IPM News and Events Roundup 10/14/2022

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.   

Northeastern IPM Center News                                                                     

Just a quick note to say there will be no Roundup next week, but we plan to resume publication the week of October 28. 

2022 Outstanding Achievements in IPM Award  

We are now accepting nominations for this year’s Outstanding Achievements in Integrated Pest Management Award, which aims to recognize one professional and one student based on their efforts and accomplishments in IPM. Winners receive $500 each and agree to provide a story for the Northeastern IPM Center website and/or newsletter and social media outlets, and/or to present a webinar hosted by the Northeastern IPM Center.  


We are seeking nominations of growers, consultants, researchers, educators, managers, and college/university students in the Northeast region. To submit a nomination, you must be a grower, consultant, researcher, educator, or manager working in IPM. Alternatively, you may co-nominate with someone who meets those criteria.  

Learn more or submit a nomination.  


Deadline has been extended!  

Nominations now due by Friday, December 2, 2022.  


Applications Open for Two Funding Opportunities  

The Northeastern IPM Center announces two funding opportunities through its grants programs, supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The application deadline for both program is November 15, 2022.  


The IPM Partnership Grants Program provides support for three project types: IPM Applied Research, IPM Working Groups, and IPM Communications. Up to $200,000 in total will be available for 2023, with a maximum of $40,000 per award (up to $50,000 for projects that meet the Competitive Preference Priority 2 criteria). There is a 24-month time limit on funded projects.  


The Pest Management Strategic Plans and Production/Management Profiles Grants Program will fund updated and new pest management strategic plans (PMSPs) and production/management profiles (PMPs).  


Applications due by November 15.  

DEIJ IPM in Action  

This fall, the Northeastern IPM Center is launching a series of webinars to highlight and foster diversity in IPM. We have invited presenters from historically marginalized groups to discuss topics related to their research, or to share their perspectives on overcoming barriers and succeeding in their chosen profession. 

To learn more, register for an upcoming webinar, or view recordings of past webinars in the series, visit www.northeastipm.org/ipm-in-action/deij-in-ipm/ 

Cooperative Extension in Indigenous Communities: Experiences of Educators  

November 8, 2022, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  

Register at cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eAUBQzdLToCIIUFqBXNaCQ  

Non-traditional Areas for IPM Careers and the Associated Challenges for 2SLGBTQIA+ Individuals in Pursuing Them  

December 7, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Register at cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s3qDbj5hQoCrFDCJsaN-Cw  

Connect with the Northeastern IPM Center  

Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube  

Spotted Lanternfly Outreach  

StopSLF.org (hosted by the Northeastern IPM Center)  

Helpful links  

SLF pest alert  

Report SLF sighting in NYS  

New York State Integrated Pest Management  

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets  

SLF Management Calendar  


To help in the tracking of SLF in NYS, we are looking for dates of first observed egg masses this summer or fall. If/when you find an egg mass, please send a quick email to Dan Olmstead @ dlo6@cornell.edu with date of detection and location (lat, lon). We need to validate and adjust the new SLF tracking model available at https://newa.cornell.edu/spotted-lanternfly, which is based on 2021 published research.  

Research in the News  

Call for manuscripts: Insects journal special issue on integrated pest and pollinator management (IPPM) 

Timothy Leslie, Department of Biology, Long Island University, is working with the journal Insects to solicit papers for a special issue on IPPM.

Other News 

From USDA-NIFA: As part of NIFA’s stakeholder listening initiative, “NIFA Listening Session for Stakeholder Input to Science Priorities,” NIFA is accepting input from stakeholders regarding the agency's research, Extension and education priorities on Wednesday, November 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. This initiative supports NIFA’s mission of investing in and advancing agricultural research, Extension and education to solve societal challenges. For the purpose of this opportunity, agriculture is defined broadly and includes research, Extension and education in food, fiber, forestry, range, nutritional and social sciences, including food safety and positive youth development. NIFA's investments in transformative science directly support the long-term prosperity and global pre-eminence of U.S. agriculture in food and agriculture. 

Please register to attend and/or share input here: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/nifa-listening-session-stakeholder-input-science-priorities?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=


Or you may submit your comments/input to the NEIPM Center (jlh472@cornell.edu) and we will compile them for submission. 


Sign up for NIFA’s weekly updates here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDANIFA/subscriber/new?qsp=USDANIFA_2 .   

Department of the Interior’s Funding Guide for Invasive Species Management (Issued September 2022) 

The North American Invasive Species Management Association is pleased to share the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) new funding guide for invasive species management. If you are curious about what funding is available through the DOI to support invasive species management activities, this guide compiles that information, primarily posted on Grants.gov and Sam.gov, and makes it readily available. 


Cities Need More Native Bees—Lots and Lots of Adorable Bees (Wired | October 10, 2022) 

These pollinators can help urban gardens grow. That will be critical for cooling cities as the planet warms. 


How does a real ‘hive mind’ work? The secret life of bees explained (The Sydney Morning Herald | October 2, 2022) 

Bees play a big role in our world as pollinators, but are they endangered? How does a real ‘hive mind’ work? And what’s a waggle dance? 


Pollinators need your help in the winter too (MPR News | October 7, 2022) 

“It's nice to have the flowers in the summer. But if you really want to think about a pollinator garden, you have to think about it all year long,” said Marissa Ahlering, science director for the Nature Conservancy in Minnesota and the Dakotas. 


Be A Sport - Volunteer Your House Mice for Science!  

The researchers will catch the mice using live traps at city and country sites into October this year, as well as spring and summer next year. If you would like to help out by hosting a trap, email wewantmice@gmail.com 


A Survey on Rodents and Their Control in Livestock Production Facilities  

This is an international collaborative research project being conducted by the University of Tokyo (Japan), the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (Japan), Japan Pest Control Association (Japan), Fordham University (USA), and Cornell University (USA). This survey is anonymous, and it will take approximately 5-10 minutes.  


Herbicide Survey: Help us Identify Research Priorities (Cornell Berry Blog | September 1, 2022)  

With the recent documentation of evolved herbicide resistance in New York, including Palmer amaranth (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors), waterhemp (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors), horseweed (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors, paraquat), lambsquarters (bentazon), Cornell is looking to get a better feel for the current “state of the state” with respect to herbicide performance and failure. Specifically, we want to survey growers/land managers/crop consultants/extension specialists/industry personnel, etc., across cropped (e.g. agronomic, vegetable, fruit), ornamental/horticultural (e.g. Christmas tree farms, golf courses), and non-cropped (e.g. industrial, roadsides) systems in NY. This survey is short and anonymous. Answers will help Cornell weed scientists plan future research and extension projects. Take the survey at https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a2F9urYcHjpl5Ay   


Webinars, Seminars, Meetings, and More  

Pennsylvania Forest Seminar: Dormant-Season Invasive Plant Management in Forests  

The end of the growing season doesn't mean the end of vegetation control efforts! The dormant season can be an advantageous time to attack some invasive and competing plants. Join us for the Pennsylvania Forest Seminar: Dormant-Season Invasive Plant Management in Forests to learn about the various control options that can be used during this time of year.  

This event is being offered at no charge to participants. However, if you would like to receive continuing education credits, there may be a fee. If you will be seeking credits for watching this webinar, please select which credits you wish to apply for during registration. In order to receive credits, you must watch the webinar during the live session for which you registered and attend the full session. The time in session will be verified before credits are assigned. A survey must be completed by the registrant immediately after the webinar is completed in order to receive credit.  

Register for November 8, 2022 Webinar  


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  

The first Friday of each month, spend half an hour over lunch learning about practical solutions for pest problems with the New York State IPM Program. Each presentation will end with an IPM Minute.   

Register to attend these monthly events. Submit photos of how you are implementing IPM to the “IPM and You Photo Contest.”   

Recordings of past presentations are also available.  

Upcoming First Friday Events:  

  • November 4, 2022: Repellents, fencing, and other IPM approaches for managing deer damage (IPM Minute: Where you chuck your pumpkins matters)  
  • December 2, 2022: Homeowner update on emerald ash borer management (IPM Minute: Creepy crawly Christmas—what to do if you find insects in your Christmas tree)  


tHRIVe web series(Horticultural Research Institute)  

Free and open to the public, registration required. Times listed are Eastern Time.  

  • November 3, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.: Smart Plants—Magical interactions between flowers and their pollinators  


Managing Pests of White Pines  

Be it eastern or western, white pines are suffering from a plethora of pests including bark beetles, weevils, needle scale, aphids, and needle blight. Utility arborists, park managers, commercial foresters, and homeowners need to know how to control these destructive pests. During this webinar, experts will review the pests of white pines and the symptoms of infestation, and they will provide information on the management strategies and resources needed to maintain their health.  

Webinar registration page:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2235928788335327244  

Presenters: Kamal Gandhi, PhD, University of Georgia; Deborah McCullough, PhD, Michigan State University; Isabel Munck, PhD, USDA  

October 18, 2022 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET  


Identifying and Managing Toxic Plants  

Join us to learn about some dangerous, toxic plants scattered through forests and fields and even sneaking into your landscaped areas. First, we will give a broad overview of common toxic plants, then we will focus on 5 members of the Apiaceae (carrot) family. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, these are plants you want to avoid. They can be extremely toxic to the touch with sap that causes burns and blindness to humans and dogs and can cause respiratory failure in other mammals if ingested. Learn how to identify these plants, their range, and how to remove and control them. Discover how these invasive plants are controlled in a larger scale such as rangelands and field crops. We will focus on a selection from giant hogweed, wild and cow parsnip, and poison and spotted water hemlock and compare them to another family member: Queen Anne’s lace. Then our expert will review cautions, symptoms, and management strategies.  

Webinar registration page:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5147869885647118860  

Presenter: Mark Renz, PhD, Professor/Extension Weed Specialist, University of Wisconsin  

November 15, 2022 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET  


There’s a Fly in My Soup – IPM in Restaurants   

Restaurants are in business to feed people, but unfortunately, they can also be a breeding ground for pests because they provide food, water, and shelter. Restaurants are held to a high standard for managing pests by customers and their local food safety inspectors. This webinar focuses on the major pests found in restaurants (flies, cockroaches, and rodents) and the IPM tactics for their prevention and control. Flies in kitchens, food storage, service, and eating areas can cause food contamination and pose a health risk. Key species include house, fruit, and drain flies, and many others. Correct identification of flies is important and influences management decisions because different species have distinct needs and behaviors. Also discussed will be the importance of selecting a pest management service provider.   

Webinar registration page: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7650471600249648652  

Presenters: Tim Stock; MSc, School IPM Program Director, Oregon State Univ.; Dr. Dawn Gouge; Urban Entomologist, University of Arizona – MAC ; Dr. Bennett Jordan; Staff Scientist at Ecolab; Minneapolis, Minnesota   

December 6, 2022 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET  


Blue Ridge PRISM presents Doug Tallamy   

Blue Ridge PRISM will welcome Doug Tallamy as the speaker during its fall meeting. This will be a live webinar. His presentation, “Homegrown National Park,” will include discussion on how we can regenerate biodiversity in our landscapes. Tallamy will have a Q&A with the audience at the end of his presentation.  

Tuesday, October 18, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm  

(Free webinar w/Q&A)  

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/399576472987  


Employment Opportunities  


Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)  

A nonprofit organization established in 1972 and headquartered in Ames, Iowa, CAST is seeking an executive vice president/chief executive officer (EVP/CEO) to advance its mission as a leader in science communication, maintain its strong publishing reputation, increase public visibility and impact, and lead strong fundraising efforts to ensure and sustainably manage the organization’s financial resources.  

The EVP/CEO reports to the board of directors (BOD) and serves as the chief brand ambassador, a nonvoting member of the BOD and the board of representatives, the legal representative of CAST, the editor-in-chief for CAST publications, and supervisor of the CAST staff.  

The EVP/CEO provides visionary leadership to the organization and will work with staff and the BOD to manage operations and projects necessary to implement and operationalize CAST’s strategic goals:  

  • Produce quality and relevant information in a timely manner for our stakeholders.  
  • Strengthen our communications with stakeholders through social media and other means.  
  • Maximize the value of our products to our stakeholders.  
  • Build a strong financial base for the long-term stability of CAST.  

Preferred start date is May 2023.  


Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Medical Entomology  

University of Delaware  

The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in vector biology/medical entomology. The position is a 9-month appointment (paid over 12 months) with responsibilities in teaching and research, allocated as 55% research, 40% teaching, and 5% service.  

DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022, with interviews in early 2023  


Assistant/Associate Extension Educator in Pesticide Safety and Integrated Pest Management University of Connecticut, UConn Extension   

The incumbent will work in areas complementary to pesticide safety and risk assessment, including but not restricted to traditional, organic, and genetically engineered pest controls, their ecological and evolutionary impacts, regulatory issues, human health, and socio-economic effects, or related topics. The focus will be to build an extension program creating climate- and economically resilient agricultural and general pest management systems. The successful applicant will develop an interdisciplinary education and applied research program in pesticide safety addressing diverse cropping systems that include ornamental and turfgrass crops, greenhouse, food, and forage crops, and other pest-related issues.  

Application deadline October 20, 2022  


Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Beneficial Insects Lab  

UMass Amherst  

Conduct research on biological control of the emerald ash borer (EAB) with a focus on population dynamics of both the target pests and introduced parasitoids. Research will occur both in a laboratory and in forests across the U.S, and involves modeling both spatial and temporal dynamics of North American ash recovery in relation to levels of EAB infestations or densities due to the impact of both introduced and endemic natural enemies in various climatic/geographic regions in North America.  

Application deadline not listed  


Extension State Specialist, Plant Pathology   

University of New Hampshire Extension  

The extension state specialist in plant pathology directs and operates all aspects of the UNH Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, including diagnosis of plant health problems and communication of results, maintaining sample information and data, and supervising staff. The lab provides diagnostic services for plant health issues for commercial producers, home horticulturists, landscapers, turf managers, arborists, extension staff, state and regulatory agencies, and others, and is a member of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN). This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position located on the University of New Hampshire’s Durham, NH, campus. It is a non-tenure track, 100% extension appointment. Contact Extension Food & Agriculture Program team leader Amy Papineau (603-272-6497, amy.papineau@unh.edu)  

Open until filled.  


Tenure Track Assistant Professor   

Oregon State University   

Associate professor position in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University. The focus of this tenure-track environmental toxicology and/or chemistry research and extension position is to foster sustainable agricultural practices, as well as addressing stakeholder concerns for potential impacts on human and environmental health.  


Closing Date  


Education and Outreach Manager 

Long Island Native Plant Initiative, Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA) 

Develop and advance information and educational content and media, communications, programs, graphic design, writing, event planning, media relations, social media, and outreach for LIISMA to inform and engage a variety of landowners, resource managers, governmental agencies, NGOs, horticulture and landscape professionals, educators, volunteers, and community members for the strategic management of invasive species and conservation of local biodiversity. 

Application deadline November 11, 2022 


Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Manager 

Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA) 

Responsible for invasive species prevention, management, and outreach activities related to the early detection of—and rapid response to—new and emerging invasive species to protect ecosystems in the LIISMA region and buffer areas. 

Application deadline November 11, 2022 


Aquatic Invasive Species Program Manager  

Finger Lakes PRISM 

The aquatic invasive species (AIS) program manager plans, implements, and oversees the AIS programs of the Finger Lakes PRISM, including the long-standing Finger Lakes Watercraft Inspection Steward Program. The program manager leads and collaborates on education, early detection, monitoring, and treatment of AIS. The program manager reports to the associate director of invasive species programs at the Finger Lakes Institute. This position operates under contract with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and involves regional and statewide collaboration on AIS topics. 

Application deadline November 14, 2022 


Funding Opportunities  

Farmer Grant Program - 2023 Call for Proposals  

Northeast SARE offers grants to farmers to explore new concepts in sustainable agriculture conducted
through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations or other research and education
Farmer Grant projects address issues that affect farming with long-term sustainability in mind.
Competitive proposals explore new ideas and techniques or apply known ideas in new ways or with new
communities. Reviewers look to fund projects that are well-designed to meet proposed objectives and
promise the greatest benefit to farming communities.
A wide variety of topics can be funded by Northeast SARE, including marketing and business, crop
production, raising livestock, aquaculture, social sustainability, climate-smart agriculture practices, urban and Indigenous agriculture, and much more.
For guidance on how to design your project, refer to SARE’s bulletin, How to Conduct Research on
Your Farm or Ranch
. To see examples of funded Farmer Grant projects, visit the national SARE project
database at projects.sare.org/search-projects/

Important Dates  

Proposals, with all required attachments, are due no later than: November 15, 2022, 5:00 p.m. ET  


North Central IPM Center 2023 Funding Available for Research and Collaborative Projects  

The North Central IPM Center’s two annual requests for application (RFAs) are now available. The Center funds efforts that support integrated pest management (IPM), including Critical Issue (research) projects and Working Group team-building projects. Download the RFAs from the grants page.
Research efforts related to important pest concerns or management of these pests may receive funding through the Critical Issues program. Approximately $100,000 is available for Critical Issues projects, with a maximum of $50,000 per award. Approximately $200,000 is available for Working Group projects with a maximum of $20,000 per award. 
New this year, applications are encouraged to include diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the project plan. Strategies for incorporating benefits for underserved communities, women, and/or people of color are all relevant additions.  

Application Deadline: November 18, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST (4:00 p.m. CST).   

Southern IPM Grants 2023  

The Southern IPM Center’s annual competitive grants program, Southern IPM Grants, regionally addresses global food security challenges including invasive species, endangered species, pest resistance, and impacts resulting from regulatory actions. We use a competitive process each year to solicit and select projects for funding.  

We recommend reading through the entire RFA before beginning your planning and to give yourself ample time to enter your information into our online grant management system.  

Application Deadline: November 18, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST. 


Veg Out - Managing Aquatic Vegetation in Canals: Design and build solutions for managing canal aquatic vegetation for a share of $345,000 in prizes 

For more than 100 years, the Bureau of Reclamation has brought water to arid lands to support agriculture and economic development. Today, Reclamation’s 8,000 miles of canals deliver water across the western United States. These canals are negatively impacted by aquatic vegetation. Existing management methods have various drawbacks. The Veg Out Challenge aims to reduce the cost and labor of aquatic vegetation management in canals while minimizing undesirable impacts to water quality or downstream users. The challenge seeks to identify, develop, and test novel, sustainable, scalable solutions that can be used across a range of canal types. A total prize purse of $345,000 will be distributed across the three phases of concept, prototyping, and demonstration. 

Submission deadline: January 11, 2023