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IPM Enhancement Grant RFA is available online

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2015 Request for Applications (RFA) for the IPM Enhancement Grants. Deadline for proposals is Friday, January 16 at 5 PM EST.

Please note that the RFA has changed significantly this year. We are using a new outcome-based approach to solicit proposals, so it will affect the way that you compose and submit your proposal.

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EPA to Host Webinar on Bed Bugs in Schools – December 16

A webinar, “Bed Bugs in Schools,” hosted by the EPA’s Center of Expertise for School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) will be held on December 16, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., ET. This webinar will present the challenges schools face concerning bed bugs and an IPM strategy that engages the entire school community to successfully manage bed bugs. A moderated question and answer session will conclude the event. The webinar will feature:

  • Dini Miller, Virginia Tech’s Urban Pest Managment Laboratory
  • Susan Jennings, EPA Public Health Liaison
  • Marcia Anderson, EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM

Register for the webinar: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/282274545

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Join the StopPests team at Cornell

The Northeastern IPM Center at Cornell University is hiring an Extension Support Specialist. This individual will work with affordable housing providers across the country as a consultant and a trainer for the StopPests in Housing Program. The mission of StopPests is to eliminate high-level infestations of public health pests from affordable housing. The position is based in Ithaca, NY at Cornell University but offers travel opportunities throughout the U.S. Are you interested in helping affordable housing providers safely manage pests with integrated pest management? Or do you know someone who might be? Check out the full position description and application details and share: https://cornellu.taleo.net/careersection/10164/jobdetail.ftl?job=26167

Pollinators take center stage on Capitol Hill

Pollinator health is a hot topic on Capitol Hill. “Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2013” would require EPA restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides on bee-attractive plants. A House Agriculture subcommittee is reviewing the bill now. Also in the House subcommittee, bill  H.R. 5447 pushes for expedited approval of pesticides “for the management of parasitic pests that adversely impact the health of managed pollinator bees, and for other purposes.” The Natural Resources Defense Council sees the bill as unnecessary, and recommends expedited review for only those products meeting current reduced-risk criteria set by EPA.

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Pesticide Safety Educator position open in California

Open position with the Statewide IPM Program in California.

We are hiring a Pesticide Safety Educator. If you know anyone who would be interested, please encourage them to apply by December 17. We may extend the closing date depending on the applicant pool.

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Webinar on IPM in crucifer crops December 2

Join eOrganic for a webinar on the organic management of the yellowmargined leaf beetle, presented by  Rammohan Balusu and Ayanava Majumdar of Auburn University, and Ron Cave of the University of Florida. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, December 2nd at 11AM Pacific Time, 12PM Mountain, 1PM Central and 2PM Eastern Time. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.

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Funding opportunities from USDA

Below is a link to an updated and comprehensive guide to federal funding programs in areas related to Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development.

The guide can help with navigating the enormous array of federal programs and resources that are available. This edition constitutes the guide’s sixth printing and fourth complete update, incorporating programs from the 2014 Farm Bill. A pdf copy can be downloaded for free, and a hard copy is available for a small handling fee.

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Building-Sustainable-Farms-Ranches-and-Communities

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