IPM News and Events Roundup 6/3/21

A weekly collection of IPM news, webinars, employment and funding opportunities and more from the NE IPM Center.  If you have IPM-related research, events or other IPM news you would like to have included, please email me at nec2@cornell.edu. If you would like to subscribe to the weekly Roundup, please email northeastipm@cornell.edu


New York Invasive Species Awareness Week June 6-12

The New York’s eighth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) begins this Sunday, June 6th. Free public events and invasive species challenges are being offered from June 6th to June 12th across the state and online, including daily webinars at 1pm and 7pm. Visit the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week webpage for a complete listing of events and for more information!


The Central Issue, newsletter for the North Central IPM Center, May issue is out!


USDA APHIS confirms box tree moth in several states.

The box tree moth can significantly damage and potentially kill boxwood plants if left unchecked. Between August 2020 and April 2021, a nursery in St. Catharines, Ontario shipped boxwood (Buxus species) that may have been infested with box tree moth to locations in six states—25 retail facilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina—and a distribution center in Tennessee. At this time, the pest has been identified in three facilities in Michigan, one in Connecticut, and one in South Carolina, and APHIS is working with state plant regulatory officials to determine whether other facilities may be impacted. Article here.

Update from USDA-NIFA Director Dr. Carrie Castille on the Project CAFÉ Dashboard

“We have exciting news to share with our stakeholders this week: Project CAFÉ teams concluded their first six-month phase of implementing eight prioritized long-term initiatives. Through the commitment of NIFA employees and continued support from our stakeholders, each of these initiatives produced impactful outcomes. I’m devoting my column this week to sharing some of these accomplishments with you.” Scroll down to her section.


Invasive Species
Spotted Lanternfly News:

PA Department of Agriculture to spray transportation rights of way

As Spotted Lanternflies hatch across much of the state, PA Department of Agriculture crews have begun to spray an insecticide that kills the insects on contact along railways, interstates and other transportation rights-of-way. Contact spraying is a new element of strategic efforts to slow the spread of the invasive pest, which moves primarily by hitching a ride on vehicles traveling out of infested areas.

Take part in Spotted Lanternfly citizen science

New York State is seeking volunteers like you to look for SLF and tree-of-heaven. You can help protect New York's agriculture and forests by knowing what to look for and how to report these species to New York’s official invasive species database, NY iMapInvasives.


Webinars, Conferences, Meetings:

The Science Behind Forest Carbon Sequestration, June 4, 3pm ET

This webinar will review the current science on forest carbon sequestration, a nature-based way to provide positive solutions to solving our climate crisis. Participants will better understand New York state forest history and the influence of forestry management and regeneration practices on forest carbon sequestration.  Presenters have a programmatic focus on forest carbon dynamics who work as forest science and policy specialists at Cornell University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Pesticide Applicator Certification & Training Meeting, July 19-22, Denver, CO

PACT is a biennial meeting that provides State Lead Agency and Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) staff along with other stakeholders the most up-to-date information and resources to support their programs. We will be meeting in person with simulcast for virtual attendee participation. The agenda and registration information are available at www.PACTmeeting.us.

The chief goal of the IPM Pesticide Safety Education Collaboration Team (IPM PSE CT) is to identify and address educational needs and issues where IPM and Pesticide Safety Education outreach overlap. Our CT is open to anyone with an interest in promoting pesticide safety education, IPM and the integration of the two. Members represent academia (Extension), private industry, NGOs and regulatory agencies. The latter half of the PACT 2021 meeting will allow Collaboration Teams to meet for “Focused Discussions,” 1:30 – 4:00 pm, July 21, and continued exchange of information, 8:00 am- 12:00 pm, July 22.  We would like you to talk about the IPM and/or PSE issues currently being addressed or foreseen by your organization in the focused discussion session. Please contact Wayne Buhler, PhD, NC State Wayne wbuhler@ncsu.edu for more information.


Employment Opportunities:

Rodale Institute has several positions posted, see their listings

Positions are: Communication Specialist, Research technician, Crop/Weed Scientist, Chief Scientist and more