Supervisory Agriculturist (Laboratory Director)

USDA, APHIS, Plant Protection and Quarantine, Science and Technology is pleased to announce the posting of the Supervisory Agriculturist (Laboratory Director), of the Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Lab (PERAL) in Raleigh, NC.  The position is announced GS-14/15 and will be open 4/03/18 to 4/09/18.


Information regarding the position, as well as the application process and requirements can be found at:  If the link does not work you may search for the position, using 24PQ-APHIS-MC-2018-0318 as your search criterion.

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Veterinary Medical Officer


·         Open & closing dates:  03/30/2018 to 04/12/2018
·         Salary: $61,218 to $113,428 per year
·         Pay scale & grade: GS 11 – 13
·         Work schedule: Full-Time
·         Appointment type: Permanent



This position is located in the Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit (ABADRU) of USDA’s Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (CGAHR), based in Manhattan, KS. The incumbent provides and oversees services in animal care and veterinary care consistent with animal welfare and overall animal use in accordance with the Institutional Animal Care Use Committee (IACUC), national guidelines and regulations.


Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Plans, directs and participates in the care, treatment, and management of laboratory animals and other government-owned animals. Performs professional veterinary work that involves the investigation, examination, treatment, and control of animals and animal diseases.

Diagnoses animal health problems. Performs and interprets laboratory findings. Maintains health records and prepares reports as necessary. Includes other related duties as assigned.

Offers support for principal investigators (PI) including veterinary procedures (e.g.anesthesia, sample collection) and research project consultation. Performs major and minor surgery in support of ABADRU programs.

Serves as a liaison between animal care staff and PI. May act as co-PI on certain projects and offers primary responsibility for upkeep and use of sample donor animals.

Conducts the training of employees, and other personnel, involved in care, treatment, and use of animals. Training will cover regulatory requirements for using animals, proper methods of handling, recognition of signs of stress and diseases, and on technical procedures such as blood collection, heat detection, and recognition of abnormal animal behavior.

May be required to observe periods of no-contact with some livestock and/or avian species.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Occasional travel for training

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Research Specialist

Research Specialist Position
Crop Sciences
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. We serve the state, the nation, and the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge. Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. Illinois is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community. 

PRIMARY FUNCTION Manage agricultural field research activities for an applied program in Field Crop Entomology 


 Plan, establish, and conduct field experiments to evaluate and develop management practices for insect pests of corn, soybean, and other agronomic crops 

 Plant, maintain, and harvest agronomic crops for small plot research 

 Organize and maintain plot plans for field experimental protocols 

 Ensure timely completion of crop production tasks including pesticide and fertilizer applications, tillage, and weed management. 

 Organize and operate equipment needed to establish and maintain research plots 

 Coordinate the collection of data including insect counts and damage and agronomic characteristics of plants 

 Diagnose and solve problems in agronomic crops including weeds, diseases, nutrient deficiencies, weather damage, etc. 

 Handle and analyze experimental data and prepare visual representations and technical reports 

 Communicate effectively with the P.I., graduate students, undergraduate students, cooperators, and farm staff to ensure that complex research tasks are completed on time 

 Supervise hourly student workers by creating work schedules, assigning work detail, and overseeing quality of work. 

 Train graduate and undergraduate students in field research methods as appropriate, including methods for plot establishment and maintenance and data collection 

 Work effectively in the adverse environmental conditions often encountered outdoors in agricultural fields, including extreme heat and cold, excess moisture and mud, pollen and other allergens, exposure to sunlight, etc. 


Required: BS degree in Crop Sciences, Agronomy, Entomology, Weed Science, Plant Pathology, Agricultural Technology, or related area. Preferred: MS in MS degree in Crop Sciences, Agronomy, Entomology, Weed Science, Plant Pathology, Agricultural Technology or related area. 


 Two years of experience conducting small- and/or large-plot agricultural field research 

 Experience with computers including word processing and spreadsheet software 

 Experience with agronomic crop production (corn, soybean, small grains, etc.) 

 Experience instructing and supervising personnel 


 Three years of experience working with corn and soybean production in the Midwest 

 Experience with insect monitoring and identification 

 Experience operating tractors, forklifts, spray equipment, harvesters, and other agricultural implements 

 Experience analyzing data and preparing technical reports 


Must possess or be able to obtain an Illinois Driver’s License. Must possess or be able to obtain an appropriate Illinois Commercial Pesticide Applicator license. 


Required: Familiarity with agricultural production and pest management practices used in the Midwest. Ability to identify, diagnose, and independently solve problems in agronomic crops. Ability to learn quickly, adapt to new challenges, and solve problems as they arise in unpredictable scenarios. Ability to organize and coordinate facilities, and equipment to ensure that complex tasks are performed correctly and efficiently at the proper time. Understanding of basic experimental design principles. Ability to use computer equipment to handle, store, and analyze data and prepare reports. 

APPOINTMENT STATUS This is a 12-month, 100% academic professional position. 

SALARY Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience 

PROPOSED STARTING DATE This position is available as soon as possible after the closing date. Application materials may be reviewed prior to the close date and will continue until the most qualified candidate is identified. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter indicating your qualifications, resume, and contact information for three professional references by April 15, 2018. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Linda Kemplin, You may also visit for additional information. 

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. 

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit 

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Field Science and Operations Manager

Field Science and Operations Manager: MosquitoMate, the industry leader in Wolbachia-based mosquito suppression technologies, is seeking applications for a full-time scientist for leadership in research and management of field operations. The position is available immediately combining leadership and management of mosquito suppression Experimental Use Permit field trials and post product registration mosquito suppression customer projects with ongoing work as a Principal Investigator for awards from NIH and CDC. This also includes the publication of papers on data developed by field work. 

The field operations management portion involves leadership of a team of 4 to 6 individuals, possibly as direct reports and possibly as collaborator team members. Responsibilities include communication directly with residents and other stakeholders including local government officials, state health officials, and federal representatives of the EPA and CDC, as required. This includes the development and contextualization of materials pertaining to and used in communication of the mosquito suppression trial to those impacted in the area through the placement of information at homes (e.g., door hangers), home visits, electronic communication (email, telephone, etc.), participation in community meetings (e.g., HOA meetings) and participation in a call center to respond to resident questions. 

Successful applicants will be required to lead and coordinate a team to repeatedly place and collect mosquito traps within an area of treatment and to participate in data analysis intended to estimate mosquito population size in treated and untreated areas. This will include identification of mosquitoes, locally or in coordination with MosquitoMate headquarters, to determine the number of eggs, the egg hatch rate, the species and number of adult mosquitoes, and their sex in treated and untreated area. Successful applicants will participate in proprietary quality control assessments, examining the fitness of male mosquitoes following delivery to the field sites (e.g., Mark Release Recapture experiments). Applicants, once hired, must apply for and become licensed in one or more states as a licensed pesticide applicator as required to release MosquitoMate’s biopesticide mosquitoes. 

Other duties require the ability to collaborate and coordinate with sub-contractor support organizations and personnel in the day-to-day execution of the mosquito suppression plan, mentor team members in development of their knowledge of the MosquitoMate processes and assist with education regarding the MosquitoMate mosquito suppression plan with the local government and community. 

Requirements: Masters or PhD in life science related discipline (e.g. entomology, biology). Ideal candidates will have experience in lab work, including insect-vector borne diseases, entomological field work, and prior experience with project implementation for university, government or industry. 

Travel: Position is headquartered in Lexington, KY and is highly likely to be deployed for extended times of 6 months or more to locations in FL, TX, or other similar locations as the need may arise. 

Other Preferences: Foreign language skill proficiency in Spanish is highly desired. Demonstrated success with grant applications and receipt of funding. Authorship or co-authorship with publication of works in scientific journals. 

Salary: Salary level is more than competitive with post doc compensation and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants are requested to send a letter of interest, detailed curriculum vita, statement of career goals and research interests and be ready to provide the names and contact details of three referees. Applications, informal enquiries, and requests for additional information should be addressed to: 

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Pesticide Program Public Involvement Opportunities

EPA offers a number of ways for the public to participate in and comment on regulatory actions that the agency proposes to take regarding the registration and review of pesticides.

Opportunities for Public Comment

Open for Comment –This link provides a list of all the notifications and proposed regulatory actions sponsored by EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs currently available for public comment. Included in this list are registration actions and re-registration and registration review actions.

Public Participation in Registration Actions – This link provides a smaller list of pesticide active ingredients that are part of EPA’s effort (initiated in 2009) to expand the opportunities for public comment on certain pesticide registration actions. This list focuses on those actions that involve new active ingredients and the first food use, first outdoor use, and first residential use of currently registered products.

Pesticide Active Ingredients in Registration Review and Reregistration Programs – These lists include all of the pesticide active ingredients that EPA is required by law to review to ensure that they meet current scientific and regulatory standards.

  • Under the Registration Review Program, EPA must review each registered pesticide at least every 15 years. Registration Review includes opportunities for public involvement.
  • Under the Reregistration Program, EPA was directed to complete Reregistration Eligibility Decisions or REDs for all older pesticides. With stakeholder and public involvement, EPA completed the last REDs in 2008. EPA continues to implement these decisions through label amendments another other means.

Opportunities for Public Involvement

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee – This Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) committee provides a forum for a diverse group of stakeholders to provide feedback to the pesticide program on various pesticide regulatory, policy and program implementation issues. The Committee meets two to three times a year and all meetings are open to the public.

Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) – The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) is composed of biologists, statisticians, toxicologists and other experts who provide independent scientific advice to the EPA on a wide-range of health and safety issues related to pesticides. These meetings are open to the public and announced on this webpage and in the Federal Register.

Guidance to Submit a Pesticide Petition

A petition could be a request from any source that EPA act on tolerances, registrations, or rulemaking.

When submitting, include the following in your petition:

  • the name and mailing address of the petitioner and other contact information, such as an email address, a fax number, and a telephone number;
  • an explanation of the action you are requesting (policy change, commencement of a rulemaking, amendment to an existing regulation, or deregulation) and its purpose; and
  • specific information supporting the request.

After we have determined that a request is a petition and the petition is under review, we will contact the petitioner in writing to acknowledge receipt and conduct any other relevant communications.

Petitions affecting pesticide tolerances pertaining to 40 CFR§ 180.7 should continue to adhere to the following guidelines on how to submit a notice of filing of a petition to establish a tolerance.

Where to Submit Pesticide Petitions

For the types of petitions discussed on this web page, send the complete original, signed petition along with supporting material to the following address:

Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Pesticide Programs Mail Code 7501P
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460

Additionally, state lead agencies work cooperatively with the U.S. EPA to enforce federal pesticide regulations, respond to potential concerns, and offer additional information and support. For more information on the state’s role in pesticide matters as well as individual state agency contact information visit State and Territorial Pesticide Agencies.

Contact Us to ask a question, provide feedback, or report a problem.



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Assistant Professor, Apiculturist (12-month, tenure-track, 100% Extension)

 Entomology and Plant Pathology 

2505 E.J. Chapman Drive 370 Plant Biotechnology Building Knoxville, TN 37996-4560 


Position: Assistant Professor, Apiculturist (12-month, tenure-track, 100% Extension) 

Location: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA); Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology; Knoxville, Tennessee 

Effective Date: Screening of applicants will begin May 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Overview: The successful applicant will develop and deliver a vibrant Extension Apiculture educational program with a supporting applied-research component designed to resolve problems of importance to the beekeeping industry in Tennessee. This individual will provide leadership in Extension and outreach education that meets the needs of clientele regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or veteran status. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

• Provide technical expertise on honeybee management. 

• Fully develop a statewide, county-based, honeybee program for hobbyist beekeepers. 

• Develop an advanced certificate program suitable for commercial and sideliner beekeepers. 

• Use traditional and innovative outreach tools to educate a diverse audience including beekeepers, Extension agents and specialists, regional and state leaders, gardeners, etc. 

• Provide leadership, including curriculum development, to the 4-H Bee Project. 

• Develop an applied research program related to beekeeping, pollinator health, and pollination. 

• Secure funding from appropriate sources and publish the results of research and other creative activities. 

• Participate in the training of graduate students and provide service to the department, the university, and professional societies or organizations. 

Required Qualifications: 

• The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Entomology or related discipline. 

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

Desirable Qualifications: 

• Advanced knowledge and experience in beekeeping. 

• The ideal candidate will have experience in assessing and improving honeybee health that includes pest and pathogen diagnosis and treatment, bee nutrition, bee genetics, queen breeding, honey production, and pollination. 

• Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with diverse audiences including faculty, stakeholders, and other clientele. 

• Evidence of scholarship through scientific presentations and publications. 

• Familiarity with the production of commercial fruit, vegetable or other agricultural commodities that benefit from pollination. 

• Expertise with modern communication strategies such as web-based publications and use of social media. 

• We encourage applications from candidates that have the demonstrated ability to foster diversity. 

The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in scholarship, learning and service and aims to enrich and elevate society.

Knoxville is situated in a valley between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cumberland Plateau, areas of great beauty and among the most bio-diverse in the USA. Knoxville is a city of 200,000 offering many amenities of urban life. Knoxville has a beautiful and walkable downtown, active neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants, and shopping. Trip Advisor recently named Knoxville a Top Ten Destination on the Rise. Knoxville is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Atlanta, and Nashville. 

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology (EPP) resides within the Institute of Agriculture at The University of Tennessee and adheres to the three-pronged mission of land grant universities by providing quality research, teaching and Extension, including outreach, to the citizens of Tennessee and elsewhere. The Department has an excellent reputation in research, teaching and Extension and excels at fulfilling its mission to advance scientific knowledge and to provide science-based information to improve the sustainability of food and fiber production, protection of natural resources, and the lives of all people in Tennessee and across the world. EPP Extension is the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture and is recognized nationally for delivering research-based information about agriculture and pests to the people of Tennessee. The EPP Department currently has 25 full-time faculty members with expertise in diverse areas of entomology and plant pathology. The successful candidate will have access to ten research and education centers located across the state. The department offers masters and doctoral degrees and an undergraduate minor. The recruited individual for this position will have opportunities for collaboration within the department and across UTIA. The successful candidate will have an excellent opportunity to play a role in the direction of growth of the department as several new hires are anticipated. For more information about the department, visit our web site at: 

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits available include group medical insurance, dental insurance, group and individual life insurance, long-term disability insurance, workers’ compensation, retirement plan with UT contribution, sick leave, annual leave, paid holidays and administrative leave days, unemployment compensation, educational discounts, and use of University Services. 

To apply, send a cover letter detailing your interest and your CV in a single PDF file via e-mail to Mr. Chris Maguigan (, Entomology and Plant Pathology. Also, please arrange for official transcripts and three letters of reference to be e-mailed to Mr. Maguigan. Inquiries regarding the position should be directed to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Scott Stewart by phone (731-267-6085) or e-mail ( 

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status in provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits. This policy extends to both employment by and admission to the University. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or disability in the education programs and activities pursuant to the requirements of the title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the educational amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Inquiries and charges of violation concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, ADA or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any of the other above referenced policies should be directed to the Office of Equity & Diversity, 2110 Terrace Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the above address.

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WSSA Seeking New NIFA Fellow


The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a Weed Science resource for USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and to act as a liaison between WSSA members and USDA-NIFA employees.  Dr. Donn Shilling from the University of Georgia has served in this role for the past three years, but plans to step down from this position in 2018.  Our intention is for Donn and the new NIFA Fellow to initially work together during the transition period.  Ideally, the new individual will travel to Washington, D.C. approximately once every 6 – 8 weeks to interact and work with USDA-NIFA employees during the week.  The NIFA Fellow will provide input on a wide range of topics such as current weed management practices, herbicide resistance management, weed biology and ecology, invasive plants, and the potential for new weed management paradigms such as the use of weed genomics and intelligent weed removal technologies.  A key role for the NIFA Fellow is to connect USDA-NIFA staff with WSSA committees and members to leverage their expertise to address these and other Weed Science topics.

This individual should be willing to learn the USDA-NIFA policies and procedures, become familiar with the USDA-NIFA staff and their roles in the agency, and develop a basic understanding of how USDA-NIFA funding priorities are established and grants awarded.  This individual must be a member of the WSSA, prepare a quarterly report for the WSSA Board of Directors and report in person to the WSSA Board of Directors when requested such as during the annual meeting. The WSSA will provide a stipend of up to $25,000 per year for travel and expenses while working at USDA-NIFA. The applicant is expected to work with their employer to obtain approval to serve in this volunteer capacity as part of their responsibilities.

The application period will end on May 1, 2018, or until a suitable candidate is identified. Ideally, the individual selected would be available to make their first visit to USDA-NIFA in the fall of 2018, but this is negotiable.

Please email a letter of intent and resume to Lee Van Wychen at and Scott Senseman at If you have questions or would like to discuss the position, please contact Donn Shilling at  Further information on the NIFA Fellow position and a listing of previous reports can be found at

Weed Science Society of America
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Biological Sciences Technician for Emerald Ash Borer Biological Control Facility

Emerald Ash Borer Biological Control Rearing Facility is looking for a biological sciences technician to support research on emerald ash borer and the natural enemies (parasitoid wasps) that are being reared for release to control this invasive insect.  Research will concentrate on three areas: optimizing rearing production, production of EAB eggs and natural enemies to support field research, and evaluating the establishment of natural enemies throughout the U.S. The position will involve mostly laboratory work but will include trips to the field to collect ash logs and foliage for feeding the beetles. The incumbent will work at the EAB Biocontrol Laboratory in Brighton, MI, but this position is administered by North Carolina State University under a cooperative agreement.  The position is expected to be filled for several years at approximately $41,000 per year.  The incumbent will do the following:


1)     Assist the Emerald Ash Borer Rearing facility in producing EAB natural enemies and EAB eggs for use by researchers in the field.  This will include all aspects of rearing (e.g. rearing EAB adults and collecting eggs, cutting logs, infesting logs with eggs, caring for the natural enemy colonies, etc.).

2)     Process yellow pan trap samples collected by cooperators throughout the country. The incumbent will receive and record yellow pan trap samples and store them for future processing.  The incumbent will learn how to identify EAB natural enemies, go through the samples and collect all suspect EAB natural enemies, and ship potential specimens for positive identification.

3)     Conduct rearing studies to optimize storage of parasitoids. These studies will be designed by an APHIS Science and Technology scientist and the EAB Rearing Facility director. The incumbent will follow experimental protocols and collect and summarize data.

Please send an email with a cover letter and resume to

If they have questions about the position they can contact Ben at 810-844-2704.

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Extension Weed Specialist

POSITION TITLE:  Extension Weed Specialist

TYPE OF POSITION:  This is a 12 month, tenure track (90% Extension, 10% research) position housed in the Department of Plant Sciences.

EMPLOYER:  North Dakota State University


LOCATION:  NDSU Main Campus, Fargo, ND


SALARY:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

BENEFITS:  Benefited – includes retirement plan and full coverage for family health insurance.


DATE POSITION AVAILABLE:  Screening Date – 4/16/2018


The North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service and Department of Plant Sciences is recruiting a highly motivated faculty member to serve as the state weed specialist for North Dakota. The NDSU Extension Service is an organization that values people who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others and are excellent communicators. The weed specialist is a member of a statewide Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources team responsible for providing leadership to create and deliver innovative learning experiences that empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities.

This is a 12 month, tenure track position at the academic level of assistant professor with a 90% Extension and 10% research appointment. The successful specialist will provide leadership for a strong statewide Extension program focused on weed management in small grains, row crops (except sugarbeet and potato), specialty crops, and range and pasture. The position responsibilities include educating Extension staff, allied industry workers, and agricultural professionals on weed identification and making economically and environmentally sound management recommendations; providing innovative Extension programs that capitalize on the appropriate personal, media and digital training and delivery systems; and providing support and technical expertise to plant diagnosticians in weed and herbicide injury identification. Applied weed management research should be conducted to augment Extension programs. The specialist is expected to advise graduate students and secure extramural funding to support research activities and Extension programming. The individual will maintain effective working relationships with NDSU Plant Sciences faculty, Extension agents and specialists, county weed officers, and commodity and industry groups. In addition, the individual is expected to participate in the success of the Department of Plant Sciences, NDSU Extension, and NDSU through service on selected committees. Conduct in a professional and collegial manner with NDSU faculty, staff and students, appropriate commodity groups and stakeholders is expected. The person will be located in the Department of Plant Sciences at NDSU, Fargo, N.D. Travel off-campus is required to carry out Extension programs.

The successful candidate will report to the Department of Plant Sciences Head.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in weed science at time of appointment or Ph.D. in related area with demonstrated experience in weed science
    • Broad knowledge in crop production, herbicide use, weed management practices, and weed identification taxonomy
    • Demonstrated ability to provide educational programs for agents, farmers and crop advisors;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Sufficient aptitude in computer applications and technology to meet position requirements
    • Ability to conduct and publish research
    • North Dakota Commercial Applicator License or ability to obtain; and valid U.S. driver’s license or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skill in diagnosing plant injury symptoms
    • Experience with Northern Plains agriculture
    • Extension or teaching experience or similar activity in industry
    • Successful publication of Extension and research results in popular press and professional journals
    • Grant writing experience
    • Experience in multiple educational pedagogies applied appropriately for a given audience

SUBMIT TO:  Applications must be submitted online. The Quicklink for Job Opening:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.



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North Central Integrated Pest Management Center announces FY18 Working Group Grants Program Awards

The FY18 NCIPMC Working Groups Grants Program will support 18 working groups that includes 15 continuing working groups and 3 new working group projects. NCIPMC working groups are self-selected, self-directed projects that expand our pest management network throughout the region and beyond. These groups have increased information exchange and expanded pest management knowledge to enhance IPM adoption and provide solutions to critical pest issues.

New working groups:

  • Agriculture and Wildlife Coexistence, Erin Lizotte, Michigan State University,
  • Food Narrative Project, Larry Gut, IPM Voice,
  • Public Gardens as Sentinels Against Invasive Plants, Kurt Dreisilker, Morton Arboretum,

Working groups continuing in 2018 with additional funds:

  • Great Lakes Hops, Erin Lizotte, Michigan State University,
  • Great Lakes Urban Agriculture IPM, Jacqueline Kowalski, Ohio State University,
  • Great Lakes Vegetable, Ben Phillips, Michigan State University,
  • Midwest Grows Green Lawn & Land Forum Working Group, Ryan Anderson, Midwest Pesticide Action Center,
  • Multi-State Field Crops Extension Working Group, Daren Mueller, Iowa State University,
  • North Central School IPM, Tom Green, IPM Institute of North America,
  • Northern Plains IPM Guide, Emmanuel Bayamukama, South Dakota State University,
  • Organic and IPM: Strengthening the Alliance, Tom Green, IPM Institute of North America,
  • Public Tick, Tom Green, IPM Institute of North America,
  • Pulse Crops, Julie Pasche, North Dakota State University,
  • Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group, Iris Caldwell, University of Illinois-Chicago,
  • Sunflower Pathology, Sam Markell, North Dakota State University,

Working groups continuing in 2018 on a no cost extension:

  • Great Lakes Fruit, Julianna Wilson, Michigan State University,
  • Improving the IPM Capacity of Certified Crop Advisors, Peter Werts, IPM Institute of North America,
  • North Central Nursery IPM, Robert Schutzki, Michigan State University,

To facilitate sharing of programming with other working groups in the region, each project has a representative on the NCIPMC Stakeholder Panel and attends an annual meeting to provide an update of activities. If you have interest in joining a working group, please contact the lead project director for more information. To learn more about establishing a working group and our competitive process, please contact Susan Ratcliffe ( or Lynnae Jess (

These projects are funded through a USDA-NIFA award (2014-70006-22486).

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