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Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

USDA NIFA. Addresses the critical needs of the specialty crop industry. Grants will support research and extension activities that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture. Total funding: ~$48 million. Deadlines: Nov 15, 2016.

Northeastern IPM Center RFA 2017 Webinar Recording

Join us for a webinar to learn about writing an evaluation plan for your proposal and to answer your questions about the Northeastern IPM Center RFA.

National IPM Coordinating Committee Meeting

The National IPM Coordinating Committee Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. on October 18 and 19, 2016.

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!

The Northeastern IPM Center Announces Request for Applications for IPM Partnership Grants
The Northeastern IPM Center Announces Request for Applications for IPM Partnership Grants

Center to award up to $250,000 for winning projects. Applications are due by November 15, 2016.

Video: Reducing Disinfectant Exposures in the Workplace

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) has developed a video that provides important safety and risk management information for professionals who use antimicrobial products in the workplace.

Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants

USDA NIFA. Supports training students for Master’s and doctoral degrees in food, agricultural, and natural resource sciences; and Special International Study or Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel Allowances for eligible USDA NNF beneficiaries. Total funding: $3.1 million. Deadline: Oct 11, 2016.

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.

5 Ways to Control Mosquitoes in Water Features
5 Ways to Control Mosquitoes in Water Features

The downside to backyard water features is that some types can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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: $130 million. Deadline: Sep 30, 2016.

National Forum on Climate and Pests
National Forum on Climate and Pests

The Northeastern IPM Center and its partners are bringing climate science and integrated pest management together in the National Forum on Climate and Pests, to be held in Washington DC and streamed over the Internet October 4–6.

Job Opportunities

September 26, 2016
Opportunity: BMSB Post-Doctoral Scholar in Entomology at UC-Davis

This position is funded in part by a grant from the Specialty Crop Research Initiative. The scholar will determine current status of brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys) on specialty crops in the Central Valley of California and develop and refine pest management programs appropriate for this invasive stink bug in this important agricultural production area. Pest biology, biological control, damage potential, sampling, and management will be among the areas of interest.

September 26, 2016
Opportunity: SWD Post-Doctoral Scholar in Entomology at UC-Davis

A post-doctoral position is currently available for a minimum of one year focusing on spotted wing drosophila (SWD) population biology and management in California, with an excellent potential for additional years depending on continued availability of funds and satisfactory progress. Studies will include research on population genetics of the spotted wing drosophila that was first found in the Monterey Bay area 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.