The Northeastern IPM Center is searching to fill three positions.
The Northeastern IPM Center Director search has been reopened and the NEIPMC is also seeking applications for fill the Communication and Evaluation Specialist positions.
The Center Director search was undertaken late in 2017 and despite a good group of candidates we were unable to fill the position. The candidates who were offered the position ultimately declined for good reasons. Link to the Center Director position https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10133
Yifen, our last evaluator took a position in the medical field earlier in the year which aligns better with her medical background. Link to the Evaluation Specialist position http://tiny.cc/Program_WDR_00014717
Chris Gonzales, our Communication Specialist has decided to leave his position with the Center to devote more time to his personal writing. He will remain on board part-time and will help with the transition to his replacement. Link to the Communications Specialist position: http://tiny.cc/Communication_WDR00014764
The Eastern Broccoli Project is offering a webinar that you, your colleagues, and eastern growers may find informative. Please share news of this event and encourage anyone interested to complete the online registration form.
We have two of the top people in produce-safety. They are known for finding sensible and effective ways to make sure the produce going out does not have pathogens.
UVM Agricultural Engineer Chris Callahan, Produce Safety Alliance Director Elizabeth Bihn, and their colleagues will present a webinar on Monday, May 14 at 2 p.m. on “Produce Safety for Broccoli Producers”, which will include an overview of food safety regulations (coverage thresholds and compliance dates, FSMA, Produce Safety Rule) and broccoli-specific considerations, plus an overview of educational materials being developed through the Eastern Broccoli Project.
Broccoli growers have particular sanitation challenges during cooling and icing, and all vegetable growers are looking for good water management and surface sanitation. Growers considering adding broccoli to their mix may need to make an investment in cooling equipment that meets recent sanitation requirements; this should be an excellent guide for making that investment effectively.
You can find more details about the webinar and a registration form on the Eastern Broccoli Project blog at this link: https://blogs.cornell.edu/easternbroccoliproject/2018/04/24/produce-safety-webinar-for-broccoli-producers/#.Wt991uJmF04.twitter. Those registering specify issues they would like to see addressed. That
There is also a link to the post in the Eastern Broccoli Twitter feed here: https://twitter.com/easternbroccoli/status/988857245961158656
Please share news of this event and encourage anyone interested to complete the online registration form. There is no charge for the registration or the webinar.
The Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University seeks a Research Manager to conduct research on diseases of economic importance to the dry bean and pulse industries of the northern Great Plains. A successful candidate will i) assist the PI, colleagues and cooperators in designing, preparing and completing research experiments encompassing all areas of plant pathology as well as preparing manuscripts for publication; ii) train and supervise graduate students, temporary employees and support personnel; iii) maintain and organize all pathogen culture collections log-term; iv) ensure all employees have sufficient supplies, equipment, support, etc. to perform research; v) support the PI in development of new and existing projects towards the goal of advancing research and disseminating results through reports, presentations and refereed journal publications. Specific research areas will include fungicide efficacy, host genetic resistance and pathogen variability using laboratory, greenhouse and field techniques. A successful candidate must be well-trained in both classical and modern areas of plant pathology. The appointment is for 12 months with extension possible depending on satisfactory performance and funding. Applications will be accepted and more information can be viewed at https://jobs.ndsu.edu/postings/9271.
The Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University has a Pulse Crops Breeding Position available to provide leadership and direction for the pulse breeding project at NDSU. The successful candidate will develop and improve dry pea, lentil and chickpea germplasm and cultivars adapted to North Dakota and the surrounding region using both classical and emerging plant breeding and genetic techniques. Applications will be accepted and more information can be viewed at: http://jobs.ndsu.edu/postings/9178
The Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University has a post-doctoral position available to conduct research on diseases of economic importance to the dry bean and pulse industries the northern Great Plains. A successful candidate will research various aspects of molecular plant:microbe interactions including host resistance and pathogen characterization using laboratory and greenhouse methods. A successful candidate must be well-trained in both classical and emerging areas of plant pathology, demonstrate the ability to lead a team in research and collaborate with a multidisciplinary (breeders and geneticists) team. Applications will be accepted and more information can be viewed at (https://jobs.ndsu.edu/postings/9206).
The Midwest Pesticide Action Center and the Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association are partnering to provide a series of webinars on sports turf management.
The webinar on sports turf grass selection that was held on March 8th is now available as an archive at http://www.ilstma.org/newsletter.aspx.
A second webinar will discuss composting for sports fields and is scheduled for May 15th, 11 AM to 12 PM. This webinar is part of Chicago Grows Green Week. Our panelists Benjamin Krumstok and Vytas Pabedinskas from the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition, and Dan Dinelli from the North Shore Country Club, will cover compost sourcing, creation, application, and best practices. Register for this webinar at bit.ly/MGGmay15.
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY – Nebraska: The USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services (WS) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA), “Predator Damage Management in Nebraska April 2018” to update and replace WS-Nebraska’s 2016 pre-decisional Predator Damage Management EA.” This EA has been updated to better explain the WS-Nebraska Predator Damage Management Program and expand upon the analysis of the proposed action. This EA addresses recent literature published on the subject of predator management, incorporates WS-Nebraska’s updated Biological Assessment, and addresses additional concerns that have been raised by the public. This EA is available for review and comment prior to issuing a decision on the alternative to be selected and its associated environmental impacts. The proposed action is to implement an integrated approach using a variety of methods to reduce predator damage to agricultural resources, aircraft and air passenger safety, natural resources, and human and pet health and safety. Wildlife Services is seeking review and comments on the pre-decisional EA from interested parties. To receive full consideration, comments must be received by the close of business on May 23, 2018.
OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
Interested parties may view the EA by clicking on the following links:
Or by Contacting:
Timothy Veenendaal: State Director
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
5940 South 58th Street
Lincoln, NE 68516
Phone (402) 434-2342
Fax: (402) 434-2340
In 2016, China put in place a new grain import law to keep invasive weeds and other plant pests from entering their country. In 2017, they informed USDA that U.S. grain shipments, particularly soybeans, did not comply with the new law. They specifically cited increased detections of weed seeds. These weed seeds threaten U.S. access to China’s soybean market.
Soybeans are critical to the U.S. economy. Approximately 1 of every 3 bushels of U.S. soybean are shipped to China, making it the United States’ largest market for this commodity. In 2017, this export was valued at $12.4 billion, which is approximately 91% by value of all U.S. grains shipped to China.
For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website outlining “A Systems Approach for U.S. Soybean”.