FY 2018 Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CPPM) Request for Applications

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the(RFA). NIFA is requesting applications for the Applied Research and Development Program (ARDP) and the Regional Coordination Program (RCP) areas of the CPPM program in this solicitation.

Regarding FY 2017 CPPM Extension Implementation Program (EIP) area grants, NIFA will request continuation applications for the CPPM EIP with directed RFAs to the respective institutions.

The CPPM program supports projects that will address high priority issues related to pests, including insects, nematodes, pathogens, weeds, and other pests and their management using integrated pest management (IPM) approaches at the state, regional, and national levels. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies needed to maintain agricultural productivity and healthy communities.

Application Deadline: May 8, 2018

You may access the full announcement and the application package at either the NIFA Funding Opportunity Page:https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/crop-protection-and-pest-management or at Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=301055.

You may access the press release at the following link: https://nifa.usda.gov/announcement/usdas-national-institute-food-and-agriculture-announces-support-address-critical

We will announce a webinar concerning the RFA by March 5th.

For programmatic questions, contact Dr. Herbert Bolton (hbolton@nifa.usda.gov or (202) 401-4201). For program administrative support questions, contact Ms. Kathy Kimble-Day (kday@nifa.usda.gov or (202)-401-4420).

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

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Extension Plant Pathologist/Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

University of Delaware – Georgetown, DE

University of Delaware: College of Agriculture & Natural Resources: Department of Plant & Soil Sciences

Extension Plant Pathologist/Assistant Professor

Location: Georgetown, DE at the Carvel Research and Education Center

This is a tenure-track Extension Plant Pathologist/Assistant Professor position with 70% extension and 30% research appointment and reports to the Chair of the Plant and Soil Sciences Department in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Input on work expectations and performance will be provided by the Director of Cooperative Extension. This position is located at the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown, DE.

Position Description:
The agricultural industry is vital to the economy of Delaware and a diverse range of economically important crops is grown in the state, including agronomic and horticultural crops. The Extension Plant Pathologist will develop and lead a statewide extension program in plant pathology that supports Delaware’s agricultural industry. The primary focus will be on agronomic crops including soybeans, corn and small grains with additional collaborative efforts on disease management in other regionally important crops. This primary focus will be actualized through translational science in the form of educational programming on disease management. The successful candidate will serve as an expert source in plant pathology for agronomic crops, in-field diagnosis of plant diseases and related crop health issues, monitoring diseases in the state, and developing and reviewing plant disease control recommendations. Extension responsibilities will include development of effective and impactful educational materials and training for a broad clientele base that includes farmers, crop consultants, ag-business, state and federal cooperators, and Cooperative Extension educators. The position will work to increase the use of integrated pest management practices for management of plant diseases including resistant varieties, nematode management strategies, crop rotations, crop management, disease monitoring, and forecasting and maintenance of misted nursery trials for small grains. The incumbent will collaborate with various Cooperative Extension personnel and other research colleagues including those working in areas of plant pathology, integrated pest management and production agriculture at the university, state, regional and national level. Publication and distribution of regional pest control guides and production guides for the Mid-Atlantic region are an example of expected collaborations. The candidate is expected to seek external funding to support their program and publish results in scientific journals. Preferred candidates will have a strong fundamental background in plant pathology and experience in agronomic crops.

Qualifications

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in a discipline related to plant pathology. Extension experience is strongly preferred and research experience is highly desirable. Candidates must have the ability to conduct applied research and educational programs that address plant disease management. The ability to problem-solve, as well as integrate research findings into development of educational and training materials is crucial. Candidates must have the interest and ability to work collaboratively as well as the flexibility to communicate with individuals of diverse backgrounds ranging from academic to the general public, and must possess aptitude for both leadership and team membership roles. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with experience and training. The University of Delaware provides an excellent employee benefit package including health and dental insurance, retirement contributions, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, and tuition remission for family members. Further, UD offers assistance to help spouses and partners of new faculty find regional employment.

Facilities

The University of Delaware’s campuses are located in Newark, Lewes and Wilmington, DE. The University has a Research and Education Center near Georgetown, DE (http://www.rec.udel.edu), and Extension offices in Newark and Dover. Additional information related to Cooperative Extension and Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware can be found at the following web site: http://ag.udel.edu

Application Dates

Application review will begin on March 31, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Application Process: Interested persons should submit: (i) a letter of application, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) statement of Extension interests (two pages maximum), (iv) unofficial transcripts from graduate degree and (v) names, email, postal address, and telephone numbers of four references. Questions regarding the search can be sent to Dr. Nicole Donofrio, Search Committee Chair: ndonof@udel.edu

Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.
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Insect Chemical Ecology Assistant Researcher

University of Florida (in collaboration with USDA APHIS)

Location: Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Position Description:

Be part of a team conducting research on the invasive insect pest, Lycorma delicatula, the spotted lanternfly. The incumbent will conduct cutting edge research on chemical ecology, attractants, survey and mitigation tools, and biology of the spotted lanternfly. Incumbent must have a strong background and experience in chemical ecology, and must be able to isolate and identify compounds using analytical chemistry techniques, use GC-MS, GC-FID, conduct volatile collections, conduct GC-EAD, and perform field experiments. In addition, incumbent will analyze data and summarize work, and provide written reports by deadlines. Must be able to make and follow work plans according to time constraints dictated by the fast-moving univoltine life cycle of the insect. Incumbent would conduct work stationed at the Otis Laboratory, a USDA APHIS research facility located in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. Involves periodic travel to Pennsylvania for field work. Paid for by soft funds that may be renewed on an annual basis. PhD or MS with experience preferred.

Pay: $21.50/hour plus benefits

Preferred start date: First week in May, 2018.

Position to remain open until filled.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and curriculum vitae to Daniel Carrillo at dancar@ufl.edu and cc Miriam Cooperband at Miriam.F.Cooperband@aphis.usda.gov

Job Type:

Regular

Job Listing Expiration:

60 Days

Company Name:

University of Florida in collaboration with USDA APHIS

City:

Buzzards Bay

State/Province:

Massachusetts

Country:

USA

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2018 Environmental Education Local Grant Program

Apply now for the 2018 Environmental Education Local Grant Program

Proposals are due March 15, 2018

Up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants is now available. EPA expects to award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018.

Through this grant program, EPA intends to provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, that will serve to increase environmental and conservation literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment.

In addition to other environmental topics, the 2018 EE Local Grant Program includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues with agricultural best-practices, conservation of natural resources, food waste management, and natural disaster preparedness.

Applicants must apply under the Request for Proposal (also known as a Solicitation Notice) for the EPA Region in which the funded project would be located.

Please refer to the full announcements for details, available at http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grant-solicitation-notice

Find background on the Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program and resources for applicants at http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants

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LAWN & LAND FORUM Webinar: Grass Selection

LAWN & LAND FORUM 

Webinar: Grass Selection

WHEN: March 8th, 2018, 2 PM – 3 PM CST

WHERE: Webinar series at GoToWebinar 

WHO: Panelists include Geoff Rinehart, University of Maryland, and Dr. Thomas Voigt, University of Illinois.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Managers of turf and other lands including those of Park and School Districts, Municipalities, Policymakers, Non-profits, and Corporate Campuses.

SUMMARY: Planting the right plant in the right place plays a large role in the success of a

natural lawn care (NLC) or integrated pest management (IPM) program. For this webinar, Geoff Rinehart, former coordinator of the Grass Roots Initiative at the

U.S. National Arboretum, and Thomas Voigt, researcher of low-input turfgrass varieties, cover the cool-season grasses that will jump-start your NLC/IPM program this spring.

The Midwest Grows Green Lawn & Land Forum is a collaboration between MPAC and the Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association and funded by the North Central IPM Center to document, summarize, and improve the state of Integrated Pest Management and Natural Lawn Care policies and practices locally, regionally, and nationally. All summaries, findings, and resources developed from this forum will remain open source to turf managers, policymakers, and individuals interested in applying IPM policies and programs to their work.

REGISTER FOR FREE AT: bit.ly/MGGmar8 

MORE QUESTIONS: Contact Ryan Anderson randerson@pesticideaction.org or 773-878-8245

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Professor and Department Chair – Clemson University

Professor and Department Chair

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Clemson University (CU) is seeking to fill a Professor and Department Chair position within their Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. The Chair provides vision and leadership to facilitate and strengthen our teaching, research, and extension missions. The person selected will promote and guide new initiatives in a large and diverse department. The position is located on the Clemson campus and will be a twelve-month, tenured appointment.

The Chair will represent the Department within the state, nationally, and internationally, will develop and maintain excellent working relationships with the agricultural and environmental community, and will facilitate interdisciplinary and interagency cooperation. The Chair will engage with all stakeholders and provide direction and guidance around resource development and departmental goals. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, program planning and implementation, budget management, personnel recruitment and management, performance evaluations and reviews, coordinating promotion and tenure, and professional development of the faculty, staff, and students. The ability to manage budgets and assist faculty in obtaining gifts, grants, and contracts is expected. Promoting and enhancing the stature of the Department in teaching, research, and extension will be an important goal of the new chair.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement and educational excellence including teaching, proven ability to obtain extramural funding, and a forward-thinking strategic vision for all mission areas. The successful candidate must have earned a doctorate in an appropriate field, and currently hold or be immediately eligible for promotion to the rank of Professor. He/She should have demonstrated leadership and administrative abilities, appreciation for the diverse interests and missions of the Department, and a commitment to the land-grant philosophy. The successful candidate must have experience in graduate and undergraduate training and communication and mentoring skills that encourage faculty to achieve their highest potential.

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES), part of the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences (CAFLS), provides unified education, research, and public service programs that address public needs in agronomy, entomology, environmental sciences, horticulture and turfgrass, plant pathology, and soil and water sciences. The Department is a result of a recent restructuring and was formed in 2016. It includes 45 faculty located on campus and at Research and Education Centers located in Charleston, Georgetown, Florence, and Blackville, SC. Three undergraduate degree programs (Plant and Environmental Sciences, Horticulture, and Turfgrass) and two graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D. in both Plant and Environmental Sciences and Entomology) are managed in the Department. Resources available on and near the Clemson University campus include the Genomics and Computational Biology Laboratory, Clemson Light Imaging Facility, Electron Microscopy Facility, Greenhouses Complex, Musser Fruit Research Farm, Simpson Research Farm, Student Organic Farm, SC State Botanical Garden, 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest, Cherry Farm Insectaries, and the Arthropod Collection. Facilities are available throughout the state and include five Research and Education Centers.

Applicants should submit the following: a letter of application; a curriculum vitae highlighting the applicant’s most significant publications and activities; a concise one-page statement on leadership and management philosophy; a concise one-page statement describing their vision for the role of the Chair; and names and contact information for five references (at least two holding the rank of Professor). To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by March 16, 2018. The review process will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated date of hire for the position is July 15, 2018. Further information about this position, departmental resources, programs, and faculty research interests is available at: (http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/plant-environemental-sciences/index.html).

 

 

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Research Specialist – University of Illinois Department of Animal Biology

Research Specialist
Department of Animal Biology
School of Integrative Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Animal Biology seeks a Research Specialist to coordinate and conduct aspects of the research program of Professor Mark E. Hauber’s Laboratory (www.cowbirdslab.org).

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct molecular (genetic and endocrine) research on birds both in the laboratory and in the field, collecting and compiling data for scientific analyses and publications.
  • Present and update the group members with the results obtained from molecular and field work at laboratory meetings. Draft, edit and peer-review laboratory-based research manuscripts and protocols in the Hauber laboratory.
  • Manage record keeping, drafting and maintaining active animal and biosafety materials, research permits and order laboratory supplies.
  • Technical support for research equipment operation, maintenance and break-down reporting. Schedule and prepare the scientific agenda for regular laboratory research meetings.
  • Assist with research of other members as needed in the laboratory and field by the research group.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Master’s level graduate degree in a scientific discipline.
  • 2 years of combined laboratory and field experience with molecular and organismal research projects.
  • Mist-netting for birds, DNA extraction, PCR protocols, knowledge of MS Office and
  • Adobe Photoshop

Preferred:

  • Master’s in biology, environmental sciences or related discipline with research experience in field and molecular ornithology
  • 3 or more years of combined laboratory and field experience with molecular and behavioral research projects on birds.
  • Formal or informal training bird banding, molecular biological techniques and IACUC protocols.

SALARY AND APPOINTMENT INFORMATION

This is a full time, 100%, academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis.

The expected start date is as soon as possible after close date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND DEADLINE INFORMATION

To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at http://go.illinois.edu/ABResSpec18 and upload your cover letter and resume by February 23, 2018. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Marty Forrest at mjforres@illinois.edu.

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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

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University of Hawaii Assistant Researcher – Tenure Track

Title: Assistant Reseacher (Urban Pest Management)

Position Number: 0083184

Hiring Unit:

C of Trop Agr and Human Resources, Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences

Location: Manoa Campus

Date Posted: January 19, 2018

Closing Date: Continuous – application review begins March 01, 2018

Monthly Type: 11 Month

Tenure Track: Tenure

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

Other Conditions:

  • To begin August 2018 or soon thereafter. For best consideration, all application materials should be submitted by February 28, 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develop a strong, innovative, nationally recognized externally-funded program addressing research, extension and instruction on the environmental and economic impacts of urban, structural and/or public health insect pests in Hawaii.
  2. Perform research in an applied, ecological and/or evolutionary context aimed at improving urban and/or public health insect pest exclusion and management in these systems, with the goal of promoting safe, sustainable, and ecologically responsible methods.
  3. Teach 1-2 courses each year that could include, but are not limited to, General Entomology, Medical Entomology, Urban Pest Management, Social Insect Ecology and Evolution, and/or other courses and seminars as needed.
  4. Participate in the Entomology graduate program by teaching, supervising and mentoring graduate students.
  5. The faculty member will provide service to the department, college, university, profession and community as his/her expertise allows.
  6. Provide service to the department, college, university, profession and community as his/her expertise allows.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in entomology, biology or a related field, from a college or university of recognized standing.
  2. Ability to generate independent research reports, publications and grant proposals.
  3. Ability to interact effectively with students and/or assistants when appropriate.
  4. Initiative, interest in scientific work, and adaptability.

Desirable Qualifications

  1. Experience with a range of social and/or urban pest issues.
  2. Proven publication record.
  3. Teaching experience at the university level.
  4. Evidence of successful grantsmanship.
  5. Expertise in urban pest biology, ecology and management as demonstrated by thesis or dissertation topic, publications and/or presentations in these areas.

To Apply:

Submit the following to the address listed below: 1) Cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research and teaching interests, 4 ) names and contact information for at least three professional references and 5) official transcripts (copies accepted, however official transcripts will be required upon hire).

Address:

  1. Koon Hui Wang
  2. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
  3. Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences
  4. 3050 Maile Way, Room 310
  5. Honolulu, HI 96822

Inquiries:

  1. Koon Hui Wang; 808-956-7076; koonhui@hawaii.edu

The University of Hawaii is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the University of Hawaii may be viewed at: http://ope.ed.gov/security/, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services Office.

 

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Entomology Department Head, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska seeks candidates for head of the Entomology Department. Located in a major agricultural state – #1 in red meat production and #4 in cash receipts from crops – with a blend of excellent senior and recently hired faculty members the entomology department serves a state rich in agricultural and natural resources. The department head will ensure a culture in which all are engaged and can thrive; manage financial and physical resources responsibly using best management practices; foster a diverse team and programs; and lead the department strategically seeking and deploying personnel and financial resources strategically, continually examining the departmental vision for relevancy.

Required qualifications – Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a discipline relevant to the teaching, research, and extension programs in the department, and a record of accomplishments leading successful teams.
Preferred qualifications – Administrative experience including direct supervision of faculty, staff, budgets, and program development, and accomplishments warranting appointment as tenured professor in the department.

To view the details and make application, go to http://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_180013. Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. To apply, attach a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on March 12, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of nearly 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. For more information about Lincoln: https://www.unl.edu/lincoln/

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EPA Update

In This Update:

1) EPA Accepting Public Comments on Nominees for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP)

2) EPA Requests Nominations for Experts to Serve on the May 8-10, 2018 FIFRA SAP on Efficacy Testing of Pesticides used for Invertebrate Pests and Fire Ants

1) EPA Accepting Public Comments on Nominees for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP)

On January 26, 2018, EPA published a Federal Register notice (FRN) providing the names addresses, and professional affiliations of recent nominees by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation for service on the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel established under section 25(d) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Brief biographical sketches for the nominees are posted to the EPA website at www.epa.gov/sap. The Agency, at this time, anticipates selecting four of these individuals for new members to serve on the panel as a result of membership terms that will expire in 2018.

Public comments on the nominees are invited on or before February 26, 2018.  These comments will be used to assist the Agency in selecting the new members.  Comments may be submitted to docket  EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0602 in www.regulations.gov. For additional information, please see the FRN or contact Tamue L. Gibson, M.S., Designated Federal Official, Office of Science Coordination and Policy, Environmental Protection Agency (202-564-7642 or gibson.tamue@epa.gov).

2) EPA Requests Nominations for Experts to Serve on the May 8-10, 2018 FIFRA SAP onEfficacy Testing of Pesticides used for Invertebrate Pests and Fire Ants

On January 26, 2018, the Agency published a Federal Register notice requesting nominations of experts to serve as ad hoc members for the May 8-10, 2018 FIFRA SAP meeting to consider and review methods for efficacy testing of pesticides used for treatments of invertebrate pests and fire ants.

Nominations are due February 26, 2018.  Nominations can be provided by following the instructions in the FRN in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0693 in www.regulations.gov or by forwarding the nomination to the Designated Federal Official listed below.

Nominations should include scientists who have sufficient professional qualifications, training, and experience, including entomologists and other scientists who are generally familiar with pesticide efficacy testing and application methods for public health pests; those who are specifically familiar with premises pesticide efficacy testing for flies, cockroaches, yellow jackets, mosquitoes, and/or ticks; and those who are familiar with pesticide efficacy testing for control of field populations of red imported fire ants.

Additional information may be found in the docket, on the FIFRA SAP website or by contacting the Designated Federal Official, Dr. Marquea D. King (king.marquea@epa.gov or 202-564-3626).

The FIFRA SAP serves as a primary scientific peer review mechanism of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) and is structured to provide scientific advice, information and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on health and the environment. The Panel was created on November 28, 1975, and made a statutory Panel by amendment to FIFRA, dated October 25, 1988. Read more.

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