Upcoming Canadian Webinar Series on Spotted-wing Drosophila (Fruit Fly)

The appearance in Canada in 2009 of the Spotted-wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, has meant lost revenues for fruit growers and challenges for the crop specialists they rely on. Research activities underway provincially, at universities and within Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) are helping to shed light on the behavior and biology of this pest in affected regions, and management approaches that may provide the solutions needed by growers.

A series of webinar sessions is being held over the course of the next few months in an effort to share information about the regional situation and progress made so far, and to provide a forum for discussion about gaps in knowledge and management, and next steps toward robust, sustainable solutions for management of this pest.

The next, second session in the series will take place on, Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST. The focus will be on the situation in tree fruit and grapes, in British Columbia and Ontario with respect to SWD, and will include research and monitoring updates from these areas. Subsequent sessions will take place in February and March, 2017.

The webinar session will be delivered through WEBEX. You MUST register to join.
Please follow the steps below to register:

  1. Go to
  2. Paste the meeting number “553 798 511” into the meeting number box
  3. Click on the green “Join” box, you will be redirected to a new page
  4. Click on the grey “Register” box, and fill in your registration information.

This webinar series is being provided by the national Spotted-wing Drosophila Technical Working Group (SWD-TWG), a group established in 2012 as the result of a partnership between the Canadian Horticultural Council and AAFC’s Pest Management Centre.

For more information, please contact Leslie Farmer, Manager, Pesticide Risk Reduction Program, Pest Management Centre, by email or at 613-694-2438.

New Webinar Series on Specialty Crop Pollination

The majority of U.S. specialty crop growers depend on bees for pollination of their crops. Growers know that without adequate pollination, they would not be profitable. But what are the best pollination strategies for fruit, vegetable, and nut crops? What farm management practices can growers use to support bees and the crop pollination they provide? Experts in crop pollination working under the Integrated Crop Pollination Project will present on these topics and will report on their recent research in this project as part of a webinar series titled: Ensuring crop pollination in US specialty crops. The webinar series will examine the role of wild bees, honey bees and other managed bees in supporting crop pollination and yield in almond, blueberry, tree fruit, pumpkin, and watermelon.

These webinars will all be 45-60 minutes long, with time for questions and discussion with the presenter afterwards. Registered attendees will receive a link to the slides and a recording afterwards.

To register, click on the link for each webinar that you are interested in attending:

The webinar series will be hosted by, an on-line co-operative extension network, and can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. To learn more about the webinar series, visit the Bee Health website or email the program. Funding for the webinar series is provided by the Integrated Crop Pollination Project, a USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grant.

Pesticide Risk Reduction Strategy Updates from AAFC Pest Management Centre

The Pest Management Centre (PMC) at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has new information available online. Three Pesticide Risk Reduction Strategies from the Risk Reduction Program have been updated:

•         Foliar insect pests of prairie field crops
•         Integrated weed management in field vegetables
•         Downy mildew in cucumber

New information is also available about ongoing projects on the PMC website. For more information, visit the Pesticide Risk Reduction Approved Projects section on the PMC’s site.

CA DPR’s 2017/2018 Pest Management Alliance Grant Solicitation Now Available

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR’s) 2017/2018 Pest Management Alliance Grant Solicitation is now available. A total of $400,000 is available for projects that focus on adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) practices in agricultural settings near schools. DPR will consider projects for terms of up to 33 months.

If you are interested in this funding opportunity, please view the 2017/2018 Solicitation on DPR’s site here. If you know other groups or individuals that may be interested in applying for a Pest Management Alliance Grant, we encourage you to pass on this information.

Project concepts must be submitted using the FAAST online grant application system by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 3, 2017.

DPR will hold two 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. Participation in the webinar and teleconference is voluntary.  The teleconference call is on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. DPR will hold a teleconference to answer questions about the grant program and the application procedures. The conference call-in number is 1-877-820-7831 and the participant passcode is 357242. The webinar is on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 10:00 AM. DPR will hold a webinar to explain the application submission process using the State Water Resources Control Board’s FAAST online grant application system. Prospective applicants will also be able to ask questions about using the FAAST system.

To access the webinar, please visit this link. A passcode is not required.  For those who lack Web access but would like to participate, a teleconference line is available. To join the teleconference only call-in by toll-free number: 1-877-820-7831 (US) Attendee access code: 845211.

For additional information on the Pest Management Alliance Grant Program, please visit this CA DPR page.

Upcoming EPA Webinar: Pests of Public Health Importance and the Role of IPM in Schools

Join US EPA on Tuesday, January 24 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT for a new webinar on pests of public health importance and the role of IPM in schools. Recent developments in pest-borne diseases, such as the emergence of Zika virus and spread of Lyme disease, signal the need to continually assess the threat of urban pests to public health. Illnesses carried by insects, rodents, and other pests affect all races, ethnicities, ages and cultures. Vector-borne illnesses are an ever-present threat and efforts to prevent them are critical to protecting public health.

We strive to keep our school playgrounds and outdoor environments free of pests. The control of vector-borne illnesses hinges on understanding the agent, how it becomes established in an ecosystem, and ultimately infects a susceptible host. Integrated pest management (IPM) is an approach that uses a hierarchy of practices, including education, pest exclusion, sanitation, and other biological and mechanical methods, to reduce unnecessary pesticide exposure while providing sustainable pest control. Join US EPA as they discuss the primary pests of public health concern, review control strategies, and describe tactics to reduce exposure in your school district.

Speakers include Richard Pollack, PhD, Pearl English, DNP, and Marcia Anderson, PhD. Space is limited to the first 1,000 to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar. Please click here for more information on this event.