Inquisitiveness and high standards earn horticulturalist Jim Diermeier an Excellence in IPM award

Jim Diermeier has spent a lifetime perfecting his art, crafting year-round beauty and wonder with the most natural of palettes — plants. And now his work will be on display at the 2020 US Open Golf Tournament.

Core to his art? Science. Whether tried and true or testing the new, Diermeier is dedicated to keeping the gardens under his care healthy and pest-free by following the core tenets of integrated pest management, or IPM. Because integrated pest management is intelligent pest management.

Now, for his outstanding work in promoting IPM, both in practice and through educating others, Diermeier has received an Excellence in IPM award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell University.

Diermeier has held a number of high-profile positons, including associate director at the New York Botanical Garden and now horticulturalist at the Winged Foot Golf Club. Winged Foot, consistently listed as among the world’s top 100, has hosted the U.S. Open golf tournament five times and is preparing for the sixth in 2020.

At Winged Foot, Diermeier’s job is caring for the gardens that wrap around the historic clubhouse and its lawns like a quilted tapestry. “I’m constantly told how great the clubhouse grounds look and I can honestly say it’s all Jim,” says Director Stephen Rabideau.

At the New York Botanical Gardens, Jessica Schuler, director of the 50-acre old-growth Thain Forest, notes Diermeier’s careful attention to least-toxic IPM practices. And in so doing, Schuler says, “Jim initiated a paradigm shift.”

“If you know Jim, you will know no one more passionate about his industry and educating others,” says Elizabeth Seme, executive director of the NYS Turfgrass association, who nominated Diermeier for the Excellence in IPM award.

“Jim is a walking encyclopedia of IPM best practices, blessed with an inquisitive mind and the willingness to try new approaches,” says Jennifer Grant, director of the NYS IPM Program. “Now he’s ready to show IPM to the world at the 2020 US Open.”

Diermeier received his award on November 15 at the annual Turf & Grounds Exposition in Rochester, New York.

The deadline for poster abstract submission for the National IPM Symposium in Baltimore in March has been extended

Please note that the deadline for poster abstract submissions for National IPM Symposium in Baltimore in March has been extended. They will keep it open until Dec. 1, or they reach 200 posters, whichever comes first. **Submissions in Medical, Urban, and Veterinary categories are especially sought. So please encourage yourself or colleagues if you/they have materials of interest.

NIFA announces the release of the FY 2018 Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) RFA

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2018 Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) Program Request for Applications (RFA). The BRAG program supports environmental assessment research concerning the introduction of genetically engineered organisms into the environment.

NIFA Funding Opportunity Page: Page:

Letter of Intent Deadline:  December 21, 2017

Application Deadline:  January 30, 2018

Please share this funding opportunity announcement to those that might be interested in applying.

Deadline for submitting Friends of IPM Award nomination is this Friday

The deadline for submitting a nomination for a Friends of IPM award is THIS Friday at 5 PM Eastern Time. Please nominate someone for a Friends of IPM Award. Graduate students receive money in exchange for an article, and everyone is recognized at an event in front of their peers or constituents.

You’ll find the Calls for Nomination for these awards, along with cover forms, at . Click on the nomination call that you wish to use to get to the Call documents and the nomination form. You will be using our Proposal / Project Management System (PPMS) to submit your nominations this year, so please be sure to find the instructions for that in the Call for Nomination and follow the steps.

Professional awards:

There are 6 categories of awards: Bright Idea (research-oriented or new idea), IPM Implementer (someone who practices IPM in the real world), IPM Educator (extension or teacher), Pulling Together (group), Future Leader (young professional), and Lifetime Achievement (seasoned professional). The award is open to anyone in the region demonstrating excellence in the field of IPM. In fact, we welcome the opportunity to recognize those outside of the university setting, such as growers, school IPM coordinators, teachers, etc.

Award winners will be publicly recognized at an event of their choice.

The Call for Nominations for the professional awards is at .

Graduate Student awards:

The Friends of Southern IPM graduate student award will go to two graduate students: one Masters student and one Ph.D. student.

The graduate student award, in addition to a public presentation of the award, comes with a sizable monetary award. The winning Masters student receives $2,000, and the winning doctoral student receives $3,000. All winners—including in the professional category—must assist with a story about their work or conduct a webinar before receiving the financial award. Please read the Call for Nominations for more information.

Each department can nominate UP TO 3 Masters students and UP TO 3 Ph.D. students. Each department can submit up to six nominations, and universities can submit from more than one department (I.e., entomology, plant pathology, weed science, horticulture, etc. departments can submit from the same university).

The Call for Nominations for the graduate student awards is at .

Nominations for both award programs consist of a cover form and a two-page written nomination. Additional materials may be submitted in support of the nomination but are not necessary. The bulk of the description and evidence of the person’s or group’s qualifications of the award should be in the two-page nomination, NOT in the additional materials.

Please share this notice with anyone you work with who may wish to nominate someone for either of these awards.

If you have any questions about either of these awards, or you have trouble navigating the PPMS system, please direct them to Henry Fadamiro at 334-844-5098 or Rosemary Hallberg at 919-513-8182.

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