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Spotted Lanternfly: On Our Doorstep, or Already in Our Fields?

You are invited to join in the battle against the spotted lanternfly by getting the latest information at the NYS IPM Conference on spotted lanternfly on August 15, 2019. Experts in spotted lanternfly research, regulation, and extension will be on hand to give an update from their experiences with spotted lanternfly within the quarantine zones of Southeast Pennsylvania.

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.

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 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.

Deborah Grantham Appointed Director of Northeastern IPM Center
Deborah Grantham Named Director of Northeastern IPM Center

Deborah Grantham has been named director of the Northeastern IPM Center. She took the reins, effective September 16, following Mike Hoffmann's tenure as interim director.

Job Opportunities

June 6, 2019
Job Opportunity: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Entomology at NC State

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce recruitment for a 12-month tenure-track Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist with formal appointments in Research (30%) and Extension (70%). This faculty position will be expected to develop an extension and research program which addresses the biology, ecology, and management of arthropod pests in and around structures in urban and rural settings. The successful candidate will become a key member of a team of scientists who conduct cutting edge research on structural and indoor pests that can impact quality of life. To contribute to this team the incumbent will develop an externally-funded extension and research program that will be responsible for disseminating practical, science based pest management information. Read more and apply online.

June 6, 2019
Job Opportunity: Research Technologist 2 (Horticulture Research Technician) at Penn State

The Plant Science and Entomology departments at The Pennsylvania State University are searching for a full-time Research Technologist to provide technical support to research programs on insect-plant interactions with two new invasive insects, Spotted Lanternfly and Allium Leafminer. The successful candidate will primarily work with grapevines and Allium (onion, leeks, scallions, garlic) plants. This individual will be expected to conduct research projects on the effect of Spotted Lanternfly on grapevine physiology and production and perform insecticide trials with Allium plants under the direction of the supervisor and other team members. Primary duties include: establish, maintain, and harvest grapevines and Allium plants; setup and maintenance of multiple field experiments and projects; apply treatments and accurately collect insect and plant research data in the field; oversee the activities of seasonal and part-time wage staff and students; conduct minor equipment repairs and maintenance in order to perform accurate data collection; instruct others in the use of research protocols and instrumentation; interact with faculty, staff graduate students and cooperating growers; perform laboratory analysis to assess fruit maturity; operate equipment including tractors and pesticide sprayers. Outreach duties will include contributing to original content to engage audiences through innovative educational methods such as online courses, videos, mobile apps, and electronic publications in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations. Read more and apply online.

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.