First Annual Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Online Conference
Northeastern IPM Center
October 20, 2015

The first annual Northeastern IPM Center (NEIPMC) Online Conference will feature updates from active projects funded by the NEIPMC’s Partnership Grants Program. In addition, the online conference will have updates from IPM-related projects funded through the Northeastern Sustainable Agriculture and Education (NE SARE) Program.

The rapid style conference will feature 5 minute presentations in which the speakers will discuss, show, or possibly sing about 1 or 2 highlights from their projects. The purpose of the conference is to increase collaboration and awareness about current IPM-related research and extension in the Northeast in a fun way.

Anyone with an internet connection is invited to watch this exciting new event hosted by the Northeastern IPM Center. Below is a list of the projects that will be discussed during the approximately 2 1/2 hour event that will take place using the WebEx online media platform.

Time Speaker (project funded by) – Title of project

9:30 am Jim Weber (NE SARE) – Management strategies for reducing exposure of grazing sheep to Barber Pole worm
9:35 am Alan Leslie & Kelly Hamby & Cerruti Hooks (NEIPMC) – Multitasking marigold to strengthen organic IPM in beans
9:40 am Lynn Braband (NEIPMC) – School IPM outreach in the Northeast
9:45 am Mary Kay Malinoski (NEIPMC) – Invasive insect & disease outreach, detection, and reporting
9:50 am Yolanda Chen (NEIPMC) R&D on organic management options for the invasive swede midge
9:55 am Break – Q&A Discussion
10:00 am Nina Jenkins (NEIPMC) – Biopesticide technology for IPM of bed bugs
10:05 am Hilary Sandler (NEIPMC) – Weed IPM in cranberry
10:10 am Donna Ellis (NEIPMC) – Invasive plant update
10:15 am Mahfuz Rahman (NE SARE) – Bio-fumigation and biological control of verticillium wilt on tomato
10:20 am Break – Q&A Discussion
10:30 am Quan Zeng (NEIPMC) – Survey of streptomycin resistance in New England orchards
10:35 am Tatiana Stanton (NE SARE) – Innovative methods to control worms in goats and sheep
10:40 am Paul Leisnham (NE SARE) – Socio-ecological dynamics of urban mosquitoes
10:45 am Darcy Telenko (NE SARE) – Evaluation of novel bird repellants in vegetable crops
10:50 am Break – Q&A Discussion
11:00 am Robyn Underwood (NEIPMC) – Beekeeping philosophy and bee health
11:05 am Heather Karsten (NE SARE) – Diverse rotations and IPM impact on corn pests
11:10 am John Tooker (NE SARE) – Neonics disrupt biological control
11:15 am Jody Gangloff-Kauffman (NEIPMC) The Scientific Coalition of Pest Exclusion (SCOPE 2020) IPM Working Group
11:20 am Break – Q&A Discussion
11:30 am Brenna Traver (NEIPMC) Nosema ceranae
11:35 am Amy Papineau (NEIPMC) Pollinator Habitat Working Group
11:40 am Joseph Ingerson-Mahar (NE SARE) Pepper weevil pathways in New Jersey
11:45 am Richard Cowles (NEIPMC) Spotted Winged Drosophila Management
11:50 am Break – Q&A Discussion
12:00 noon End of conference – recorded presentations available online ( by October 27, 2015


NEIMPC First Online Conference
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
9:30 am | Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) | 2 hrs 30 mins

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Opening announced for Research Scientist, Insect Molecular Biology

Vestaron Corporation

 Organization: Vestaron Corporation

 Phone: 269-372-8745

 Address: 4717 Campus Drive, Suite 1200, Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, Kalamazoo, MI 49008


 Brief Description of Position: Research Scientist, Insect Molecular Biology

As a part of the Research team the successful candidate will be responsible for advancing products into the Development portfolio.  The incumbent shall play a key leadership role in identifying, expressing and profiling peptide candidates.  She/He will develop effective strategies to accomplish the Company’s goals and then lead the successful execution of those strategies.  The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in a molecular biology relevant field.  We are seeking an individual who has a strong technical background combined demonstrated communication and team work skills.

The scientist is expected to focus on high level expression of cysteine rich peptides in a variety of bacterial, yeast and potentially algal and plant systems. The scientist will work as part of a team to increase levels of expression and validate fit with potential commercial product concepts. The scientist will be expected to have experience with a variety of molecular biology techniques involved in heterologous expression of small proteins/peptides. Additional experience with insecticides, insect testing and ion channels would be advantageous.

Brief Description of Organization:

Vestaron Corporation develops next generation insecticides using peptides from spiders and other venomous animals. Vestaron is launching its first EPA approved product in 2016. Additional products under development have new modes of action, are highly effective against insects and related pests and are harmless to non-target species, including humans. Target markets include agriculture, animal health and specialty non-crop uses such as household insects. Vestaron products will be ideally suited for the environmentally conscious twenty-first century.

Vestaron is Michigan’s leading venture backed agriculture biotechnology company. All employees participate in stock ownership of the company vested over time.

General functions the organization is hiring:

Research scientists and associates


A Ph.D. degree in a field relevant to the position (preferably Entomology or Agriculture, but a more general degree such as Biology with relevant experience will be considered).  At least four years of relevant laboratory work experience is preferred but not required.

Candidates for the position will need to be able to communicate well, be well organized, and work well in groups or alone. Basic analytical and problem solving skills, basic computer literacy and statistical analysis are required. The candidate is expected to be a self-starter capable of driving projects from discovery to development. This will involve both individual work and team work potentially leveraging outside relationships and collaborations.

Experience with the majority of the following additional skills is expected in the successful applicant: Basic microbiology and bacterial culture, PCR, restriction digestions, DNA purifications, DNA ligation reactions, transformations and cultures of competent bacterial strains, protein/peptide purification, reverse-phase HPLC, DNA sequence analysis, protein sequence analysis, rtPCR, mutagenic PCR, Western Blotting, fermentation, competitive binding assays, high-throughput screening/high-throughput bioassays.

If interested in this position please send a cover letter and resume with contact information to:

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Recruitment for USDA-ARS Deputy Administrator for Crop Production and Protection announced

Deputy Administrator, Crop Production and Protection

Series/Grade: ES-0401-00

link to job post

Above is the link to access the announcement for recruiting a new Deputy Administrator for Crop Production and Protection in the Office of National Programs, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture. This is the Senior Executive Service position held most recently by Dr. Kay Simmons until her retirement several months ago.

Applications are being accepted from any qualified individual. Applicants must apply by Oct. 26, 2015. Please share information about the vacancy and this announcement with anyone who is qualified for the position.

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Newly announced Arthropod Evolution/Ecology Search, University of Connecticut

Assistant Professor, Arthropod Evolution/Ecology

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut

For the complete position announcement, please visit this page.

Job Summary: The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut seeks a researcher who uses innovative approaches to address fundamental evolutionary or ecological questions using arthropods as a study system. We especially encourage applications from individuals working in one or more of the following areas: population and evolutionary genomics, species interactions, functional and behavioral biology, population biology, biodiversity, paleobiology, diversification, and adaptation.

This position builds on Departmental strengths in organismal biology, ecology, evolution, systematics, and conservation biology. The Department offers a highly collaborative environment at a top public research university that is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive academic community. More information about the Department can be found at the following page

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a minimum of two first-authored publications related to arthropod evolution/ecology and have earned a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Entomology, or a related field by time of appointment. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.

Preferred Qualifications: Potential to establish a nationally recognized research program using arthropods to answer fundamental ecological or evolutionary questions; research program that complements and expands the Department’s strengths; evidence of or potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring; commitment to fostering and supporting diversity in the Department and University; broad training in arthropod biology; relevant postdoctoral experience.

Appointment Terms: This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position with an anticipated start date of Aug. 23, 2016.

To Apply: Follow the ‘Faculty Positions’ link, which will redirect you to Academic Jobs Online. Please submit the following: 1) a cover letter addressing qualifications, including a description of experience with and commitment to enhancing diversity; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a summary of research accomplishments and future research objectives (3 pages maximum); and 4) a description of teaching experience, interests, and approach (2 pages maximum). Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct at least three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Nov. 2, 2015. We request that all reference letters also be received by this date. (Search # 2016155)

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Emory announces tenure track position in Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease and Vector Control Director

The Department of Biology at Emory is conducting a search for a tenure-track faculty member with research in the ecology and evolution of infectious disease, broadly defined. The complete job posting is available at this link.

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Sea Grant Outreach Program Leader opening announced

Sea Grant Outreach Program Leader

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Prairie Research Institute/Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

This position is located in Urbana, Illinois

Position: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) seeks an individual to serve as a critical link between IISG extension specialists, scientists, and communities with the goal of improving ecological, economic, and societal resilience in the two-state region. The program leader will be responsible for the coordination of development, expansion, and delivery of science-based programs that empower communities and individuals to make informed resilience and natural resource management decisions.  The program leader will be housed in IISG, which currently supports 17 extension specialists and assistants and conducts community resilience outreach in 12 topic areas at local, regional, and national scales. The program leader will also be an active member of the Resilient Watershed Initiative, which seeks to build community resilience by expanding linkages between Prairie Research Institute (PRI)-based scientists and IISG. PRI is comprised of five university-based, state-wide scientific surveys engaged in proactive, multidisciplinary research and service to promote economic development, environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation.

The program leader will be located in IISG’s office in Urbana, Illinois and report to the program’s director (who also serves as the PRI Deputy Executive Director for Decision Support). The incumbent will coordinate with PRI scientists, University of Illinois and Purdue University faculty, state and federal agencies in Illinois and Indiana, and other partners related to ongoing and emerging initiatives. The incumbent will serve on the IISG program management team, oversee IISG outreach specialists and activities, and represent IISG on regional and national Sea Grant initiatives. Travel is required.


Serve as the IISG outreach program leader to coordinate and grow outreach capacity and initiatives. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Setting the strategic vision and long-term implementation plan for IISG extension and education, in collaboration with the director, management team, and extension specialists.
  • Leading, mentoring, and supporting IISG extension specialists to spur innovation and partnerships, and expand capacity and impact.
  • Shaping detailed work plans for outreach specialists and overseeing their implementation.

Guide and expand interactions between IISG, PRI, Illinois Extension and campus departments to build more resilient Illinois communities by:

  • Interfacing with university-based research teams to address knowledge and practice gaps.
  • Coordinating with IISG outreach specialists to build and expand research-based outreach programming.
  • Engaging communities to apply university-based research.

Identify and secure funding to support and grow the Resilient Watershed Initiative and the IISG outreach portfolio.

Build and manage professional relationships across a broad range of institutions (public agencies, private industry, and NGOs), disciplines, and functions (e.g., research, extension, education, and communication), working with people at all levels of management.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with ten years of experience or Ph.D. and five years of experience in natural resources, community development, or a closely-related field.
  • Experience building science-based outreach programs at the state, regional, and/or national level.
  • Ability to connect research to community and individual decision-making.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring outreach professionals.
  • Experience leading and facilitating meetings and projects involving a broad range of stakeholders, including community leaders, governmental agency personnel, natural resource managers, scientists, and the public.
  • Ability to work independently, function in interdepartmental and interagency teams, and work effectively with clients and scientists.
  • Experience working with federal, state, university, NGO, and community partners.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills.

 Preferred: Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of natural resource issues in Illinois, Indiana, and the Great Lakes.
  • Leadership ability.
  • Experience in Sea Grant, Extension, and/or other outreach capacities.

This is a regular full-time 12-month academic professional position. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Applications must be received by Oct. 30, 2015.  To apply, please visit this page  to complete an online profile and to upload a 1) cover letter, 2) résumé/CV, 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references, and 4) up to three writing samples relevant to this position.  All requested information/documentation must be submitted for your application to be considered.  An incomplete application will not be reviewed.

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, PRI/Illinois State Geological Survey, at or 217-244-2401. Technical inquiries may be directed at Lisa Merrifield at or 217-333-0045.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. at this link.

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Position announcement professor and head, Entomology Department

Position Announcement

Professor and Head, Entomology Department
POSITION: The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) invites applicants for the 12-month, tenure track position of Entomology Department Head located on the Athens Campus. The department includes 39 faculty members, approximately 21 supporting staff, 46 graduate students, and 8 post-doctoral associates located on campuses in Athens, Griffin and Tifton. The individual will administer personnel, and budgets, and assist in planning and evaluation of statewide teaching, research, and extension programs. The department head will be directly responsible to the Dean and Director. More information on the department can be found at

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Entomology or related field, understanding of extension, teaching and research programs in Entomology, and demonstrated professional excellence. Administrative experience is desirable and evidence of good communication skills and leadership potential is required. The successful candidate must qualify for the rank of professor.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be expected to administer and provide leadership for the Entomology Department that will result in high quality and relevant extension, research and teaching programs, in good working relationships with the agricultural community, and in developing and maintaining excellent interdisciplinary and interagency cooperation. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, personnel recruitment and management, performance evaluations and reviews, coordinating promotion and tenure, program planning and implementation, managing the professional development of faculty, and effective representation of the Department. The ability to manage budgets and assist faculty in obtaining gifts, grants and contracts is expected. Preserving and enhancing the stature and reputation of the Department in research, teaching, and extension will be an important goal of the new head.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is available.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Complete applications received by December 1, 2015 will be assured of consideration. Submit application electronically to Dr. J. Keith Bertrand, Search Committee Chair at Applicants must submit the following: a letter of application, curriculum vitae (25 page limit), two concise one-page statements—one on leadership and management philosophy and the other describing vision for the future of the Entomology Department. In addition, the candidate needs to arrange for four letters of reference that address the qualifications of the candidate for the position to be sent directly to the Search Committee Chair by the application due date. All materials and enquiries should be addressed to Dr. J. Keith Bertrand, Search Committee Chair, Animal & Dairy Science Department, University of Georgia, 425 River Road, Athens, GA 30602-2771. Phone: (706) 542-6259; Fax: (706) 583-0500; Email:
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status. The Board of Regents has enacted a “background investigation” policy for new hires in the system as a condition of employment. This policy can be found at: Upon offer of employment, candidate must complete the “Consent for a Background Investigation” form

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Food Sovereignty Summit is only 23 days away

Thanks to Our Sponsors!
Food Sovereignty Summit Only 23 Days Away
Today is Oct. 3, and the Third Annual Food Sovereignty Summit happens in a mere 23 days!  It’s Oct. 26-29 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Summit again is co-hosted by First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, along with this year’s additional sponsors:
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
  • International Indian Treaty Council
  • CHS Foundation
  • North Central Integrated Pest Management Center
  • Oneida Nation Tourism Department

We thank them for their generous support, and we look forward to seeing all of you at the Summit.  If you haven’t registered yet, please do so now at this link.

The Pre-Conference Experiential Learning Training Sessions are 1) Oneida Commercial Farm, 2) Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm, 3) Oneida Orchard/Cannery, 4) Environmental Restoration/Where the Birds Nest, and 5)Indigenous Peoples and Nations Consultation on Climate Change: Defending Our Rights and Food Sovereignty on the Road to Paris and Beyond.
The climate change session was recently added and it’s a consultation to seek input from tribal nations and traditional food producers about the climate change impacts they are experiencing in their homelands and how our traditional knowledge and practices can provide solutions. Presented by the International Indian Treaty Council, with thanks to the United Nations Development Programme, this consultation comes in advance of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that will take place in November and December 2015 in Paris. Its goal is to finalize a legally-binding international agreement to curb the pace of climate change and define programs to help the most vulnerable communities, including Indigenous peoples, to mitigate and adapt to the impacts.  Indigenous peoples from North America plan to attend to influence this process that will affect us all, now and in the future.

The Green Bay Food Sovereignty Summit agenda also features Regional Roundtables, an Optional Tour at the end of the conference and, of course, the three main session tracks of Applied Agriculture, Community Outreach, and Products to Market. And there’s a Social Dinner where the dress is traditional attire.The event is being held at the Radisson Green Bay Hotel and Conference Center. At the Summit, Native American communities come together to learn from one another in order to promote Native health, wellness and food sovereignty. Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers and other practitioners from around the U.S. will share information, program models and tools to meet growing and marketing challenges, as well as provide inspiration, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Register now If you are involved in any way in tribal food production or processing or Native nutrition and health, you need to be at the Food Sovereignty Summit. If you have a best-of-class practice relating to agriculture, community outreach or products you would like to share, we’d like to hear from you! Or if you want to showcase and share traditional foods from your tribe and region, let us know that, too. And if you would enjoy the opportunity to share samples of your marketing materials, packaging and products, contact us! Information about these opportunities is on the “Summary” tab on the conference website here.

Want a sample of what this conference is all about? Watch this video from last year —

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NCIPMC Releases FY16 Working Group RFA

Good morning.  The North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (NCIPMC) announces the availability of funds and requests proposals for Working Groups that support the NCIPMC and regional IPM priorities. We highly recommend reading through the entire RFA before beginning your planning.

The RFA and required forms are available for download at (click on “Current RFAS”). The RFA without the required forms is available at

A webinar will be conducted on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. ET, 9:30 a.m. CT to provide information about this funding opportunity.  Individuals can register for the webinar at The webinar will provide an overview of the new proposal focusing on an outcome-based funding approach and evaluation plans.  Individuals participating in the webinar will have an opportunity to ask questions about the RFA.

Please share this announcement with others who may be interested in this funding opportunity.  Cheers. Sue

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2015 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program Request for Applications (RFA) announced

By Janise Zygmont USDA/AMS/TM

On Sept. 4, 2015, AMS announced the 2015 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program. Approximately $3 million will be available to fund applications under this Request for Applications (RFA). The application deadline is Jan. 14, 2016.  The RFA is available at: Link to RFA PDF. AMS held a teleconference to discuss the RFA.  The teleconference was recorded and posted to the website afterwards.

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