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May 20, 2015 Seminar on Spotted Knapweed

Jessica Gurevitch, professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University, will present on the invasive spotted knapweed on May 27 at 9:00 a.m. in 135 Emerson Hall on the Cornell University campus.

May 14, 2015 Video: Advanced Technology for Precision IPM

We brought together experts from diverse fields to pool knowledge, work together, and discuss high-tech management of pests in crops.

May 13, 2015 Bee Survey: Lower Winter Losses, Higher Summer Losses

Managed honey bee colony losses were 23.1 percent for the 2014–2015 winter. Source: USDA NIFA, May 13, 2015.

May 5, 2015 New Tree Fruit Pests and Beneficials Search Tool

A new search engine for tree fruit diseases, insect and mite pests, and beneficials is now online. The search can be accessed from the MSU IPM website.

April 30, 2015 Video: New England Apple Growers Battle Pests with IPM

The New England Apple Association has produced a video series on IPM in the apple orchard. This engaging series explains aspects of IPM and makes them accessible to a wider audience.

April 2, 2015 We’re Moving! Center to Send Bugs Packing from New Location

The Northeastern IPM Center, along with a member of New York State IPM’s communications team, are moving to new offices on the Cornell campus.

March 23, 2015 Lanternfly Targeted for Eradication

Efforts to eliminate the invasive spotted lanternfly will begin this spring in Pennsylvania. Source: Good Fruit Grower, March 23, 2015.

March 16, 2015 2015 Partnership Grants to Tackle Regional, Global IPM Issues

The Northeastern IPM Center has awarded over $400,000 for research and outreach through the 2015 IPM Partnership Grants, a competitive program supported by funds from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

February 26, 2015 Several USDA NIFA Grant Opportunities Recently Released: Applicants May Contact Us

The USDA NIFA has released several grant requests for applications for research, education, and extension projects. Staff at the Northeastern IPM Center have reviewed all of these RFAs and identified grant opportunities where IPM-related activities and projects could be relevant.

February 23, 2015 AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area

USDA NIFA. Addresses critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality and others in an agricultural context. Total funding: ~$30 million. Letter of intent due: Apr 9, 2015. Application due: Jul 16, 2015.

February 23, 2015 AFRI Climate Variability and Change

USDA NIFA. Supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation’s agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates. Total funding: ~$5 million. Deadline: Jun 4, 2015.

February 23, 2015 AFRI Foundational Program

USDA NIFA. Supports research grants in the six AFRI priority areas to build foundational knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. Total funding: $116 million. Deadline: Sep 30, 2015.

February 16, 2015 Cornell Releases 2015 Pest Management Guidelines for Berry Crops

This annual publication provides up-to-date pest management and crop production information for blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, currant, gooseberry, cranberry, elderberry, and Juneberry (Saskatoon) production in New York State. Source:, February 12, 2015.

February 4, 2015 AFRI Food Security Challenge Area

USDA NIFA. Focused on developing more sustainable, productive, and economically viable plant and animal production systems. Total funding: ~$16 million. Letter of intent due: April 2, 2015. Application due: June 4, 2015.

May 6, 2014 IPM3 Courses Now Approved for Certified Crop Advisor CEUs in IPM

Course topics include IPM core concepts, weeds, plant diseases, invasive species, and fire ants.

Job Opportunities

May 12, 2015 Job Opportunity: Finger Lakes Land Trust

The Finger Lakes Land Trust is seeking a Land Conservation Support Specialist to provide assistance and support to both land protection and land stewardship staff.

May 11, 2015 Job Opportunity: IPM Program Director for California

The University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking a recognized leader to serve as Director of its statewide IPM program. Apply by June 21.

May 4, 2015 Job Opportunity: Extension Specialist, Program Development and Evaluation

The University of New Hampshire invites applications for the position of Extension Specialist to assist program staff in developing high quality, outcome-based non-formal educational curriculum, collect impact evaluation data, and report results to stakeholders. Apply before May 29, 2015.