Keep Rodents out of Your School – EPA Webinar, January 27

A webinar, “Keeping Rodents out of Your School,” hosted by the EPA’s Center of Expertise for School Integrated Pest Management (IPM), will be held on January 27 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This webinar will present the challenges schools face concerning rodents and an IPM strategy that engages the entire school community to successfully manage rodents. The webinar will feature:

  • Bobby Corrigan, Rodentologist, Corrigan Consulting
  • Claudia Riegel, Director, New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board

A moderated question and answer session will conclude the event.

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Northeastern IPM Center hiring two positions

Two positions are open:

Extension Educator (Extension Support Specialist II – Northeastern IPM Center; Ithaca, New York)

The extension educator will contribute to the goals of Cooperative Extension to strengthen communities and address housing conditions that threaten human health; support the growth of interest in IPM for low-income housing; partner with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Regional IPM Centers and State IPM programs.

Program/Evaluations Specialist (Extension Support Specialist II – Northeastern IPM Center; Ithaca, New York)

The Program/Evaluation Specialist will enhance connections with existing stakeholders and build rapport with underserved audiences. Contribute to the strategic planning for the NEIPM Center. Serve as a liaison to IPM working groups, assess the status of and need for IPM courses and certification programs.

The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center ( supports Integrated Pest Management (IPM) projects in agricultural and community settings that promote environmental, human health, and economic benefits.  Based in Ithaca, New York, the Center encourages multistate, cross-disciplinary connections that build partnerships and strengthen public and private IPM programs in a 12-state region. Seven staff members work as a team on IPM training, outreach, networking, proposal writing and documenting impacts.

USDA Grants Support Pest Management Research, Education and Extension Efforts

Media Contact:  Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced more than $30 million in support of research and Extension activities addressing pest management issues that have human health, environmental and economic consequences across the nation. The awards were made by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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President’s budget may change the way IPM programs are funded

In the proposed President’s budget for USDA-NIFA for FY2013, there are significant funding line changes being proposed.  If you receive funding directly or indirectly from NIFA, you should be aware of these proposed changes and weigh in on the discussions that will be scheduled.  NIFA is planning a series of listening sessions, the first of which will occur at the conclusion of the 7th International IPM Symposium on March 29, 2012, from 2-5 PM, in Memphis, TN.  Originally, this listening session was to discuss the E-IPM State IPM Coordinator funding, next year’s RFA and related issues.  NIFA is trying to reissue the Federal Register Notice to expand the listening session to discuss the changes proposed in the President’s FY2013 budget. If you are attending the 7th International IPM Symposium, I urge you to attend this session.  NIFA intends to have additional listening sessions at later dates and welcomes written comments, as well. The purpose of the listening sessions is to gather stakeholder input on how the new “Crop Protection” line item should be implemented.

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