Western IPM Center Director

POSITION PURPOSE: The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), is seeking a Director to assume leadership for its Western IPM Center within the UC Statewide IPM Program. The Director will provide overall leadership of the Western IPM Center, with responsibility for its successful management and operations, including supervision of Western IPM Center staff. The Director will collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders to identify regional IPM need and objectives and formulate strategies to address important IPM issues. The Director will communicate with the WIPMC Advisory Committee and represent the Western IPM Center to other agencies at the state, regional, and national levels to identify opportunities for collaboration. The Director will oversee official responses to federal agency information requests that will be prepared by the Center’s regional Network Coordinators and other state contacts. The Director combines a broad knowledge of integrated pest management and how it is used in agriculture, natural landscapes and community settings with demonstrated collegial management success and teambuilding skills. Education and training in IPM science are necessary to be a valuable contributor in identifying and promoting Western IPM needs and priorities. Strong leadership and management skills are necessary to build and lead teams of colleagues, collaborators and employees to achieve the Center’s vision of “A healthier West with fewer pests.”

See attached flier for more information.

Western IPM Center Director

 

IPM Position at New Mexico State University

Position: Extension Urban/Small Farms Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist

New Mexico State University, College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences, Department of Extension Plant Sciences announces the opening of an Extension Urban/Small Farms Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist position. The Urban/Small Farms IPM Specialist will have a tenure-track appointment with the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (75% Extension/25% Research).  A Ph.D. is required in Entomology, Plant Pathology, Weed Science or related field, with emphasis on and/or experience in IPM.  The attached flyer provides a more complete description of the position.  The position will include joint appointments in the Department of Extension Plant Sciences and Department of Entomology Plant Pathology and Weed Science in proportion to the extension and research appointments (respectively).  Questions regarding the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Richard Heerema, rjheerem@nmsu.edu, (575) 646-2921.

Final IPM Ad Flyer

Webinar: Organic Management of spotted wing drosophila

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) has emerged as a devastating pest of small and stone fruits worldwide. We have organized a webinar to provide you with the most updated information on everything you need to know for organic management of SWD. Continue reading

Citrus grower education program slated for May 9 in Mission, TX

An educational program for Rio Grande Valley citrus growers on the practical aspects of new water conservation technologies will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 9 at the Lone Star Citrus Growers headquarters, 9625 N. Moorefield Road, Mission.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the citrus growers’ packing house. The program is co-hosted by the Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center and the Texas Water Development Board. Continue reading

New chemical law requires the agency to look at chemicals that were grandfathered in under old law

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is moving swiftly to propose how it will prioritize and evaluate chemicals, given that the final processes must be in place within the first year of the new law’s enactment, or before June 22, 2017.

“After 40 years we can finally address chemicals currently in the marketplace,” said Jim Jones, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Today’s action will set into motion a process to swiftly evaluate chemicals and meet deadlines required under, and essential to, implementing the new law.” Continue reading

The People Have Spoken: Using Forest and Firewood National Polling Data to Promote Forest Health

This webinar will discuss results from a national survey of citizen attitudes toward invasive species, firewood movement, and forest health. This webinar is jointly sponsored by the SREF Forest Health and Invasive Species Program and the Firewood Outreach Coordinating Initiative.

This webinar is scheduled for Jan 25, 2017 1:00 pm US/Eastern. Continue reading

Available for Comment: Release of Gall-Forming Fly for the Biological Control of Cape Ivy

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a draft environmental assessment on March 24, 2016 for the proposed release of a gall-forming fly (Parafreutreta regalis) into the continental United States for use as a biological control agent to reduce the severity of Cape Ivy (Delairea odorata) infestations.

We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 25, 2016.

For further information or to make a comment on this assessment, refer to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0099.