All Aboard! Moving IPM Toward a Collaborative Future

Join us for a webinar on Feb 19, 2017 at 8:00 AM CST.

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We need broad collaboration to make integrated pest management (IPM) effective in reducing crop losses and ensuring that the latest research is implemented to make sure growers have the most effective, environmentally compatible, and economically feasible tactics. State IPM Coordinators play a key role in facilitating successful programs not only in their state, but also in cooperation with other programs in the region. This session presents the activities and perspectives from five of the regions IPM Program Coordinators. Join us to learn more about IPM in the Southern Region and participate in a discussion on how we can work together to advance IPM.

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NYS IPM Position open–Livestock and Field Crops Coordinator

The New York State IPM Program is searching for a Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator. An M.S. or Ph.D. (preferred) is required in entomology, plant pathology, weed science, agronomy, animal science, general agriculture or a closely related field; and the candidate must have experience in extension. The position is 80% extension and 20% research, and will be housed on Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca NY. Alternatively, the position could be housed on the Geneva NY campus if desired by the candidate. Please note that this position requires a wide range of knowledge and skills across field crops and livestock IPM. However, we realize that potential candidates may not have experience in all aspects of the position, but they must be willing to learn and grow into those areas.

 A brief description of the position and the NYSIPM program are below. For further details and to apply, go to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/7516    Applications are due March 6, 2017. Continue reading

Nine integrated pest management projects funded through IPM Enhancement Grant program

Nine researchers will pursue new methods for fighting a variety of pest management challenges in the South, in both agricultural and urban settings. Over the next year, the Southern IPM Center will spend a total of $257,724 to address issues in the region including bed bugs in multifamily housing, soybean looper, pecan bacterial scorch, tawny crazy ant and others with its IPM Enhancement Grant.

The IPM Enhancement Grant is one of the funding mechanisms that the Southern IPM Center uses to support and expand integrated pest management research and extension in the southern region. The annual competition begins with a request for proposals in September, with new projects funded by March of the next year. Continue reading

Bid and Contract Guidance for Securing IPM Based Services in Schools

If you are in the business of bidding for IPM services in schools, then this webinar is for you. Tune in to More Than Just a Firm Handshake – Bid and Contract Guidance for Securing IPM Based Services in Schools. Please note that space is limited to the first 1,000 to sign in, so sign in early if you want to participate.

Tuesday, February, 21, 2017 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Followed by a live and Q&A session, 3:00–3:30 p.m. ET Continue reading

Funding opportunities for pollinator health projects

Here are several funding opportunities that support pollinator health research, educational and extension projects in 2017: Continue reading

Spring Landscape Irrigation Short Courses offered in Texas

by Blair Fannin, Texas A&M AgriLife

A series of landscape irrigation short courses for licensed irrigation professionals will be held February through May with stops in College Station, Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.

Licensed landscape irrigators are required to have 24 hours of continued education every three years to renew their licenses, while licensed irrigation technicians need 16 hours every two years, said Charles Swanson, short course instructor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist in College Station. Continue reading