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USDA Awards $9.4 Million for Safer, More Effective Pest Management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded $9.4 million to support 25 research and outreach projects that will help mitigate pests, weeds and diseases on farms and in communities. The awards are made through NIFA’s Crop Protection and Pest Management Program and Integrated Pest Management program. 

Second Annual Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Online Conference
Second Annual Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Online Conference

Recordings of the Northeastern IPM Center Online Conference are now available online. The conference was held on November 9, 2016 and featured updates from projects funded by the NEIPMC’s Partnership Grants Program, Northeast SARE, and USDA-NIFA.

Fire Blight and Streptomycin Resistance Webinar
Fire Blight and Streptomycin Resistance Webinar

Quan Zeng has produced a webinar with the Plant Management Network about fire blight and streptomycin resistance. The work was partially funded by the Northeastern IPM Center as an outreach component.

Video
Video

The National Forum on Climate and Pests brought climate science and integrated pest management together. Recordings of the event are now available online.

Special Session: Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Bed Bugs, Oh My!
Special Session: Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Bed Bugs, Oh My!

Three scientists presented on the topic of insects that often feed on humans—mosquitoes, ticks, and bed bugs—during a special session at the annual meeting of the Advisory Council of the Northeastern IPM Center.

All About Pests in High Tunnels for the Beginning Farmer
All About Pests in High Tunnels for the Beginning Farmer

How do I efficiently manage pests in the high tunnel?

Expression "New Entry Farmers" Includes Students, Too
Expression "New Entry Farmers" Includes Students, Too

Through this program, students learn organic vegetable production and agricultural entrepreneurship.

It's the Small Things that Add Up
It's the Small Things that Add Up

“Wow, I didn’t know such a small thing could do so much damage!”

New Entry and Beginning Farmers
New Entry and Beginning Farmers

There's a new back-to-basics movement, one that would be understood by today’s connected, savvy, environmentally-conscious, new and beginning farmer.

Pest Management in Alternative Crops: A New Learning Experience
Pest Management in Alternative Crops: A New Learning Experience

As immigrant farmers embark on the adventure of food production, they face many challenges including pest management issues.

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

USDA NIFA. Enhances the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Total funding: ~$17 million. Deadline: Jan 19, 2017.

Glyphosate Toxicity: Smoke or Fire?
Glyphosate Toxicity: Smoke or Fire?

The latest IPM Practitioner features a brief review of glyphosate toxicity.

How to Skip the Shampoo and Get Rid of Head Lice Just the Same
How to Skip the Shampoo and Get Rid of Head Lice Just the Same

Kids go back to school this season, and this could mean an encounter with head lice. I made a mistake by not consulting an expert before treating my kid for head lice in late August. Don’t repeat my mistake!

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.

Job Opportunities

November 21, 2016
Codman Community Farms (Lincoln, Mass.) – Assistant Farm Manager

The Farm Manager is seeking an Assistant Farm Manager to support all aspects of work involved in operating a community farm. The farm focuses on pasture-raised livestock with a small fruit and vegetable component. This is a full-time, year-round position with housing and benefits. Read the full announcement.

November 15, 2016
Job Opportunity: Associate Director / Field Research Coordinator for IR-4 Program (UC Davis)

The Associate Director / Field Research Coordinator contributes to the leadership of the IR-4 Program, Western Region and coordinates the associated Field Program. Responsible for providing continuing liaison with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisers, Agricultural Experiment Station researchers, and others within the University of California.

August 30, 2016
Master's Position in "Field Insect Ecology and Public Outreach" at Utah State University

We seek a highly motivated student to study ecology and behavior of brown marmorated stink bug in Utah’s urban-agricultural landscapes, beginning August 2017. Specifically, the project will focus on determining the phenology (timing and development) of brown marmorated stink bug life stages (eggs, nymphs, and adults), and comparing efficacy of traps and pheromone lures for adults in fruit and adjacent crops. Participation in public outreach activities is expected. A Bachelor’s degree in biology, entomology, horticulture, or closely related discipline is required. Preference will be given to applications received by December 15, 2016. Read full announcement for more details.