Annual Texas school IPM coordinator conference November 13 & 14

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will once again be hosting the annual School IPM Coordinator annual conference and the meeting of the Texas IPM Association for Public Schools (TIPMAPS), November 13 and 14. This conference is open to School IPM Coordinators from states other than Texas. Continue reading

Stink bugs entering Kentucky homes

Dropping temperatures force insects to start seeking shelter, which means Kentucky homeowners are already getting some unwanted visitors. Continue reading

Assistant Professor/Assistant Entomologist

The Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, California, is seeking applicants for an assistant professor.

POSITION: Vector Biology. The Department of Entomology invites applications for a tenure-track position, 9-month appointment, available July 1, 2015. The position has 25% Instruction and Research and 75% Organized Research in the Agricultural Experiment Station Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Entomology or a related discipline; post-doctoral experience is preferred. The focus of this position will be on studying the behavior, ecology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology and/or physiology of insect vectors that transmit pathogens to animals, humans, and/or plants. Areas of research emphasis may include, but are not limited to, the ecology, epidemiology, evolutionary and comparative genomics, or innate immunity of vectors.

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University of Arizona seeks survey respondents living with bed bugs

Anyone can get bed bugs! Bed bugs can cause anxiety, bite reactions, and financial hardship.  The University of Arizona Urban IPM Program and several partnering research institutions are working to battle the bed bug resurgence in the United States.  The researchers hope to determine the real impact and social cost of bed bugs, the risks to individuals and society, as well as the significant causes of infestations.

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eOrganic is sponsoring several new webinars

New webinars by eOrganic are coming up starting October 14. Several pertain to integrated pest management.

This season’s program features many regional and national research groups and farmers working on organic weed and insect management, organic grain production, and organic plant breeding.  All webinars are free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. Register for any of the webinars at the links below and check the schedule of upcoming and archived webinars regularly.

Upcoming Webinars Presenters Date
Using Cover Crop Mixtures to Achieve Multiple Goals on the Farm Jason Kaye, Dave Mortensen, Charlie White, Mitch Hunter, Jermaine Hinds, Jim LaChance, Penn State University October 14, 2014
Diversity by Design: Using Trap Crops to Control the Cruciferous Flea Beetle Joyce Parker, EPA November 11, 2014
IPM in Crucifer Crops: Focus on the Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Rammohan Balusu and Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University; Ron Cave, University of Florida December 2, 2014
Managing Bad Stink Bugs with Good Stink Bugs Yong-Lak Park, West Virginia University  January 22, 2015
Building Pest-Suppressive Organic Farms: Tools and Strategies Used by Five Long-Term Organic Farms Helen Atthowe and Carl Rosato, Woodleaf Farm February 10, 2015
Blasting the Competition Away: Air-propelled Abrasive Grits for Weed Management in Organic Grain and Vegetable Crops Sam Wortman, University of Illinois; Frank Forcella, USDA-ARS; Sharon Clay and Daniel Humburg, University of South Dakota February 17, 2015
Promoting Native Bee Pollinators in Organic Farming Systems David Crowder and Elias Bloom, Washington State University March 10, 2015

Environmental Solutions for Communities by Wells Fargo and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

In 2012, Wells Fargo and NFWF launched the Environmental Solutions for Communities initiative, designed to support projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment.  This five-year initiative is supported through a $15 million contribution from Wells Fargo that will be used to leverage other public and private investments with an expected total impact of over $37.5 million.

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Funding opportunity for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications to support a transdisciplinary program of basic and applied research to examine the effects of environmental factors on children’s health and well-being. Research conducted through the Centers should include substantive areas of science in children’s health while incorporating innovative technologies and approaches and links to the environment. This program encourages strong links between disciplines in the basic, applied, clinical and public health sciences to prevent disease and promote health of all children – See more at:

Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the US Environmental Protection Agency


Application due December 22 by 5 PM local time of applicant organization.

Letter of intent due by November 22.

Tool Helps Track Insects Blowing In the Wind

From ARS News

By Dennis O’Brien

Corn earworms, also known as cotton bollworms, migrate at night, making them notoriously hard to track. Farmers worried about controlling infestations have to make educated guesses about the pest’s movements, based on reports from other areas and past experience. Guessing wrong can be expensive: The pest costs cotton producers an estimated $200 million a year.

U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in College Station, Texas, have shown that signals routinely collected by the National Weather Service‘s (NWS) Doppler radar network could serve as an early-warning system to track corn earworms and other nighttime traveling pests. Continue reading

Tennessee IPM Coordinator says cooperation may be key to pollinator protection

From Delta Farm Press

As pressure continues for cancellation of products that may harm bees, several Extension experts such as Tennessee IPM Coordinator Scott Stewart are still studying the issue. In the meantime, Stewart offers several tips to growers on how they can help protect pollinators as they also protect their crops.

The link above goes to a video of his presentation.

Deer in your garden? There’s a webinar for you

Land care professionals hear it all too often: “I hate deer.” Not only are they eating our gardens, but over-eating, due to increased populations, is causing the destruction of forest understory essential to songbird habitat. Barbara Hobens will focus her presentation on facts about deer and other animals that cause gardeners dismay, and offer some practical design solutions. In addition to identifying the “enemy” and their patterns of behavior, Ms. Hobens hopes to also encourage the audience to understand the importance of welcoming wildlife into other areas of their property.

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