Texas School IPM team wins Texas A&M award

Paul Durre and A.J. Clinton – leaders of the Texas IPM Affiliate for Public Schools (TIPMAPS) organization – joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Team which included Wizzie Brown, Molly Keck, Janet Hurley, Blake Bennett, Mike Merchant, Paul Nester, and Don Renchie on the podium to receive Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s highest award–the Superior Service Award–from Director Doug Steele.

Since 2001 the team has provided training or direct assistance to more than 600 school districts, reaching nearly 1,000 school employees. They created a database of more than 1,500 School IPM Coordinators, pest management professionals and key stakeholders to facilitate communications, and created the IPM Calculator tool for pest management in school facilities. Their website, schoolipm.tamu.edu, receives more than 13,000 unique visitors annually, their newsletter reaches 1,560 subscribers monthly and the team has received grants totaling more than $1.3 million in competitive grants to fund its programs.

IPM Symposium – Discounted registration ends February 24

Deadlines are approaching for the for the 8th International IPM Symposium that will be held March 23-26, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The symposium will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Remember that the registration fee increases on Tuesday, February 24 to $400 Regular/$225 Student/$210 One-day. For registration information visit


All speakers are expected to pay the registration fee unless they have had correspondence from Elaine Wolff.

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Webinar on fire ant management with baits on March 6

This is the second installment of the All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series.

On March 6, 2015, we will be discussing Fire Ant Management Using Baits. Learn how to make the biology of fire ants work for you not against you. This webinar presented by Dr. Lawrence “Fudd” Graham from Auburn University will discuss fire ant baits and other control methods.  It will also provide the latest information on the Pseudacteon phorid flies, natural enemies of fire ants.

Please see the following links for more information.