NYS IPM positions open in Field Crops & Livestock

The New York State IPM Program at Cornell University is searching for 2 Field Crops and Livestock IPM positions

  -Western NY Field Crops and Livestock IPM Extension Educator, at the Extension Associate Level

  -Field Crops and Livestock IPM Coordinator, at the Senior Extension Associate Level

Applications for both positions are open until February 1, 2018, or until suitable candidates are found. Descriptions and application information are below. Continue reading

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

David Kerns is new Texas IPM Coordinator

Currently the Jack Hamilton Regent’s Chair in Cotton Production and Row Crop IPM, Dr. David Kerns has agreed to return to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in the role of Statewide IPM Coordinator and Extension Entomologist. Dr. Kerns brings with him significant experience working with IPM Agents and field crop entomology. He will add depth and experience to the Extension team in both of these areas and will collaborate productively with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Faculty to improve IPM systems in cotton, corn, grain sorghum and other field crops.  Continue reading

University of California seeing IPM Program Director

University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) is seeking a Director for the Statewide IPM Program (also known as UC IPM). The position description is available at   http://ucanr.edu/jobFiles/791.pdf. Please circulate to those who may be interested. Closing date is June 21, 2015.

IPM Symposium is seeking nominations for IPM Achievement Awards

The organizers of the 8th International IPM Symposium – http://ipmcenters.org/ipmsymposium15 – are seeking nominations for the “IPM Achievement Awards,” including individuals, organizations, or companies worthy of recognition for implementation of integrated pest management (IPM)-innovative approaches to reduced-risk pest management-in agricultural, urban and natural areas. Candidates for the IPM Achievement Award can be individuals, businesses, or organizations deserving special recognition for their work in implementing integrated pest management practices that reduce risk from pests and the use of pest management practices. The goal of this award is to recognize efforts that have carried through to the implementation of IPM practices aimed at reducing risks and costs while minimizing negative impacts on people and the environment.

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Forming a battlefront against pests in schools: the pest management team

Think of a school IPM program as a battle with a powerful army. The more people you have on your side, the more likely you are to have victory. Insects and small rodents may be smaller than us, but they adapt quickly and enter and exit through places that are normally ignored by people, such as tiny cracks under a door or a small hole in a dark corner. To outsmart insect and mammalian pests, people have to do two things: think like a pest and work as a team.

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More IPM with Less

Near the end of June, shortly before stink bug season began, I had the pleasure of following Virginia IPM Coordinator Ames Herbert during one of his “typical” days. I’m being facetious, of course, because there are no typical days in the life of anyone in Extension. In fact, as Ames and I headed out to a grower’s field to examine an infestation of grasshoppers, he said, “I’m an IPM Coordinator who doesn’t have time to coordinate.” Continue reading