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Varroa Mite IPM: Mite Management Is the Bee's Knees!

Have honey bees? If yes, this presentation is for you! View the recorded webinar to get the latest update on national and regional trends in honey bee health along with the tools necessary for managing the most detrimental pest affecting honey bees, varroa mites.

Secretary of Agriculture Declares April "Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month"

With spring being a popular time to relocate, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue signed a national proclamation to declare April "Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month," during a critical time when damaging invasive species emerge and can be easily spread in the things people pack and move.

Spotted Wing Drosophila IPM in Raspberries and Blackberries
Spotted Wing Drosophila IPM in Raspberries and Blackberries

Spotted wing drosophila represents a major challenge to producers of raspberries and blackberries in the northeastern U.S. and elsewhere. This document summarizes best management practices with a focus on red and black raspberries and blackberries.

Spotted Wing Drosophila IPM in Blueberries
Spotted Wing Drosophila IPM in Blueberries

Spotted wing drosophila represents a major challenge to producers of blueberries in the northeastern U.S. and elsewhere. This document summarizes best management practices with a focus on blueberries.

Spotted Lanternfly Basics Webinars
Spotted Lanternfly Basics Webinars

Recordings of our webinar series about spotted lanternfly are now available. The four webinars, held in February and March, each focus on a different set of susceptible crops.

BMSB Management Survey for Commercial Producers
BMSB Management Survey for Commercial Producers

Participate in a nationwide survey to gather information from farmers and growers on the economic impact of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) on agriculture.

A Pesticide Decision-Making Guide to Protect Pollinators in Tree Fruit Orchards

This guide summarizes reported pesticide effects as of October 2018. The guide presents the most up-to-date information about the impacts of fungicides, insecticides, microbicides, and growth regulators on bees that pollinate tree fruits.

Northeast SARE Publishes 2018 Annual Report

Northeast SARE has released its 2018 annual report. The report takes a closer look at six of the 76 projects completed within the past year and provides a listing of projects funded in 2018. It includes grant project highlights and lists 2018 project awards by state.

Invasive Species Impacts on Federal Infrastructure

To better understand the impact invasive species have on federal infrastructure, the National Invasive Species Council Secretariat sent a questionnaire to the federal agencies that manage infrastructure. The research demonstrated that impacts range from nonexistent to significant and identified areas for improvement in awareness and management.

Chemical Component of IPM Gets the Spotlight during National Pesticide Safety Education Month
Chemical Component of IPM Gets the Spotlight during National Pesticide Safety Education Month

The second annual National Pesticide Safety Education Month gets underway February 1, 2019. The initiative aims to reinforce core principles of safe pesticide handling and use and to promote land-grant-university pesticide safety education programs.

New National IPM Road Map Sets Priorities for the Science
New National IPM Road Map Sets Priorities for the Science

The latest edition of the National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management was released in September, marking the first significant update to the document since 2013.

Upcoming Spotted Lanternfly Webinars
Upcoming Spotted Lanternfly Webinars

In conjunction with the New York State IPM Program and the Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Northeastern IPM Center will host a collection of SLF webinars, titled “Spotted Lanternfly Basics,” in the coming months.

Staffing Update
Staffing Update

The Northeastern IPM Center has welcomed three new staff members over the last few months, including a new director.

Northeastern IPM Center Receives $4 Million Renewal Grant
Northeastern IPM Center Receives $4 Million Renewal Grant

The Northeastern IPM Center has received an award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to continue its work.

Toolbox Webinars
Toolbox Webinars

Following is a list of the Toolbox webinars we hosted this past September. We expect to host another series in spring 2019.

Stink Bug Identification Kits Are Available
Stink Bug Identification Kits Are Available

To aid in accurate identification and education, the Northeastern IPM Center offers BMSB identification kits, free of charge.

Job Opportunities

May 16, 2019
Job Opportunity: Coordinator, Sustainable Food Group and Pesticide Risk Tool (IPM Institute)

Full-time coordinator position available with a growing independent non-profit organization working to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Responsibilities include coordinating client use of on-line software tool and implementation of sustainability initiatives to ensure state-of-the-art programs to meet customer requests and improve sustainability in the supply chain. The individual in this position will work with project teams, project partners, clients and project scientists to research, develop, implement and verify standards focused on sustainability, IPM and pesticide risk reduction. The scope of work includes database management, software tool and standards development, communications, training, program evaluation and reporting. Read more and learn how to apply.

April 24, 2019
Job Opportunity: Integrated Pest Management CE Advisor, Entomology (University of California)

The Area Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor for Entomology will conduct a multi-county extension, education, and applied research program that addresses grower and industry needs, including an understanding of local agricultural crops, their farming systems, and their arthropod pests, including insect-vectored diseases in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Lake Counties. Primary crops include commercial grapes, pears, olives and apples, as well as specialty crops. This position is located in Santa Rosa, CA. Apply by May 31, 2019. Read the complete position description.

April 17, 2019
Job Opportunity: Horticulture Instructor at Penn State

The Department of Plant Science at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a dynamic individual for a 48 week non-tenure track position with 100% teaching responsibilities. The candidate is expected to teach in the baccalaureate and online Plant Science programs at the University Park campus and World Campus. Emphasis will be on teaching lower level courses that will include “Introduction to Horticulture”, “Plants in the Human Context”, and other courses as needed. Other duties such as committee participation, advising, recruiting, and assessing learning outcomes may be expected. Interaction with the horticulture/plant science industries to bolster curriculum and student placement would also be beneficial. The successful candidate will engage collaboratively with other faculty at Penn State and independent organizations representing the horticulture/plant sciences industries. Professional development opportunities will be available and encouraged. The ability to engage with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students at Departmental, College, and University levels is an important aspect of this academic appointment. Qualifications: The successful individual must possess strong writing and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to deal with multiple tasks in a fast-paced, dynamic, team-based work environment. Previous teaching experience in horticulture or plant science related field and fit to the Department’s teaching needs are critical. Typical requirements include a minimum of an earned Master’s degree in Plant Science or some other plant related field in agriculture and some successful classroom teaching experience in a college environment. Applicants will be reviewed based on their background, experience, and educational credentials. Read more and apply online at https://apptrkr.com/1439550

March 25, 2019
Job Opportunity: Penn State Extension Educator, Ornamentals

The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in entomology or related plant or biological science with a strong knowledge of ornamental pest management to join the nationally recognized Penn State Extension Horticulture Team. The individual will be responsible for actively working with the team, under the direct supervision of the Director of Special Programs, to identify important pest management issues with Spotted Lanternfly populations associated with ornamental plants, conduct applied research to address these questions and work with other extension educators in the development and implementation of educational events and materials that support these objectives. Apply online.