IPM News and Events Roundup 09/29/23

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.       

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     


Northeastern IPM Center Opens 2024 Call for Proposals 

The Northeastern IPM Center has opened its annual request for applications (RFA) for funding through two grant programs: the IPM Partnership Grants Program and the Pest Management Strategic Plans (PMSPs) and Production/Management Profiles (PMPs) Grants Program

For both programs, the application deadline is November 9, 2023. 


2023 Northeast Integrated Pest Management Research Update Conference

November 13, 2023, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon EST

This conference hosted by the Northeastern IPM Center (NEIPMC) will feature updates from active projects funded by the NEIPMC’s Partnership Grants Program. In addition, the online conference will have updates from IPM-related projects funded through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program and USDA-NIFA’s Applied Research and Development Program (ARDP) and Extension Implementation Program (EIP).

The rapid style conference will feature 5-minute pre-recorded presentations in which the speakers will discuss 1 or 2 highlights from their projects followed by a live Q and A. The purpose of the conference is to increase collaboration and awareness about current IPM-related research and extension in the Northeast in a fun way.

To participate in the conference, register at the following link:



Upcoming StopPests Webinar in Spanish

StopPests in Housing is offering a training opportunity in Spanish. On November 14th, 1:00pm-2:15pm (eastern), Dr. Maria A. Gonzalez Morales, an indoor pest management expert from the Defense Centers for Public Health and the US Department of Defense, will be sharing the most effective ways to combat cockroaches in housing and how to avoid pesticide resistance. The presentation will help housing professionals, maintenance staff, property managers, and pest management professionals understand how to effectively reduce cockroach populations in the buildings and developments they manage with the most effective tools. Descriptions in Spanish, English, and the registration link are below. Please share with colleagues!

Register here: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6MIOfGY9TSiKOXAnqCgOxA


“Cucarachas vs Humanos: ¿Quién gana la batalla?”

Cuando: 14 de noviembre 13:00-14:15 (este)

Para registrarse presione aquí: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6MIOfGY9TSiKOXAnqCgOxA



North Central IPM Center Updates

Funding options from IPM Centers, Biopesticide e-book, soybean gall midge, Ag and Wildlife coexisting working group survey, and more


Even at the Zoo, Mosquitoes Favor Local Wild Birds for Meals (entomologytoday.org | September 22, 2023)

As is the case in most habitats in North America, zoos are home to numerous mosquito species. An understanding of the diversity of mosquitoes in zoos, the hosts they select, and the pathogens they spread is valuable for both the humans who visit and work at zoos and the animals that live there. To advance this understanding, a group of researchers from Cornell University and the Tennessee Department of Health collaborated with the Nashville Zoo to investigate the mosquitoes, hosts, and pathogens present there.


MU Feral Hog Extension Project (extension.missouri.edu)


The MU Feral Hog Extension Project, a collaborative educational program conducted in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and USDA APHIS-Wildlife Services, promotes the adoption of feral hog eradication efforts on private lands in the state for economic and conservation benefits.


Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Detected in Vermont (healthvermont.gov)

From July through mid-October, mosquitos are collected from sites around the state and tested for EEE at the Health Department Laboratory. In August 2023, EEE virus was detected in mosquito pools collected in Alburgh and Swanton, and an unvaccinated horse in Swanton died after being infected with the EEE virus. These were the first detections of EEE virus in Vermont since 2015. 


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             


Invasive Insect Certification Program for Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forest Pests (UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program)  

October 10, 11, 25, 26 | Webinar  

This six-day webinar series (each listed separately below) looks at the characteristics of invasive insects and the impacts and costs they have regionally and nationwide while highlighting the biology, ecology, and identification of some of the most destructive examples, including Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, spongy moth, hemlock woolly adelgid, and winter moth. State and federal regulations pertaining to invasive insect management will be discussed. Management as a part of landscapes will be presented along with strategies to prevent human-assisted movement of these organisms. IPM will be the focus, highlighting cultural and mechanical management options along with the use of biological control. Participants may optionally receive a certificate in invasive insect management.  


View these and other upcoming program events (web page) or view detailed agenda (PDF)  

  1. Tuesday, October 10: Invasive Forest and Agricultural Insects in MA: Current and Future  
  2. Wednesday, October 11: Invasive Forest and Agricultural Insects in MA: Current and Future, continued  
  3. Wednesday, October 25: Management of Invasive Forest and Landscape Insect Pests  
  4. Thursday, October 26: Management of Invasive Forest and Landscape Insect Pests, continued  


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.    


Coffee Talk: Future Freshwater Invaders of the Northeast

Which aquatic invasive species (AIS) are on the horizon for the Northeast? Join the Northeast RISCC for a conversation with Grace Henderson about “Future Aquatic Invaders of the Northeast U.S.: How Climate Change and Natural History Could Bring Southern and Western Species North.” This talk will discuss northward-moving AIS, and will be followed by a Q & A and discussion on how to proactively manage new invasions.

Historically a dearth of high-resolution measurements of freshwater habitats on a national scale for current and future climate conditions has hindered aquatic invasive species (AIS) habitat suitability model development. Grace’s team at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Invasive Species Science Branch is developing a suite of current and future freshwater habitat predictors for the contiguous US and modeling plant, invertebrate, and fish AIS to predict habitat suitability in the Northeast region. Stakeholders helped develop a prioritized list of 94 invaders currently found in neighboring Midwest and Southeast to investigate the future potential for suitability in Northeast.

To join, please register at this link: https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpf-CgpjwpG9DkjZrMqlkx-kt4Hwvt9Cn5

October 11, 2023, 11:00 AM EST


 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.   


UNH Extension is hosting a two-part webinar series on IPM in extended season high tunnel vegetable production

Winter Cutworm Webinar October 16th @12pm: Winter cutworm is an emerging pest of high tunnel vegetables. This caterpillar feeds at night and is active during the coldest months, causing dramatic losses to vegetable crops grown through the fall and winter. Join our discussion with Dr. Navneet Kaur (Assistant Professor and Extension Entomologist at the Oregon State University) and Dr. Anna Wallingford (UNH) to learn more about winter cutworm and Dr. Kaur’s research on beneficial nematodes for winter cutworm management.



Biological Control of Wintertime Aphids Webinar October 23rd @12pm: High tunnels allow us to extend the vegetable production season, but pest management can be challenging without the help of natural enemies.  Join this discussion with Dr. Laura Ingwell and Dr. Samantha Willden (Purdue University) who have been leading a team of researchers to find the best approaches to biocontrol aphids through the fall and winter. https://extension.unh.edu/event/2023/10/biological-control-winter-high-tunnels


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   


Entomology 2023: Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting (Entomological Society of America)  

November 5 – 8, 2023 | National Harbor, Maryland  

The theme for Entomology 2023 is Insects and Influence: Advancing Entomology's Impact on People and Policy.  


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   



Thursday, November 9, 2023 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Endangered species protections can take the form of nationwide mitigations on the general pesticide product label or geographic-specific mitigations located in Endangered Species Protection Bulletins (Bulletins), which are accessed through EPA’s Bulletins Live! Two (BLT) website. Pesticide applicators are required to visit the BLT website when directed by a product label and follow any mitigations specified for the intended application area. When users are directed to follow them on a pesticide label, Bulletins are enforceable mitigations under FIFRA. This webinar provides an overview of the BLT system, what pesticide applicators need to know about complying with Bulletins, and how and when to access BLT and locate applicable Bulletins. Before joining, be sure to check your system requirements (https://joincheck.gotowebinar.com/?role=attendee) to avoid any connection issues. EPA is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the information it holds. By clicking the “Register” button below, you agree to receive emails from EPA regarding this webinar.


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     

Faculty Specialist – Entomology & IPM (Full-time; Ellicott City, Maryland)  

University of Maryland Extension  

University of Maryland Extension is seeking a faculty specialist to join its team at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center in Ellicott City, Maryland. The specialist will assist with the entomology and IPM educational programming needs of the Home and Garden Information Center, State Master Gardener Program, and county-based home horticulture faculty. Learn more or apply at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/111894  

For best consideration, apply by October 15, 2023. 


Assistant Extension Professor of Horticulture and Ornamental Horticulture Specialist (Full-time; Orono, Maine) 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 

This position will develop and conduct educational programs and applied research projects throughout the state with an emphasis on Maine’s green industry. Maine agricultural industries of focus include floriculture, nurseries, garden centers, arboriculture, greenhouse production, and clients involved in consumer horticulture. This position works with other extension faculty, advisory boards, and commodity associations to offer programs addressing the educational needs of Maine’s landscape designers, landscape professionals, nursery growers, propagators, arborists, growers, and professional gardeners. 

Review of applications to begin October 23, 2023. 


Post-Doctoral Associate Position Shrewsbury Lab - Biological Control / IPM

University of Maryland – College Park

The Shrewsbury Lab is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Scientist to conduct research and Extension activities on biological control of the invasive spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula. As part of a collaborative effort between UMD and USDA APHIS, the incumbent will examine the efficacy and impact of biological control approaches using pathogens and other natural enemies against SLF. The overall goal of the project is to provide less toxic and sustainable pest management tools to stakeholders. Click here for a full position description. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is identified. It is strongly preferred the candidate be able to start the position by the end of October 2023 or earlier.   


Center Director – Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Beaumont

Texas A&M AgriLife Research seeks a full-time, research-active, and dynamic individual

with a proven record of research excellence to serve as Center Director at the Agency’s

Beaumont Center. This person will be responsible for administering and coordinating all aspects

of the Center, including the Wintermann Rice Research Station at Eagle Lake, as well as

participating in active research, outreach and extension through collaboration, where appropriate,

to enhance overall faculty research productivity at the Center and their impacts at the local, state,

national and international levels. This is a 12-month appointment and will be linked with a

departmental affiliation within Texas A&M University that best fits the candidate’s background

and interest.


Assistant Professor, Apiculture Extension Entomologist (12-month, 100% Extension), Texas A&M AgriLife

The Apiculture Extension Entomologist will develop and deliver Extension Apiculture educational programs with a supporting applied research component designed to resolve problems of importance to the small-scale, sideliner, and commercial beekeeping industries in Texas. This individual will develop, administer, and lead the statewide Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Apiary Program and supervise the activities carried out by support staff.


Assistant Professor, Pecan, Viticulture and Fruit Extension Entomologist (12-month, 75% Extension and 25%)

The Pecan, Viticulture and Fruit Extension Entomologist will develop and deliver Extension educational.

programming with a supporting applied research component designed to resolve problems of importance to pecan, viticulture, and fruit producers in Texas. This individual will develop and lead statewide Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Entomology efforts related to pecan, viticulture, and fruit arthropod pest management.


Assistant Professor, Extension Specialty Crops Plant Pathologist

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville: UT Institute of Agriculture: Entomology & Plant Pathology

The recruited individual is expected to develop and deliver a vibrant, nationally recognized innovative applied research and Extension education program focused on diseases of important and emerging crops of Tennessee (e.g., fruits, vegetables, tobacco, hemp, hops). The individual will provide technical expertise on disease management, will develop an educational program(s) using traditional and innovative outreach tools for diverse audiences (e.g., Extension agents and specialists, producers, regional and state leaders, Master Gardeners), and will provide leadership in developing a specialty crop Extension and outreach programs that meet the needs of all eligible clientele regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status. The candidate also is expected to develop an innovative applied research program of state, regional, or national importance that addresses important plant health and disease issues of specialty crops, to participate in the training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, and to provide service to the department, university, and professional societies or organizations.


Funding Opportunities     

Regional IPM centers 2024 calls for proposals/requests for applications (RFAs)  

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


Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Program 2024 Call for Proposals

The online system for submitting your 2024 Farmer Grant Proposal is now open.  

The SARE Grant Management System (projects.sare.org) is for more than proposals, it’s a powerful tool grantees use throughout their projects, feel free to click around and get comfortable. Don’t wait to submit your proposal. You can unsubmit, edit, and resubmit as many times as you need.

The Call for 2024 Northeast SARE Farmer Grants is available here. Approximately $800,000 has been allocated to fund projects for this grant cycle. Awards of up to $30,000 are available, depending on the complexity of a project. The online system for submitting proposals is here.

Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on November 14, 2023. 

Northeast SARE covers the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. 


Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

Program Purpose

The SCMP supports collaborative multi-state partnerships to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through competitively funded projects The focus is to address regional or national level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific projects addressing common issues, and marketing and promotion. Projects must enhance the competitiveness of U.S. or U.S. territory-grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets.

Project Area Types

Multi-state partners must develop projects that bring together teams for solutions to practical problems that cross State boundaries and address the needs of specialty crop growers in the areas of food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific projects addressing common issues, and marketing and promotion.

All project area types are 3-year projects with funding ranging between $250,000 and $1,000,000. Available Funding Approximately $10 million will be available to fund SCMP projects in FY 2023.


Entities residing in a participating state must apply through their State Department of Agriculture. Entities residing in a participating state are ineligible to apply directly to AMS.

Entities in a non-participating state may apply to AMS directly or choose to contact an adjacent participating state to apply on behalf of the entity.

Non-profits entities must apply directly to AMS.

All applicants must be domestic entities owned, operated, and located within the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.


NIFA Invests $19.6M in Crop Protection and Pest Management

The Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) program addresses high priority issues related to pests, including insects, nematodes, pathogens, and weeds, and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels.

The CPPM program supports projects that will increase food security and respond effectively to other major societal challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, ecologically prudent, and safe for human health. The CPPM program addresses pest management challenges with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies supporting more vital communities.

The CPPM program provides support in three program areas:

Applied Research and Development Program Area (ARDP)

Extension Implementation Program Area (EIP)

Regional Coordination Program Area (RCP)