IPM News and Events Roundup 8/26/2022

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 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, October 21, 2022.


This fall, the Northeastern IPM Center will launch a series of webinars to highlight and foster diversity in integrated pest management (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.

Evaluating IWM Approaches for Maryland and Mid-Atlantic Vegetable Production Systems

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

Register at cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wEn1MDzDSG-wM5o-pBYimw


As I Heal, So Does the Land: A Story About Blackness, Conservation, and Healing in America

October 4, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register at cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dmqLwZ1pTF2n0wIlSUchVw


Utilization of Biologicals and Bio fumigation for Effective Management of Soilborne Diseases in Fruits and Vegetables

October 5, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register at cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RCI8senWTVqndt85FCP5CA


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

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Spotted Lanternfly Outreach

To help in the tracking of SLF in NYS, we are looking for dates of first observed egg masses this summer or fall.  If/when you find an egg mass, please send a quick email to, Dan Olmstead @ dlo6@cornell.edu with date of detection and location (lat,lon). We need to validate and adjust the new SLF tracking model available here https://newa.cornell.edu/spotted-lanternfly which is based on 2021 published research.

Millions of SLF Wash up on Fort Tilden beach in the Rockaways in NYC (video shared with us by Nancy Cusumano, thanks Nancy!)

Thank you to Dr. Ann Hajek, Professor, Department of Entomology at Cornell University for the explanation of the scene.

“This can happen with insects that aren’t strong fliers OR even strong fliers when there are strong winds. Insects start flying and then get carried by winds out over water BUT they are not aquatic and when the wind stops, they are dropped into the water, where they drown/die. Then the waves bring them back to the beach. There is even a name for this: anemochorous drift.

So, the video showed that this happened with a LOT of spotted lanternflies on the southwestern shore of Long Island. We know SLF is established on Staten Island and on Long Island. Who knows where all of these SLF came from but probably somewhere in that area…and then the wind blew them over the water and then they dropped into the water and washed up on the beach.”

The Spotted Lanternfly has Migrated to Northern Indiana (Wayne.com | August 19, 2022)

Cliff Sadof, professor of entomology and Purdue Extension fellow, said this migration poses a significant agricultural risk to wine grape growers and honeybee and walnut tree producers. While the spotted lanternfly feeds on over 100 different types of plants, Sadof said, the insect can reproduce only when feeding on walnut trees, grape vines or tree of heaven.

5 Invasive Pests to Look out for in WA and How to Report Sightings (The Seattle Times | August 19, 2022)

Asian long-horned beetles and Asian spongy moths and Spotted lanternfly OH MY…

The state departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture, along with the Washington Invasive Species Council, are asking people to check trees, water features and other outdoor fixtures for invasive insects and diseases.

People who suspect they’ve found an invasive pest can submit a report and photographs to the council through the agency’s mobile app or at invasivespecies.wa.gov/report-a-sighting.

Vineyards Feel an Edge Building in Fight Against the Spotted Lanternfly (Ithaca Voice | August 25, 2022)

The lanternfly has not made serious inroads into the Finger Lakes as fast as experts had expected, like Brian Eshenaur of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYSIPM). He thinks the grape growers in the area have up to a few more years before spotted lanternfly populations warrant pesticide treatment.

Helpful links:

StopSLF.org (hosted by NE IPM Center)

SLF pest alert

Report SLF sighting in NYS

New York State Integrated Pest Management

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Have you seen a SLF check sheet

SLF Management Calendar

Other News

Empire State Native Pollinator Survey (NY Natural Heritage Program | June 30, 2022)

This project was a four-year field effort to determine the current distribution and conservation status of selected pollinators. Our zoologists conducted surveys statewide following a study design and sampling protocol for each target group identified by an Advisory Committee of experts convened during the planning phase of the project (see Pollinator Study, August 2016 - September 2017). The statewide survey had a citizen science component that involved training volunteers who used iNaturalist to record locations and photographs of pollinators observed around the state.

Twisted-Wing Parasites Feel No Pain (Phys.org | August 16, 2022)

Reproduction in the insect order Strepsiptera—also known as twisted-wing parasites—is not for the fainthearted. To inseminate the eggs of its partner, the male partner injures the "neck" of the female with its hook-shaped penis and injects the seminal fluid directly into the body cavity. This traumatic insemination is risky for the female. For example, the injury may result in a loss of body fluid and invading germs may cause infections.

Washington State Removes over 100,000 Invasive European Green Crab (PBS.org | July 25, 2022)

Several agencies, tribes and groups across Washington state are working to limit the growth of European green crab populations. Scientists say the invasive species can consume shellfish and other native marine life and destroy habitats that much of the food web relies on.

How the Inflation Reduction Act Affects Food and Agriculture (Wired.com | August 20, 2022)

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) contains a multitude of provisions. It is the “biggest climate bill that any country has ever passed,” gushed Democratic senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, lauding the bill’s $369 billion investment in clean energy. Here is the breakdown of the good, the bad, and the ugly of it.

Washington Man Hospitalized with First Locally Acquired Case of Anaplasmosis (KIRO7.com |August 18, 2022)

A Whatcom County man has been hospitalized with the first locally acquired human case of the tick-borne disease anaplasmosis, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

One Health, 46 Solutions to Save the Planet (Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine | August 18, 2022)

All of the solutions employed a One Health mindset, in which the health and well-being of animals, people and the planet are inextricably linked. One such solution is restoring vulture populations in Asia to control human rabies. Vultures feed on livestock carcasses that were previously treated by the veterinary drug Diclofenac, toxic to vultures but not to free-ranging dogs that carry rabies. By switching from Diclofenac to a vulture-friendly veterinary drug like Meloxicam, vulture populations can recover, helping reduce free-ranging dog populations and thus human rabies exposure.  There is also One Health approaches to fisheries, livelihoods, and nutrition, among other subjects, came into play in evaluating a wide array of the 46 solutions, including the ways HIV/AIDS impacts the environment, and the proposed solution of restoring native river prawns to control human schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease caused by trematode worms.

Ensilaging Controls Burcucumber Seed (Penn State Extension | August 24, 2022)

If corn fields are infested with burcucumber, consider chopping green burcucumber seed for silage. If not, herbicides used as grain harvest aids are generally not effective on burcucumber.

Weed Seeds This Fall Means More Weeds Next Spring (Penn State Extension | August 24, 2022)

Control annual weeds now in fallow areas to prevent seed set. Also, now is the time to start considering ways to manage perennials in small grain stubble.

Poultry-safe and Environment-acceptable Pest-repellent Paint (US Poultry Foundation | August 2022)

The primary objective of this research project was to develop pest-repellent paint for poultry facilities and assess its long-term performance. The specific objectives to achieve the main goal were to synthesize and characterize pest-repellent paint by utilizing all plant-derived materials; optimize the paint’s pest-repellency by modulating various experimental parameters; conduct comprehensive and comparative repellency tests by using three independent methods that involve area preference test, mortality test, and cage test; evaluate long-term efficacy; and test the feasibility in a real application.

In Support of Organic Farming (ScienceDirect.com | August 20, 2022)

While all organic farms have certain commonalities in their management, depending on region and size, they can vary in their specific management approaches (USDA-AMS, 2021). As we refine our understanding of both positive and negative environmental impacts of organic dairy systems, the influence of these differences on metrics must be considered.

USDA to Invest up to $300 million in New Organic Transition Initiative

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced details of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) $300 million investment, including with American Rescue Plan funds, in a new Organic Transition Initiative that will help build new and better markets and streams of income for farmers and producers. Organic production allows producers to hold a unique position in the marketplace and thus take home a greater share of the food dollar.

North Central Regional IPM Center Updates

Corn rootworm, Midwest Grow Green Invitation, Asian Longhorned Beetle, EPA’s draft risk assessment of Dicamba, Pests this season, Resources, and the Job board. Do not miss August’s edition of the North Central IPM Center updates!

Webinars, Seminars, Meetings, and More

Identifying Invasive Sleeper Species in the Northeast Coffee Talk

What is a sleeper species? Would you like to know which plants may cause future ecological and socioeconomic harm in the Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT)? Join us for our upcoming coffee talk to dive into our latest Management Challenge, "Are you Sleeping? Are you Sleeping? Predicting Invasion Potential of Non-Native Plants." We will discuss the criteria we chose to make a priority sleeper species list, any questions you may bring to the table, and next steps for planning ahead. 

September 13, 2022 @ 03:00 PM  |  Registration required for Free webinar


Upcoming Cornell Extension and Research Seminars via Zoom

September 8 – Dr. Anna Wallis

8:45 - 9:45  “Opportunities for IPM in the NY Fruit Industry”­­


Meeting ID - 996 5412 9364

Passcode - 358393


September 13 – Dr. Emran Ali

8:45 - 9:45   "Integrating Stakeholder Needs into a Modern-Day IPM Program for Fruit Production" https://cornell.zoom.us/j/92106693355?pwd=bFhNelNlYXlRN25ONU40L3dHaXd3QT09

Meeting ID - 921 0669 3355

Passcode - 756506


September 15 – Dr. German Vargas

8:45 - 9:45   A Tale of Three Pests: Exploring IPM in the Sugarcane Borers, the Banana Stem Borer, and the Hibiscus Bud Weevil”


Meeting ID - 974 4218 9251

Passcode – 738499


GPN Plant Health Management Week Registration

Plant Health Management Week will feature three 1-hour interactive webcasts with industry experts discussing pest control, disease management and plant growth regulators. The webcast series is interactive and designed to provide growers with the latest insight, production tips, and guidelines to grow successfully.


September 27, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

The Effects of Water Quality on Pesticide Effectiveness with Dr. Raymond Cloyd

September 28, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

Disease Management with Dr. Carrie Lapaire Harmon

September 29, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

Plant Growth Regulators with Dr. Roberto Lopez

Register Here


Free Mental Health First Aid Training for Ag Community in Livingston Co.

NY FarmNet and CCE Livingston County will offer a free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course on August 30th from 9am – 4pm. The training will be held at the Livingston County Building 1 Conference Center located at 1 Murray Hill Drive in Mt. Morris. Farmers, agribusiness workers, and anyone who interacts with the agricultural community is encouraged to attend this free training.

Free lunch provided


BGRI (Borlaug Global Rust Initiative) Technical Workshop to be held Sept. 9 with International Wheat Congress

At the workshop, presenters from around the globe will lead in-depth talks and discussions on critical areas of wheat science, including plant breeding, pathogen surveillance, climate resilience/abiotic stresses, seed systems and variety adoption. Alison Bentley, director of the Global Wheat Program at CIMMYT, will provide the keynote address. 

Free Registration


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:

  • 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.

  1. September 7, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.: How do weather and climate impact boxwood blight? A modeling approach to aiding in boxwood disease management
  2. October 4, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.: Controlling Nostoc, a slippery hazard for nursery workers
  3. 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.


The 2022 Food Use Workshop (Bloomington, Minnesota)

The 2022 Food Use Workshop will take place September 13 – 15 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Research priorities for residue, product performance, and integrated solutions studies for 2023 will be identified during this workshop.

Fee associated. Register by September 1, 2022


Employment Opportunities

Small Farms Program/Extension Aide III

Cornell University

This position will provide administrative, logistical, and overall support for the Small Farms Program. The Small Farms Program Administrative Assistant will be responsible for drafting correspondence, gathering information for outreach and communications, maintaining filing systems and databases, collating information for monthly reports, designing progress tracking systems and creating program reports, scheduling meetings, compiling agendas and materials, assisting with procurement, processing departmental charges and fund transfers, and supporting overall program operations.


Assistant/Associate Extension Educator in Pesticide Safety and Integrated Pest Management University of Connecticut, UConn Extension

The candidate will work in areas complementary to pesticide safety and risk assessment, including but not restricted to traditional, organic, and genetically engineered pest controls, their ecological and evolutionary impacts, regulatory issues, human health, and socio-economic effects, or related topics. The focus will be to build an Extension program creating climate and economically resilient agricultural and general pest management systems. The successful applicant will develop an interdisciplinary education and applied research program in pesticide safety addressing diverse cropping systems that include ornamental and turfgrass crops, greenhouse, food, and forage crops as well as other pest-related issues.

Application deadline September 6, 2022


Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator

University of California, UC ANR - Davis

This position serves as the Pesticide Safety Education Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Department of Agriculture (EPA/USDA) pesticide safety program, interacting with federal, state, and county personnel to ensure safe, legal, and effective pesticide use. The coordinator assists California pesticide users, especially licensed professional applicators of restricted use and general use pesticide products and private applicators (growers), with their educational needs related to pesticide pre-license and re-certification. In addition, the coordinator supports train-the-trainer needs of individuals who must train field workers and pesticide handlers, and supports UC IPM Urban and community outreach to urban audiences consumers.

Application deadline October 7, 2022


Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Beneficial Insects Lab

UMass Amherst

Conduct research on biological control of the emerald ash borer 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


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.


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.


WNY PRISM is Hiring! Community Science and Engagement Program Manager

The Community Science and Engagement Program Manager (Program Manager) will work to engage community members and our partners in efforts to prevent, monitor and manage invasive species by leading education and outreach programs for WNY PRISM. This involves implementing community science programs and coordinating volunteer efforts, communication with the public and partners, event coordination (workshops, meetings and presentations), extensive record keeping, development of outreach, instructional materials and online content, coordination of social media and maintenance of the WNY PRISM website. The Program Manager will also hire, train, and supervise a seasonal Education and Outreach Assistant (May – September) who will work alongside the Program Manager to assist with tasks and lead outreach efforts

This is a full-time position located in Buffalo, NY with a target start date of October 11, 2022. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 16, 2022. Please follow all application instructions. Failure to do so may disqualify you from the position.


Tenure Track Assistant Professor Oregon State University

Associate Professor position in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University. The focus of this tenure-track environmental toxicology and/or chemistry research and Extension position is to foster sustainable agricultural practices, as well as address stakeholder concerns for potential impacts on human and environmental health.

Full Consideration Date


Closing Date



Seasonal Pest Control Specialist


Seasonal Pest Control Specialist Are you passionate about customer service? Looking to build your career in an exciting industry and a growing world class organization? Come see why so many of our team members recommend us to their friends! Who are we? JC Ehrlich is a member of the Rentokil family of companies, the global leader in Pest Control across more than 80 countries. At JC Ehrlich, we believe providing our team members a career path with growth and earning potential is essential to our success as an organization. We support our self-motivated team's professional development and personal goals with an environment that provides ongoing training, financial incentives for excellence, and additional rewards for growing the volume of JC Ehrlich business.

Positions open in Auburn, Canandaigua, & Penn Yan, NY

Open until filled


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

The online system will open to accept proposals starting on: October 1, 2022
Proposals, with all required attachments, are due no later than: November 15, 2022, 5:00 p.m. ET