IPM Enhancement Grant projects examine agricultural, urban issues

The Southern IPM Center will spend $309,653 to address agricultural and urban issues during the next year with its IPM Enhancement Grant. Out of 32 proposals submitted to the program, a review panel outside of the region selected 11 for funding.

IPM Enhancement Grants are relatively small grants (up to $30,000 for most) to address an integrated pest management issue. Most publicly funded organizations are eligible to apply as long as they reside in one of the 13 states or territories covered by the Southern IPM Center. Continue reading

IPM Enhancement Grant Deadline approaching soon

If you’re submitting a proposal for an IPM Enhancement Grant, the deadline is next Friday, November 3, at 5 PM Eastern time. Please be sure that all forms are in the system BEFORE 5 PM because the system will automatically close out at 5 PM, and you will be locked out.

If you have questions about a grant submission, please call one of the numbers at the end of the RFA.

Predatory insect may help with whitefly control

Scientists at the University of Florida have found an insect predator that may help greenhouse tomato growers manage populations of the sweetpotato whitefly when used as a piece of an integrated pest management system.

Bemisia tabaci, also known as the sweetpotato whitefly or silverleaf whitefly, attacks a range of plants, including sweetpotato, squash, tomato and poinsettia. The biotype B species has been established in the United States since the late 1980s. It transmits Tomato yellow leaf curl virus. Young tomato plants infected with tomato yellow leaf curl virus are stunted and unproductive. Continue reading

Apply for an IPM Enhancement Grant

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2018 Request for Applications (RFA) for the IPM Enhancement Grants. Deadline for proposals is Friday, November 3, 2017 at 5 PM EST.

The IPM Enhancement Grants Program (IPMEP) is a foundational mechanism used by SIPMC to address important issues affecting the region that has produced many significant outputs and favorable outcomes addressing Global Food Security challenges including invasive species, endangered species, pest resistance, and impacts resulting from regulatory actions. We use a competitive process each year to solicit and select projects for funding. Continue reading

Ten projects funded with SIPMC IPM Enhancement Grant

Ten projects totaling $295,773 will examine various pest management issues in the South, funded by IPM Enhancement Grants from the Southern IPM Center. Projects include agricultural pest management issues such as wireworms in sweet potatoes and spotted wing drosophila, nursery pest management issues in shrub production, and urban pest management issues in schools and rain gardens. The following includes this year’s funded IPM Enhancement Grants: Continue reading

If You Build It: A Sustainable Teaching Farm Brings Together a Community

Winter in Live Oak, Florida, hasn’t dampened the spirits of the crepe myrtle, whose budding leaves belie their eagerness to end their slumber. Come spring these colorful trees will have an important job: to harbor the crepe myrtle aphid—a relatively nonthreatening pest—and allow beneficial insects to build populations on them to seek and destroy more serious pest aphids of the still maturing fruits and vegetables growing nearby.

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IPM Enhancement Grant RFA is available online

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2015 Request for Applications (RFA) for the IPM Enhancement Grants. Deadline for proposals is Friday, January 16 at 5 PM EST.

Please note that the RFA has changed significantly this year. We are using a new outcome-based approach to solicit proposals, so it will affect the way that you compose and submit your proposal.

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