The North Central Consumer Horticulture IPM Working Group harnessed the power of the internet to reach gardeners with training modules

From the Connection, North Central IPM Center

The North Central Consumer Horticulture IPM Working Group harnessed the power of the internet to reach gardeners, including Extension Master Gardeners and garden center employees, in the United States and Canada with several webinars which were then enhanced into learning modules promoting IPM.

One online module, Process of Diagnosing Plant Problems, teaches the participant how to determine what is wrong with a plant through a series of questions and Extension resources. This step-by-step process is often a roadblock for Extension Master Gardeners as they help homeowners to diagnose what is wrong with their plants. Focusing on the process itself was a new approach to teaching. Continue reading

Crop Protection Contributions toward Agricultural Productivity

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) is releasing an issue paper titled Crop Protection Contributions toward Agricultural Productivity–a paper in the series on The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050. The presenter will be Dr. Susan Ratcliffe, task force chair of the project and director of the North Central IPM Center at the University of Illinois.

Pre-register here.

The authors of the paper examine the current plant protection revolution that is driven by the biological realities of pesticide resistance, various market forces, and real or perceived side effects of pesticides, while stressing the need for new technologies and an integrated cropping systems approach.

CAST Issue Paper 58 will be available April 5 as a free download from the CAST website, cast-science.org/publications. Continue reading

Some brief points from the Integrated Tick Management Symposium

Richard Levine summarized some of the major topics discussed during the Integrated Tick Management Symposium held earlier this month in Washington, DC. The symposium was sponsored by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America, the IPM Institute of North America and the North Central IPM Center. You can get his report here. Below are some very brief bullet points summarizing the major topics. Continue reading

Webinar: Stored Grain Integrated Pest Management in the North Central United States

September 12, 2014 — Click here to register for this training session

Friday, September 12, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 1200 p.m. CT

The webinar will include:

• Biology and identification of key stored grain pests; basic of IPM for stored grain; proper fumigation—issues and challenges
o Tom Phillips, Professor of Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS Continue reading

Stored Grain Integrated Pest Management in the North Central United States

Friday, September 12, 2014,
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT

The webinar will include:

  • Biology and identification of key stored grain pests; basic of IPM for stored grain; proper fumigation—issues and challenges
    • Tom Phillips, Professor of Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • Prevention of grain infestation: residual insecticides available and their proper application; strategic use of aeration for grain cooling and pest suppression
    • Frank Arthur, Research Entomologist, USDA ARS, Manhattan, KS
  • IPM for corn and other products in the upper Midwest: issues and challenges with grain drying and cooling; pest management for animal feed, ethanol and value-processed food
    • Linda Mason, Professor of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Webinar participants will see and hear presentations by the three teachers and then have an opportunity for live questions and answers. Instructional materials will be provided via internet links.

 Pre-registration is required. Go to http://www.ncipmc.org/training/ to register.  Participation will be limited to the first 200 computers. Hosting of viewing sites locally by Extension, government agencies, and private industry is encouraged.

This webinar will be archived for later viewing if you cannot attend this date and time.

Funding for this webinar is provided by USDA-NIFA through grants to the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (2012-51120-20252 and 2011-51120-31160).

 

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s University Housing Achieves Green Shield Certification for its IPM Program

The University Housing department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has recently earned Green Shield Certification for its Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, which relies on common-sense pest prevention techniques to eliminate pest problems through least-toxic methods. It is the second university program in the nation to earn the certification after undergoing a rigorous on-site evaluation by the IPM Institute of North America, Inc.

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