New manager position available with an independent non-profit organization working to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  Primary responsibilities will be providing leadership for and oversight of the organization’s community IPM programs, actively engaging the broader IPM community and building and maintaining strong relationships with both federal and private funders.  The ideal candidate will possess experience in the field of IPM with an understanding of issues related to structural and landscape IPM. 

Primary duties:

1.     Community IPM Program Development and Administration

a.     Lead development and marketing for the Institute’s community IPM programs working with scientists, educators, professional organization leaders, schools, healthcare and other facilities, pest management professionals, and other professionals in the field.

b.     Establish and implement structured and sustainable fundraising strategies to grow our resources and capacity to achieve our mission and objectives.

c.     Participate in strategic planning to ensure that our organization achieves its mission, and makes consistent and timely progress toward its goals.

d.     Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Director and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.

e.     Continuously improve a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in structural and landscape pest prevention.

f.      Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with groups and organizations that share the Institute’s mission as well as identifying new opportunities for collaboration.

g.     Manage community IPM projects, including tracking objectives, developing timelines, budgets and progress, reporting to funders and collaborators, coordinating regular conference calls, drafting publications and other written materials and developing outreach campaigns.

h.     Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.

2.     Lead project team and collaborators to establish Stop School Pests as the leading training program for pest prevention in K-12 schools.


3.     Manage facilitation of the National School IPM Working Group and North Central School IPM Working Group to successfully achieve missions and priorities.


4.     Manage facilitation of the Public Tick IPM Working group to achieve its mission and priorities.

5.     Lead project team and collaborators to refine and grow Green Shield Certified and IPM STAR over time to improve pest prevention in facilities and landscapes.


Ongoing responsibilities:

o   Prioritize and focus our activities to set and achieve reasonable objectives including meeting commitments for outputs and outcomes within existing resources including staff time and budget.

o   Work with bookkeeping and accounting staff to track budgets, document expenses and update projections on monthly basis.

o   Work with Office Manager and Project Director to successfully recruit and hire project team members as needed.

o   Respond to inquiries professionally and in a timely manner.

o   Support project team in execution of project objectives and direction.

o   Follow writing style guide and office manual procedures. Notify Office Manager of opportunities to update and refine office manual procedures.

o   Maintain productive relationships with staff, collaborators, clients and funders.

o   Meet requirements for confidentiality and non-disclosure.

o   Maintain a neat and clean workspace.

o   Provide courteous and professional telephone reception as needed.

o   Respond to requests from president, office manager and staff to support Institute projects as needed.

o   Participate in self-performance reviews including updating position description, setting short and long-term project and professional development objectives, identifying strengths and opportunities, and evaluating performance against objectives.





• Master’s Degree in biological sciences related field with management-level experience or above. (Will consider life experience in lieu of formal education.)
• Excellent communication, interpersonal, networking, advocacy and decision-making skills
• Highly motivated and self-directed
• Ability to envision change and work creatively to enhance the mission of the organization

• IPM Institute offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

• Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications for the position to the address below.  Position will remain posted until filled.
• Submit resumes via
• We will not contact references without prior approval. All applications will







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The Request for Applications is now available for public viewing. Deadline for submissions is February 8 at 5 pm Eastern time. The applicant webinar for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program was held on Tuesday December 19, 2017.

The link for the webinar is below:

NIFA Funding Opportunity Page: Page: This page includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package.

Please discard any old RFAs and go strictly by the FY2018 RFA in preparing your proposal for submission. For additional information or questions regarding the BFRDP RFA, please contact any of us at:

Desiree Rucker Ross

Wesley Dean

Denis Ebodaghe

November 27, 2017

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)

Beginning farmer education for adult and young audiences in the United States can generally be traced back to the advent of the 1862 and 1890 Morrill Land Grant Acts. But for the first time, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub .L. No. 110-234, Section 7410) appropriated $75 million for FY 2009 to FY 2012 to develop and offer education, training, outreach and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. The Agriculture Act of 2014 provided an additional $20 million per year for 2014 through 2018. The reasons for the renewed interest in beginning farmer and rancher programs are as follows: the rising average age of U.S. farmers; the 8% projected decrease in the number of farmers and ranchers between 2008 and 2018; and the growing recognition that new programs are needed to address the needs of the next generation of beginning farmers and ranchers.

Who is eligible to apply:

1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Other or Additional Information (See below), Private Institutions of Higher Ed

More Information on Eligibility:

The recipient must be a collaborative, state, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of public or private entities, which may include: state cooperative extension service; community-based and nongovernmental organization; college or university (including institutions awarding associate degrees); or any other appropriate partner. Others may be eligible to apply. Please refer to Part III of the current BFRDP Request for Applications for complete eligibility requirements.

**Request for Applications

Apply for Grant

Posted Date: Friday, November 24, 2017

Closing Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-BFR-006411

Estimated Total Program Funding: $17,700,000



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EPA Releases Draft Risk Assessments for Glyphosate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing for public comment the draft human health and ecological risk assessments for glyphosate, one of the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the United States.

The draft human health risk assessment concludes that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.  The Agency’s assessment found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label.  The Agency’s scientific findings are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by a number of other countries as well as the 2017 National Institute of Health Agricultural Health Survey.

EPA’s human health review evaluated dietary, residential/non-occupational, aggregate, and occupational exposures. Additionally, the Agency performed an in-depth review of the glyphosate cancer database, including data from epidemiological, animal carcinogenicity, and genotoxicity studies.

The ecological risk assessment indicates that there is potential for effects on birds, mammals, and terrestrial and aquatic plants. EPA used the most current risk assessment methods, including an evaluation of the potential effects of glyphosate exposure on animals and plants. Full details on these potential effects as well as the EPA’s methods for estimating them, can be found within the ecological risk assessment.

To read the draft risk assessments and supporting documents, go to The draft risk assessments and supporting documents will be available in glyphosate’s registration review docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0361 on in early 2018. EPA will open a 60-day public comment period for the draft risk assessments, evaluate the comments received, and consider any potential risk management options for this herbicide.

EPA is scheduled to publish the proposed interim registration review decision for glyphosate in 2019. The proposed interim registration review decision will outline any proposed mitigation measures to reduce risk, if any are needed.

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Entomology Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Position

Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University
Vector-borne and zoonotic disease ecology

A postdoctoral position is available in Gabriel Hamer’s Lab in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University. The successful candidate will contribute to research studying multiple aspects of mosquito-borne virus transmission on projects funded by multiple federal sponsors, including the CDC-sponsored Western Gulf Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (WGCVBD). The candidate will join a research team studying socio-ecological factors of mosquito-borne virus transmission, the biology of mosquito vectors, evaluating different forms of vector control intervention, and conducting enhanced arboviral biosurveillance. The field sites are focused in the Lower Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border with headquarters at the AgriLife Research Center in Weslaco, TX ( Projects will integrate field, laboratory, and quantitative techniques to understand and manage vector-borne diseases.

Candidates should have a PhD in biology, ecology, entomology, or related fields.  Desirable skills and experience includes one or more of the following: field vector sampling, mosquito identification, molecular diagnostics, social science, geographic information systems, spatial analyses, statistics, and mathematical modeling. Strong quantitative skills are required. Candidates should demonstrate a good track record of publications, have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills, and will be expected to contribute to proposal writing. Candidates will need to work independently and as effective members of multidisciplinary collaborative teams. The candidate is expected to assist in the selection and supervision of a field research team.  The candidate will have the opportunity to integrate with the investigators and partners of the WGCVBD (, TAMU Vector Biology Research Group ( and the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program (

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. The expected start date is flexible, between Spring and Fall, 2018. The position is available for 2 years with the possibility of renewal depending on performance and available funds. A competitive salary, starting at $47,500, will be commensurate with experience. Applications should include a CV, statement of research interests, the names of three references and be e-mailed as a single PDF to:

Gabriel L. Hamer
Assistant Professor
Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University
TAMU 2475
College Station, TX  77843-2475

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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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Postdoctoral Position in Microbiology and Immunology

Postdoctoral Position in Microbiology and Immunology 

Institution: University of Maryland School of Medicine 

Location: Baltimore, Maryland 

The Pedra Laboratory at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to study the molecular interactions between the immune system of the tick Ixodes scapularis, the microbiome and the human pathogens Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme Disease) and Anaplasma phagocytophilum (Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis).

The Pedra Laboratory integrates the disciplines of microbiology, immunology and entomology to examine tick-borne diseases, which are the most prevalent vector-borne illnesses in the United States and Europe. We employ tools available in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, structural and systems biology to understand fundamental interactions between the arthropod vector, the pathogen and the mammalian host.


1. Gulia-Nuss et al., 2016 Nature Communications 7:10507

2. Wang et al., 2016, PLoS Pathogens 12(8):e1005803.

3. Wang et al., 2016, Infection and Immunity 84(6):1796-1805.

4. Shaw et al., 2017. Nature Communications 8: 14401.

5. McClure et al., 2017 Nature Reviews Microbiology 15:544-558.

We are especially interested in individuals trained in microbial ecology and/or cell biology willing to cross-over fields of research. The goal is to: (1) ask fundamental questions in arthropod immunity; and (2) develop new technologies for the study of pathogen-microbiome-tick interactions. Creative trainees with out-of-the-box thinking and/or prior experience in genome editing (CRISPR-Cas9), microbial isotope labeling, quantitative meta-omics and single cell analysis are especially encouraged to apply. No prior experience in tick biology is necessary.

The Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area is well-placed geographically, famous for its rich history, elegant cities and beautiful natural scenery. The Baltimore-Washington Metro Region is an especially attractive workplace for young professionals, due to its moderate cost of living, nice blend between urban/suburban living, and a booming life science/technology industry. The Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area is also at the heart of government, education and commerce.

To apply: Please submit a CV (3 pages or less), a letter summarizing research interests, experience and goals (1 page or less), and the names and phone numbers/e-mail of three references to: Dr. Joao Pedra, Ph.D., Associate Professor, E-mail: (

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Biologist II/Entomologist

State of Alabama
Personnel Department
64 North Union Street
P. O. Box 304100
Montgomery, AL 36130-4100
Phone: (334) 242-3389 

Fax: (334) 242-1110

Continuous Announcement



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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Visiting Research Specialist Crop Sciences

Visiting Research Specialist 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 Coordinate field, laboratory and greenhouse research on wheat and oat breeding with emphasis on breeding for resistance to Fusarium head blight in wheat.


• Coordinate all aspects of plant breeding research on winter wheat and spring oats including development of breeding lines with disease resistance.

• Participate in breeding research including design and implementation of field experiments. This will include the involvement in planting, irrigation, cultivation, pest management and harvesting crops.

• Inoculation and evaluation of plants

• Execute established experimental protocols

• Collect samples and data in field and greenhouse research trials and maintain data on yields and environmental variables (e.g., soil, plant, light, microbial, and yield data)

• Analyze plant samples and conduct lab work including DNA extractions and working with Fusarium Head blight isolates

• Manage and conduct preliminary analyses of experimental data using specialized statistical analysis software

• Prepare project reports and develop data summary tables

• Oversee the purchase of research related materials and supplies

• Supervise and train hourly employees


Required: BS in Crop Sciences, Plant Pathology, or related discipline Preferred: MS in Crop Sciences, Plant Pathology or related discipline

EXPERIENCE Required: Two years of research experience in an area related to this research project; experience working on field research plots; experience working with host-plant resistance to plant pathogens and experience conducting statistical analysis of data, and supervisory experience.

TRAINING/CERIFICATIONS/LICENSES Must possess or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license


Required: Planting breeding and statistics background, and familiarity with Microsoft Office products. Demonstrated good oral and written communication skills and ability to work independently as well as effectively with others.

Preferred: Knowledge of statistical software and plant breeding program management software. Familiarity with both field research and molecular marker methods.

APPOINTMENT STATUS This is a 12-month, 100% visiting academic professional position. This position may become permanent in the future.

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 December 25, 2017. 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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EPA Releases Neonicotinoid Assessments for Public Comment

EPA Releases Neonicotinoid Assessments for Public Comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing preliminary ecological and human health risk assessments for these neonicotinoid insecticides — clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran — and a preliminary ecological risk assessment for imidacloprid, assessing risks to birds, mammals, non-target insects, and plants. Preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments for these chemicals were published for comment in 2016 and 2017, and preliminary human health and ecological assessments (for aquatic species only) for imidacloprid were also released in 2017.

The Agency is also releasing new cotton and citrus benefits assessments for foliar applications of the neonicotinoids as well as its response to public comments on the 2014 Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatment to Soybean Production.

These documents are all being made available in the dockets in advance of the forthcoming Federal Register Notice that will open the public comment period.

Once the comment period opens, EPA is especially interested in public comment on the benefits for cotton and citrus, since previous assessments identified potential risks to pollinators. We believe early input from the public will be helpful in developing possible mitigation options that may be needed to address risks to bees. Among the benefits identified, the neonicotinoids were found to be critical for management of Asian citrus psyllid — which causes citrus greening, a devastating pest for citrus growers, and for control of plant bugs and stink bugs in cotton.

The Agency encourages stakeholders and interested members of the public to provide comments on these assessments in the dockets linked below. The comment period begins when the Federal Register notice is published and will be open for 60 days. EPA may revise the assessments based on information and comments received. The Agency plans to release the final pollinator risk assessments and proposed interim decisions for these chemicals in mid-2018.

Imidacloprid registration review docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0844

Clothianidin registration review docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0865

Thiamethoxam registration review docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0581

Dinotefuran registration review docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0920

We also encourage you to sign up for email alerts from the dockets to be automatically notified when the Agency publishes the next documents for review and comment.


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New Online Courses Help K12 School Employees Make Schools Healthier Places to Learn


New Online Courses Help K12 School Employees Make Schools Healthier Places to Learn 

MADISON, Wis., December 14, 2017 – Stop School Pests, a new online training program, is now available to school employees across the United States and beyond at The training will help schools reduce pest complaints, pesticide use, and pest-related costs, and improve food and fire safety by teaching staff how to prevent pest problems before they occur.

Students spend a major part of each day in school – on average 30 hours each week. Exposure to pests and pesticides can create an unhealthy school environment. Mice and cockroaches can cause or trigger asthma attacks and allergies. Similarly, an over-reliance on pesticides can lead school employees and children to be exposed unnecessarily to dangerous chemicals.

“Schools must be safe, healthy spaces for students and staff. It’s important to manage pests with smart, common-sense approaches that minimize exposure to pests and chemicals,” said Dr. Dawn Gouge who was involved in the project from its beginning and is a Professor and Public Health IPM Specialist at University of Arizona’s Entomology Department. “These training modules will make that possible for any school district, no matter the size or budget.”

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a long-term approach to preventing pests utilizing the least-hazardous, most effective, sustainable and cost-effective methods. Stop School Pests new online training program will provide important tools to help school staff implement more effective pest-control programs.

Teachers, school nurses, administrators, food service personnel, facility managers, landscape and ground managers, maintenance and custodial staff – every staff member plays a role in making sure food sources for pests are minimized and making sure that surfaces and outdoor areas are safe for children to touch.

The Stop School Pests portal offers specific training modules for each role that address the basics of smart pest management, identifies common pests found in schools, and the health risks associated with pesticides and pests. The training is free and open to anyone and is administered by the non-profit organization IPM Institute of North America. Presentation files can be requested at no cost.

The training content was developed by the School IPM Working Group and through a multi-year, nationwide project with funding by the US EPA, the USDA, the North Central IPM Center, and the National Education Association.

Stop School Pests aims to make affordable, accessible training available to all involved in making sure schools are healthy spaces for every child and employee in every community.

All training courses are available at no cost at After a short quiz, users can download a certificate.

Media Contact: 

Alina Eva Freund, Project Manager

IPM Institute of North America

608 232 1410 x 1007

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