Registration Now Open For North American Invasive Species Forum, May 9-11 in Savannah, GA

Registration is now open for the North American Invasive Species Forum, May 9-11, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia! The North American Invasive Species Forum is a biennial conference encompassing the interests of professionals and organizations involved in invasive species management, research, and regulation in North America.

The Forum expands on the previous successes of the biennial Weeds Across Borders conferences, bringing together the international invasive species community. This Forum will include the latest information on policy and cross-border coordination of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species management – including discussions on innovative and effective approaches for collaboration with indigenous and tribal groups, local communities, government agencies, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and other stakeholders – with the objective of outlining a continental Strategic Framework for aquatic and terrestrial invasive species across North America.

In addition to the three-day event, there are opportunities for post-forum field trips along the Georgia coast and a pre-forum workshop on invasive species mapping and data. The North American Invasive Species Network is hosting this Forum with the support of, and guidance from, an international steering committee representing the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Registration is $200 and includes three lunches and two dinners. Early registration and a reserved hotel block is available until March 31. Optional field trips are available on Thursday afternoon, May 11, through Saturday, May 13. Space is limited for some trips.

The event will be held at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. To learn more about the forum or to register, please visit its website.

Cornell University Extension’s Lake Ontario Fruit Team Seeks Production Economics Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is seeking a Production Economics and Business Management Educator for its Lake Ontario Fruit Program (LOF). The LOF serves commercial fruit producers in Wayne, Monroe, Orleans, Niagara, and Oswego counties along the shore of Lake Ontario.  In these counties, there are 259 apple farms growing 26,446 acres.  New York State is the 2nd in national apple production and the LOF region represents 63% of the acreage in New York.  Modern planting systems range from 600 to 2000 trees per acre and are supported by a trellis system or individual tree supports.  Peaches, sweet cherries, tart cherries, apricots and many berry crops are also produced in the region.

The ideal candidate will provide leadership in consultation with faculty and industry leaders for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address producer-identified needs and opportunities with emphasis on business management for commercial growers and other industry clientele.  Primary emphasis will be in the area of tree fruit but could extend to other horticultural commodities. The program will include but is not limited to: economics of production; record keeping and business analysis; financial management, forms of business organizations, labor management, taxation and marketing. Implement educational programs utilizing a variety of methods.

This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in Newark, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance. For more information and to apply, please visit Cornell’s job posting here.

Rat Expert Bobby Corrigan Earns NYSIPM’s Excellence in IPM Award

Renowned rodent control expert Robert Corrigan has been awarded an Excellence in IPM award by the New York State IPM Program (NYSIPM) at Cornell University. Legendary for his unassailable integrity, firm conviction and extensive knowledge and experience, Corrigan has taught and inspired legions of fellow urban pest management professionals with his philosophy of straightforward, common sense integrated pest management.  Corrigan’s focus has always been on preventing pests through sanitation and exclusion, and his followers tout his extensive skill in bringing people together to make IPM happen.

Corrigan is a founding member of the Scientific Coalition On Pest Exclusion (SCOPE 2020) Working Group, a committee formed to conduct and communicate research on pest exclusion.

For more on Dr. Corrigan’s prestigious award, visit NYSIPM’s page here.

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.