School IPM News: IPM Symposium and Stop School Pests

Join us in March 2018 at the 9th International IPM Symposium in Baltimore for our School IPM Meet and Greet on March 20th at 5pm! This event is for anyone attending the Symposium who is interested in IPM in schools and wants to network with other school IPM professionals or learn about current issues and new resources. For more information or if you wish to attend this event please email us! Continue reading

Why We Should All Support IPM in Schools as a Top Priority for our Nation

By Dr. Thomas Green, IPM Institute

From the Connection, North Central IPM Center

This fall, 50.4 million students and six million staff returned to more than 100,000 schools in 13,500 districts across the US. Unfortunately, only 15-20% of those districts have key indicators of effective IPM programs (Green and Gouge 2015). Continue reading

Office Manager, IPM Institute

Full-time (30 hours) office manager position available with an independent non-profit organization working to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and other best practices. Continue reading

Sustainable Agriculture Analyst, Sustainable Food Group

Full-time analyst position available with an independent non-profit organization working to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and other best practices and performance metrics. Responsibilities include contributing to quality assurance efforts for sustainability programs for farmers, food companies and supply chains.

The individual in this position will work with the project team, scientists, farmers, packer/shippers and processors on verification of information provided by program participants including quality assurance of desk and site audits and other verification responsibilities. The individual will also support standards research, development and implementation, and contribute content expertise to other projects. Continue reading

Outreach Coordinator, Partnership for Ag Resource Management

New outreach coordinator position available with an independent non-profit organization working to improve agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM), nutrient management and other best practices. Primary responsibilities include leading outreach and co-coordinating the Partnership for Ag Resource Management project, www.partnershipfarm.org, to improve water quality and soil health in the Great Lakes Basin. The outreach coordinator will work to build and maintain strong relationships with both public and private partners, including ag retailers.

The ideal candidate will be persistent and outgoing and have experience in agriculture and/or environmental stewardship. Continue reading

Spring ISD earns recertification for integrated pest management practices

By: Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

Spring Independent School District has once again earned IPM Star certification for its sustainable pest management practices.

The school district was given an intense inspection of its sustainable pest control practices by experienced integrated pest management professionals, said Janet Hurley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service school integrated pest management specialist who served as one of the evaluators. Continue reading

Organic and IPM Partnership Needed to Address Critical Food Production Challenges

Society faces enormous challenges to meet the food needs of a rapidly growing global population, while addressing the adverse impacts of food production on human health, air and water quality, greenhouse gas emission, soil health, pollinators and biodiversity. Improvements are also critically needed to improve the economic viability of farming, and to recruit new farmers and the next generation of researchers and extension scientists to support farmers’ efforts to improve sustainability.

A new publication, Organic Agriculture and Integrated Pest Management: Synergistic Partnership Needed to Improve the Sustainability of Agriculture and Food Systems, is a product of a dynamic coalition of intellectuals and scientists. The report details the challenges we face, opportunities for collaborative pursuit of solutions, and recommends institutional and policy reforms to accelerate progress. Continue reading