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The New York IPM Program Seeking Nominations for it’s 2016 “Excellence in IPM Awards”

The New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program is currently seeking nominations for its annual “Excellence in IPM Awards” for the year 2016.

Candidates for Excellence in IPM Awards should be individuals or organizations whose work in the New York State 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
  • educating others about IPM

To nominate an individual or an organization, you must meet one of these criteria or co-nominate with someone who is an employee of either Cornell University or Cornell Cooperative Extension or serves on the NYS IPM Program committee. No self nominations will be accepted.

Nominators: Please submit a signed letter no longer than two pages containing the following information:

  • Your name, title, organization address, telephone number, e-mail address and affiliation with the nominee.
  • Nominee’s name, title, organization, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
  • Reasons for the nomination, including a description of the nominee’s operation (e.g., farm, consulting firm, business) if applicable, IPM philosophy, IPM innovations, and other activities relevant to IPM. If you are nominating an organization describe its goals, business products or services and its IPM philosophy and practices.
  • Suggestions for the suitable venues for presenting the award, for example the statewide Fruit and Vegetable Expo or NYS Turf & Groups Expo.
  • Photos of the nominee practicing IPM are appreciated (but not required) at the time if submission, or later of you are notified that your nominee has won an award.

Please also submit:

  • At least two supporting letters of recommendation from people who have ben positively affected by the nominee, also signed.
  • Additional information (newspaper articles, letters, photographs, etc.) as appropriate.

Please submit letters to Dr. Jennifer Grant, Director, NYS IPM Program. Submit nominations and supporting materials to Janet Garlick, Administrator.

NYS IPM Program 630, W. North Street, Geneva, NY 14456

Nominations must be received at the IPM Program office on or before Wednesday October 26th, 2016. Email submissions will not be accepted.

Additional information about the NYS IPM Program can be found here.

Details about previous award winners can be found here.

 


Health Resources in Action Seeks Participants for EPA-Funded School IPM Study

Health Resources in Action (HRiA) and the Asthma Regional Council of New England are currently seeking Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) from school districts across the country to participate in a new study on School IPM. The purpose of the study Keeping the Pests Out: The Economics of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools is to encourage the adoption of IPM in school districts across the country through informed expectations and decision making about its economic impact and outcomes.

HRiA will select three school districts that are diverse in terms of size, setting and location and provide economic assessments of their IPM programs; the plan is to include one rural, suburban and urban district. This project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and will inform school pest management policy nationwide.

The economic assessment will be provided free to the selected school districts and each district will be compensated $9000 for their participation over the project period. Districts will also receive a detailed cost analysis for selected schools pre/post IPM implementation. Districts may request that their case study be anonymous, or may choose to be identified for their participation in this EPA-funded project, but regardless project results will be broadly disseminated. This will potentially include publication in peer-reviewed journals, webinars and case studies posted on numerous websites. The evaluation may help to identify best practices for IPM implementation, enhancements/improvements and/or cost savings measures. This may benefit selected districts when updating or improving bid specifications for IPM contractors.

Interested school districts should contact Carissa Sera-Josef at HRiA by email at csera-josef@hria.org or call 617-391-9469 to confirm the opportunity remains available and evaluate the potential fit for the study. HRiA is accepting applications through October 2016 – applications will be evaluated as they are received until study needs are met. Please visit the Asthma Council’s website for more information.


The Northeastern IPM Center Announces Request for Applications for IPM Partnership Grants

The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center has announced the availability of funding through its IPM Partnership Grants Program, supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Up to $250,000 in total will be available for 2017, with a maximum of $50,000 per award, to fund projects that foster the development and adoption of integrated pest management methods. The program offers a Request for Applications (RFA) for each project type: IPM Issues, IPM Working Groups, and IPM Communications.

The Center has facilitated its IPM Partnership Grants Program since 2004, investing over $5 million in over 250 projects in the Northeast region. In 2016, the Center is particularly interested in projects that address regional priorities within the Center’s five Signature Programs 1) IPM and Organic Systems, 2) Rural and Urban IPM, 3) Climate Change and Pests, 4) Next Generation Education, and 5) Advanced Production Systems.

Applications must be submitted online and are due by Tuesday, November 15, 2016. An Informational Webinar about the RFA will be held on September 20 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). For more information or to download the application, visit the Northeastern IPM Center website here.

 


September Issue of the Western IPM Center Newsletter Now Available

The September issue of the Western Front, the Western IPM Center‘s monthly newsletter, is now available.  This months newsletter includes articles and videos on the following topics:

  • Utah’s State IPM program in photos
  • Collaborative pest research in Idaho
  • Invasive weed control on the Snake River
  • European Grapevine Moth eradicated
  • “Play, Clean, Go” campaign to stop new invasives
  • Minnesota governor limits Neonicotinoid use

Read the newsletter here.


CA Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Pest Management Research Grant Solicitation Now Available

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR’s) 2017/2018 Pest Management Research Grant Solicitation is now available. DPR’s Research Grant Program will distribute $500,000 to help fund projects that develop effective alternatives to agricultural fumigants and projects that assist in developing IPM to reduce risks from high risk pesticides. Depending on available funding, the total will be augmented to $1,100,000. DPR will consider proposals requesting $50,000 to $500,000, for terms of up to 33 months.

For those interested in this funding opportunity, please view the 2017/2018 Solicitation on DPR’s site here. Project concepts must be submitted here using the FAAST online grant application system by 5:00 PM on September 30, 2016.

The DPR will hold two optional informational events: a teleconference to answer questions about the grant program and the application process and a webinar to explain the technical aspects of using the FAAST online application submission tool. The teleconference call will be on September 13, 2016, at 10:00 AM. The conference call-in number is 1-877-820-7831 and the participant passcode is 357242.

The webinar will be on September 15, 2016, at 10:00 AM and can be accessed here. For those without web access a teleconference line is available. The call-in number is 1-877-820-7831, and the participant passcode is 845211.

Please visit http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pestmgt/grants/research/index.htm for more information or contact Dr. Doug Downie at 916-445-0430.