Four Texas school districts receive national IPM certifications

by Gabe Saldana, Texas A&M AgriLife

More than a decade of work alongside Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts in integrated pest management, or IPM, has culminated in national certification of four Texas school districts as “IPM Stars,” said Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension school IPM specialist in Dallas.

IPM Star certification from the IPM Institute of North America was awarded in April to Plano, Conroe, East Central and Killeen independent school districts for consistent exemplary marks on the institute’s 37-point evaluation. Continue reading

NC State University graduate students win weed science awards

by Dee Shore, NC State University

Commonly referred to as pigweed, Palmer amaranth is one of the biggest production challenges farmers in the Southeast face. At NC State, scientists and graduate students are making progress toward lessening the weed’s impact in a range of crops.

Two of those students, Cole Smith and Nicholas Basinger, were recognized recently at the Weed Science Society of North Carolina for research they’ve conducted on Palmer amaranth and other destructive weeds. Smith won the society’s M.S. outstanding graduate student award, while Basinger won the Ph.D. student award. Continue reading

PhD position available

The Invasive Plant Science Lab at Utah State University in Logan, UT is seeking to fill a PhD position in cropping systems. The research will focus on the use of cover crops to address invasive plants in agronomic crops of the Intermountain and Western US. Funding has been secured from the Western IPM Center to support the project, which has the potential for expanding into a variety of crops and systems, including organic.

We seek candidates with: 1) strong quantitative and statistical skills, 2) demonstrated research excellence and 3) strong oral and written communication skills. Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests and expertise complement the research project but outstanding applicants looking to broaden their field of interest will also be seriously considered.

Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and names and addresses of three references as email attachments (pdf or word formats) to Dr. Steve Young at steve.young@usu.edu. For earliest consideration, apply by May 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Utah State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/ADA Employer.