IPM News and Events Roundup 09/08/23

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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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   


Coming soon: Northeastern IPM Center 2024 RFA 

Stay tuned for the Northeastern IPM Center’s 2024 request for applications (RFA) for projects seeking funding in the Northeast region. Learn more about our grant programs at https://www.northeastipm.org/grant-programs/ipm-center-grants/ 




Other Regional IPM Centers News  

2024 Funding Available for Critical Issue Research and Working Group Projects (North Central IPM Center)  

The North Central IPM Center has released their 2024 request for applications (RFA), with approximately $300,000 to distribute to roughly ten projects in the North Central region.  




A number of the awards announced in the below collection of press releases address integrated pest management. 

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program 2023 Press Releases (Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture) 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service awarded a total of $72.9 million in fiscal year 2023 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funding. The non-competitive awards were made to the departments of agriculture in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The funding supports farmers growing specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops. 


Pesticide Recertification Credits Available at Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo (Northeast Greenhouse Conference & Expo) 

Licensed pesticide applicators will be able to earn up to 5 credit hours each day of the conference. Learn more about the conference at https://www.negreenhouse.org/ 




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. 



Vertebrate Pest Management Needs Assessment Survey (North Carolina State University | West Virginia University Extension) 

The purpose of this survey is to collect data from professionals who provide information, advice, or educational resources to their clientele on vertebrate pest management. The researchers will use the responses to learn what resources participants currently use or distribute, and determine how we can create future learning opportunities on IPM in vertebrate pest management. Target audience is extension professionals (specialists, agents/educators), state and federal wildlife agency staff, technical advisors, and other wildlife control professionals throughout the United States and its territories. 

Survey to remain active until November 1, 2023 



Northeast Greenhouse Conference & Expo 

November 8 – 9, 2023 | Manchester, New Hampshire 

The biennial Northeast Greenhouse Conference & Expo is co-sponsored by New England Floriculture, a group of grower representatives from the Northeast, augmented by university and cooperative extension staff in each state who specialize in greenhouse crops and management. Typical attendees include greenhouse growers, garden centers, retailers, nurseries?, landscapers, press, allied trade, educators, and students. 

Varying registration tiers available with discounted rates through September 25 



Wild Spotter Invasive Species Ambassador Training Course (Invasives Free USA) 

December 5 – 7, 2023 | Coeur D’Alene, Idaho | $300 

This intensive training will include: building relationships and partnerships and engaging stakeholders; branding and marketing programs; using innovative tools and technologies; and leveraging volunteer citizen-science coordination, recruitment, and retention to meet invasive species management goals and expand local community capacity for action. 

This gathering will have limited attendance through a merit selection process. Priority will be given to participants who can demonstrate their commitment to building invasive species management capacity within their community. 





Employment Opportunities   

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     


Horticulturist (Full-time) 

Cornell Botanic Gardens Mundy Wildflower Garden 

Assist in the oversight of all aspects of the site management, restoration, and protection of the 25-acre Mundy Wildflower Garden, Park Park prairie restoration, and gardens at Beebe Lake in support of the Cornell Botanic Gardens mission. 




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