Spotted-wing Drosophila Canadian Webinar Series – Highlights

The Pest Management Centre (PMC) at Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC) Canada has new information available on its website regarding the topics presented at a Spotted-wing Drosophila Canadian Webinar series held during the winter months of 2016-17. The series included four sessions highlighting updates on research and extension activities across Canada and management gaps. The webinars were delivered by the national Spotted-wing Drosophila Technical Working Group.

The technical working group on Spotted-wing Drosophila (SWD) was established in 2012 in response to grower concerns about Spotted-wing Drosophila in Canada, particularly in tender fruits including cherries, blueberries, caneberries, and grapes. The SWD Technical Working Group (TWG) was mandated to determine research activities, outreach efforts, and priorities related to the detection, monitoring, biology, and management of SWD. The Spotted-wing Drosophila Technical Working Group Membership is composed of key researchers, experts and stakeholders and provides scientific and technical advice to the Canadian Horticulture Council – Pest Management Centre Invasive Alien Species Coordination Group (CHC-PMC IAS CG).

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9th International IPM Symposium – Session Proposal Deadline Approaching

The deadline for submitting a proposal for a concurrent session is next Monday, April 24. This is your opportunity to develop a proposal for a session on your favorite topic, and to educate, engage and learn from attendees from around the world. For this event, your program committee especially encourages proposals that address our theme, and include IPM user perspectives in agriculture and communities, including growers, facility managers, consultants and others.

The 9th International IPM Symposium will be held March 19-22, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Symposium is your premier global event for professional development, networking with colleagues and leading scientists, and learning the latest research and strategies for effectively managing pests in agriculture, communities, and natural areas, with the least impact on health and environment.

In 2018, we will organize around a very important theme, IPM: Improving Health, Environment and Global Sustainability.

Session proposals must be submitted online by Monday, April 24, 2017 for full consideration and may address any aspect of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) including research, extension, regulatory, policy and IPM in practice. You will find the online submission form here.

This call is only for multi-speaker sessions, not for individual presentations. If you are interested in participating in a session as a speaker and not the organizer, please contact Michelle Marquart.

Please circulate this announcement to your IPM colleagues.

The proposals should include the title, a proposed slate of speakers, and a 250-word abstract. Program sessions will be organized in ninety-minute time blocks. In addition to multiple speaker sessions, planners will also welcome proposals for discussion, roundtable, or question-and-answer formats on specific topics.

Visit for topic ideas and more details.

Contact Michelle Marquart, Symposium Coordinator, to learn more about attending, exhibiting at or contributing to the Symposium..

April 2017 Issue of IPM Insights Published

The April 2017 issue of the Northeastern IPM Center’s newsletter IPM Insights is now available to view and download here. In this month’s edition you can find the following articles:

Beyond Agriculture: The Whole Farm Approach to Pests
Change can be rapid or slow in forming, requiring years of stimuli, until one day something clicks, or just makes more sense.

Applying the “Whole Farm” Concept to Apartment Buildings
That cockroach creeping across your neighbor’s apartment floor is certainly spewing forth tiny asthma-triggering allergens—a vicious band of Wild West gunmen raiding the whole farm of human dwellings.

Plants Have Natural Defense Systems
Some plants emit chemical “help” signals that call natural enemies— such as beneficial insects— to their aid.

New videos from the from the Northeastern IPM Center’s YouTube page are also available to view.

School IPM Coordinator workshops by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is pleased to announce two fall training dates and locations, plus a couple of single day workshops for Overton in May and Amarillo in September.

Location: East TX Area
Date: May 24, 2017
Registration Deadline: May 19, 2017
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 FM 3053 N, Overton, TX 75684

Location:Panhandle Area
Date: September 19, 2017
Registration Deadline: September 15, 2017
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd. West, Amarillo, TX 79106

Location: Houston Area
Date: September 27 & 28, 2017
Registration Deadline: September 24, 2017
Humble ISD: Summer0 Creek High School 14000 Weckford Blvd, Houston, TX 77044

Location: Concho Valley Area
Date: October 18 & 19, 2017
Registration Deadline: October 13, 2016
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 7887 U.S. Highway 87 North, San Angelo, TX 76901

To register for one of these courses visit our conference services website here or call 979-845-2604 Keyword: School IPM
Class time is 8:30 am to 5:00 pm with an hour for lunch.
Advanced Cost: $210 for both days, $135 for one day only
Late Registration and Day of Event Fee $240 for both days, $155 for one day
All class participants will receive a 3-ring notebook with necessary forms and paperwork regarding school IPM program implementation.

Day One – Required New Coordinator Training
This class fulfills Texas state requirements for IPM Coordinators under Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 4, Part 1, Chapter 7, Subchapter H, Division 7 School IPM. The course instructors help coordinators understand their role in the school IPM program and help prepare them for TDA inspections. The course will cover legal requirements for schools, an introduction to IPM, how to monitor your schools under the new requirements, and a hands-on exercise to understand the difference between Green, Yellow and Red Category pesticides. Students are encouraged to bring their questions regarding their program and a willingness to learn new things.
Instructors Day 1: Dr. Don Renchie, Dr. Mike Merchant, and Ms. Janet Hurley (Note for One Day Training instructor is Janet Hurley)

Day Two – Advanced Coordinator Training
Advanced training is for both experienced and new school IPM coordinators. This training will offer 6 CEU credits for those who are licensed under the Texas Department of Agriculture 3A/Structural Pest Control Service or need hours towards their school IPM recertification. This year our second day will focus on rodents, cockroaches, school gardens, Ag science programs, and staying in compliance with School IPM rules.
Instructors Day 2: Dr. Mike Merchant, and Ms. Janet Hurley

USDA NIFA Announces Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP)

Current Closing Date for Applications:
May 01, 2017
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Award Ceiling:

Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP) will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems. Proposals submitted to AFRP should address one or more of the following priorities: (1) Improving alfalfa forage and seed yield through better nutrient, water and/or pest management; (2) Improving persistence of alfalfa stands by lessening biotic or abiotic stresses; (3) Improving alfalfa forage and seed harvesting and storage systems to optimize economic returns; (4) Improving estimates of alfalfa forage quality as an animal feed to increase forage usage in animal feeds; and/or (5) Breeding to address biotic and abiotic stresses that impact forage yield and persistence and the production of seed for propagation.

Applications may only be submitted by (1) State agricultural experiment stations; (2) Colleges and universities; (3) University research foundations; (4) Other research institutions and organizations; (5) Federal agencies; (6) National laboratories; (7) Private organizations or corporations; (8) Individuals who are United States citizens or nationals; or (9) A group consisting of two or more of the entities described in (1) through (8).

Find out more about this grant opportunity here.