Two North Central Institutions Awarded IPM Grants from NIFA

Congratulations are in order for two institutions within our north central region. This month, NIFA issued its round of grant awards that not only includes funding for the North Central IPM Center, but to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University.

University of Wisconsin-Madison was awarded a three-year, $324,809 grant for a project entitled, A multi-pronged approach to controlling Sclerotinia stem rot (SSR or white mold). Sclerotinia sclerotiorumis is a fungus that can infect and survive on over 400 host species, and is a very predominant and active disease in soybean crops. Between 2010 and 2014, SSR of soybean resulted in total soybean yield losses valued at an estimated $1.2 billion in the U.S. and Canada. For perspective, the U.S. soybean crop was valued at more than $41 billion in 2013.

Considering the difficulty in controlling SSR and its impact on reducing soybean yield, a large amount of time and money in the America’s is spent on managing it. However, no one strategy can provide significant control. The goals of the project aim at creating a control method that uses integrated management strategies using modern technologies; integrate varietal resistance into and integrated management platform; and, develop outreach materials to enable farmers and practitioners to implement integrated management strategies of the fungus. Iowa State University and Michigan State University will also be contributing to the research.

Michigan State University was awarded a two-year, $199,446 grant for a project entitled, Development and demonstration of short- and long-term strategies for management of the resurgent blueberry steam gall wasp. Blueberry stem gall wasp (BSGW) is a native pest of blueberries in the eastern US, and has had a dramatic economic impact on the crop in recent years. BSGW attacks susceptible cultivars that can have very high gall densities, while other cultivars are completely resistant. Galls are formed on new shoots that reduces yield and increases contamination risk. Management of the pest with pruning is not sufficient for current BSGW population densities, meaning there is an urgent need for additional strategies.

While the long-term goal is to develop and implement an IPM program that integrates new resistant cultivars in the production system, this goal will take some time. The goal of this project is to spread understanding of insecticide-based approaches and responses to field management. Other goals include, determining pest management strategies that control BSGW, while also protecting natural enemies and pollinators; investigating the effect of bush management on BSGW infestation and yield; identifying genetic source(s) of resistance to diverse BSGW populations; and, delivering a cost-effective BSGW management programs for the US blueberry industry.

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Entomology Professor Position at Purdue University

The Department of Entomology at Purdue University seeks to fill a tenure track position in Horticultural Entomology. This is a nine-month appointment at the level of assistant professor with primary extension and secondary research responsibilities. The incumbent will develop a nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded applied research program that will support an extension program with a focus on edible horticultural crops.  For more details, see the complete posting.

Please submit the application package as an email attachment to: Dr. Clifford Sadof, Search Committee Chair – .

The search committee will begin reviewing applications after November 26nd, 2018, but will accept submissions until the position is filled.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Search for Associate Dean for International Programs is now open

The internal search for the Associate Dean for International Programs is now open. The Associate Dean will provide creative leadership for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) international programs in learning, discovery and engagement.

For the full position announcement and information on the application process, visitAssociate Dean for International Programs at ACES. Please make personal contact with your networks and encourage well-qualified colleagues to apply. The closing date is Monday, October 22, 2018.

I encourage you to be engaged in the interview process by attending meetings, seminars or other interactions with the candidates as appropriate. Individuals that participate will be asked to provide feedback on the suitability of the candidates for the position through an online follow-up survey.

This is an exciting moment of opportunity for the Office of International Programs in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. I am looking forward to building capacity for international engagement among faculty, students and staff. I appreciate your commitment as we work together to identify an excellent leader to implement international programs that encompass activities throughout the food, agriculture, and natural resources systems around the globe.

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Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference

Please consider joining us in Nashville, TN December 12th-14th, 2018 for the Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center.  You can find all the details on our conference website

If you have a newsletter, email list or some other form of communication with your members or partners, would you please forward the information about the 2018 Innovations in Invasive Species Conference below?  Thanks and please contact me (Steven Manning,, 615-969-1309) if you have any questions.

Innovations in Invasive Species Management Training
December 12-14th, 2018

Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Nashville, TN

Registration is Open
We invite you to join us for the second annual Innovations in Invasive Species Management Training to be held in Nashville, TN December 12-14th, 2018 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  This year’s meeting will be co-hosted by theNational Military Fish and Wildlife Association’s Invasive Species Working Group the Tennessee Invasive Plant Councilthe Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils, the National Invasive Species Council, and Invasive Plant Control, Inc.


Current Agenda
Click here to view the 2018 Training Draft Agenda


Conference Website
Click here to view the 2018 Innovations Training Website


To register for the Innovations in Invasive Species Management Training and Workshop please visit Eventbrite by clicking on the following link: Click here to register for the 2018 Innovations in Invasive Species Training


Who Should Attend?

  • Department of Defense Land Managers
  • Department of Transportation
  • Public and private land managers
  • Not for profit land managers
  • Municipal staff (parks and recreation, public works, inland wetlands/conservation commissions)
  • Nursery, tree and landscape professionals
  • Landscape architects and designers
  • State and federal employees
  • Members of conservation organizations
  • Educators, students
  • Gardening enthusiasts
  • Private landowners
  • Concerned citizens

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS Pesticide Recertification Credits and other Continuing Education Credits will be offered.

Hotel and Conference Location
Gaylord Opryland Hotel The hotel is offering the equivalent to the prevailing state and federal per diem which is currently $170 per night.  Click here to make reservations Gaylord Opryland Hotel.    Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Our premier Opryland hotel offers guests an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Located only 10 minutes from the airport and featuring an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping, recreational activities and entertainment, there’s never a shortage of things to do at our resort. After unwinding at Relâche Spa & Salon, practice your swing at Gaylord Springs Golf Links, make a splash at our indoor or outdoor pool, hit the gym at our state-of-the-art fitness center, or explore our nine acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls.

Call for Presentations
Call for papers for the general session is full but we are still accepting abstracts for the outdoor equipment demos or oral presentations on tools and equipment as well as abstracts for the poster session.

We are also accepting abstracts for oral presentations pertaining to military installations

Types of proposals we are seeking:

  • Invasive Species Management on Military Installations
  • Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations
  • General Session Oral Presentations on Innovative Equipment 15 minutes in length
  • Poster Presentations


  • Deadline for submission of Field Demonstration and Poster Presentation Abstracts is November 5th, 2018

General Sessions

  • Oral Presentations on Innovative Tools and Equipment will be 15 minutes. Presentations will be included in a relevant general oral session, or in an organized oral session if appropriate.
  • Poster Presentations will be displayed throughout the conference in the main Ballroom.   We ask that you be present during the session to present your poster and answer questions.  Posters should be no larger than 4×4 ft.
  • Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations will occur on Friday December 14th on the Opryland Grounds and at local parks in the hotel vicinity.  If you are interested in offering an equipment demonstration please contact Steven Manning

Submission Instructions

For Symposia and Organized Oral Sessions, abstracts must be submitted for each presentation.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically to Steven Manning. Your email must include the document in the format described below, with this subject line:

  • Subject: (presenter’s last name) and type of submission (i.e. organized oral session, symposium, workshop, general oral session, or general poster session)

Abstract Content and Style for Papers and Posters

Each submitted abstract must include the following.  Please carefully adhere to these guidelines: Attach your abstract in Microsoft Word, using one-inch margins and Times New Roman 10 pt. font. Single space the abstract and separate each section with a single line space.

  1. Title of Presentation
  2. Author or Authors
    1. Name
    2. Title
    3. Organization
  3. Contact information
    1. Email
    2. Telephone
    3. Address
  4. Abstract (to be published in the conference program)
  5. Speaker Bio

For more information please contact Steven Manning at 615-969-1309 or

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Tenure-track Faculty Position Assistant Professor of Veterinary Parasitology

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Comparative Pathobiology ( invites applications for an academic-year (9-month), tenure-track position in Veterinary Parasitology at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program in host-parasite interactions, to teach veterinary parasitology in the D.V.M. program, and to assist the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory personnel in parasitology diagnostics.  Applicants must have a D.V.M. (or equivalent) and/or Ph.D. in parasitology or related field.

Commitment to the missions of discovery, learning and engagement, and support of Departmental and College strategic plans (, and promotion of an atmosphere of cultural diversity are essential.

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file that includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research interests, statement on teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of 3 references via email to . Review of applications will start September 12, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants needing more information are encouraged to email Dr. Suresh K. Mittal, Chair of the search committee (  A background check will be required for employment in this position.

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USDA ARS is seeking a technician

The United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service is looking for a permanent USDA technician and has a position available with the Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit in Manhattan, KS.

ABADRU conducts research on the surveillance and management of domestic livestock pathogens that are transmitted by insects (biting flies and mosquitoes). Insect-borne diseases cause significant economic loss and pose a constant threat to the U.S. livestock industry. New methods and products will be developed and compared to established techniques and materials.

The incumbent of this position will actively participate in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of complex technical duties in a laboratory and field environment working with live insects.

Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Collects insect samples in a field environment.
  • Sorts and identifies insect collections to the species classification.
  • Maintains and rears large populations or colonies of insects and arthropods for disease vector research and scientific studies.
  • Tests new and established products (insecticides) and techniques (treatment methods) for efficacy.
  • Identifies physical features from live insect samples and prepares the insects for study in a laboratory environment.
  • Keeps exact, detailed records of experimental data. Tabulates, statistically analyzes and summarizes data using personal computers and software packages.
  • Interprets and documents findings by preparing information to be included in manuscripts or preparing reports summarizing progress or results of research.

Salary $45,810 to $65,778 per year, and posting closes 16 October 2018. For more information, visit:

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North Central Integrated Pest Management Center Announces Request for Applications for Working Groups and Critical Issues Grants

East Lansing, Michigan — The North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (NCIPMC) is pleased to announce the availability of funds and requests for proposals (RFA) for working groups and critical issues, that support NCIPMC and regional integrated pest management (IPM) priorities. The deadline for application is 5:00 p.m.—EST, November 16, 2018.

The Working Groups and Critical Issues grants help facilitate the NCIPMC’s mission to improve health, environment, and economic benefits by providing leadership and cooperating with our partners to facilitate the development and adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solutions, based in the North Central region.

IPM is the integration of problem-solving strategies that address a multitude of pest problems. Insects, plant diseases, weeds, birds and mammals can all interfere with the production of our food, spread diseases or invade our homes and schools. When this occurs, IPM strategies take an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to managing those pests to a tolerable level to our environment and resources.

A total of up to $100,000 will be available for the Critical Issues grants with a project funding maximum of $50,000 for 12 months. The program is designed to provide one-time seed funding to help initiate work requiring immediate attention until other longer-term resources can be secured to address the issue in the north central region. Examples of types of critical issue proposals that would be appropriate and considered for this program may include: addressing invasive species, pollinator protection and conservation, pest prevention (insect and disease) and strategic planning to address new or emerging pest management issues.

A total of up to $200,000 will be available for Working Group projects, with a project funding maximum of $20,000 for 12 months. The working groups program is designed to support collaboration among diverse groups to collaboratively address a regional IPM priority. Multi-state/tribal nation working groups should address information, resource and research needs in region-wide or broad areas to enhance communication and collaborations for the IPM topic area being addressed by the group. A working group could also coordinate efforts to develop proposals for additional funding to address critical issues within the north central region. A working group project includes collaborative activities that lead to specific outputs, such as a publication, an app, a regional pest alert, a survey, a Pest Management Strategic Plan, etc., which in turn are intended to contribute to desired outcomes.

For more information on the application process and guidelines, and to download the application, visit the NCIPMC website at or the NCIPMC Grants Program page at

The North Central IPM Center is one of four centers in the nation, serving 12 states, as part of the USDA’s connection to production agriculture, research and extension services as well as community outreach programs, throughout the United States. Regional IPM Centers are funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The IPM centers’ projects strive to improve economic benefits of adopting IPM practices and to reduce potential risks to human health and the environment. The states in the region include: Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

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Fort Valley State University is seeking applications and nominations for dean’s position

Fort Valley State University, a state and land-grant institution of the University System of Georgia, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences & Technology. The University seeks an academic leader with proven experience in strategic planning and implementation and a commitment to student success, faculty development, and program innovation.

The Opportunity
Fort Valley State University (FVSU), located in Central Georgia, is the only 1890 land-grant university in Georgia. The historically black university (HBCU) is a comprehensive institution and a leader in agriculture research. Beyond the classroom, the College provides valuable extension services and programs to citizens and businesses throughout the state.

The Dean of the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences & Technology (Dean) is part of the academic team dedicated to supporting FVSU’s mission of meeting the higher education needs of the state, region, and nation through innovative teaching, and applied research. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost), the Dean works closely with the Deans’ Council and the President’s Cabinet to assist in the management of the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences & Technology.

The Dean guides the direction of the College through strategic planning and leadership.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Serves as a liaison between the College and the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Works closely with the other college deans and the Provost to formulate and implement the academic objectives of the College within the context of the mission and objectives of the University.
  • Leads the administration, development, and direction of the academic programs, strategic planning, fundraising, facility development, as well as the Research Program budget inclusive of the Research Station and Farms, and the Cooperative Extension Program.
  • Evaluates the work of faculty members within the College.
  • Provides written recommendations concerning the retention, promotion, and tenure of faculty members to the Provost.
  • Prepares an annual report on the progress toward the objectives of the College and the University, including recommendations related to funding and future needs.
  • Serves as a local and state leader in public policy issues related to water, nutrition, and food, and agricultural and natural resources.

Candidate must have an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited university with a degree in a discipline represented within the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences & Technology. Distinguished scholarly credentials and stature appropriate for the rank of Professor in a department in the College are required.

Other requirements include:

  • Knowledge and experience of the roles and responsibilities of a dean at a land-grant institution
  • Participatory management and leadership style that encourages and values input from others
  • Knowledgeable, or the ability to become knowledgeable, of the requirements of academic programs beyond those in the College
  • Proven academic leadership, administrative ability, and experience
  • Experience in budget, planning, personnel, and student matters
  • Ability to lead teams to achieve established goals
  • Commitment to high standards in education, research, and outreach
  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with on- and off-campus constituencies
  • Experience in program reviews, assessment, and specialized accreditation
  • An established record demonstrating the recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty and staff
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a high level of competency related to various technologies (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, BANNER, etc.) utilized in an academic setting

College of Agriculture, Family Sciences & Technology
The College of Agriculture, Family Sciences & Technology (CAFST) serves 618 undergraduate and graduate students across four departments: Agricultural Sciences; Engineering Technology; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Veterinary Science and Public Health. The College also provides career enhancement through graduate programs in Animal Science, Biotechnology, and Public Health.

The College has 33 faculty members and 216 staff, which includes academic staff – 21; research staff – 29; extension staff – 54; and Head Start/Early Head Start – 112.

Fort Valley State University is the only public institution in Georgia that offers a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology, the development of products from living organisms, their components, or systems. While biotechnology often is applied to develop agricultural advancements, food, and medicine, FVSU master’s degree candidates can specialize in plant biotechnology, animal biotechnology, and applied biotechnology.

Widely recognized for the quality of its undergraduate education, research, and outreach programs, the College is ranked 6th nationally in graduating African American students in agriculture disciplines. It also has been a leader in placing first-time applicants into medical, dental, veterinary, and pharmacy schools and colleges since 2001.

Utilizing state-of-the-art, well-equipped laboratories in the state, the faculty are securing external grant funds and conducting cutting-edge research. Faculty conduct research in five primary areas: Agricultural Economics, Bioenergy and Climate Change, Food Safety, Small Ruminants, and Specialty Plant Biotechnology. Students work with the scientists in these laboratories, which contributes to their success of being accepted to professional and graduate schools.

Several programs in the College hold nationally accreditation: the Electronic Engineering Technology Program – ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology); Family and Consumer Sciences Program – AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences);  Veterinary Technology Program – AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association); Agricultural Education Program – NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education);  Master of Public Health – EHAC (National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council).

Fort Valley State University has more than 2,700 students representing 127 of Georgia’s 159 counties, 20 states, and 14 countries. Ninety-two percent of the student body is African American. Sixty percent of the students live on campus, and 80 percent attend college full-time.

The diverse faculty, with 116 full-time members, provides a supportive, yet challenging learning environment that encourages innovation and inspires lifelong learning and the realization of aspirations. Students benefit from strong mentoring by accessible professors. The close-knit campus community encourages personal and academic growth and establishing lifelong ties that extend well beyond graduation.

The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in almost 40 fields of study at its Fort Valley Campus and Warner Robins Center, which is designed for graduate students. Four undergraduate programs – Criminal Justice, Organizational Leadership, Political Science, and Psychology – and one graduate program – Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling – are offered online.

Fort Valley, Georgia, is a progressive city, with an estimated population of 9,935. The county seat of Peach County, the city has quiet tree-lined streets and dozens of beautiful historical homes. Approximately 90 minutes south of Atlanta on I-75, Fort Valley is only three hours west of the Atlantic coastline. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is an hour and a half away.

Application and Nomination Process – Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.

To Apply – Applications must include: 1) A letter of interest, 2) A current resume or curriculum vitae, and 3) At least three references with full contact and e-mail information (References will not be contacted without the applicant’s consent.)

Submit application to by October 1, 2018, for best consideration. The search remains open until the position is filled.

Submit nominations to with individual’s full contact and e-mail information.

Emily Parker Myers, CEO, and Jennifer Barfield, Senior Vice President of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, are assisting FVSU with this search.

Fort Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate against applicants, students or employees on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or marital or veteran status.

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National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking stakeholder feedback

As the primary extramural funding agency within USDA, The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking stakeholder feedback to inform the research, extension and education priorities of NIFA. We are attempting to ensure that we reach a broad spectrum of organizations involved in food and agricultural research and development, market development, or other agricultural organizations that think about food and agricultural customer needs.

Input can be provided in-person at one of the four listening sessions being held across the country, or it can be provided through an online survey through the input form link below.  I have attached informational links also to help you decide how best your organization can engage and share perspectives with us.  I hope you are able to take a few minutes to scan through those links and determine how best your organization can share its input with us.  If it is relatively convenient, I would like to encourage industry stakeholders such as your organization to participate in the in-person session.

NIFA Listens Fact Sheet:

NIFA Listens Announcement through the Federal Register:

NIFA listens input form:

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Kansas State University Looking for a PhD student

Kansas State University is looking for a PhD student to work on biting midges. The research will focus on novel methods to manage biting midge populations and we will teach the student a variety of techniques with lab and field components. The research will be basic science, but with a strong applied side.

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