IPM News and Events Roundup 08/11/23

IPM News and Events Roundup          


A weekly collection of IPM news, webinars, employment, funding opportunities, and more from the Northeastern IPM Center 


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IPM Toolbox webinar: Working with Museums, Libraries, and Archives to Use IPM to Prevent and Combat Infestations 

October 26, 2023, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT | Zoom | Free, registration required 

Since the late 1990s, museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions have adapted agricultural IPM techniques to suit their specific collection risks and work practices. This webinar will assess some of the most important successes over the past decades while also examining where improvements are needed. Presented by Rachael Perkins Arenstein, a partner in A.M. Art Conservation, a private practice in the New York area with a specialization in preventive care. 




DEC warns of new invasive pest spreading rapidly in New York (Times Union) 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is alerting residents to a recently arrived invasive species. The elm zigzag sawfly is native to East Asia and feeds exclusively on the leaves of elm trees. It was first detected in St. Lawrence County in August 2022 and has since been found in many locations across New York. 




Webinars, Seminars, Meetings, and More       

What’s Bugging You? First Friday Events (New York State IPM Program)       

Fridays | 12:00 pm. – 12:30 p.m. EDT | Zoom | Free; registration required       

In this monthly virtual series, we explore timely topics to help you use integrated pest management (IPM) to avoid pest problems and promote a healthy environment where you live, work, learn and play. What is IPM? It's a wholistic approach that uses different tools and practices to not only reduce pest problems, but to also address the reasons why pests are there in the first place. Each month, our speakers will share practical information about how you can use IPM.       

2023 What’s Bugging You First Friday Schedule        

Join us Live on the first Friday of every month from Noon to 12:30 EST on Zoom.       

  • September 1: Right plant, right place | Transplanting trees/shrubs       
  • October 6: Jumping worms | Roof gutter pests       
  • November 3: Winter Garden prep | Tick check reminder       
  • December 1: Houseplant IPM | Firewood pests       

Register for upcoming events before our session on July 7, 2023.       

What’s Bugging You First Friday events are in Spanish this year. Individuals interested in these events can find more information on this website: https://cals.cornell.edu/new-york-state-integrated-pest-management/outreach-education/events/whats-bugging-you-webinars/conozca-su-plaga       

And can register using this form: https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3OQDpakcGrSd3tc       



Blue Ridge PRISM Summer Brown Bag Webinar: "A Deep Dive Into Aquatic Invasive Plants"      

Thursday, August 17, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Zoom | Free, registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/640685396267      

Blue Ridge PRISM will be joined by a panel of experts who will discuss aquatic invasive plants, a growing concern. Our panel will provide some background about aquatic invasives, how they are a problem, and methods for managing them. The panel will then take questions from the audience.      


If you are able, please submit your questions during registration. We will also answer some questions live from the audience. Registrants will receive a copy of the recording.  



Spotted Lanternfly: It’s here, what now? (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County)  

September 12, 2023, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT | Zoom | Free; registration required  

CCE Westchester welcomes Brian Eshenaur, of the New York State IPM Program, to provide an overview of spotted lanternfly (SLF), an invasive planthopper that’s both a nuisance and a threat to vineyards and other crops. The first confirmed U.S. find of SLF was in 2014 in Pennsylvania. It has been confirmed in New York since 2020 (in New York City) and has since spread within the state, now established in the lower Hudson Valley, including Westchester County. In this session, we’ll review SLF images so it can be recognized in its different life stages, describe its life cycle and its favorite plants to feed on, review regulatory work being done to slow its spread, and discuss traps and other management options. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.  

Register at https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7w2LHso4RlSrGNXsMtDXuw  



Food Use Workshop (The IR-4 Project)   

September 12 – 14, 2023 | Raleigh, North Carolina, with option to attend virtually   

Research priorities for 2024 residue, product performance, and integrated solutions studies will be identified during this workshop.   

The deadline to submit residue and integrated solutions project requests for consideration at the Food Use Workshop is Friday, August 11.   

Early bird registration rate available through August 31.   



2023 P-IE Invasive Species Field Tour (Entomological Society of America Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section)      

September 12 – 14, 2023 | Orlando, Florida      

Attendees will learn about several different invasive pests affecting natural and managed landscapes in the southern U.S., including forest pests, agricultural pests, and pests in urban and suburban areas. Speakers will include experts from entomology and pathology who are focused on both research and management, discussing how these pests arrived, what we are trying to do about them, and what the future holds in terms of invasive species pest detection and management.      



2023 New Hampshire Landscape Association Field Day (University of New Hampshire Extension & New Hampshire Landscape Association)   

Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Belknap County 4-H Fairgrounds, 174 Mile Hill Rd, Belmont, NH   

The 2023 NHLA Field Day, co-hosted by UNH Extension and the New Hampshire Landscape Association, is a full day of educational sessions, demonstrations, vendors, and networking. Speakers include specialists from UNH Extension, NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Division of Forests and Lands, and many industry professionals. Four pesticide applicator credits available. Details & registration at https://nhlaonline.org/fall-activities/   

Registration available at event but discounted rate offered for pre-registration. For pre-registration, payments must be received by September 13.   



2023 New York Invasive Species Expo       

Join us for the 2023 NYS Invasive Species Expo! This is a unique conference focusing on invasive species, and will combine classic presentations and creative use of outdoor space to appeal to a wide range of attendees. The Expo will be an immersive, hands-on experience featuring:       

  • Unique presentations       
  • Interactive demonstrations       
  • Hands-on workshops       
  • Small-group discussions       
  • Field trips & outdoor activities       

The Expo will be hosted within the unique, historic architecture of beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park and will be open to the public with no cost for general attendance.        

Sessions will be centered around the overall theme: Reflect, Adapt, Evolve. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on what’s been accomplished so far in the field of invasive species management, learn about the innovative ways we can adapt in unprecedented times, and discuss how we can evolve to confront challenges moving into the future.       

September 24-26, 2023     



Tick Academy (IPM Institute, Tick IPM Working Group)     

October 11 – 12, 2023 | Zoom | Registration required     

Once a year, the Tick IPM Working Group hosts the Tick Academy, which is an opportunity for researchers, educators, students, public-health professionals, pest-control professionals, public-space managers, and citizen scientists interested in learning more about what they can do to stop the spread of ticks and tick-borne diseases in their communities. This virtual event will feature presentations from experts in the tick IPM field including Tammi Johnson, Alexis White, Susan Paskewitz, Bob Maurais, Brian Allan, Kirby Stafford, and more.    



31st Annual NAISMA Conference: Foundations for Success (North American Invasive Species Management Association)    

October 16 – 19, 2023 | Lincoln, Nebraska    

Hear the latest on invasive species management research and strategies from experts at three plenaries, 50+ talks, poster sessions, and special networking events at this year’s NAISMA annual conference. Conference registration includes discounted hotel rate.    

Register by August 31 for reduced early registration rates.    




Employment Opportunities          

Postdoctoral Research Scientist-Horticulture/Plant Science        

Penn State’s Department of Plant Science (https://plantscience.psu.edu/) is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to conduct research and extension activities on anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) within the framework of a collaborative interdisciplinary project funded by the USDA-NIFA OREI program and investigating the use of ASD for Enhancing and Advancing the Sustainability of Organic Crop Production.       

Using agronomic and laboratory procedures for soil and plant analysis, the primary goal of the research will be to optimize and evaluate opportunities for integrating ASD in organic vegetable and strawberry crop systems and assess the short- and long-term impact of ASD on nutrient dynamics, soil ecology/microbiology, soilborne pests and pathogens, soil health, crop physiology and yield and quality performance.       

The candidate will be supervised by Dr. Francesco Di Gioia and will be working with an interdisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in horticulture, soil microbiology, plant pathology, nematology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem science and management, and agricultural economics.       

Location: Primary work location will be Penn State, University Park located at State College, in Central Pennsylvania.       


Farm Supervisor, Musgrave Research Farm – Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station, Aurora, NY (Full-time)       

Cornell University       

The role of the farm supervisor is to manage and direct the day-to-day field operations on the diverse, 400+ acre research teaching, and extension/outreach facility. The supervisor is responsible for field and facility activities related to agronomic crop research, ranging from field preparation and management of research plots to the sustainable production of agronomic crops in support of research operations.       


Forest Health Strike Team Forestry Technician (2 positions available, see separate links below) (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Health)  

Great opportunities for people who enjoy working as part of a team, exploring new places, and being outside doing physical work, and who want to learn about invasive species control, improve their GIS and plant identification and/or forest pest identification skills, and get professional experience interacting with the public. Technicians will work with a variety of invasive species including giant hogweed, kudzu, hemlock wooly adelgid, southern pine beetle, and spotted lanternfly. The position will move between control programs based on the seasonality of treatment for each species. The position’s duties involve fieldwork throughout NY on both public and private lands mapping infestations, collecting site information, and surveying and implementing the appropriate manual and chemical control for the target species.  

Application deadline August 11, 2023  


Director – Burlington, VT (Full-time)    

Northeast SARE    

The director is the lead steward of Northeast SARE’s unique role in supporting a network of beneficial relationships in service to farmers and people that work with them. This position holds an underlying faculty appointment as a research assistant, associate, or full professor, at a rank appropriate to the candidate’s background and experience. 

Review of applications begins August 14, 2023    


Grant Program Specialist (Full-time) 

Northeast SARE    

The grant program specialist coordinates grant award processing at Northeast SARE by assisting SARE grant administrators with the annual cycles of activities, including: the development of calls for proposals, reviewing grant applications, compiling final award documents, and examining final grant reports for project completeness. The incumbent also serves as a liaison to stakeholders to ensure the grant programs and operations are in line with SARE’s mission to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in agriculture. 

Review of applications begins September 11, 2023 


Assistant Director of Research Planning and Product Performance (Full-time)   

The IR-4 Project   

The assistant director is part of the IR-4 Project’s national leadership team. This position is responsible for ensuring that IR-4’s national stakeholder network (including specialty crop commodity associations/grower groups, public sector researchers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the crop protection industry) is actively involved in IR-4’s mission to facilitate regulatory approval of crop protection products for specialty crops and minor uses.