IPM News and Events Roundup 09/01/23

IPM News and Events Roundup             

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


If you have IPM-related research, events, or other IPM news you would like to have included, please email Jerrie Haines at jlh472@cornell.edu. If you would like to subscribe to the weekly Roundup, please email northeastipm@cornell.edu. Past Roundups are archived on our website.    


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Northeastern IPM Center News    

The August 2023 issue of the Northeastern IPM Center's newsletter, IPM Insights, is now available online and as a downloadable PDF 

Community-engaged-science tick surveillance supplemented with other tick-related articles and resources; an overview of the second edition of the iconic Weeds of the Northeast reference book and a remarkable coincidence among the two editions’ authors; a conversation with Pennsylvania state IPM coordinator John Tooker; and opening of nominations for the 2023 Outstanding Achievements in IPM Award.  

IPM Toolbox webinar: Weeds of the Northeast  

September 21, 2023, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT | Zoom | Free, registration required  

Antonio DiTommaso—professor of weed science and chair of the soil and crop sciences section in the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University—will introduce the new edition of the comprehensive reference book, Weeds of the Northeast, which he co-authored, and answer your weed-related questions. The book includes descriptions and photos of floral and vegetative characteristics, giving home gardeners, landscape managers, pest management specialists, and allergists the ability to identify weeds before they flower.  

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.    

Call for Nominations: 2023 Outstanding Achievements in Integrated Pest Management Award  

The Northeastern IPM Center is opening nominations for the 2023 Outstanding Achievements in IPM Award, which recognizes professionals and/or students based on their efforts and accomplishments in IPM. The Center seeks nominations of growers, consultants, researchers, educators, managers, and college/university students in the Northeast region.  

For more information about the nomination criteria and award process, visit: https://neipmc.org/go/FdNt  

Nomination deadline: Friday, October 27, 2023  




Regional IPM Centers News 

The Central Issue, August 2023 (North Central IPM Center) 

Highlights include crop advisor perspectives, active north central pests, and funding opportunities. 




Study demonstrates the value of citizen science to monitor natural enemy in fight against invasive Siam weed (Phys.org) 

New research demonstrates the value of using citizen science to monitor the establishment and spread of a natural enemy to fight the invasive shrub Chromolaena odorata—also known as Siam weed—in South and Southeast Asia. The moth Pareuchaetes pseudoinsulata was released in six countries in the region to control the shrub. 


Invasive hornet nest found, eradicated in Georgia, crews searching for more (Fox 5 Atlanta) 

Georgia Department of Agriculture officials have found yellow-legged hornets on several properties in the Savannah area. The invasive hornet is native to subtropical southeast Asia. It can be dangerous to humans and poses a threat to agriculture. Georgia officials have destroyed a nest and are working to make sure the hornet has been eliminated from the area. 


Spotted lanternflies swarm Pittsburgh: They’re hitchhikers — don’t give them a ride. (90.5 WESA) 

Allegheny County, along with 50 other counties in Pennsylvania, is under spotted lanternfly quarantine. While reports indicate a decrease in lanternflies in central Pennsylvania, they’re everywhere in Pittsburgh. 


The Movement to Rename Species (The Nature Conservancy) 

The common names of some species have not aged well. These scientists want to change them. 


Animal Science department to provide biosecurity kits to 4-H programs statewide (Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences) 

Amid the recent outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu, all Pennsylvania 4-H animal project members are urged to practice stringent biosecurity measures both at home and during fairs, shows, and other events. To promote good biosecurity practices, the Department of Animal Science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is sponsoring a biosecurity kit for each county 4-H program in the state. 


Long Island environmentalists identify “dirty dozen” invasive plants threatening to destroy native species (CBS News) 

Scientists call them “The Dirty Dozen.” They’re the 12 invasive plant species negatively impacting Long Island trees, yards, parks, and waterways. 




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.          

  • 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.          

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          



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.      



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, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST| 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. 



One Health: Understanding Threats to Wildlife and Human Health 

October 12, 2023, 1:00 p.m. EDT | Webinar | Free; registration required 

From avian flu to SARS-CoV-2 to chronic wasting disease, there is no shortage of threats to wildlife health across every biome and species, with many of these threats affecting agriculture and public health as well. Steve Osofsky, Krysten Schuler, and Jennifer Bloodgood of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine will share their experiences from the field and the lab to illustrate how the health of wildlife and our own health are inextricably linked. 



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.       




Employment Opportunities  

Watercraft Inspection Steward Program (WISP) Coordinator (Full-time) 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 

The Watercraft Inspection Steward Program (WISP) seeks to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by utilizing boat stewards and decontamination services of watercraft accessing public waterbodies. WISP is an expansive statewide program that includes the oversight of 250 seasonal boat stewards at over 200 boat ramp locations who performed 240,000 individual boat inspections in 2021. This position will be responsible for oversight and management of the program. 

Applications due September 6, 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.  




Funding Opportunities  

New York DEC Announces $3 Million in Grants Available for Invasive Species Projects (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)  

New York DEC has announced the availability of $3 million in the third round of the state’s Invasive Species Grant Program. This program is designed to advance projects that address spread prevention of both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species across the state, with awards ranging from $11,000 to $200,000.  

Applications due by 3 p.m. on November 1, 2023