IPM News and Events Roundup 6/17/2022

IPM News and Events Roundup

A weekly collection of IPM news, webinars, employment and 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 Deb Grantham at dgg3@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
From the Director

Nancy Cusumano sent her last issue of the IPM News and Events Roundup on April 29, 2022, her last day of work before retirement. Nancy launched the Roundup in January 2019 and compiled every issue until her last. I’ll try to fill those big shoes until a new hire is on board. If you have items for the Roundup in the meantime, please send them to me at dgg3@cornell.edu. If you’d like to leave Nancy a message, we set up a Kudoboard for that purpose.

Many thanks to Mike Webb for setting up the Roundup for the last few weeks – great job!

Jerrie Haines is joining our team, replacing Nancy, and will be taking on the Roundup over the next few weeks. Jerrie has loads of experience in greenhouse settings and IPM within greenhouses, so brings a new dimension to our unit.

- Deb Grantham, director, Northeastern IPM Center

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 the above criteria.

Learn more or submit a nomination.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, September 16, 2022.

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UNDERSTANDING JUNETEENTH (Cornell Cooperative Extension | June 17, 2022)

“Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation and a promise of a brighter morning to come. This is a day of profound — in my view — profound weight and profound power.”

— President Joe Biden

Juneteenth was first celebrated in Texas, where on June 19, 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.

The holiday is an opportunity to bring awareness to the significance of the event, but also to engage honestly with the history and legacy of slavery so that we might create an equitable future.

Resources to explore
Other News

Cockroach Reproduction Has Taken a Strange Turn (The New York Times | May 27, 2022)

In response to pesticides, many cockroach females have lost their taste for sweet stuff, which changes how they make the next generation of insects.

Subscription to The New York Times required to view article.

To cut their carbon footprints, more food and bev companies are looking inward (Retail Brew | June 1, 2022)

You’ve heard of carbon offsetting—which typically consists of paying someone else to plant a tree, run a solar operation, etc. But have you heard of carbon insetting? Basically, it’s keeping those carbon-reduction projects in your company. And according to Retail Brew, more and more food and beverage companies are moving towards carbon insetting. It makes particular sense for land-based industries, or supply chains whose raw materials come from agricultural activities.

Portable technology quickly detects foodborne contaminants outside the lab (Morning Ag Clips | June 12, 2022)

An international team led by a University of Massachusetts Amherst food and environmental virologist has received a $750,000 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) partnership grant to develop and test portable, rapid biosensors capable of detecting noroviruses and mycotoxins in foods and agricultural products. It is among the first partnership grants awarded with an international partner by the USDA.

Pesticides Are Spreading Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals,’ Scientists Warn (Scientific American | June 15, 2022)

Scientists have been raising growing concerns for decades over the use of toxic “forever chemicals,” so called because their strong molecular bonds can take hundreds of years to completely break down in the environment. Widely used in consumer products such as cookware and clothing, these substances are turning up everywhere from drinking water to our bloodstream. And now researchers are warning of yet another—and so far underrecognized—source of these troubling toxins: common pesticides.

Managing in-season pest resistance, resistance development (Morning Ag Clips | June 13, 2022)

The soy checkoff and partnering organizations supporting the Take Action program will host PEST Week Live on June 16 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. CDT. The event will be hosted through Zoom and streamed on Take Action’s Facebook page, and will feature discussions on the latest pest resistance research findings and recommendations.

Ravenous worm species disrupting Conn.'s forest ecosystem (Morning Ag Clips | June 13, 2022)

A ravenous species of earthworm has arrived in Connecticut with the potential to cause all sorts of damage to forests and wildlife. The so-called “jumping worms” can destabilize the soil and make it harder for some plants to grow. They also can accumulate toxic metals like mercury and lead, which are then eaten by birds and other animals.

National Pollinator Week (June 20 – 26, 2022)

Pollinator Week is an annual celebration in support of pollinator health that was initiated and is managed by Pollinator Partnership. It is a time to raise awareness for pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. The great thing about Pollinator Week is that you can celebrate and get involved any way you like!

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:

  • July 1, 2022: Identification of common garden tomato diseases (IPM Minute: Tips to avoid damage by the squash vine borer)
  • August 5, 2022: Feature Presentation: Do's and Don'ts for ladybugs in the garden (IPM Minute: Risks associated with pest control home remedies)
  • September 2, 2022: Tackling white grubs in your lawn: scouting, decision-making, and sustainable management (IPM Minute: Shoo flies, don't bother me!)
  • October 7, 2022: Fall lawn IPM: managing leaves and ticks (IPM Minute: Is that a praying mantis egg case?)
  • 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.

  • June 23, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.: Biology and Management of Volutella Blight caused by Pseudonectria buxi
  • August 23, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.: Building a Better Monarch Butterfly Garden
  • September 7, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.: How do weather and climate impact boxwood blight? A modeling approach to aiding in boxwood disease management
  • October 4, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.: Controlling Nostoc, a slippery hazard for nursery workers
  • November 3, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.: Smart Plants—Magical interactions between flowers and their pollinators

2022 Tick Academy (Tick IPM Working Group)

June 24, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. CST | University of Minnesota, Saint Paul Campus, Hodson Hall, Entomology: Tick Lab| $100; registration required

Please join the Tick IPM Working Group for the third annual Tick Academy! The Tick Academy is the premier event for researchers, educators, students, public health professionals, pest control professionals, public-space managers, and citizen scientists interested in learning more about what they can do to stop the spread of ticks and tick-borne diseases in their communities. This in-person event will feature time in the field collecting ticks followed by hands-on tick identification in a lab setting.

Airblast Sprayer Calibration Workshops (Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture)

$20 per farm. Registration required. Both events 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

University of New Hampshire Extension field specialist emeritus George Hamilton will demonstrate the importance of calibrating air blast sprayers and the best techniques for doing so. Proper calibration will ensure effective, efficient, economical, and legal spraying. Inadequate spray coverage is usually the cause of poor spray efficacy and additional spray applications. Overuse of some sprays results in unhealthy residues and can lead to fines.

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | Whitecliff Vineyard, 331 McKinstry Road, Gardiner, NY 12525
  • Thursday, June 30, 2022 | Rulf's Orchard, 531 Bear Swamp Road, Peru, NY 12972

Weed Management and Soil Health Field Day (Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture)

July 20 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | The Don G Orchard Block, 333 Route 22B, Peru, NY 12972 | Free; registration required

Join us for a discussion of orchard weed and soil management! Speakers will be joining us from across Cornell’s research and extension teams. Topics will include the results of our herbicide timing trials, new vision-guided technologies for orchard weed spraying, organic weed management options, soil health demonstrations, and a discussion on our statewide orchard soil health survey. DEC credits are pending for this event.

2022 Industry Technology Session (The IR-4 Project)

Thursday, July 21, 2022 | Zoom | Free; registration required

This annual event gives companies the opportunity to present updates on products already in IR-4 research, as well as new technologies designed to assist specialty crop growers with their pest management needs. The session is a precursor to the 2022 Food Use Workshop. Technologies discussed during the session will be eligible for IR-4 research in 2023.

Requests to be a presenter at the session must be submitted via e-mail by July 1. See event announcement page for more information.

Employment Opportunities

USFWS National Integrated Pest Management Coordinator (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System)

120-day detail beginning the last week of June. For more information, e-mail Angela_Matz@fws.gov.

Tree Improvement Project Manager (The Nature Conservancy) - Visit https://careers.nature.org/ and search for “tree improvement” or job ID# 51561.

The Nature Conservancy has received generous funding for a 3-year project, Trees in Peril, to increase the capacity, speed, and scientific ability of public and private partners to breed a selected set of tree species to be resistant to the invasive forest pests that are imperiling their survival at landscape scales. This project is seeking applications for a tree improvement project manager. The position location is flexible within North America. This position will be responsible for managing a complex tree research and partnership project that will span multiple departments, programs, federal agencies, and non-profit partners.

Applications are due by June 20.

Urban Agriculture Specialist (UMass Extension)

UMass Extension is excited to add some dedicated capacity in the important and growing area of urban agriculture with the hiring of an extension educator to be based at the Mt. Ida campus in Newton, MA. We hope to develop a great pool of candidates who are capable of integrating well with others in extension while developing and maintaining strong relationships with urban ag practitioners and organizations in Greater Boston and beyond.

Open until filled, but we encourage potential candidates to complete their application by July 5 to be considered in the first applicant review round.

IPM Entomology Farm Advisor (University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR))

Position located in Salinas, Monterey County, CA

The IPM entomology farm advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program to address pest management issues facing agriculture. Research and extension will address high-priority issues related to ecologically and economically sound IPM programs. Emphasis is expected to be on interdisciplinary projects that affect cool-season vegetables including leafy greens, such as lettuce, and cole crops, such as broccoli, along with other crops including strawberries and other berries, ornamental and nursery plant production, and local specialty crops.

Closing date: July 13.

Extension State Specialist, Dairy Production (University of New Hampshire Extension)

UNH Extension is seeking applicants for the position of extension state specialist in dairy production. This individual will deliver research-based programming and technical expertise to dairy farms of all sizes and production models throughout the state to enhance sustainability and viability. This is a 100% extension appointment based primarily in Boscawen, NH, with additional office space in the Keener Dairy Research building on UNH’s Durham campus. MS or PhD in a relevant agricultural field with coursework in dairy science required, as well as at least three years’ experience working within the dairy industry. Contact UNH Extension Food and Agriculture Program team leader Amy Papineau at 603-272-6497 or amy.papineau@unh.edu.

Open until filled.

Extension State Specialist, Soil Health (University of New Hampshire Extension)

Position based at University of New Hampshire's Durham campus.

The extension state specialist in soil health provides statewide leadership in soil health and fertility in agricultural systems. Beginning in the second year of employment, state specialists must generate 25% of annual salary from external grants and contracts. The specialist will oversee the UNH Soil Testing Service, engage with the Northeast Soil Testing Committee (NECC-1812), and collaborate with faculty, extension specialists, and agricultural stakeholders to lead and support outreach efforts as part of a team that is working to develop and implement innovative, relevant, and impactful programming in the fields of soil health, nutrient management, and environmental quality.

Open until filled.

Extension State Specialist, Entomology and Integrated Pest Management (University of New Hampshire Extension)

Position based at University of New Hampshire's Durham campus.

The extension state specialist in entomology and IPM provides statewide leadership in agricultural IPM, undertaking engaged outreach as the state’s IPM coordinator and serving as project director on extension's federally funded IPM Extension Implementation Plan. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position based at the University of New Hampshire’s Durham, NH, campus. It is a non-tenure-track, 100% extension appointment.

Principal Plant Pathologist (IR-4 Project | NC State University | Raleigh, NC)

The IR-4 Project is accepting applications for a principal plant pathologist to join the headquarters team at NC State University. As part of IR-4’s research unit, this role will manage the technical handling of new requests for assistance for products that manage bacterial and fungal pests. The position will also manage IR-4’s national product performance and integrated solutions research efforts with fungicides and nematicides, while providing support for IR-4’s residue research program. Ideal candidates will have an advanced degree in plant pathology and at least three years of full-time professional experience in applied research in plant pathology.

Open until filled.

USGS Fellow, Climate Change and Invasive Species Research Prioritization (U.S. Department of the Interior)

The Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management network aims to reduce the compounding effects of invasive species and climate change by synthesizing relevant science, communicating the needs of managers to researchers, building stronger scientist-manager communities, and conducting priority research. The RISCC Management network, in collaboration with the National Invasive Species Council, is seeking a Fellow to conduct research at the intersection of climate science and invasive species management to contribute to prioritizing management action in the face of climate change across the U.S. As a member of the RISCC network, the Fellow will collaborate in stakeholder-driven research and engage in actionable science and science communication that serves the network.

Application deadline August 1, 2022, 3:00 p.m. EST

Funding Opportunities

Call for Research Proposals 2022 (The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF))

TACF is pleased to announce its 2022 request for research proposals. We will entertain any proposal concerned with the myriad of aspects involved in chestnut restoration that address our core mission to return the iconic American chestnut to its native range. This is a small grants program. TACF does not ordinarily fund projects in excess of $10,000.

Proposals must be sent via email attachment to externalgrants@acf.org by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022.

Call for Preproposals (Northeast SARE)

Northeast SARE is accepting preproposals for three programs: Research and Education ($30 - $250k), Research for Novel Approaches ($30k - $200k), and Professional Development ($30k - $150k)

Interested in learning what it takes to write a successful preproposal? Northeast SARE will host an informational webinar at noon on June 23, 2022. Register.

Preproposals due by August 2, 2022.



Deborah G. Grantham

Director, Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center

Cornell Institute for Resource Information Sciences

Faculty Fellow, Cornell Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Cornell University

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