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New Pest Alert Released for Palmer Amaranth

The Regional IPM Centers have released a new pest alert for palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri), a fast-growing weed that is spreading to the Midwest, the East Coast, and portions of Canada.

USDA NIFA to Offer Competitive Funding Opportunity Workshops

These workshops are designed to assist both new and veteran applicants with optimizing their chances of successfully competing in a peer-reviewed grant application process. Register online for webinars to be held on May 25, 2017.
 

Stop Pests in Housing Conference
Stop Pests in Housing Conference

The Stop Pests in Housing Program is hosting a workshop on May 31, 2017, in Latham, NY. Registration is free, but pre-registration is required.

Conservation Biological Control Short Course in Bloomfield, Connecticut

Learn a science-based strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects for natural pest control in this short course to be held in Bloomfield, Connecticut on June 13, 2017. Register online.

The IPM Toolbox
"The IPM Toolbox" Webinar Series

We’ve asked the experts to join us online for an hour of dialogue about an effective IPM practice, method, or effort. Watch recordings of all three recent webinars.

IPM Symposium Announces Award Competition

The IPM Achievement Awards recognize practitioners who have made outstanding achievements in IPM adoption, implementation, and program maintenance. Awards nominations will be accepted between April 24, 2017 and June 5, 2017.

Beyond Agriculture: The Whole Farm Approach to Pests
Beyond Agriculture: The Whole Farm Approach to Pests

Change can be rapid or slow in forming, requiring years of stimuli, until one day something clicks, or just makes more sense.

Applying the "Whole Farm" Concept to Apartment Buildings
Applying the "Whole Farm" Concept to Apartment Buildings

That cockroach creeping across your neighbor’s apartment floor is certainly spewing forth tiny asthma-triggering allergens—a vicious band of Wild West gunmen raiding the whole farm of human dwellings.

Plants have natural defense systems

Some plants emit chemical “help” signals that call natural enemies— such as beneficial insects— to their aid.

AFRI Foundational Program

USDA NIFA. Supports grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. Total funding: $150 million. Deadline: June/July 2017 (varies by program).

2017 Partnership Grants to Promote School IPM, Tree Fruit Management; Cut Down Weeds
2017 Partnership Grants to Promote School IPM, Tree Fruit Management; Cut Down Weeds

In 2017, the Northeastern IPM Center awarded more than $250,000 for research and outreach through its IPM Partnership Grants, a competitive funding program.

Ecologically-Based Growers Face Obstacles and Market Could Help
Ecologically-Based Growers Face Obstacles and Market Could Help

Money has spun the world of food, particularly food produced using IPM and organic practices.

IPM and Organic Moving Forward Together
IPM and Organic Moving Forward Together

Is it time to re-assess and re-label both IPM and organic as ecologically-based?

Foundations of IPM, Organic Point Way Over Barriers
Foundations of IPM, Organic Point Way Over Barriers

Adherents of organic and IPM practices share a basic principle: emphasis is placed on human health, the environment, and economics.

Challenges and Opportunities for Ecologically-Based Growers
Challenges and Opportunities for Ecologically-Based Growers

Even as expectations for higher-quality food rise, we face water and air pollution, loss of beneficial organisms, and increasing persistence of pests.

Job Opportunities

May 1, 2017
Job Opportunity: Entomology Assistant Professor of Tree Fruit IPM – WSU

Washington State University seeks an Assistant Professor of Entomology to develop an innovative research and extension program focused on Integrated Pest Management of insects and mites attacking tree fruit. The position falls within two areas of preeminence within the college: horticultural production and processing systems, and biologically-intensive, sustainable, and organic agriculture. Apply by June 16, 2017.