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EPA Awards Cooperative Agreement to ECA and Penn State for Urban IPM Technician Training Program
EPA Awards Cooperative Agreement to ECA and Penn State for Urban IPM Technician Training Program

The Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) in partnership with Penn State’s PA IPM program has received a cooperative agreement of $200,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct the Urban Integrated Pest Management Technician Training program.

A Closer Look: Microclimates and Disease Risk at the Canopy-Level
A Closer Look: Microclimates and Disease Risk at the Canopy-Level

This online publication contains information about monitoring environmental conditions within plant canopies, particularly for strawberry growers that are using row covers.

Northeastern IPM Center Announces 2022 Grant Recipients
Northeastern IPM Center Announces 2022 Grant Recipients

Funding to be distributed through two grant programs: “IPM Partnership Grants” and “Pest Management Strategic Plans and Production/Management Profiles.”

IPM Adoption Perspectives from the Regions: Barriers and Recommendations
IPM Adoption Perspectives from the Regions: Barriers and Recommendations

Increased IPM adoption hinges not only on the future of innovative research, but also on the willingness of growers to adopt new IPM technologies. Presented at the 10th International IPM Symposium, held February 28 – March 3, 2022.

Tarping in the Northeast: A Guide for Small Farms
Tarping in the Northeast: A Guide for Small Farms

This online publication covers reusable tarps, including black plastic (silage tarps), clear plastic, and landscape fabric, as multi-functional, accessible tools that are increasingly popular on small farms.

The Northeastern IPM Center Starts a Diversity in IPM Initiative
The Northeastern IPM Center Starts a Diversity in IPM Initiative

The Northeastern IPM Center is developing a series of articles, roundtables, and talks about Diversity in IPM in 2022, in alignment with the various diversity-focused months throughout the year (Black, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Disability, Asian Pacific, American Indian, Women).

Center Advisory Council Member James Dill Receives Public Engagement Award
Center Advisory Council Member James Dill Receives Public Engagement Award

Dill was named the Presidential Award recipient by the University of Maine, where he is a faculty member. Dill has led a distinguished career in extension and public service, serving as an extension specialist, professor, state IPM coordinator, and state legislator.

Cornell Pesticide Program Adopts New Name
Cornell Pesticide Program Adopts New Name

The New York State outreach arm of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) has rebranded as the Cornell Cooperative Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (CCE-PSEP), bringing it more in line with other states’ counterparts.

NIFA Call For Panelists
NIFA Call For Panelists

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is looking for new panelists, on a rolling basis, to join its Peer Review System. Panelists are subject-matter-expert volunteers who review grant proposals, helping NIFA determine how to allocate funds.

Guidance on Disinfectant and Pesticide Use for NY during COVID-19

Increased use of disinfectants and sanitizers during the COVID-19 pandemic has seen an accompanying increase in adverse health effects from their misuse, along with a proliferation of fraudulent products. The Pesticide Safety Education Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension has published guidelines to help consumers and pesticide applicators make informed decisions during this uncertain time.

New York State IPM Program Welcomes New Director
New York State IPM Program Welcomes New Director

Alejandro Calixto, formerly head of the Florida Research Center for Corteva Agriscience, has been appointed the new director of the New York State IPM Program. Calixto officially takes the reins May 16, following the retirement of Jennifer Grant.

Call for Nominations: International IPM Achievement Awards

The International IPM Achievement Awards recognize those who have made outstanding achievements in IPM adoption, implementation, and sustainability. Awards will be presented at the 10th International IPM Symposium, to be held March 15-18, 2021, in Denver, CO. Winners will be selected in five categories and will have the opportunity to submit an article at no cost to the Journal of Integrated Pest Management.

Nomination deadline: June 12, 2020.

2020 Partnership Grants Support IPM in the Northeast
2020 Partnership Grants Support IPM in the Northeast

The Northeastern IPM  Center has announced the recipients of its IPM Partnership Grants for 2020. This year’s funded projects run the gamut from novel methods for detecting and managing specific pests to ways of better informing the public on the use of IPM methods, helping them to make informed decisions when dealing with pests. 

NYS IPM Program Director Jennifer Grant Wins Inaugural Northeastern IPM Center Award
NYS IPM Program Director Jennifer Grant Wins Inaugural Northeastern IPM Center Award

Jennifer Grant, director of the New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, has been named recipient of the Northeastern IPM Center’s Outstanding Achievements in IPM Award for 2019.

USDA-NIFA Invests in Agricultural Biosecurity
USDA-NIFA Invests in Agricultural Biosecurity

From brown marmorated stink bug to avian flu, pests and pathogens can wreak havoc on livestock and crops and cause significant economic losses. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports agricultural biosecurity by providing funding and national program leadership to projects that secure and protect the integrity, reliability, sustainability, and profitability of the American food and agricultural system against catastrophic hazards, whether natural, emerging, accidental, or deliberate.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture 2018 Annual Report
National Institute of Food and Agriculture 2018 Annual Report

The NIFA 2018 annual report includes powerful examples of the many NIFA-funded research, extension, and education solutions that address societal challenges. The Northeastern IPM Center is among the recipients of NIFA funding.

Job Opportunities

May 16, 2022
Job Opportunity: Extension State Specialist, Dairy Production at UNH Extension

The Extension State Specialist, Dairy Production 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 at the Merrimack County Extension office in Boscawen, New Hampshire, with additional office space in the Keener Dairy Research building on UNH’s Durham campus. Read the full job description from UNH.

April 27, 2022
Job Opportunity: Green Shield Certified Evaluator, California

The Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America seeks an evaluator to audit Green Shield Certified pest control companies. If you are familiar with regulations and policies impacting pest management and are able to identify common structural pest problems, we’d love to hear from you. Your role will allow you to visit Green Shield Certified pest control companies on the west coast. See full job posting for more information.

April 27, 2022
Job Opportunity: Green Shield Certified Evaluator, New York

The Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America seeks an evaluator to audit Green Shield Certified pest control companies. If you are familiar with regulations and policies impacting pest management and are able to identify common structural pest problems, we’d love to hear from you. Your role will allow you to visit Green Shield Certified pest control companies in the New York metro area. See full job posting for more information.