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

Fungus on tall fescue may cause losses in livestock

in Southeast Farm Press

Tall fescue is a popular grass used for grazing, hay and erosion control in the eastern United States, but one Clemson University expert believes this grass could be responsible for more than $1 billion per year in livestock production losses.

Tall fescue is a perennial bunch-type grass that grows rapidly during spring and fall. The majority of tall fescue plants contain a fungus that creates compounds which are beneficial to the plants, but toxic to livestock. The compounds created by the fungus are called “ergot alkaloids.” Susan Duckett, a professor of animal and veterinary sciences, and some of her students are conducting a study on the impact of these compounds on fetal development and postnatal growth of livestock that graze on tall fescue. 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