IPM News and Events Roundup 11/4/2022

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 Webinars from Northeast IPM Center’s StopPests in Housing Program

 3 Simple Steps for Reducing Pest Complaints in Your Apartment Buildings

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. 


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/  


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 News

Spotted Lanternfly and the Potential Impacts on the Maple Syrup Industry (Penn State Extension)

Penn State University Extension will be offering a free webinar on November 16, 2022 at 10:00 am titled Spotted Lanternfly and the Potential Impacts on the Maple Syrup Industry.

 Click this link to register:  https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-and-the-potential-impacts-on-the-maple-syrup-industry


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.


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   

No-till management may reduce nitrous oxide gas releases, fight climate change (Penn State | September 14, 2022)

A greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, nitrous oxide is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. To learn how no-till affects soil microbes that both produce and break down nitrous oxide, the researchers focused their study on a 40-year tillage experiment that has been maintained at Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center.


New predatory midge with potential to control small phytophagous mites (Wageningen University and Research | September 15, 2022)

Entomologists from Wageningen University & Research have investigated new natural enemies for the control of small mites in a top sector project. During this research, the tiny gall midge Trisopsis tyroglyphi was discovered, whose larvae proved to be good predators of both eriophyid and tarsonemid mites. The species was for the first time found in the Netherlands.


USDA funds IU-led research team to develop disease-resistant wheat (Indiana University Bloomington | September 15, 2022)

FHB disease reduces yield and grain quality as well as contaminates grain with mycotoxins. It threatens wheat production worldwide and is predicted to become even more problematic in the future due to climate change. This disease is currently controlled mainly using heavy applications of fungicides, which is detrimental to the environment.


Compounds from human odor induce attraction and landing in female yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) (Scientific Reports | September 21, 2022)

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are vectors of dengue, yellow fever, Zika viruses, and other dangerous pathogens. These pathogens are transmitted when infected female mosquitoes land and blood feed on human hosts. Mosquito attraction to a host can occur over many meters and at this range is thought to be mediated by a CO2 plume emanating from a host’s breath1. Carbon dioxide alone, however, rarely induces landing. Close to a host, perhaps within a meter or so, mosquitoes rely on host other odors, although heat and visual cues are also important for host seeking1,2,3,4. Landing on a host is a distinctive behavior which may be mediated by the same odors that mediate close-range attraction or by other odors that signify host identity.


An update on jumping worm field research  (New York Invasive Species Research Institute)

As of 2022, the group has begun a project to better understand the extent and effects of invasion by jumping worms in forests of the Northeast. This project has three objectives: (1) to better know the extent of the invasion and work with collaborators to detect new populations quickly, (2) to understand the factors that lead to forest incursion by jumping worms, and (3) to better understand the negative effects that these species have on forest-floor food webs and nutrient dynamics.



Other News   

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Webinars to Attend


Can weeds still be controlled in November? (Penn State Extension | November 1, 2022)

As temperatures get colder and even a few snowflakes start to appear, some people wonder if it is too late to control weeds, especially perennials.


Migrating birds drawn by light face higher chemical exposure (Cornell Chronicle | October 25, 2022)

Birds attracted by the glow of artificial light at night are drawn into areas where they are also exposed to higher concentrations of airborne toxic chemicals, according to a new study.


Check out North Central IPM Updates - October Issue


Organic Transition Initiative (USDA)

Before crops can be certified organic, farmers must carefully manage their land without using prohibited inputs like synthetic pesticides for 36 months. During this transition period and during the first years after certification, farmers often face many technical and market challenges. The Organic Transition Initiative was announced on August 22, 2022 as a $300 million multi-agency USDA effort to support this transition and build and strengthen organic markets. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency each have a major role in the Organic Transition Initiative. 


Invasive pest threatens what remains of New York elm trees (Syracuse.com)

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) just announced that a new invasive insect called the elm zigzag sawfly (Aproceros leucopoda) is threatening New York’s elm trees.


Updated Varroa mite IPM brochure (Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources)

The varroa mite, Varroa destructor, is an external parasite that attacks adult and immature stages (brood) of honey bees. These mites weaken bees and can transmit viruses during the feeding process.


Farmers loan assistance tool

USDA launches Loan Assistance Tool to enhance equity and customer service

Tool is available 24/7 and gives customers an online step-by-step guide that supplements in-person support


You'll likely be surprised to discover who's the most successful predator on Earth

When looking at the kill rates of various animals, you might be surprised to learn that a lot of species only manage 20-30% hunting success rates. Even the Cheetah only has a kill rate in the 50s (with other cats in the 30s). The African wild dog has an impressive 85% rating.

But, beating all of these is the….. You’re going to have to click to find out.


7 creepy crawlies you don't need to be afraid of this spooky season  (The Conversation | October 30, 2022)

Their alien-looking bodies might seem like the stuff of nightmares, but the vast majority of invertebrate species are harmless to humans. In fact, the scariest thing about invertebrates is the rate at which they are quietly disappearing from our planet.

Here are seven fascinating creepy crawlies you don’t need to be afraid of.



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



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   

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)   


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   


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   


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 



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 


Executive Director

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.



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