December 2nd Webinar/Workshop to Illustrate New Online Pesticide Research Database
November 24, 2015. The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at Oregon State University will be hosting a webinar/workshop to explain their new NPIC Pesticide Research Tool (NPRO) online pesticide database. Learn how to search for registered pesticide products by 1-7 criteria, singly or combined, narrow the results to active or cancelled registrations, dig deeper into specific products with one-click access to the label, to AI synonyms, and more. The webinar will take place on December 2nd at 2PM Eastern time. No registration is required and there is room for up to 1000 participants. More.
IPM Institute Seeks Sustainable Agriculture Analyst for Sustainable Food Group
November 18, 2015. The IPM Institute currently has a full-time analyst position available for our Sustainable Food Group project. Responsibilities include contributing to quality assurance efforts for sustainability programs for farmers, food companies and supply chains. We offer a flexible schedule and hourly compensation commensurate with skills and experience
($16.50 - $17.50 per hour). Benefits include health insurance and retirement plans, and
paid holidays and vacation. Apply.
New Free Organic Transition Business Planning Manual For Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs
November 17, 2015. The booming profit potential of organic production has farmers, ranchers and food business owners nationwide switching to organic production. But successfully managing the risky multi-year transition requires careful business planning. Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) presents a new Organic Transition Business Planner for farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs. This new manual serves as a tool to help business owners develop an actionable organic transition plan suitable for management teams and lenders, explores organic transition strategies and asks critical questions that help you decide whether organic makes sense for your farm or business. Available as a free download here.
New Organic & IPM Working Group Publication Addresses Synergy Needed to Meet Food Production Challenges
November 9, 2015. The Organic & IPM Working Group, an ongoing USDA-NIFA-funded coalition of Organic and IPM researchers and scientists, has released a new publication examining exactly what's needed to meet the food production challenges of the 21st century. Entitled Organic Agriculture and Integrated Pest Management: Synergistic Partnership Needed to Improve the Sustainability of Agriculture and Food Systems, the report details the challenges we face, opportunities for collaborative solutions, and institutional/policy reforms that should be considered to accelerate progress.
FY 2016 Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Request for Pre-Applications (RFPA) Now Available
November 6, 2015. USDA-NIFA has announced the availability of funding for speciality crop research. The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 3, 2015. More.
Call for Organic Research Posters
November 4, 2015. For the seventh year, the 2016 MOSES Organic Farming Conference will include an organic research poster session Feb. 26 and 27 as part of the Organic Research Forum, funded by the Ceres Trust. The poster session will document completed and on-going research projects related to organic agriculture. Researchers, academic faculty and staff, graduate/undergraduate students and farmer researchers may submit poster proposals for consideration by Dec. 18, 2015. Space is limited to 25 posters. This is a juried poster session with awards for 1st through 3rd place. More.
Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course: 10-Week Intensive Training for New and Aspiring Farmers
October 27, 2015. Creating and growing a sustainable farm business requires expert training and planning along with passion, drive and very hard work. CT NOFA’s Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course is designed to help you – the 68% of new farmers who didn’t grow up on a farm - realize the farm of your dreams. This course has trained new and aspiring farmers to run successful farms for over six years through intensive classroom and hands-on training with successful, seasoned mentors excited to share their wisdom and best practices. Registration is now open for a ten-week course beginning December 5, 2015. Register.
Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Agricultural Entomology position announced
October 20, 2015. The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Agricultural Entomology at the Assistant Professor level. The position is a 9-month appointment (paid over 12 months) with responsibilities in teaching and research; responsibilities are allocated as 65% research, 30% teaching and 5% service. DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on Dec. 4, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. See here for the full posting.
Cluster hire in Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security at NC State University planned
October 20, 2015. As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University seeks four outstanding faculty at any rank to form a new interdisciplinary faculty cluster on "Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security". A comprehensive review of applications will begin by Dec. 15, 2015 and continue until the positions are filled.
Indiana State Department of Health Seeks Central Vectorborne Epidemiologist
October 16, 2015. The Indiana State Department of Health is seeking an Epidemiologist to serve as the central Indiana state representative for vectorborne disease surveillance, education, and vector control consultation. The successful candidate will collect and identify mosquito populations within the region, conduct field investigations in response to cases of disease or outbreak suspicion, and provide training on vectors, other arthropods, disease information and the use of pesticides. The candidate will also work with professionals at universities in the state, other state agencies, and local health departments to coordinate surveillance activities and to assist in training in vector control. This position is grant-funded. The application deadline is October 28, 2015. To apply, please visit here and search keyword "Epidemiologist."
Post-doctoral Position at the University of Maryland IPM/Biological Control Lab Studying Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
October 14, 2015. The IPM/Biological Control lab of Dr. Paula Shrewsbury at the Department of Entomology of University of Maryland is seeking a Post-doctoral associate. This position is part of a national effort to manage the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) with opportunities for networking and Extension. Studies will focus on the role of native natural enemies in the biological control of BMSB, native and exotic parasitoid interactions, and measures to enhance the biological control impact of natural enemies. The project will combine laboratory experiments with on-farm and research station studies. Required Qualifications include a Ph.D. in entomology, agro-ecology or closely related field; strong statistical abilities and writing skills; ability to work independently; driver’s license; publication track-record; preference for biological control research experience. This position is for 12 months and will start as soon as possible.
2015 Annual TX Statewide School IPM Coordinator Conference & General Meeting of TIPMAPS Members
October 14, 2015. The Texas Integrated Pest Management Association for Public Schools (TIPMAPS) is hosting its 2015 Annual Statewide School IPM Coordinator Conference & General Meeting of TIPMAPS Members in Waco, Texas on November 11th and 12th of this year. The cost is $100 per person for both days, and lunch is included on Nov 11th. This conference benefits IPM Coordinators who need the 6 hour required IPM Coordinator refresher training, licensed applicators who need CEUs, and IPM professionals who would benefit from networking with other IPM professionals for experience sharing and mentoring. More.
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.
New Article on Effective Facility IPM in IFMA's Facility Management Journal
November 19, 2015. A new article on what facility managers can do to effectively and proactively combat pests in their properties, authored by Dr. Thomas A. Green of the IPM Institute, has been recently published. The article explores how facility management teams can implement IPM programs themselves and how FM teams can effectively find and hire experienced pest management professionals for IPM services. Click here to read the article, or visit here for a digital version of the entire magazine. This article originally ran in the November/December 2015 issue of FMJ, the official magazine of the International Facility Management Association. For more information on FMJ, visit www.ifma.org/fmj.
Golf Course Superintendent Earns Excellence in IPM Award for Keeping Greens Green
November 18, 2015. Richard Belowski — golf-course superintendent at Battle Island State Park in Fulton, NY — has received an Excellence in IPM award for his work keeping golf courses green with minimal chemical inputs. A self-taught turfgrass expert, Belowski was on the crew
at the Bethpage State Park golf course where the world’s first long-term research in reduced-input
practices began in 2000. He received his award on November 17 at New York’s Turf and Grounds Expo in Rochester, NY’s Riverside Convention Center. More.
Problem Wildlife Webinar Scheduled for December 4th
November 16, 2015. It's very nice to have wildlife in your backyard-- until that wildlife damages your plants, disfigures your lawn or invades your house. In this webinar Dr. Scott Hygnstrom from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point will explain how to minimize problems from small mammals such as squirrels, chipmunks, moles, voles, rats, and mice. This webinar is scheduled for Friday, December 4th at 1 PM CST. The link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the start time on December 4th; at that time, click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event. More.
IPM Institute Seeks Project Team Member
November 12, 2015. The IPM Institute is seeking a Project Team Member to assist in our mission of reducing pests and pesticide hazards in schools, communities and agriculture through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This will be a part-time position, 15-20 hours per week, with a flexible schedule in a casual office, and hourly compensation ranging from $12 to $13 commensurate with skills and experience. Duties include communicating with community IPM partners and participants, preparing technical reports, database and website maintenance, providing phone reception and general clerical/administrative support. More.
Western IPM Center Seeks Director
November 9, 2015. The Western IPM Center and the University of California Department of Agricultural and Natural Resources (UC ANR) are seeking a new director for the center. The deadline application is January 6, 2016. The Director will provide overall leadership of WIPMC, with responsibility for its successful management and operations, including supervision of all WIPMC staff, and will collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders to identify regional IPM objectives and formulate strategies to address important IPM issues. This position will also communicate with the WIPMC Advisory and Steering committees and represent the WIPMC to other agencies at the state, regional, and national levels to identify opportunities for collaboration. The deadline for application is January 6, 2016.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Position for Fruit Crop Entomology at UW Madison
November 5, 2015. A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison to work on the management of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) in Wisconsin berry crops and on improving pollination services in cranberry. This researcher will work on testing new effective baits and on describing the temporal and spatial distribution of SWD populations. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2015 and the target start date will be January 2016.
New England Regional Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care
November 3, 2015. The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)'s Organic Land Care program has announced their regional accreditation courses for February 22-25, 2016 at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Connecticut. The basic cost of the course is $695 although discounts are available for groups of three or more.
Healthy Schools Conference Announced in Washington DC for November 9
November 2, 2015. The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment at Georgetown University is hosting its annual conference in partnership with Healthy Schools Network on Monday November 9, in Washington DC. This no cost event will explore school environments and the future of children's health. Register.
Announcing EPA's New School IPM Listserv
October 28, 2015. Stay informed on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools! IPM is a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to managing pests that emphasizes pest prevention and the appropriate use of pesticides. By subscribing, you will receive timely and helpful information on school IPM every two weeks. Included will be invitations to upcoming webinars, highlights from and links to IPM-related newsletters, updates on EPA's school IPM activities, and other related announcements.
Association of Applied IPM Ecologists: Grape Roundtable on November 9, 2015
October 27, 2015. Come join your fellow grape PCAs and faculty researchers in a free-wheeling discussion of grape pest management issues in the San Joaquin Valley. The participants will determine the topics of discussion, which may include: Diseases, such as powdery mildew, Botrytis, and other rot; wood diseases, such as Botryosphaeria, Esca; diseases damaging buds; thrips and non-thrips scarring; raisin moth, OLR, armyworms, skeletonizers, and other worm problems; mealybug control, organic and conventional; bee safety around mealybug honeydew; bud mites; ants, ant baits, species causing problems and ants cleaning out rot; mite problems and miticide performance, including organic; spider monitoring and control tactics; snails and slugs; new conventional spray materials such as Sequoia, Nealta; new organic spray materials such as Venerate, Cinnerate, Botector, Suppress; and adjuvants.
Nov 18 Conservation Webinar - Matching Appropriate Seed to Conservation Practices
October 26, 2015. Learn about ecotypes and ecological restoration planning tools for greater long term conservation planting success. Participate in this training to learn ways to improve the long term success of conservation plantings. The webinar will highlight ecological restoration tools aimed at restoring native plant communities; examine broad benefits of plant community restoration; and illustrate how seed choices can improve (or harm) plantings.
Gates Foundation's "Innovation 2 Impact" Innovative Vector Control Consortium Seeks Candidates for Inaugural Leadership Positions
October 15, 2015. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been working with a broad group of stakeholders to improve the process for getting new vector control tools to market in a program named “Innovation to Impact” (I2I). The emphasis of this program is on global public health; therefore, much of the effort is concentrated on helping the World Health Organization with their approval, quality control and normative guidance programs. They are hiring for two inaugural leadership positions at the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC), their Product Development Partnership for vector control located at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. A cover letter, resumé and designation of the position applied for should be sent by November 6th to the human resources group at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. For more information on the Director and Project Manager positions available, please visit
Friends of Southern IPM Award Program Announces Call for Nominations
October 14, 2015. The Southern Region IPM Working Group has announced a call for nominations for its Friends of Southern IPM Award Program. This program recognizes outstanding work in IPM in the southern region and includes an award for IPM professionals and one for graduate students, including one Masters student and one Ph.D. student. Award winners will be publicly recognized at a presentation event of their choice, and graduate student award winners will also receive a sizable monetary award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 18, 2015.
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.