NYS IPM Seeks to Hire Livestock and Field Crops Coordinator

The New York State IPM Program is searching for a Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator. The position of Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator in the New York State IPM Program is needed to facilitate and lead statewide IPM demonstration, implementation, and research activities in Livestock (primarily Dairy and Beef Cattle), and field and forage crops production within Cornell Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This position addresses the needs associated with:

  • multi-county and statewide IPM program planning
  • impact documentation
  • evaluation of pest management practices
  • applied IPM research
  • on-farm demonstration of IPM
  • development of educational IPM programs and materials, and
  • promotion of IPM adoption by farmers.

An M.S. or Ph.D. (preferred) is required in entomology, plant pathology, weed science, agronomy, animal science, general agriculture or a closely related field; and the candidate must have experience in extension. The position is 80% extension and 20% research, and will be housed on Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca NY. Alternatively, the position could be housed on the Geneva NY campus if desired by the candidate. This position requires a wide range of knowledge and skills across field crops and livestock IPM. Potential candidates may not have experience in all aspects of the position, but they must be willing to learn and grow into those areas.

For further details and to apply, please visit the NYSIPM job posting.  Applications are due March 6, 2017.

NCR-SARE Calls for Nominations for “NCR-SARE Hero” Recognition

To bring awareness of, recognize, and pay tribute to those who have made significant contributions to sustainable agriculture in the North Central region, the North Central Region – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) is accepting nominations for the “NCR-SARE Hero” recognition. Coordinated by the NCR-SARE Alumni Organization, this recognition will acknowledge the leadership, vision, contributions, and impact that these heroes have made in the field of sustainable agriculture in the region.

The NCR-SARE Hero Award recognizes individuals (living or deceased) who have:

  1. provided service to NCR-SARE and/or national SARE,
  2. shown leadership in sustainable agriculture locally and regionally, and
  3. made lasting impacts to sustainability in the North Central region.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone. The official nomination form is available on the NCR-SARE website. The NCR-SARE Alumni Heroes Committee will review and recommend candidates to the NCR-SARE Administrative Council. Applications received will be kept on file and retained for future consideration. Recommendations received by the end of the day on March 31, 2017 will be considered for the 2017 recognition. The NCR-SARE Hero recognition will be announced in July 2017.

NCR-SARE is one of four regional offices that administer the SARE program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture. Since 1988, NCR-SARE has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. The program, part of USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture, funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.

2016 IPM Achievement Award Winners Announced

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CADPR) has announced six new 2016 IPM Achievement Award recipients.  Formerly known as the IPM Innovator Award, the IPM Achievement Award recognizes outstanding work in integrated pest management in three categories—education and outreach, innovation, and leadership. The recipients this year include:

  • Riverside Unified School District
  • Cherry Buckskin Project
  • Pink Bollworm Program
  • Project Apis m.
  • San Diego County Regional Airport Authority & Cartwright Termite and Pest Control
  • Virginia Creeper Leafhopper Project

For more information on the winners, please see CADPR’s page here.

9th International IPM Symposium’s Call for Session Proposals Now Open

The 9th International IPM Symposium program committee is now welcoming your proposals for symposium sessions.  Symposium sessions may address any aspect of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) including research, extension, regulatory, policy and IPM in practice. For this event, the program committee especially encourages proposals that address the Symposium’s overall theme (“IPM: Improving Health, Environment and Global Sustainability“), and include IPM user perspectives in agriculture and communities, including growers, facility managers, consultants and others.

The Symposium is your premier global event for professional development, networking with colleagues and leading scientists, and learning the latest research and strategies for effectively managing pests in agriculture, communities, and natural areas, with the least impact on health and environment.   The 9th International IPM Symposium will be held March 19–22, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland at Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.

This call is only for multi-speaker sessions, not for individual presentations.  If you are interested in participating in a session as a speaker and not the organizer, please contact Elaine Wolff.

The proposals should include the title, a proposed slate of speakers, and a 250-word abstract. Program sessions will be organized in ninety-minute time blocks.   In addition to multiple speaker sessions, planners will also welcome proposals for discussion, roundtable, or question-and-answer formats on specific topics. Session proposals must be submitted online by Monday, April 24, 2017 for full consideration.

Contact Elaine Wolff, Symposium Coordinator to learn more about attending, exhibiting at or contributing to the Symposium. For more information, please visit the IPM Symposium’s program page.

Louisiana State University AgCenter Seeks Field Crops Entomologist

Louisiana State University AgCenter is hiring a full-time 12 month, tenure-track Field Crops Entomologist position with a 70% extension and 30% research appointment. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and implementation of pest management programs for insect pests of field crops in northeast Louisiana, including corn, cotton, soybean, and grain sorghum. The extension component will also include statewide contact responsibilities for one or more of these primary commodities. The position will provide leadership and work with producers and other LSU AgCenter personnel to plan and organize a well-balanced Extension educational program.

The position will be based at the Tom H. Scott Research and Extension Center near Winnsboro, LA. Opportunities for research and extension activities exist at three research stations in the Region and in the Department of Entomology on campus in Baton Rouge, LA.

The application deadline is March 1, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is selected. For more information and to apply, please visit LSU’s job posting here.