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 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.
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.
The North Central IPM Center is offering a webinar to assist with submitting a suggestion for Fiscal Year 2017 Farm Bill Section 1007 funding consideration. The hour-long session will show attendees the submission process and provide time for asking questions. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 13 at 11AM EDT. The Farm Bill website also has further information on submitting a suggestion for the FY17 Spending Plan. More information on the webinar can be found at the North Central IPM Center’s website.
Join Janet Hurley of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Dr. Faith Oi of the University of Florida on Friday, August 5 at 2:00 PM EDT for the latest entry in the 2016 All Bugs Good and Bad webinar series: “Controlling Roaches Before They Control You.” An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach is the best way to control cockroaches and IPM control methods include sanitation, exclusion, and chemical techniques. Successful cockroach control depends on proper identification and good knowledge of the cockroach life-cycle and habits. The webinar will cover these subjects and provide tips on management. Click here for more information.