IPM News and Events Roundup 11/12/2022

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 grant’s 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.  


Upcoming Webinar from Northeast IPM Center’s StopPests in Housing Program

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. 

Registration page: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nKBy9XchRWS2v3gOGR4Qvg




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/  


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   


Language Justice

December 14, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Register at cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DzoOzJ4sR26m1DklwqbKMQ


Connect with the Northeastern IPM Center   

Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube   



Spotted Lanternfly News

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is hosting a webinar that will cover spotted lanternfly biology, egg mass scraping, and an update for Massachusetts and Connecticut. The webinar is free and part of our quarterly update series (watch recordings of past webinars here).  

This session is eligible for the following education credits: 1 Mass. pesticide license credit (ALL categories and license types!), 1 MA Forestry License credit, and the following association credits: 1 MCA credit, 1 MCH credit, 1 MCLP credit, ¾ ISA credit, or ½ MQTW credit 

Attendance for the full live session and response to all poll questions is required to receive these credits. 

 What will you learn?

  • Life Cycle of the Spotted Lanternfly
  • Impacts on Maple and Other Tree Species
  • Potential Impacts on the Maple Industry

 Extension Educator, Brian Walsh, will discuss what is known about the spotted lanternfly (SLF) and observations about maple trees that provide insight as to the impact the insect could have on the industry.

Date and time: 11/16/22 10:00-11:10AM ET

Registration: bit.ly/MDARSLFWebNov22 



 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   



Research in the News   

How One Entomologist Explores Flowers’ Dual Role for Bee Health (Entomology Today)

Many insects, particularly bees, foraging for pollen and nectar gather on flowers. If any of the bees visiting the flowers happen to be sick with an infectious disease, they can leave behind pathogens on the flowers for the next foraging bee to pick up. In this sense, flowers can act as hotspots of disease transmission. Flowers, however, can also provide natural medicines to help curb sick bees’ infections.


Pesticide innovation takes top prize at Collegiate Inventors Competition

With his invention AgZen-Cloak, Jayaprakash has found a way to keep droplets of water containing pesticide from bouncing off crops by “cloaking” the droplets in a small amount of plant-derived oil. As a result, farmers could use just one-fifth the amount of spray, minimizing water waste and cost for farmers and eliminating airborne pollution and toxic runoff. It also improves pesticide retention, which can lead to higher crop yield.


Fungus simultaneously combats two of the worst threats to banana plantation yields  (eurekalert.org)

Study found that Beauveria caledonica can be used for biological control of banana borers and Fusarium wilt, which are serious threats to a tropical and subtropical crop. The soil fungus supplements traditional banana plantation management strategies


International demand for food and services drives environmental footprints of pesticide use (Nature.com)

Pesticides are well-recognized pollutants that threaten biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Here we quantify the environmental footprints of pesticide use for 82 countries and territories and eight broad regions using top-down multi-region input-output analysis. Pesticide footprints are expressed as hazard loads that quantify the body weight (bw) of non-target organisms required to absorb pesticide residues without experiencing adverse effects. We show that the world’s consumption in 2015 resulted in 2 Gt-bw of pesticide footprints. Of these, 32% are traded internationally. The global average per-capita pesticide footprint is 0.27 t-bw capita−1 y−1, with high-income countries having the largest per-capita footprint. China, Germany, and United Kingdom are the top three net importers of pesticide hazard loads embodied in commodities, while the USA, Brazil, and Spain are the three largest net exporters. Our study highlights the need for policies to target pesticide use reduction while ensuring adverse impacts are not transferred to other nations.



Other News   

Thought To Be Extinct for 80 Years – Scientists Rediscover a Unique Insect (University of Sydney)

A University of Sydney biology student has uncovered a large, wingless, wood-eating cockroach that was believed to be extinct since the 1930s and is unique to Australia’s Lord Howe Island.


New Evidence Shows Pesticides Contain PFAS, and the Scale of Contamination Is Unknown (civileats.com | November 7, 2022)

The EPA planned to release the results of more thorough tests done to determine whether PFAS were leaching from plastic containers into the pesticides. “The data does indicate that the amount of PFAS entering the environment [via pesticides] is extremely small,” he assured attendees, “but we do want to get a handle on where the PFAS is coming from.”


Pesticide use around world almost doubles since 1990, report finds (The Guardian.com | October 18, 2022)

Global pesticide use has soared by 80% since 1990, with the world market set to hit $130bn next year, according to a new Pesticide Atlas.  But pesticides are also responsible for an estimated 11,000 human fatalities and the poisoning of 385 million people every year, the report finds.

Their use has hit biodiversity, driving falls of around 30% in populations of field birds and grassland butterflies since 1990. Almost one in 10 of Europe’s bees are now threatened with extinction, due in no small part to the use of toxic chemical formulations in herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.


Amazon to Pay California Regulator Nearly $5M for Sale of Illegal Pesticides (Lawstreetmedia.com | November 8, 2022)

Late last week, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced an agreement with Amazon.com Services LLC over its sale of illegal pesticides in California, its failure to report and pay required “mill assessment” fees , and its failure to hold a valid pesticide broker license. Under the terms of the non-publicized agreement, Amazon will pay the DPR a total of $4.97 million.


Bees face many challenges – and climate change is ratcheting up the pressure (The Conversation | October 13, 2022)

The extreme weather that has battered much of the U.S. in 2022 doesn’t just affect humans. Heat waves, wildfires, droughts, and storms also threaten many wild species – including some that already face other stresses.

I’ve been researching bee health for over 10 years, with a focus on honeybees. In 2021, I began hearing for the first time from beekeepers about how extreme drought and rainfall were affecting bee colony health.


What Are Your Neighbors Entitled to Know About Your Pesticides? (lancasterfarming.com | November 7, 2022)

A neighbor has questions about the pesticides sprayed on your property. What are you legally obligated to provide, and how can these situations be handled?


At least two pesticides in half of bread sold in UK, data shows (theguardian.com)

According to analysis by Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN), this is a rise of 50% from last year, and a major increase over the past decade when, on average, roughly 25% of bread has been found to contain pesticide cocktails.  PAN is calling on the environment secretary, Thérèse Coffey, to “take urgent action to reduce pesticide-related harms”.


Box tree moth sampling concludes for 2022 (Michigan State Extension | October 20, 2022)

In a world connected by trade and long-distance travel, plants and insects are sometimes accidentally brought with people, plants and cargo to new locations. Michigan residents are familiar with past examples such as the emerald ash borer and the more recent detection of the spotted lanternfly. Not every non-native species that arrives will become established and create nuisance or economic problems. Sometimes, non-native insects are detected at ports of entry or through routine inspection of international commerce and plant stock. This is the pathway that the box tree moth (Photo 1) was first detected in the United States.


Decline of Newly Planted Trees - Care and how to (Iowa State University)

After planting a new tree, sometimes you will see decline, dieback, or even death of the young tree.  When trying to determine the primary cause of the problem, several factors need to be given consideration. Remember that dieback does not always occur in the first year. Some factors contribute to poor vigor over a period of years or cause tree death two to five years (sometimes longer) after planting.


Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Global Market Report 2022 (globalnewswire.com)

The integrated pest management (IPM) market consists of sales of integrated pest management (IPM) methods by entities (organizations, sole traders, and partnerships) that are used to control pests in agricultural production. Integrated pest management (IPM) is a systematic procedure for pest control in agricultural production that employs a variety of biological, chemical, physical, and cultural tools to reduce the risk to human health and the environment in specific locations, such as military base camps, agricultural fields, parks, and other similar areas.





Herbicide Resistance Survey

This is a very quick and completely anonymous survey of growers, land managers, extension and industry personnel, and other stakeholders to describe the distribution and type of herbicide resistance in New York (NY) State. Participants from outside of NY can also reply


Three surveys and reports in the bee and honey program

NASS has three surveys and reports in the bee and honey program: The Honey report is an annual report of number of colonies producing honey, yield per colony, honey production, average price and value, and honey stocks. The Honey Bee Colonies report is an annual report of honey bee colonies, lost colonies, added colonies, renovated colonies and colonies affected by stressors by State and U.S. The Cost of Pollination report is an annual report that tracks the fees associated with crop producers’ use of honeybee pollination.



Webinars, Seminars, Meetings, and More   

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    


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:   

  • 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)   


Free Webinar: Zoonotic Diseases in Animal Agriculture and Beyond: A One Health Perspective

By looking through the lens of One Health, we identify key lessons learned in the dynamics of zoonotic diseases including their transmission & prevention. Dr. Lonnie J. King, DVM, MS, MPA, Diplomate ACVPM, & Dean Emeritus of The Ohio State University will be presenting. Other members of the task force will participate in the following Q&A session.

Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CST



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   


UMass Extension’s Invasive Insect Webinar Series 2023

Join UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program and UMass Extension’s Fruit Program presents for this series of FREE webinars focusing on the impact, monitoring, and management of invasive insects in Massachusetts and the nation! Topics to include spotted lanternfly updates, management, and entomopathogens; forest pest risk re. climate change; the beech leaf disease nematode; and invasive forest insects. Please note: while participants from anywhere are invited to attend, much of the material presented will be specific to Massachusetts and New England.

Event date/time: 

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 9:00am

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 9:00am

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - 9:00am

Event Type: 



Free (grant subsidized)


Agricultural Outlook Forum

Join us on February 23-24, 2023 at USDA's largest and premiere annual gathering!

USDA’s 99th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF), will be held in-person at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott on February 23-24, 2023, and all sessions will be livestreamed on a virtual platform.

More than 30 sessions and 100 agriculture leaders and subject matter experts will discuss key issues impacting the sector including:

  • USDA’s initial forecast for the agricultural economy, commodity markets, and trade in 2023 and the U.S. farm income situation
  • Climate smart agriculture
  • Supply chain challenges and solutions
  • Factors impacting U.S. trade update & the global marketplace
  • Food prices outlook


Save the Date - 2023 RISCC Symposium

It's time to mark your calendars! We're getting excited for our next symposium, which is scheduled to take place virtually via Zoom on February 14-15th, 2023. Sessions will take place over two days from 11am-3:30pm (Eastern).


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 


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 


Executive Director Designate

Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association

The Association is seeking to contract with a person to be its Executive Director Designate. The successful contractor would serve as Deputy Executive Director for a transition period of six to twelve months under the retiring Executive Director to allow for a smooth transition.  Upon the satisfactory completion of the transition period and approval of the Board, the contractor would then assume the Executive Director position when the current Executive Director retires. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing and administering the activities and business of the Association under the direction of the Board of Directors. The Association will offer competitive compensation commensurate with the contractor’s abilities and experience.   

The Association plans to begin reviewing applications as they are received until a suitable candidate is identified. The tentative plan is for the successful contractor to begin as Deputy Executive Director in October 2022 or as soon thereafter as possible.


Staff Entomologist / Educational Specialist

National Pest Management Association

The Staff Entomologist / Educational Specialist is responsible for development of technical support materials and providing entomological and scientific support for NPMA members and to other NPMA departments.

The National Pest Management Association has a unique culture that empowers individuals to move the Association and Industry forward through new initiatives, innovative solutions, and creative endeavors. Although we have a nearly 90-year history as an organization, NPMA still offer employees the flexibility and ingenuity to make a positive impact on our shared future.



Central Pine Barrens Commission

The Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, through the Suffolk County Water Authority is currently accepting applications for an Ecologist to assist in with ecological management and stewardship projects within the Central Pine Barrens to foster biological diversity, natural resource conservation, and ecosystem protection and restoration.

This position will be strongly focused on management plan development and implementation especially for prescribed burns; pre and post management monitoring; and long-term monitoring to improve forest and grassland health, resiliency to emerging species (such as southern pine beetle) and habitat for rare and endangered species.

Individuals with a strong research background; experience in fire ecology; leading and/or supporting prescribed fires; conducting habitat restorations, and ecological monitoring activities are encouraged to apply.


Fire Management Specialist

Suffolk County Water Authority

The Suffolk County Water Authority is seeking a Fire Management Specialist to perform key roles in managing the comprehensive prescribed fire program operated by the Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission for the Central Pine Barrens region. Responsibilities include leading the development and implementation of all aspects of the prescribed fire management program; the supervision and training of prescribed fire crews; conducting fuels, smoke and wildland fire management/mitigation; assisting with public education and outreach and the preparation of prescribed and wildland fire management plans for ecological and fuel management in collaboration with other agencies and stakeholders. The overarching programmatic goals for the prescribed fire program include fostering biological diversity, natural resource conservation and restoration and wildfire risk reduction within the Central Pine Barrens. This position is full time (37.5) hours a week and will be a designated term position that exists as long as the commission receives NYS funding to implement a prescribed fire program.


Quality Assurance Auditor


The IR-4 Project is seeking a Quality Assurance Auditor to join its headquarters team, based on NC State’s Centennial Campus.

Reporting to the National Quality Assurance Unit Manager, the incumbent is a member of the IR-4 Project Quality Assurance Unit, and is responsible for various types of quality assurance audits of IR-4 Project generated raw data and reports. The incumbent would be responsible for performing inspections of field sites and lab analyses during critical phases of a study as well as conducting facility inspections.

This vital role helps ensure the quality and integrity of IR-4 Project submissions to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). Many of the functions of this position are required for the IR-4 Project to achieve compliance with US EPA Federal Good Laboratory Practice Regulations (GLPs – as documented in Chapter 40- Code of Federal Regulations, Part 160).

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), EHRA non-faculty position.

View the job posting and apply here!


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.  


USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant RFP

YFVI is pleased to partner with New York State’s Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) to manage the competitive grant program for New York State’s USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program application. The RFP will be open on October 25th and Applications are due on December 11, 2022. Learn more here.


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