International IPM Symposium – Early Registration Ends Monday, February 19

Act Now and SAVE $75. Early discounted registration ends on Monday, February 19.

The registration fee includes admission to all symposium sessions and Tick Summit, Wednesday poster session reception, three continental breakfasts, and refreshment breaks. Fees will increase after February 19. For registration information, visit https://ipmsymposium.org/2018/registration.html 

Attendees are encouraged to stay at the symposium hotel, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 USA. Make your reservations by February 19 to take advantage of the symposium rate. https://ipmsymposium.org/2018/accommodations.html.

Silicon amendments may provide sustainable control for rice water weevil

A Masters student at Louisiana State University is seeking a more sustainable way to manage rice water weevil, by amending soils with silicon to strengthen the plant. He is also this year’s winner of the Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student award in the Masters category.

Rice water weevil is a tiny insect that feeds on the rice plant’s leaves as an adult. After mating, females lay their eggs at the base of the plant. Larvae feed on the roots. The larval feeding on the roots potentially interferes with the nutrient uptake, thereby, weakening the plant. Root damage can cause yield losses through decreasing panicle densities, number of grains, and grain weight. Rice growers use insecticides to control rice water weevil. Continue reading

NIFA announces partners for SARE

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced partners to serve as the National Reporting, Coordination and Communications Office (NRCCO) and as the four regional Host Institutions for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE). NIFA’s SARE program supports farmer-focused solutions that boost production, increase profitability, promote environmental stewardship, and enhance quality of life in rural communities.

The NRCCO for the SARE program and the four regional SARE host institutions will serve for five years from Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 through 2022. The NRCCO works with NIFA and the national SARE Operations Committee to administer national reporting, coordination, and communications. Each regional host institution collaborates with NIFA to implement regional competitive grant and outreach programs as guided by the Regional Administrative Council (AC). Continue reading

Invasive insects? Biological Control? It’s all at the International IPM Symposium in March

Learn the latest about Invasive insects, biological controls, and other topics at the 9th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, March 19-22, 2018 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland USA. Those who register by February 19 will pay a reduced price.

Check here for a list of more than 40 concurrent sessions to be presented during the Symposium. Continue reading

Link information for USDA ARS stakeholder webinar for NP 104

For those who are interested in the stakeholder webinar workshop sessions for NP 104, registration and link information is below. There will be three sessions, each session will be one hour long and organized around each of the three components of our National Program. Sessions will be held on February 15, 2018 at the times indicated below. All are welcome to participate in all sessions or can choose their topics of interest.

  1. 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST: Component 1: Medical Entomology for the Public and the Military including arthropods: Mosquitoes, Flies, Sand Flies, Ticks, Bed Bugs
  2. 1:30 – 2:30 pm EST: Component 2: Veterinary Entomology including arthropods: Invasive ticks, Stable Flies, House Flies, Horn Flies, Screwworm flies, Biting Midges
  3. 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST: Component 3: Fire Ants and other Invasive Pest Ants including arthropods: Invasive Fire Ants, Invasive Crazy Ants, Other Invasive Pest Ants and Climate Change

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How IPM can help prevent the flu

Flu season is upon us, and good pest management can prevent more than pests–it can also help keep germs to a minimum in your school or office. Janet Hurley, school IPM expert with Texas A&M AgriLife, shares some tips on how to prevent the flu with an IPM program.

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Between the news, my social media feeds, email, and phone calls I know it’s flu season, how about you? Many who work in the IPM program are also involved in the school environmental health program as well, and there are lots of questions. The three big questions I get asked is what can we use, can we use disinfecting wipes, and do we need to post? Below are some of the best guidelines I can give you, along with some tips and documents to print and post. Continue reading

University of Florida doctoral student wins award for work with spotted wing drosophila

Although it is no longer a new pest, spotted wing drosophila continues to be a bane for small fruit—especially organic—growers. To help both organic and conventional growers fight the pest, a University of Florida doctoral student examined several pest management options and has won a regional award for her research.

Lindsy Iglesias

Lindsy Iglesias, who will graduate from the University of Florida in May with her Ph.D., discovered some novel and more efficient ways to scout and control spotted wing drosophila, or SWD, that will work for both organic and conventional growers. She won a Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student Award from the Southern IPM Center for her work. Continue reading