01/20/15 Complete the USDA 2014 Organic Producer Survey
The 2014 Organic Producer Survey is now underway. The National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) mailed surveys to organic producers nationwide, and participation is mandatory for all organic farmers. The data is crucial to developing agriculture-related programs to benefit growers and communities. Responses are due by mail by February 13, 2015 or online by April 3, 2015. For FAQs, instructions, a sample survey, and promotional materials visit NASS’s website.
01/15/15 Organize a Symposium for ICE 2016
Submissions for symposia organizers are now open for the XXV International Congress of Entomology (ICE) in 2016. Symposia will be 2-4 hours long and comprise of fifteen-minute presentations related to any of 30 designated scientific sections. Submissions on IPM are encouraged and applicable to several of the sections including Integrated Pest Management and Sustainable Agriculture, Urban Entomology in a Changing Environment, and Biological Control and Insect Pathology. Submissions are due March 2, 2015. A full description of application requirements is available here.
12/23/14 Upcoming IPM Symposium Opportunities and Deadlines
The 8th International IPM Symposium is set for March 23-26, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you would like to share your IPM work at the symposium poster session, your poster abstract must be submitted online by January 5, 2015. If you would like to be an exhibitor or sponsor to increase your exposure to leaders in the field of IPM, the cost of an exhibit booth is $750 and comes with one symposium registration. Contact Elaine Wolff at email@example.com for more information about exhibiting and sponsorship. General registration will be open shortly, look for an announcement when it goes live.
12/19/14 December IPM Voice Newsletter Available
The December issue of IPM Voice presents information on a new European Research Network focused on IPM research in the EU, media coverage of a bed bug hearing held by Philadelphia’s City Council, and new research using alkaloids from the skin of poisonous frogs to stun and kill fire ants and mosquitoes. For a full version, see our Newsletters page.
12/19/14 December Issue of ENDURE News Explores State of IPM in Europe
ENDURE recently published their December issue of ENDURE News containing twelve in-depth articles on IPM practices and research in Europe. The newsletter profiles crop protection practices in Italy, updates on the upcoming PURE congress, and surveys recent activities of the ERA-NET C-IPM. The newsletter also explores several topical issues in IPM research like EuroBlight in Latin America and newly published research on applying agro-ecological principles to cropping systems. Browse the full newsletter here.
12/16/14 Ag Annex Posts Article on IPM Practices and Benefits
Canadian online agricultural news aggregator Ag Annex posted a long article this month detailing the basic premises and benefits of IPM in agricultural systems. The article briefly explained IPM control mechanisms like trap crops, precise timing of seeding, pheromone disruption of pest mating, and use of physical barriers like netting for high value crops. Most attention was paid to proper timing of pesticide applications to avoid harming beneficial insect populations. Read the whole article here.
12/16/14 IPM-Related Presentations at the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum
On February 19 and 20 the USDA Office of the Chief Economist will host the Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Virginia. IPM-related topics include a breakout session on pollinator health including topics like “Diseases & Pesticides Affecting Bee Health” and “Bees on the Farm” on February 20th and another breakout session later that same day around antimicrobial resistance. A complete schedule of sessions and speakers is available online.
12/12/14 IPM Enhancement Grant Open, RFA Webinar Recording Available
The Southern IPM Center’s Request for Applications (RFA) for 2015 IPM Enhancement Grants is now online. Deadline for submission is 5 pm EST on January 16, 2015. More information on grant submission format and rules are on the Southern IPM Center website. A recording of the December 10th webinar explaining the substantial changes made to this year’s RFA is now available online.
12/05/14 First Webinar Next Week in New IAQ Master Class Webinar Series
On December 11 the EPA SHIELD Network will debut the first webinar in a series of ten 1-hour technical core-competency trainings intended to build the capacity of school district staff across the country to start, improve, or sustain an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) management program. Continuing education units are pending and certificates of completion will be provided to all who complete the post training evaluation. The live broadcasts will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing on the EPA website. The first installment, "Making the Case for Environmental Health, Academic Performance and High-Performing Facilities," will be held Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 1:00 am – 2:30 pm ET (including Q&A). To register click here and for more information on the following webinars in the series see this flyer.
11/25/14 IPM Enhancement Grant RFA Coming Soon
The Southern IPM Center’s Request for Applications (RFA) for their 2015 IPM Enhancement Grants will come out no later than tomorrow, November 26, 2014. The application process and proposal requirements have changed substantially since last year, so the IPM Center will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, December 10 explaining the process. Recommended project periods will be 12 months (no later than Mar. 1 2014 – Feb 28, 2015) with project types and funding limits similar to the 2014 RFA. For more information visit the Southern IPM Center website or their blog.
11/25/14 November IPM Voice Newsletter Available
The November issue of IPM Voice explores political activity around pollinator health and pest management, media coverage of 3-D printing in IPM research, the development of new lure products for spotted wing drosophilia and an update on the board’s early November meeting in DC. For a full version, see our Newsletters page.
11/11/14 Online Submission of Poster Abstracts for the 8th International IPM Symposium Now Open!
Share your IPM work at the 8th International IPM Symposium, March 23-26, 2015. More details about the content and design of posters can be found here. The deadline for online submission of poster abstracts that contain an accurate summary of the work is Monday, January 5, 2015.
11/11/14 Call for Nominations for Friends of Southern IPM Award
Every year the Southern IPM Center presents professional and academic Friends of IPM Awards to outstanding contributors to IPM research, education, and implementation. There are two graduate student awards for a Masters and a Ph.D. student. Six further professional awards recognize educators, leaders, and teams. Nominations are due Friday, December 12, 2014. For more information on all award categories and the nomination procedure, visit the Friends of IPM Award website.
11/11/14 New 2013-2014 NYS IPM Annual Review
This year’s Annual Report of the New York State IPM Program highlights some innovative new tools and approaches to pest management for the northeast and beyond. The update included stories on their new app, Pocket IPM: Greenhouse Guide, to help track pest populations and recommend control measures, high usage of their IPM Organic Guides, dealing with pests in corn production and the dangers of spotted wing drosophila. Read the whole report here.
10/31/14 ESA Announces First Class of Science Policy Fellows
The Entomological Society of America (ESA) selected five candidates for a new fellowship program to train scientists as effective advocates for entomological research. The fellows will interact with lawmakers, legislative staff, federal agency leaders and other scientists on science policy and science funding decisions. The program will select five new fellows yearly for two year terms. More.
10/31/14 Red Gold, Inc. Receives Sysco’s Supplier Sustainability Award
Sysco awarded Red Gold, Inc., a canned tomato products supplier, the Sustainable Supplier Award for practices such as in-plant energy upgrades, wetland creation, tree farm development, sponsorship of a Stewardship Award for growers, and water usage reductions. Red Gold, Inc. has been an active participant in shaping Sysco’s IPM Program and is a top performer on its own IPM Program evaluations. Congratulations Red Gold, Inc! More.
10/30/14 October IPM Voice Newsletter Available.
The October issue of IPM Voice provides updates on the recipients of NIFA’s first Crop Protection and Pest Management Program grants, seasonally relevant topics such as the Great Stink Bug Count and IPM for season-extending growing spaces and information on the IPM Voice board meeting scheduled for November 6 & 7 in Washington, D.C. For a full version, see our Newsletters page.
10/30/14 International IPM Symposium Seeks Nominations for IPM Achievement Awards.
The organizers of the 8th International IPM Symposium are accepting nominations for IPM Achievement Awards recognizing outstanding work in IPM implementation. Any one may nominate individuals, organizations or business and self-nomination is allowed. The deadline for nomination is December 1, 2014. Find more information and nomination applications here.
9/24/14 September IPM Voice Newsletter Available.
The September issue of IPM Voice presents NIFA's 2015 Presidential Budget, a watershed contamination study released by the US Geological Survey, and an IPM Committee being held this week in Washington, D.C. For a full version, see our Newsletters page.
8/26/14 August IPM Voice Newsletter Available.
The August issue of IPM Voice discusses a new study showing the variety of constaints to IPM adoption in developed and developing countries, as well as the University of Illinois's University Housing achieving Green Shield Certification. For a full version, see our Newsletters page.
8/21/14 EPA Releases School IPM Best Practice Guide and Webinar Series.
Accompanying its new webinar series, Environmental Protection Agency released “Model Pesticide Safety and IPM Guidance Policy for School Districts.” This document aids school districts wanting to adopt IPM-related policies and programs in their schools. The document addresses pesticide safety and proactive pest management. The companion webinar series, which started August 20th, covers IPM as it relates to schools and mosquitos, ticks, outdoor pests, bed bugs, rodents and nuissance birds. Registration for these webinars found here.
8/20/14 Biopesticide Database Available from IR-4 Project.
IR-4 Project hosts an extensive database of biopesticides funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The database is searchable by crop, pest, state, organic approval, active ingredient and trade name. It provides useful information such as the trade name, an image of the product label, EPA registration number, manufacturer name and contact, worker reentry times, pre-harvest intervals and more. The database can be found here.
8/6/14 Call for Abstracts for European IPM Conference.
The Congress on IPM Innovation in Europe will be held in Poznań, Poland on January 14-16, 2015.Organized by the Pure project and Poland's Institute of Plant Protection - National Research Institute, the Congress is accepting abstract submissions until September 15, 2014 and is currently open for registration. For details on location, registration and lodging, see the 3rd Circular.
7/30/14 July IPM Voice Newsletter Available.
The July issue of IPM Voice discusses the FAO's Farmer Field School bringing IPM practices to the developing world, the new Coordinated IPM program networking the member states of the EU, and the Potato Sustainability Initiative's positive influence on potato production. For a full version, see our Newsletters page.
7/24/14 European Union Launches Coordinated IPM Program.
As of May 2014, the European Union is funding a research coordination project, named Coordinated IPM (C-IPM), to help 21 European countries and 32 organizations develop policies and research strategies regarding IPM. The EU has granted almost $3.5 million (~ € 2.5 million) to help agricultural ministries and research institutions collaborate research efforts and boost extension through such channels as a new exchange forum and by linking existing initiatives. Visit C-IPM.org to learn more and be sure to view their July issue of the C-IPM Newsletter.
7/8/14 June IPM Voice Newsletter Available.
The June issue of IPM Voice discusses the Organic and IPM Working Group, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and the IPM Voice Board of Directors revisiting its mission, leadership and funding. For a full version, see our Newsletters page.