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2019 IPM Online Conference
2019 IPM Online Conference

A recording of the 2019 IPM Online Conference is now available. The conference was held on October 30, 2019, and featured updates from projects funded by the Northeastern IPM Center’s Partnership Grants Program, Northeast SARE, and USDA-NIFA.

Northeastern IPM Center's 2020 RFA Webinar Recording

Watch the recording of this informational webinar about the Northeastern IPM Center’s 2020 Partnership Grants RFA.

The Northeastern IPM Center Announces Request for Applications for IPM Partnership Grants
The Northeastern IPM Center Announces Request for Applications for IPM Partnership Grants

The Northeastern IPM Center announces the availability of funding through its IPM Partnership Grants Program, supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Up to $200,000 in total will be available for 2020, with a maximum of $50,000 per award, to fund projects that foster the development and adoption of integrated pest management methods.

Northeast Mechanical Weed Control Expo
Northeast Mechanical Weed Control Expo

Register for the Northeast Mechanical Weed Control Expo, to be held September 12 at the University of Maine Rogers Research Farm in Old Town, Maine. Farmers of all levels of experience and production are welcome to participate. Discounted early registration is available.

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.

Tick IPM Academy
Tick IPM Academy

Register for the Tick IPM Academy, to be held November 6–7 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. Participants will learn valuable skills from world-class experts to improve performance and outcomes from tick-management efforts. Discounted registration is available through September 20.

At-Home Integrated Pest Management Survey
At-Home Integrated Pest Management Survey

Individuals 18 years old and older with recent experience of insect pests in the home are invited to participate in an online survey relating to integrated pest management.

Tree Fruit IPM Working Group Updates Priorities

The Tree Fruit IPM Working Group has released updated priorities for 2019 and report documents from the 2018 New England, New York and Canadian Fruit Pest Management Workshop. Explore the new content, as well as archived reports from previous years on the Tree Fruit IPM Working Group web page.

Biological Control of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Biological Control of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a challenging insect to manage. Both nymphs and adults damage crops, and adults have a tough exoskeleton that is covered with a waxy, water-repellent cuticle. The samurai wasp has been identified as the most promising agent for classical biological control of BMSB.

BMSB Team Bids Farewell to Longtime Colleague
BMSB Team Bids Farewell to Longtime Colleague

Emily Ogburn, a key member of the North Carolina State University team leading the charge against the brown marmorated stink bug, recently bid her colleagues a bittersweet farewell as she moved on to the next phase of her career.

Call for Submissions and Photos
Call for Submissions and Photos

Do you have IPM-related news or an IPM story to tell? Do you have high-quality photos of pests, pest damage, pest-management methods, or people demonstrating IPM practices?

Participate in a BMSB Impact Survey

A nationwide survey currently underway aims to gather information from farmers and growers on the economic impact of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) on agriculture. The ultimate goal is to better provide you with the help you need in managing this pest.

Newly Described Pathogen May Help Control Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Newly Described Pathogen May Help Control Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Nosema maddoxi is a newly described microsporidian pathogen recently found in BMSB populations in the U.S.

View Our Recent Webinars
View Our Recent Webinars

The Northeastern IPM Center regularly hosts webinars on a variety of pest- and pest-management-related topics through both the IPM Toolbox webinar series and the StopPests in Housing program.

iPiPE Supports Positive Outcomes for Agricultural Producers
iPiPE Supports Positive Outcomes for Agricultural Producers

The Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) is an agricultural data-sharing program founded on the premise that our food systems are the most secure and productive when agricultural professionals have timely access to information about agriculturally important organisms.

Northeastern IPM Center Supporting, Participating in Annual Invasive Species Conference

The North American Invasive Species Management Association will hold its annual conference from September 30 to October 3 at the Hilton Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, NY, with the Northeastern IPM Center supporting the conference at the Prevention level and slated to both present and exhibit at the conference.

Job Opportunities

November 12, 2019
Job Opportunity: IPM Institute: Community IPM Coordinator at the IPM Institute

A full-time coordinator position is available with a growing independent non-profit organization working to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The community IPM program partners with communities, including schools and other facilities to manage pests while reducing risk to occupants. Responsibilities include program outreach and communications; completing evaluation reports to confirm client compliance with program criteria; and coordinating logistics and preparing materials for meetings and in-person trainings. Application information at: https://ipminstitute.org/job/community-ipm-coordinator/

October 22, 2019
Job Opportunity: Tenure track position in the area of arthropod vectors of disease, University of Maryland

The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and the University of Maryland College Park Department of Entomology invite applications for a faculty position in the Department of Entomology. The appointee will be expected to build a prominent research program in the field of arthropod vectors, and to oversee the University of Maryland Insect Transformation Facility, an international resource for insect genetic modification technologies located at IBBR. For best consideration, apply by December 1, 2019. Application information at: https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/74086

October 22, 2019
Job Opportunity: Tenure track position in the area of risk assessment and environmental protection, University of Maryland

University of Maryland, College Park seeks applications for a faculty position in the Department of Entomology. We particularly encourage applications from those with interests in pesticide safety, including traditional, organic, and genetically engineered pest controls, environmental impacts, regulatory issues, human health effects, or related topics. For best consideration, apply by November 15, 2019. Application information at: https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/73515

October 3, 2019
Job Opportunity: Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management and Pollinator Partner Biologist, Xerces Society

Join a growing team of conservation professionals at the Xerces Society who are dedicated to protecting some of the world’s most important animals. This position will report to the Xerces Society Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist (Northeast / Mid-Atlantic Region), and work very closely with Xerces’ NRCS Partner Biologist based in Maine. As part of this team, the person in this new position will collaborate closely with the New Hampshire USDA-NRCS, the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, and Xerces’ Pesticide experts to (a) support state efforts to implement Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management plans that reduce grower reliance on pesticides and mitigate pesticide risks to beneficial insects, and (b) provide conservation planning, technical support and training to farmers and NRCS field office planners on habitat conservation for pollinators and the beneficial insects that attack crop pests. The focus of the work will be in New Hampshire, and eventually throughout New England. Read more and apply online.

September 30, 2019
Job Opportunity: Manager, Agriculture Regulatory Compliance and Government Policy with McCain Foods USA, Inc.

As a part of the NA Agriculture organization, the Manager, Agriculture Regulatory Compliance & Government Policy plays a pivotal role ensuring raw agricultural commodities delivered to our NA factories comply with United States and Canadian regulatory requirements for pesticide usage, while also meeting trade requirements in key export markets. The position develops and leads our goal of on-farm pesticide use reduction through analytics, Grower facing extension practices and by actively engaging and collaborating with the agronomy and commercial agriculture teams. Read more and apply online.

September 17, 2019
Opportunity: PhD Graduate Research Assistantship at Utah State University

Utah State University is inviting applications for a PhD graduate research assistantship in the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate. The successful applicant will be part of a team that includes the labs of Drs. Steve Young and Robert Schaeffer, who are conducting research on the interaction of a naturalized rust fungus (Puccinia punctiformis) with Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense L.), a highly invasive plant throughout the Intermountain West. The position will provide opportunities to develop new and innovative approaches to studying host-plant systems that will contribute to improved management.

July 29, 2019
Master's of Science Position Opening: Department of Biology, Utah State University

Utah State University is seeking a MS student to expand upon research in the Alston and Spears Labs on biological control of brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål), with emphasis on egg parasitoids. Start date is flexible; January to May 2020 preferable.