IPM News and Events Roundup 10/28/2022

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                                                                      

 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   

Perspective on Biology and Management of Bed Bugs: Introduction (Journal of Economic Entomology | September 14, 2022) 

Chow-Yang Lee, Changlu Wang, Nan-Yao Su 

This special collection of the Perspective on Biology and Management of Bed Bugs presents nine original research papers on bed bug detection, insecticide performance and resistance, nonchemical treatment, fungal biopesticides, and pest management procurement and contracts. 


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.  

Submission deadline April 8, 2023 


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 Northeastern IPM 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 .    



From Chickpeas to Quinoa: EPA Expands Legume and Cereal Grain Crop Groups (IR-4 Project | September 29, 2022) 

The Environmental Protection Agency has released the sixth final rule in a series of updates to pesticide crop groupings. Based on petitions by the IR-4 Project, these crop group amendments help streamline pesticide tolerance-setting, improve pest management tools for specialty crop growers, and make safer, more nutritionally diverse foods available to consumers. 


Farmers nationwide send a strong message to EPA on atrazine (Morning Ag Clips | October 18, 2022) 

More than 16,000 farmers and agricultural organizations representing corn, citrus, grain sorghum, sugar cane, and other crops recently united against EPA’s proposed revision to its 2020 atrazine registration review decision, submitting comments calling for the agency to base decisions on credible scientific evidence. 

Editor’s note: The National Corn Growers Association provides additional background on the atrazine topic at https://www.ncga.com/stay-informed/media/in-the-news/article/2022/09/ncga-calls-on-farmers-to-contact-epa-regarding-atrazine


Cuyahoga Valley National Park to use controlled burn at site of old Richfield Coliseum to remove invasive species, preserve bird habitat (Cleveland.com | October 21, 2022) 

A controlled burn was conducted on about 40 acres of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio where the Richfield Coliseum once hosted concerts and Cleveland Cavaliers basketball games. The park acquired the site of the former coliseum, which operated from 1974 to 1994, and then had it demolished in 1999. The land has since been converted into a popular bird habitat, and the “prescribed burn” is designed to get rid of invasive species and to allow for more native plants to take seed. 


Grow NY Farms discusses Cornell report on farm labor (Morning Ag Clips | October 24, 2022) 

New report from Cornell University shows farmworker retention and recruitment not made easier by 60-hour overtime threshold. 

Editor’s note: Despite lacking an obvious connection to IPM, this item is being included in the Roundup because farm labor was identified as an issue for the Northeast in discussions during a 2022 meeting of the Northeast Region Technical Committee on IPM (NEERA). 


Pandemic Pests Invade Low-Income Housing (Pest Control Technology | October 26, 2022) 

A recent survey looked at the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on pest management practices in low-income housing. 


USDA Announces Early Release of Select Commodity Tables for Agricultural Projections to 2032 (USDA | October 27, 2022) 

On November 7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will release selected tables from the upcoming USDA Agricultural Projections to 2032 report prepared in support of the president’s annual budget process as defined in the Budget Control Act. These tables will include 10-year projections for major U.S. crops and livestock products and will be followed in February 2023 by the aforementioned report, which will include a full discussion of the commodity supply and use projections, and projections for farm income and global commodity trade. 







Webinars, Seminars, Meetings, and More   

Horticulture seminar: Exploring grapevine responses to phloem feeding by the spotted lanternfly (Michela Centinari, associate professor of viticulture, Penn State) 

Monday, October 31, 2022 | 12:25 p.m. | No registration required 


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)   


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   


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   


3 Simple Steps for Reducing Pest Complaints in Your Apartment Buildings (Northeastern IPM Center’s StopPests in Housing Program) 

November 10, 2022 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern | Free and open to the public 

Constantly receiving complaints about cockroaches, bed bugs, and mice? Join StopPests in Housing to hear from our partners at the University of Minnesota, Steven Kells and Anika Sharma, about how their research can help you fight pests in multifamily housing. 


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   


No More Prep! A Progressive Approach to Bed Bug Preparation (Northeastern IPM Center’s StopPests in Housing Program) 

December 6, 2022 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Eastern | Free and open to the public 

Tired of making your residents prepare for bed bug treatment? Tired of all the chaos and arguing associated with prep work? While prep may be necessary in a small percentage of problematic units, it should not be required to eliminate bed bugs in 90-95% of infestations. This seminar will present a progressive way to treat for bed bugs that does not include preparation in most apartments. Join StopPests in Housing for this presentation with Jeffrey White, CEO/owner of White Mantis Consultants. 


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   



Employment Opportunities   

Ag Climate Resiliency Specialist 

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hudson Valley, New York 

The Climate Resiliency program provides research and educational support to New York agriculture to guide adaption and mitigation in response to climate change. You will help farmers maximize carbon sequestration potential through land-management strategies, reduce and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and provide guidance for farmers to contribute to New York State climate change goals. 

Application deadline November 20, 2022 



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.   

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


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 


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  


Extension Associate in Community IPM 

New York State IPM Program (position based in Rochester, NY) 

The community IPM extension associate will serve as a leader in the Western New York region and as part of a statewide team to conduct outreach to diverse urban, suburban, rural, and agricultural audiences. Responsibilities include conducting in-person education, training, and consultations; developing an applied research program; and performing other regular extension duties in Western NY and statewide as needed. 

Application deadline December 2, 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