IPM News and Events Roundup 7/22/22

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 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

BIG HELLO- This is my first issue of the Roundup. I hope I have done my predecessors proud. Big shoes that I am stepping into.  I feel set up to succeed with all the support I am getting from my colleagues.  A huge thank you to Deb Grantham and Mike Webb, their patience and second and third set of eyes have been invaluable in these beginning months.

So with that said here we are and here’s to many more.

Jerrie Haines, Program Aide, 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 those criteria.

Learn more or submit a nomination.

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

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Other News

Australia, Indonesia commit to fight against FMD outbreak  (Morning Ag Clips | July 14, 2022)

Australia’s top agriculture official met with his Indonesian counterpart to discuss ways to stop a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak that has infected hundreds of thousands of cattle in Indonesia and prevent the outbreak from spreading to Australia.

The disease was detected in the Indonesian provinces of Aceh and East Java in May and has spread to 20 other provinces, including Bali, in the past two months.

New York State DEC Tracking new Beech Leaf Disease

New The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that Beech Leaf Disease (BLD), which affects all species of beech trees, was identified in 35 counties in New York State to date. DEC began tracking BLD in 2018 after it was confirmed in Chautauqua County. Fourteen of the counties with BLD were confirmed in 2022, and more are likely to be identified.

University of Delaware Weekly Crop Update (UD Cooperative Extension, David Owens, Extension Entomologist | July 15, 2022)

Industry to Make August Pesticide Preemption Push (Pest Control Technology (PCT), Brad Harbison | July 13, 2022)

FAIRFAX, Va. - The National Pest Management Association’s public policy team is asking NPMA members to visit with their congressional representatives when they are in district during August. This call-to-action is to make a final push for congressional support of H.R. 7266, which would codify federal pesticide preemption (as part of the 2023 Farm Bill) as the national standard, ensuring that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state lead agency jointly regulate pesticide usage.

USDA to forecast cranberry production (Morning Ag Clips | July 17, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct a forecast survey for 2022 cranberry production during August 2022. This survey can be completed by mail, phone, or online at agcounts.usda.gov.

USDA updates surveillance plan after ASF detected in western hemisphere (Morning Ag Clips | July 18, 2022)

WASHINGTON — The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is updating the Swine Hemorrhagic Fevers: African and Classical Swine Fevers Integrated Surveillance Plan to reflect recent enhancements in the program.

2022 Virginia Pesticide Collection Program (Morning Ag Clips | July 18, 2022)

RICHMOND, Va. — Farmers, pesticide dealers, pest control firms, certified applicators, homeowners and golf course operators are encouraged to participate in the 2022 Virginia Pesticide Collection Program. The program collects unwanted, outdated or banned pesticides, at no cost to eligible participants, and disposes of them in a safe manner.

New York Extension Disaster Education Network -Tips on working in the heat       

Working in the Heat - The New York State Hazard Mitigation Plan defines a heatwave  as, “temperatures that are 10 degrees above average, usually combined with an elevated level of humidity for a prolonged period of time.”

APHIS scientists are exploring how CRISPR/Cas systems and other emerging genetic technologies may impact and help APHIS 

New innovations in genetic technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas systems and small interfering ribonucleic acid (RNA), are helping to expand our understanding and ability to modify, suppress, and detect organisms at the molecular level. These technologies are faster, cheaper, and more accurate than previous molecular tools, allowing scientists to target specific species, lineages, and genes.

Trichoderma - What it is and how it is beneficial (Morning Ag Clips | July 19, 2022)

WASHINGTON — “Trichoderma” is the Latin name for a genus of fungi that are present in all types of soils. The Soil Science Society of America’s (SSSA) July 19th Soils Matter blog explores these fascinating fungi and how scientists have found that applying captured Trichoderma on farm fields can help crops.

The DNA of Hundreds of Insect Species Is in Your Tea (Smithsonian Magazine | July 20, 2022)

A teabag contains traces of DNA from insects and other animals that interacted with the plants before they were harvested and packaged.  Minute remnants preserved among dried leaves might help scientists track pests and monitor population declines. 

Webinars, Seminars, Meetings, and More

Free Webinar - The Pitfalls of Pest Control 

FRIDAY, JULY 28 | 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST | Zoom | Free, registration required

Are you having efficacy issues with products? There are many variables that can impact your pest treatments. Problems could persist from misapplication, misidentification, structural challenges, resistance, pest biology, equipment, and more. Attend this webinar to enhance your treatment strategy as we address common pest control pitfalls!

To register or for more info:  https://gie-net.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HDZQDZU0Q8GLtzhS-iN6Fw

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:

  • 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)

48th NOFA Summer Conference

August 5-7, 2022 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA

The 48th annual NOFA Summer Conference is slated for the weekend of August 5-7, 2022 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Over 60 educational workshops, panel discussions, roundtables and a keynote session, a conference for children, entertainment opportunities and more.

Nematode Field Day

Thursday, August 18, 2022 3:00-6:00 p.m. University of Delaware

Carvel Research & Education Center 16483 County Seat Hwy, Georgetown, DE

Interested in learning more about nematodes? This field day will cover nematodes of concern in agronomic and vegetable crops, highlight ongoing research, and end with a boxed dinner. Details on registration coming soon!

tHRIVe web series (Horticultural Research Institute)

Free and open to the public, registration required. Times listed are Eastern Time.

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

UMass Extension’s Green School (UMass Extension)

October 25, 2022 – December 15, 2022 | 3 hours (plus break) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons | $900 early bird, $1,025 regular, scholarships available

A comprehensive 60-plus-hour-certificate short course that offers fundamental horticultural training in a compact time frame. The program is designed for professional practitioners such as landscapers, lawn care providers, nursery operators, sports field managers, public and private grounds managers, arborists, professional gardeners, landscape and garden designers, and others in the green industries. Both experienced professionals and those aspiring to be will benefit from this course.

Registration deadline October 18. For early-bird tuition rate, register by September 15.

Employment Opportunities

Grape IPM Coordinator (New York State IPM Program)

  1. Announcement page: https://blogs.cornell.edu/nysipm/2022/07/01/grape-ipm-coordinator-position-opening/
  2. Application page: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21986

As an innovative and experienced educator, you will expand knowledge and access to sustainable pest management practices in grape agroecosystems. You will work collaboratively, across disciplines, and with a variety of stakeholders, to develop, demonstrate, and guide IPM implementation efforts in grapes across New York State, the third-largest wine-producing state in the nation.

Application deadline September 1, 2022.

Post-doctoral Associate (NYISRI at Cornell University and the Northeast RISCC Management Network)

The New York Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI) at Cornell University, in collaboration with the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (NE RISCC) Management Network, seeks a post-doctoral scientist to develop strategies to address invasive species under climate change. The successful applicant will synthesize the relevant science, conduct surveys of existing approaches being employed by land managers, and develop recommendations for climate-smart invasive-species-management strategies.

Application deadline July 29, 2022.

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, 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

Executive Director (Western New York Land Conservancy)

The executive director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Land Conservancy’s staff and programs and the execution of its mission. This position reports to the board of directors, manages five direct reports, and oversees a total staff team of 16. It is based in East Aurora, New York.

Open until filled. Interviews will start in August 2022.

Extension Ornamental Entomologist (University of Tennessee Entomology and Plant Pathology Department)

Twelve-month, tenure-track, assistant professor in the Entomology and Plant Pathology Department, with particular emphasis on diagnosing and managing arthropod pests of ornamental plants, nursery plants, and turf in commercial and residential, natural, and managed systems.

Position available beginning September 1, 2022. Applicant screening will begin August 1 and continue until the position is filled.

Extension Ornamental Plant Pathologist (University of Tennessee Entomology and Plant Pathology Department)

Twelve-month, tenure-track, assistant professor in the Entomology and Plant Pathology Department, with particular emphasis on diagnosing and managing diseases of ornamental plants, nursery plants, and turf in commercial and residential, natural, or managed systems.

Position available beginning September 1, 2022. Applicant screening will begin August 1 and continue until the position is filled.

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

The UNH Extension state specialist in soil health provides statewide leadership in soil health and fertility in agricultural systems. 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. The specialist will oversee the UNH Soil Testing Service, maintaining and updating associated fertility recommendations. PhD in soil science, agronomy, or a related discipline with an emphasis in soil nutrient management, soil biology, or environmental soil chemistry in preferred. A strong candidate with an MS degree and extensive experience may be considered. Contact Extension Food & Agriculture Program team leader Amy Papineau (603-272-6497, amy.papineau@unh.edu).

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.

Open until filled.

Extension State Specialist, Plant Pathology (University of New Hampshire Extension)

The extension state specialist in plant pathology directs and operates all aspects of the UNH Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, including diagnosis of plant health problems and communication of results, maintaining sample information and data, and supervising staff. The lab provides diagnostic services for plant health issues for commercial producers, home horticulturists, landscapers, turf managers, arborists, extension staff, state and regulatory agencies, and others, and is a member of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN). This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position located on the University of New Hampshire’s Durham, NH, campus. It is a non-tenure track, 100% extension appointment. Contact Extension Food & Agriculture Program team leader Amy Papineau (603-272-6497, amy.papineau@unh.edu)

Open until filled.

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 held an informational webinar on June 23 and the recording is online. Shorter clips from that webinar, focusing on the various individual grant programs, are also available on the Northeast SARE YouTube channel.

Preproposals due by August 2, 2022.