Educator Exchange Grants

Have you ever wanted to learn more about IPM but couldn’t afford to travel to a meeting? The Northeast Vegetable IPM Working Group has offered an Educator Exchange Program that pays up to $800 to help agricultural professionals attend meetings about IPM practices in vegetables and strawberries, and then share what they’ve learned.

These modest grants can pay big dividends in IPM knowledge, as Cornell’s Julie Kikkert found last November. Kikkert received funds to attend a midwestern food processing convention, where she learned about the snap bean aphid-virus complex.

“This was a hot topic at the New York snap bean advisory because viruses were so devastating here in 2007,” Kikkert reports. “In discussing solutions, I was able to provide the most up to date information from the Midwest.”

Educator Exchange applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.