Nominate a graduate student or colleague for the Friends of Southern IPM Award

We are pleased to release the Calls for Nomination for our annual Friends of Southern IPM Award program. This program recognizes outstanding work in IPM in the southern region. We have two kinds of awards: one for IPM professionals and one for graduate students.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, December 18, 2015. Continue reading

IPM grants help peach and strawberry growers thwart resistant crop diseases

In 2006 an Extension plant pathologist from Clemson won a $115,000 Regional IPM grant from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (then CSREES) to develop a kit that would help peach growers in Georgia and South Carolina choose an effective fungicide to fight resistant brown rot disease. That initial investment spurred at least three additional grants that refined the kit and has since benefited both the peach and strawberry industries at an estimate of $12 million.

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Auburn University masters student wins award for kudzu bug biocontrol discovery

During some routine dissections of kudzu bugs, Auburn masters student Julian Golec made a discovery that would make life a little easier for Alabama soybean growers.

Inside one of the female kudzu bugs was a parasitic fly. It was the first of two discoveries that would make biological control of kudzu bug an option.

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March 9 workshop will address barnyardgrass in Mid-South crops

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A few years back, with herbicide-resistant pigweeds rampaging through Mid-South row crops, Arkansas weed scientists put together the “Pigposium.” The overwhelming positive response to the pigweed-centric workshop proved the concept.

Now it is time to address the next weed that threatens Mid-South crops: barnyardgrass. Barnyardgrass management in all Mid-South crops will be the focus of a workshop to be held at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas, on March 9.

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SIPMC Welcomes a New Impact Evaluation Specialist

Jean-Jacques Dubois wanted to make a difference when he started his research career. As the Southern IPM Center’s new impact evaluation specialist, he will definitely get that chance.

Born in Belgium, Jean-Jacques lived in New England for a few years after college, but his first contact with NC State University was when he enrolled as an undergraduate in the Horticultural Science program, with the intention of starting a plant nursery business. “After a while the department asked me if I would like to move into the graduate program, and I accepted and changed my plans.”

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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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Nominate a colleague or student for a Friends of Southern IPM Award

We are pleased to release the Calls for Nomination for our annual Friends of Southern IPM Award program. This program recognizes outstanding work in IPM in the southern region. We have two kinds of awards: one for IPM professionals and one for graduate students.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, December 12, 2014. Continue reading