Deadline extended for Friends of IPM award nominations

We are extending the deadline for nominations for our our annual Friends of Southern IPM Award program. This program recognizes outstanding work in IPM in the southern region. We have two kinds of awards: one for IPM professionals and one for graduate students.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, December 21, 2018.

You’ll find the Calls for Nomination for these awards, along with cover forms, at http://projects.ipmcenters.org/Southern/public/ListRFAs.cfm . Click on the nomination call that you wish to use to get to the Call documents and the nomination form. You will be using our Proposal / Project Management System (PPMS) to submit your nominations this year, so please be sure to find the instructions for that in the Call for Nomination and follow the steps.

Professional awards:

There are 6 categories of awards: Bright Idea (research-oriented or new idea), IPM Implementer (someone who practices IPM in the real world), IPM Educator (extension or teacher), Pulling Together (group), Future Leader (young professional), and Lifetime Achievement (seasoned professional). The award is open to anyone in the region demonstrating excellence in the field of IPM. In fact, we welcome the opportunity to recognize those outside of the university setting, such as growers, school IPM coordinators, teachers, etc.

Award winners will be publicly recognized at an event of their choice.

The Call for Nominations for the professional awards is at https://bit.ly/2pVhJMg.

Graduate Student awards:

The Friends of Southern IPM graduate student award will go to two graduate students: one Masters student and one Ph.D. student.

The graduate student award, in addition to a public presentation of the award, comes with a sizable monetary award. The winning Masters student receives $2,000, and the winning doctoral student receives $3,000. All winners—including in the professional category—must assist with a story about their work or conduct a webinar before receiving the financial award. Please read the Call for Nominations for more information.

Each department can nominate UP TO 3 Masters students and UP TO 3 Ph.D. students. Each department can submit up to six nominations, and universities can submit from more than one department (I.e., entomology, plant pathology, weed science, horticulture, etc. departments can submit from the same university).

The Call for Nominations for the graduate student awards is at https://bit.ly/2NHjs1l.

Nominations for both award programs consist of a cover form and a two-page written nomination. Additional materials may be submitted in support of the nomination but are not necessary. The bulk of the description and evidence of the person’s or group’s qualifications of the award should be in the two-page nomination, NOT in the additional materials.

Please share this notice with anyone you work with who may wish to nominate someone for either of these awards.

If you have any questions about either of these awards, or you have trouble navigating the PPMS system, please direct them to Henry Fadamiro at fadamhy@auburn.edu or 334-844-5098 or Alex Belskis at abelskis@cipm.info or 919-513-8183.

IPM Position at New Mexico State University

Position: Extension Urban/Small Farms Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist

New Mexico State University, College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences, Department of Extension Plant Sciences announces the opening of an Extension Urban/Small Farms Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist position. The Urban/Small Farms IPM Specialist will have a tenure-track appointment with the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (75% Extension/25% Research).  A Ph.D. is required in Entomology, Plant Pathology, Weed Science or related field, with emphasis on and/or experience in IPM.  The attached flyer provides a more complete description of the position.  The position will include joint appointments in the Department of Extension Plant Sciences and Department of Entomology Plant Pathology and Weed Science in proportion to the extension and research appointments (respectively).  Questions regarding the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Richard Heerema, rjheerem@nmsu.edu, (575) 646-2921.

Final IPM Ad Flyer

Agenda for November 1 Biotechnology/Emerging Technologies Seminar Now Available

As previously announced, through a series of sessions, EPA will provide an overview of emerging technologies as they relate to pesticides and provide opportunities for participants to ask questions about these emerging technologies. The seminar will be held on November 1, 2018, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern Time, in EPA’s first floor conference center at One Potomac Yard South, 2777 South Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

The public is invited to attend this seminar in person or through a webinar. No advance registration is required. Please be aware of the ID requirements for visiting the Office of Pesticide Programs. View additional information on the ID requirements, as well as information on the location of EPA’s building and how to reach it by public transportation or car. The ID requirements are under the Building Access tab, and transportation information is under the HQ Buildings in Virginia tab. Continue reading

Dr. Angle Begins Term as Director at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today swore in Dr. J. Scott Angle as the Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). President Trump appointed Angle for a six-year term at the agency on August 31.

“Dr. Angle has more than 35 years of experience in scientific research and administration, and I am confident that he will move NIFA forward in many ways,” said Chavonda Jacobs-Young, USDA’s Acting Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. “His academic track record of providing practical solutions to local, regional and national challenges, as well as his globally focused experience, will help NIFA as it supports the science required to help U.S. agriculture and rural communities achieve sustainable economic prosperity.” Continue reading

2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series on Lice, scabies, and mites this Friday!

This month’s All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar will take place this Friday, November 2 at 1:00 pm Central time.

Insect pests are definitely a nuisance on our landscapes and lawns. When the pests are associated with humans, the nuisance factor multiplies. Get a plan! Learn about their biology, distribution, and management strategies in this webinar presented by Dr. Nancy Hinkle, University of Georgia. Continue reading

Forest Management Affects how Beetle Outbreaks and Wildfire alter Ecosystems: Lessons from Northern Colorado and the Fraser Experimental Forest

Forest Management Affects how Beetle Outbreaks and Wildfire alter Ecosystems:  Lessons from Northern Colorado and the Fraser Experimental Forest – Chuck Rhoades, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Time: 12 pm MDT

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Texas A&M leads $5.7 million research project to attack annual bluegrass

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

The most widely grown irrigated crop in the U.S. – turfgrass – is being threatened by annual bluegrass, and Texas A&M AgriLife is leading a project to find solutions.

Texas A&M AgriLife is joining scientists across the nation to address the threat through a project called Research and Extension to Address Herbicide-Resistance Epidemic in Annual Bluegrass in Managed Turf Systems. Continue reading