“Apple A Day” Calendars Now Available, featuring Eco-Fruit Producers of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin

Apple a Day Sample Calendar

The IPM Institute is pleased to announce the 2017 Apple A Day IPM Calendar. This calendar celebrates AppleTalk and other IPM Institute programs serving orchards in the upper Midwest. Included in the calendar are descriptions of important crop and pest phenology, and IPM events for each week of the month.  Plus, there is plenty of extra room to schedule your daily activities and make notes. These stories and photographs offer a fun way to plan your year and tell the narrative of growing apples and would make an excellent gift to employees, friends, family or valued customers.
The wall calendars are ready to ship in December.  Please click here to place your order.  All orders will be processed electronically. If you are having trouble placing an order please call Peter Werts, (608) 232-1410 x1002 or email him here.

PERC Releases Worker Protection Standard Manual for Trainers of Agricultural Workers & Pesticide Handlers

The Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proud to announce the publication of the highly anticipated resource, National Worker Protection Standard: A Manual for Trainers of Agricultural Workers and Pesticide Handlers.

The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance for training agricultural workers and pesticide handlers who work in outdoor and enclosed space production areas, such as farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses in order to meet changes to the federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training requirements which begin January 2, 2017. The manual is designed to help trainers conduct effective training sessions for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers.

This manual for trainers includes:
•         An introduction to pesticides and pesticide safety and the federal pesticide regulations.
•         A discussion of each of the specific points that must be included in WPS training sessions.
•         Valuable information to help trainers prepare for and conduct pesticide safety training.

This manual focuses on effective ways to communicate pesticide safety and WPS information. It describes a variety of training techniques that are adaptable to different training programs and includes fifteen sample activities for WPS trainers. The final chapter addresses situations that may arise during training and provides suggestions on how to resolve them.

The document may be accessed and downloaded from the PERC website here.

Changes to the standard in 2015 have made the previous manual obsolete. This updated manual is written in English and PERC plans to release a Spanish version in spring 2017. Plans are underway to have the printed manual available for purchase. Details will follow soon. An announcement is also forthcoming regarding PERC’s upcoming EPA-approved in-person Train-the-Trainer curriculum. Iowa State University’s online Worker Protection Standard Train-the-Trainer course is available now here.

Upcoming EPA Webinar on School IPM for Cockroaches

Join the US EPA on Tuesday, December 13 for a webinar on combating cockroaches in schools. Wherever there is food and water, cockroaches will thrive. Cockroaches hide in cracks, crawl spaces, cardboard boxes, between walls, in appliances and in false bottoms of cupboards. They inhabit school kitchens, cafeterias and break rooms and eagerly wait for school staff to leave for the day, emerging at night to feast on the spills and debris that are hidden under appliances and in cracks. Cockroaches satisfy their thirst from dripping faucets or sweating pipes, which can also contribute to mold issues in schools. Cockroach saliva, feces, and body parts also trigger allergies and asthma attacks–a serious health concern in schools.

Attend this webinar to hear from IPM experts who will break down the simple steps of implementing a comprehensive IPM program. Presenters Janet Hurley, Philip Koehler and Fred Koelbel will address monitoring, sanitation, maintenance and exclusion — actions that, when performed regularly, will result in a healthier school environment and a less likely place for cockroaches to call home.

Register for this event here and find more info here.

USDA Awards $9.4 Million for Safer, More Effective Pest Management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $9.4 million to support 25 research and outreach projects that will help mitigate pests, weeds and diseases on farms and in communities. The awards are made through NIFA’s Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CPPM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program which have awarded more than $64.5 million since 2014.

NIFA’s CPPM and IPM investments are made through several programs. The Applied Research and Development Program Area (ARDP), which invests in high priority pest management projects that encourage adoption and implementation of new IPM technologies. The Promoting IPM in Affordable Housing grant provides IPM technical assistance services and training sessions to public housing authorities and other housing providers. The Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) program helps to discover and implement practical and environmentally friendly pest management alternatives to transition from this older pesticide. The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) is a nationwide group of diagnostic laboratories that collaborate on early detection, identification and reporting of plant disease pathogens, especially those that may be biosecurity risks.

“NIFA is making investments to ensure America’s agriculture sector is able to rely on sound scientific approaches to increase production and ensure continued food security in the face of the many challenges including arthropod, weed and disease pests,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “The Crop Protection and Pest Management Program has a history of developing new tools, best management practices and strategies for healthy crop systems while supporting communities with effective, affordable and environmentally sound solutions that reduce potential health risks.”

To learn more about the grants awarded, please visit the USDA’s site here.

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

Dr. Thomas Green has authored a new fact sheet outlining the reasons to promote integrated pest management in schools as a priority.  Entitled, “Why We Should All Support IPM in Schools as a Top Priority For Our Nation,” the fact sheet discusses the benefits of IPM programs to schools and takes a look at recent efforts to create a national shift in pest management practices at educational facilities. Check out the full fact sheet here.