René Fiechter has earned an Excellence in IPM award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell University for his for nine years of focused leadership on the Bed Bug Task Force, his commitment to IPM and advocacy on the bed bug front.
Conversations with community leaders of the Village of Hempstead in Nassau County, New York revealed that bed bugs ranked high among issues that tenants often felt powerless to control. So, Fiechter lost no time in convening a sixty-member Bed Bug Task Force to help landlords and tenants better understand and manage this scourge. Task-force members included Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, community IPM coordinator for New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell University.
“René wasted no time in learning everything he could about bed bugs,” says Gangloff-Kaufmann. “He’s also just a thoughtful, friendly person. Those are attributes you need if you’re going to bring together such an array of tenants, landlords, pest professionals and community agencies, then make it work.”
“René is a shining example of how one person can serve and protect his community using IPM,” says Jim Skinner, president of A & C Pest Management. “Under his leadership over the years, the task force held public events that drew hundreds of people and promoted IPM as key to coping with this growing crisis.”
Fiechter received his award on March 24 at the annual meeting of the Community IPM Coordinating Council, held at Bethpage State Park on Long Island. Learn more here.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the availability of more than $6 million in funding to implement practices that will help private farmers, ranchers and forest landowners affected by the wildfires blazing in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
The funding, made available by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), will assist local producers as they begin to restore scorched grazing land, rebuild fencing, protect damaged watersheds, and implement various conservation measures to mitigate losses.
EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address priority local and state resource concerns. Producers must submit a complete program application, establish “farm records”, and other documentation to support eligibility to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP. Step-by-step assistance can be found here.
States will begin accepting applications in the near future. Producers in the affected counties are encouraged to check with their local NRCS service centers for additional information.
The 2016 Year-in-Review from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Pest Management Centre (PMC) has been published.
In this newsletter you will find articles that highlight some areas of focus in 2016:
•Using beneficial insects to help farmers deal with aphids;
•Protecting brassica crops from insect damage with insect netting;
•Minor use trials on new crops – rice, quinoa and wasabi;
•Generating data to keep greenhouse workers safe;
•Hands-on training in good laboratory practice for PMC staff;
•Analytical chemistry challenges when supporting minor use submissions;
This newsletter also contains a message from the Pest Management Centre’s former Executive Director, Dr. Manjeet Sethi.