certified Entomologist exam. Entitled "IPM for the Urban Professional," it serves as a comprehensive introduction to the concepts of integrated pest management, including basic classification, identification points, and pest biology; an outline of pesticides concepts; and an overview of important safety and regulatory issues. Authored by Dr. Mike Merchant, Ph.D., BCE and Richard H. Levine, the book is available for pre-order at a special introductory rate through December 2015. More. (PDF)
Annual Texas A&M Turfgrass Field Day, October 14
September 11, 2015. Texas A&M will host its annual Turfgrass and Landscape Field Day on Oct. 14 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Turfgrass Field Lab on campus in College Station, TX. Topics of discussion will include turfgrass selection and management, irrigation management and drought recovery, pest management, golf course fairway and sports field construction, and new technologies and educational demonstrations. The program will begin with registration from 7:45-8:30 AM, followed by a welcome and concurrent sessions from 8:45 AM to noon. Afternoon events will include a campus athletic facilities tour from 1:30-4 PM. More.
NOFA Organic Land Care Annual Meeting, December 2015
September 3, 2015. The Northeast Organic Farming Association's Organic Land Care program has announced their upcoming 2015 Annual Meeting on December 14th, 2015, in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Entitled "Innovations in Organic Land Care," the meeting will feature experts James Urban, Chip Osborne, Todd Harrington, and Dr. Jamie Banks. Topics to be covered include managing large landscape installations, innovations, updates to the NOFA Standards in Organic Land Care, and how to provide organic potting soil while maintaining the triple bottom line. More.
Upcoming NOFA Fall Organic Land Care Accreditation Courses
September 2, 2015. The Northeast Organic Farming Association's Organic Land Care program's fall accreditation courses have been announced. These 30 hour courses are intended for landscape architects, landscaping professionals and environmental educators. They will take place October 26-27 and November 2-3 at Audubon Greenwich in Greenwich, Connecticut. Registration for each course is $695 which includes the course, lunches, the exam, and supporter level accreditation. More.
2015 Pest Academy to Be Hosted by City of New Orleans
September 1, 2015. The City of New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans Pest Control Association will be hosting the 8th Annual Pest Control Academy on October 6th, 7th and 8th in New Orleans. The Academy will feature interactive and hands-on programs focusing on a variety of pest insects, rodents and the methods used to manage them. The Academy is CEU accredited for LA, and AL. Class sizes are limited and discount hotel rates are available. Early registration ends on September 29, 2015. Please view a brochure for the Academy here, the agenda here, or the registration form here.
University of Tennessee Seeks New Departmental Head of Entomology and Plant Pathology
August 31, 2015. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. This will be a 12-month, tenured position in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Department Head’s responsibilities include leadership of all departmental programs and administrative responsibility for planning, fiscal management, human resources, and facilities. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 30, 2015, but will be accepted indefinitely until the position is filled. Please see full details including application instructions
Upcoming EPA Webinar on How to Conduct a Pest Assessment at Your School
August 28, 2015. The EPA’s Center of Expertise for School Integrated Pest Management will host a new webinar on September 21 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Entitled “How to Conduct a Pest Assessment at Your School,” the webinar will explore how to do systematic inspections of your school to recognize conditions that attract pests, as well as the calling cards left by pests. The webinar will feature: Dr. Stephen Vantassel, Vertebrate Pest Specialist for the Montana Department of Agriculture, and Dean Walendzak, Environmental/Energy Program Administrator of Monroe County Community School Corporation. Registration is limited to the first 1000 registrants.
Northeastern IPM Center to Host Twitter Town Hall with Research and Extension Specialists
August 24, 2015. The Northeastern IPM Center will host a Twitter Town Hall on Thursday, August 27 from 2:30 to 3:30 EDT to discuss the importance of integrated pest management (IPM) in protecting food supplies and communities and how the Northeastern IPM Center supports these efforts by engaging with public and private sector partners. The virtual Town Hall will feature IPM Center research and extension specialists and representatives of Agriculture Is America, a communications initiative that highlights land-grant universities and institutions and their research, extension, and teaching efforts related to agriculture, food production, economics, national security, and health. The hashtag for the Town Hall is #AgIsChat and the participating handles are @NortheastIPM and @AgIsAmerica.
Save the Date: Second Bark & Ambrosia Beetle Academy, May 2016
August 18, 2015. The Forest Entomology Lab at the University of Florida is hosting the Second Bark & Ambrosia Beetle Academy. This comprehensive and fun workshop on this intriguing forest pest will be held in Gainesville, FL, on May 2-6, 2016.
This workshop is geared towards researchers and students interested in bark and ambrosia beetles, extension agents, government insect identifiers and forest managers. Bark and ambrosia beetle identification, ecology and damage will be covered. Learn from international experts through hands-on labs, field demonstration, lectures, and socializing. Choose one or both modules: Applied and Academic. Sign up quickly, as last year all 30 seats were taken in a few weeks.
New EPA Indoor Air Quality App for Schools
August 17, 2015. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched a new mobile app to assist schools and school districts with performing comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) facility assessments to protect the health of children and school staff. The School IAQ Assessment mobile app is a “one-stop shop” for accessing guidance from EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit. It includes an IPM checklist. More
North Central IPM Center Seeks Agricultural Research Specialist
August 17, 2015. The North Central Insect Pest Management Center (NCIPMC) is seeking a Research Specialist in Agriculture to provide content and writing expertise for agricultural research communications initiatives. A Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to communications and writing including agricultural communications or other scientific communication training is required. This is a 12-month, 50% academic professional position. Applications are due August 27, 2015.
Insect Toxicologist Position Open at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Entomology Department
August 11, 2015. The Entomology Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking applicants for the tenure line position at the assistant, associate, or full professor rank with expertise and interest in insect toxicology. A Ph.D. degree or equivalent in entomology or molecular biology, toxicology, or a related field is required before employment begins, in addition to research expertise in insect toxicology. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. More (PDF)
University of Florida Seeks Entomology and Nematology Eminent Scholar
July 27, 2015. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) in Gainesville, Florida is hiring an Eminent Scholar (Davies, Fischer and Eckes Endowed Chair) in the Entomology and Nematology Department. This is a 12-month tenured position involving 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences). The major research emphasis will be to investigate and develop novel citrus pest management solutions using modern molecular and/or genomic tools. Areas of expertise may include biological control, host-plant resistance, invertebrate pathology, toxicology, or host-symbiont interactions, with the goal of improving control of arthropod pests of citrus. For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by December 6, 2015. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined. More.
South Dakota State University Extension Announces Three Open Positions
July 23, 2015. South Dakota State University Extension has announced open positions at three of their locations. The Agronomy-Weeds Extension Field Specialist position is based out of Aberdeen Regional Extension Center, the Agronomy-Crops Extension Field Specialist position is based out of Sioux Falls, and the Consumer Horticulture Field Specialist will be based out of Mitchell Regional Extension Center. All three of these positions are open until filled. Please click on the position titles above to open the position descriptions for each, and apply here.
STEMbugs: The 2015 Entomological Foundation Educator Workshop
July 20, 2015. The Entomological Foundation is hosting an Educator's Workshop in conjunction with the ESA Annual Meeting. For only $10, educators may sign up for two out of six one-hour educational sessions devoted to using insects in the classroom and creating hands-on learning projects. Participants will also receive a certificate of attendance that shows 4 CEU hours of education, a free boxed lunch, a parking voucher, and of course excellent guidance on taking "lessons learned' back to the classroom and into the hands of students. Space is limited to the first 150 participants. Register here.
Livestock & Field Crop Specialist, Greenhouse Pro Honored for Excellence in IPM
July 21, 2015. The New York State IPM Program has awarded its "Excellence in IPM" award to two outstanding individuals. Keith Waldron is a 30-year veteran livestock & field crop specialist who works for NYSIPM. Keith has made his name teaching better ways to keep crops and livestock healthy and productive, and works with everyone from growers, to industry reps, to farmers' next-door neighbors. Nora Catlin is a floriculture specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. Catlin's award honors her work with commercial greenhouse growers who, on Long Island alone, contribute nearly $80 million to New York’s economy. Read more about Keith here and Catlin here.
New Research on the Financial Impact of Bed Bugs on the Hospitality Industry
July 20, 2015. New research from the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has shed new light on the negative financial impact bed bugs often have on the travel and hospitality industry. The goal of the research was to understand consumer preferences when choosing a hotel for business or leisure travel, and how the risk of bed bugs influences their decision. The study found that bed bugs are highly costly overall to the industry, with a single report of bed bugs in recent traveler reviews lowering the value of a hotel room by $38 and $23 per room per night for business and leisure travelers respectively, on average.