Job Opportunity: Outreach Specialist, Pesticide Safety Education Program

The Pesticide Safety Education Program is seeking candidates for an open Outreach Specialist position.  The Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) is a 100% self-supporting program based at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Both federal (U.S. EPA) and state (IL. Dept. of Agriculture) regulations mandate that educational opportunities be provided for the certification of commercial and private applicators and operators.  For more than 35 years, the University of Illinois has provided this training through the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).  Currently the program team consists of five full-time academic professional trainers (Extension Specialists, Pesticide Safety Education), one full-time program coordinator, and one full-time program coordinator assistant.  Each year, the PSEP team coordinates and conducts all the commercial and private pesticide clinics throughout the state.

The primary function of the position is to work as part of an interdisciplinary team to prepare educational materials and conduct training clinics to support the pesticide safety training programs for state licensing requirements. Job duties include conducting training clinics to support the Pesticide Safety Education Programs for state licensing requirements for both private and commercial applicators, providing leadership regarding proper use of equipment and techniques for safe and accurate application of pesticides, developing educational programs and materials, and more.  For more information or to apply, please visit our jobs page posting.

Announcing the new IPM Institute Website!

logoThe time has finally come to overhaul the old IPM Institute of North America website. With the change comes a reorganization of content and the removal of older, irrelevant features. The majority of important content has been accounted for in the new website, but if you can’t seem to find something, please send us an email describing what it is you’re looking for. We’ll then do our best to locate the old content and make it available on this new site.

Special thanks goes out to our volunteer designers and developers Katie Sell, Joel Sproehlich, Brennen Ryder and Stephen Gaschignard who participated in Design Like Mad 2016 here in Madison, WI and helped us make significant progress on the daunting task of building a new website.

IPM Institute Seeks Project Team Member for Sustainable Food Group


A full-time project team member position is now available with the IPM Institute! This position will contribute to the development and operation of sustainability programs for national food companies and their supply chains. The individual in this position will work with the project team, producers, retail managers and project scientists in standards research, development, implementation and operation. The scope of the projects include standards development, implementation and verification, communications, training and project evaluation and reporting. The ideal candidate will have excellent analytical skills, experience and knowledge in and demonstrated commitment to sustainable agriculture and strong attention to detail.

A flexible schedule is offered, with hourly compensation commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits include paid vacation and retirement plan. Located in downtown Madison, on bus routes. See the posting here.

OECD Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2016 Report Now Available

The Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2016 report is now available from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  This annual publication provides information on policy developments and related support to agriculture in OECD countries and selected partner economies, measured with the OECD Producer Support Estimate methodology. Countries covered by the report represent almost 90% of the global value added in agriculture. The report includes a general discussion on developments in agricultural policies and two-page country snapshots. Detailed country profiles and statistical tables are available online.  See the report here.

New Guide to IPM for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Orchard Crops

The Stop BMSB team has produced a new guidance document for orchard growers faced with controlling brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). With funding from USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative, Stop BMSB seeks research solutions to help growers manage this invasive and troublesome pest. This guidance document, authored by the BMSB SCRI CAP Orchard Crop Commodity Team, provides a synopsis of what researchers have learned so far and management recommendations using an integrated approach. Topics include the basic biology and life cycle of BMSB, orchard crops at risk and not at risk, crop injury diagnostics, periods of risk/susceptibility, provisional monitoring and scouting recommendations, provisional management strategies, biological control, effective insecticides for controlling BMSB in orchard crops, and problems that may arise from multiple post-bloom applications of broad-spectrum insecticides in orchard crops. Get the guide here.