Save the date! Tick Summit

Save the date!

9th International IPM Symposium
Improving Health, Environment and Global Sustainability
Tick Summit

Integrated Tick Management: Community-Wide Action to Address the Global Tick Problem

Wednesday March 21st, 2018

Baltimore, Maryland

Plan to join the IPM Institute of North America and Public Tick IPM Working Group at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel for the Tick Summit, Integrated Tick Management: Community-Wide Action to Address the Global Tick Problem.

The Tick Summit will address:

1. Current status of the tick and tick-borne disease (TBD) problem and current practices for Integrated Tick Management (ITM).

2. Effectiveness of ITM practices used by communities, pest management service providers and individuals in reducing the risk of tick populations and TBD incidence.

3. Current research projects and knowledge gaps.

4. Opportunities to increase adoption of effective practices.

Thursday March 22nd, 2018

1. Thursday A.M: Mosquito and additional vector-borne disease sessions.

2. Thursday P.M. An optional visit to Capitol Hill to educate policymakers.

Symposium Early Rate Online registration is open now!

1. Tick Summit Only (including Thursday AM): $235

2. Regular IPM Symposium: $375

3. One-Day: $195

Sponsorship/Exhibitor Space Available

Gold ($5000 and above) Includes: Three complimentary registrations, discounted exhibit space ($500), widespread recognition.

Silver ($2500 to $4999) Includes: Two complimentary registrations, discounted exhibit space ($500), widespread recognition.

Bronze ($750 to $2499) Includes: One complimentary registration, discounted exhibit space ($500), widespread recognition.

Please contact Frank Laufenberg, or visit our website at for more information on sponsorship and exhibit opportunities!

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Save the Date: USDA/ARS/Vet, Med & Urban Entomology Stakeholder Webinars

Dear Stakeholders, Customers, and Partners:

The mission of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Veterinary, Medical, and Urban Entomology National Program 104 (NP 104) is to improve the protection of humans and livestock from blood-sucking arthropods, and from stinging, or otherwise damaging insects. NP 104 research is divided into three components: (1) Medical entomology for the public and military; (2) Veterinary entomology; and (3) Fire ants and other invasive ant pests. The ultimate goal is to protect humans and livestock from these arthropod pests, through the development of safe and effective methods of management and control.

We are interested in obtaining stakeholder input on research, education and extension priorities to be addressed in our program over the next five years.  The first step in this process is collecting vital information and expert opinions from you, our stakeholders, customers and partners, on how Federal investments can best address current needs and challenges. This information will be incorporated into the next ARS National Program 104 Action Plan.

We invite you to participate in stakeholder webinar workshop sessions for NP 104. There will be three sessions, each session will be one hour long and organized around each of the three components of our National Program. Sessions will be held on February 15, 2018 at the times indicated below. All are welcome to participate in all sessions or can choose their topics of interest.

  1. 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST: Component 1: Medical Entomology for the Public and the Military including arthropods: Mosquitoes, Flies, Sand Flies, Ticks, Bed Bugs
  2. 1:30 – 2:30 pm EST: Component 2: Veterinary Entomology including arthropods: Invasive ticks, Stable Flies, House Flies, Horn Flies, Screwworm flies, Biting Midges
  3. 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST: Component 3: Fire Ants and other Invasive Pest Ants including arthropods: Invasive Fire Ants, Invasive Crazy Ants, Other Invasive Pest Ants and Climate Change

At this time please note the time for the session(s) of your interest. Information will be distributed soon on how to connect to the Internet web-conference, as well as an option to submit input by email for persons who are unable to participate in the web-conference.

We look forward to your contribution to these discussions, and ask that you please invite others who might be interested in attending these webinars.

Many thanks for your interest in the research conducted by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service.

Thank you,

Ulrich R. Bernier
National Program Leader
NP104: Veterinary, Medical, and Urban Entomology

This electronic message contains information generated by the USDA solely for the intended recipients. Any unauthorized interception of this message or the use or disclosure of the information it contains may violate the law and subject the violator to civil or criminal penalties. If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately.

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Postdoctoral Fellow – Innate immunity in house flies

The Department of Entomology at Kansas State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to study the evolution and utilization of innate immune genes in house flies (Musca domestica). KSU is working collaboratively with the Arthropod Borne Animal Diseases Unit at the USDA to understand the evolution of house fly immune genes (effectors, receptors) and their co-option for living in septic environments. As such, fellow will perform research at both KSU and USDA laboratories.

Major Duties & Responsibilities: The Postdoctoral Fellow will perform comparative genomic and gene/protein evolution analyses, analyze transcriptome data, and quantify gene expression (e.g., qRTPCR) in vivo for immune genes and gene families of interest. The goal is to identify genes and gene products that are essential in house fly-bacteria interactions across their life history. The Fellow is expected to take the lead on directing and coordinating team projects and will have the opportunity to work with both undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratories.

Qualifications and Experience: Candidates must have Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or any relevant subdiscipline.

Previous experience in comparative genomics and/or transcriptomics, gene/protein evolution, gene expression (mRNA, protein) must be substantiated in reference letters and/or publications. Candidate must have excellent technical, organizational, verbal and written communications skills. Experience in entomology and/or microbiology (rearing and manipulating insects, culturing bacteria) not required, but desirable.

Appointment and Salary: 12-month, full-time (40 hours/week). Anticipated length of appointment: 2 years. Salary is $47,476 – $50,000 annually plus the State of Kansas Employee Benefits. Annual renewal contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

How to Apply: Link to the position announcement and application can be found here: or scan this QR code à

To be considered for the position, applicants will need to submit the following:

(1) A letter of application elaborating qualifications

(2) Detailed curriculum vitae

(3) Copies of university transcripts

(4) Contact information including e-mail addresses of at least three professional references

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment. Applicant screening begins October 16, 2017, and continues until suitable candidate is found.

Additional information: Questions about the position or application process can be directed to Dr. Ludek Zurek at Project questions can be directed to Dr. Zurek or Dr. Dana Nayduch at

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. Selectee will be subject to an additional background check in order to perform research collaboratively at USDA facilities.

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New Site Gives Midwest Farmers Easy Access to Crop Management Resources

    New Site Gives Midwest Farmers Easy Access to Crop Management Resources
    By Daren  Mueller
To learn more about the new crop management website, visit:
    More information on integrated crop management and upcoming events can be
    found here:
    News Releases:
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    Integrated Crop Management Blog Posts. To unsubscribe, visit


These blog posts, as well as other news items and resources, are available at


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Horticultural Crops Research Farm Manager

The Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center (OARDC), Wooster, Ohio is accepting applications for a full time Horticultural Crops Research Farm Manager. This position manages field operations to implement, maintain and meet objectives for specialty crops research. Production systems include orchards, vineyards, small fruits, hop yards, vegetables, and high-tunnel systems. The manager will collaborate with faculty, staff & students to implement research; supervise, hire, train & evaluate staff & students. The manager will also monitor budgets and time/effort records; scout ongoing research projects for conditions that may impact research results; plan field days and outreach events; market crops.

For a complete position description, qualifications and application instructions, please visit Successful completion of a background check is required. Application deadline: 1/14/18 or until filled

“The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.”

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BIOLOGIST II – Entomology Option




Salary: $39,290.40 – $62,529.60

Announcement Date: December 20, 2017 JOB INFORMATION 

The Biologist II – Entomology Option is a permanent, full-time position with the Alabama Department of Public Health. Positions are located in Montgomery. This is management and scientific research work in monitoring and controlling vector borne infectious diseases as the State Vector Control Coordinator. Employees in this class are responsible for conducting field or laboratory projects and supervising the Vector Borne Infectious Disease program for the Department of Public Health.


  • • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited* college or university in Animal Science, Entomology, Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Field Biology, or a closely related field.
  • • Two years of experience in the general area of medical entomology performing such duties as conducting a program of vector control or conducting ecological research related to vector management and abatement.


  • • Master’s degree from an accredited* college or university in Entomology.


  • • Commercial Pesticide Applicator Permit, as issued by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, must be attained during the probationary period in order to obtain permanent employment.


  • The Alabama Department of Public Health will verify possession of the degree prior to employment. 


  • Open-Competitive to all applicants.
  • • An Evaluation of Training and Experience as shown on the application will comprise 100% of the final score for the open-competitive register.


• Complete an Application for Examination Form available at, the above address, or any Alabama Career Center Office.

• Apply on-line, by mail, or by fax. Applications will be accepted until further notice. The State Personnel Department is not responsible for late receipt of applications due to mail service or faxing malfunctions.

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Lecturer Position available at Cornell University Department of Entomology

The Cornell Department of Entomology is seeking a full-time Lecturer to start on June 1, 2018. The Lecturer will join Cornell’s mosquito biology program team and the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (NEVBD) to deliver a Master of Science in Entomology purpose of this effort is to educate the next generation of vector biologists and public health practitioners.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Successful candidate will be expected to develop, plan and offer courses in vector biology and public health.  She/he will organize practicum experiences for students and be involved in recruiting and adapting the program to meet the needs of the students.  In addition, the Lecturer will collaborate with NEVBD members to develop assessment tools for the MS program.

QUALIFICATIONS: MS, MPH or PhD in Entomology, Public Health, Ecology or related field, supported by experience with vector control and/or public health.  Prior experience with arthropod taxonomy and control is essential.  Prior teaching experience is highly desired. Outstanding written and oral communication skills also are important. The Lecturer should have sound planning, organization, problem solving and coordination skills, and the ability to work as a team member and under pressure.

This is a full time position through 31 May 2019, with renewal contingent on performance and availability of funds. Interested candidates should apply here:


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Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist

Located in rural Waldo County, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is seeking an Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist. MOFGA, a leader in the organic agriculture movement, is looking for a dynamic individual interested in working with Maine’s growing organic farming segment. The individual will work with other Agricultural Services Staff to provide support for all aspects of organic crop production, and assistance to farm operations across the state with organic certification.
MOFGA was the first organization in the country to provide technical assistance specific to organic farming and gardening. The Agricultural Services staff provides farming, gardening and marketing assistance to growers in Maine and beyond. The staff assists seasoned organic growers, helps new organic farmers get started, and educates conventional farmers concerning the benefits of organic methods.
The Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist is expected to provide Maine organic farmers and gardeners with knowledge needed to be successful in organic crop production, through direct contact and written materials. As a member of the MOFGA staff he/she will encourage the use of organic practices among Maine’s farming community, particularly through interaction with related farming associations, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
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2018 Organic Transitions (ORG) Request for Application (RFA)

The 2018 Organic Transitions (ORG) Request for Application (RFA) has been released with the deadline of March 29, 2018.  The announcement is available at:

The Funding Opportunity can be accessed at:

You may also want to visit NIFA’s organic program web page where you can find answers to most of your questions including the list of previously funded projects.

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Frederick Baxendale retirement reception

Dr. Frederick Baxendale is retiring from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln after 33 years of service in the Entomology Department as an Extension Specialist and Professor. A retirement reception will be held January 26, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the UNL East Campus Union. A book of letters will be presented to Dr. Baxendale. Please send your unfolded letters to Marilyn Weidner, Entomology Department, 103 Entomology Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln NE 68583-0816, or email to

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