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NIFA Webinar Recordings for Crop Protection and Pest Management Program

NIFA hosting two webinars for interested applicants concerning the fiscal year 2017 Request for Applications for the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program. Recordings are now available.

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).

iPiPE Crop-Pest Programs

iPiPE CAP. The iPiPE CAP will fund seven new Crop-Pest Programs in 2018. Extension professionals will conduct program activities focused on engaging stakeholders to submit pest observations and mentoring undergraduate student interns. Total funding: $280,000. Statement of intent due: May 4, 2017.

USDA Announces $12.1 Million to Support Crop Protection and Pest Management
USDA Announces $12.1 Million to Support Crop Protection and Pest Management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced $12.1 million in available funding through the Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants 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.

National March Madness Citizen Science Project to Find the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Representative elementary schools across the United States are receiving an invitation to participate in the March Madness Citizen Science Project to “Find Stinky the BMSB” – a new project to map the location and population density of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.
 

A Career in IPM and Invasive Species
A Career in IPM and Invasive Species

Donna Ellis has led an interesting career in IPM and invasive species.

IPM a Way Forward for Invasive Species Management
IPM a Way Forward for Invasive Species Management

If you’re someone who wants to promote the con­servation of biodiversity, you might enjoy working on the issue of invasive species.

The Identity Problem of the Southern Pine Beetle
The Identity Problem of the Southern Pine Beetle

The southern pine beetle has been wandering northward into the pine forests of New Jersey and neighboring states, causing major destruc­tion to native pine forests.

Identifying an Invasive: The Case of the Stink Bug
Identifying an Invasive: The Case of the Stink Bug

On StopBMSB.org, a website dedicated to the brown marmorated stink bug, the most popular page (besides the home page) is the one about stink bug look-alikes.

Resources January 2017

Resources from the January 2017 issue of IPM Insights

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.

Job Opportunities

February 13, 2017
Job Opportunity: Extension Assist/Associate Professor, Tree Fruit Entomology (UMass Amherst)

The Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking applications for a full-time Extension Assistant/Associate Professor in entomology. The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty, Extension specialists, industry, non-profits and government agencies to develop and deliver informational and educational materials to support the commercial tree fruit industry, and conduct original research related to insect pest management and ecology, with an emphasis on sustainable methods, particularly integrated pest management. Apply by May 2, 2017.