Coordinator, Sustainable Food Group and Pesticide Risk Tool

Full-time coordinator position available with a growing independent non-profit organization working to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Responsibilities include coordinating client use of on-line software tool and implementation of sustainability initiatives to ensure state-of-the-art programs to meet customer requests and improve sustainability in the supply chain.

The individual in this position will work with project teams, project partners, clients and project scientists to research, develop, implement and verify standards focused on sustainability, IPM and pesticide risk reduction. The scope of work includes database management, software tool and standards development, communications, training, program evaluation and reporting.

The ideal candidate will have excellent analytical skills, strong attention to detail, experience and knowledge in and demonstrated commitment to sustainable agriculture. Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office are essential. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.

Flexible schedule, 30 – 35 hours per week, hourly compensation commensurate with skills and experience ($15 – $17 per hour). Our growth provides for excellent opportunities for long-term advancement. Benefits include health insurance, retirement plan, and paid vacation and holidays. Located on the near east side of Madison.

The IPM Institute of North America, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed in 1998. Our mission is to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities by using the power of the marketplace. Our team currently works on more than a dozen projects to increase adoption of IPM and other best practices that reduce risks to health and the environment from pesticide and nutrient use in agriculture and communities, improve working conditions, soil health, water and air quality.

Send a resume, cover letter, salary history and three professional references to Ariel Larson at 211 S. Paterson Street Suite 380, Madison, WI 53703, or email alarson@ipminstitute.org

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Department of Entomology at UW-Madison Postdoc

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Entomology at UW-Madison to work on understanding population distributions and refining management strategies for insect pests of Wisconsin berry crops. The postdoctoral researcher will focus on three pest species of interest:
spotted-wing drosophila, red-headed flea beetle, and social wasps. We are looking for a motivated and flexible researcher who will be able to manage multiple projects and balance field work with laboratory assays. The primary focus of the researcher will be to lead a grant that assesses genetic diversity and population structure of spotted-wing drosophila in the North
Central region. Additional projects will focus on assessing landscape factors affecting movement of flea beetle in cranberry agroecosystems, and implementing a push-pull strategy for managing social wasps in vineyards. The researcher will be responsible for designing and conducting the research, analyzing the data, and reporting results in peer-reviewed publications.

The position will be at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in the Department of Entomology in the Guédot’s Fruit Crop Entomology Laboratory (http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/fruitcropentomology/). Ideal candidates should have a Ph.D. in entomology, ecology or a related field with demonstrated experience in conducting field and lab research, have a record in writing peer-reviewed publications, and be comfortable working independently, with grower-cooperators, and supervising students. Funding is available for 1.5 years with the possibility to continue based on performance and funding.

Deadline for application: For full consideration, submit applications by June 28, 2019 (applications will be accepted until position is filled).

Start Date: August 19, 2019.

To apply: Interested applicants should submit a current CV, statement of research interests and experience, contact information for three references, and copies of recent publications to Christelle Guédot at guedot@wisc.edu.
For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Christelle Guédot at guedot@wisc.edu or call 608-262- 0899.

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The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to include IPM funding opportunities

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational and Applied Science Program Request for Applications (RFA) released recently includes a new cross-cutting program that could be of interest to the IPM community. This program, “Tactical Sciences for Agricultural Biosecurity (Program code: A1181)” focuses on increasing our national capacity to prevent, rapidly detect, and respond to biological threats to the U.S. agriculture and food supply. 

Applications to this program must address one or more of the following:
• Detection and diagnostics of transboundary and emerging pests and diseases associated
with animal production systems and/or emerging, re-emerging and invasive diseases, insects and weeds associated with plant production systems. Non-traditional detection methodologies such as syndromic surveillance, predictive analysis of satellite imagery, etc. will also be considered; or

• Rapid response to, and recovery from, pests and diseases that pose large-scale biosecurity threats to plant and animal production, including existing and imminent threats to U.S. agricultural production systems.

Further details are available in the RFA https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/20190507-fy2019-afri-foundational-and-applied-science-rfa.pdf

The program requires a Letter of Intent that has to be submitted by July 9, 2019 (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). A webinar to discuss this program will be held shortly.

Other AFRI RFAs that are currently open include: 

The AFRI-Education and Workforce Development RFA with information regarding the Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates (REEU) and the Pre and Postdoctoral Fellowship programs.
https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/fy-2019-and-fy-2020-afri-education-workforce-and-development-rfa.pdf

The AFRI-Sustainable Agricultural Systems which funds large transdisciplinary projects to solve key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional, organic, and urban agricultural systems.https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY19-AFRI-SAS.pdf

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Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program

In FY 2019, NIFA’s CFP intends to solicit applications and fund two types of grants. The types are entitled (1) Community Food Projects (CFP) and (2) Planning Projects (PP). The primary goals of the CFP are to: Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service; Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to: Equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project; Planning for long-term solutions; or The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

Closing date i June 3, 2019. For more information, click here.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems RFA

Applications to the FY 2019 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Request for Applications (RFA) must focus on approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agriculture system within the next 25 years. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach, and that will significantly improve the supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food, while providing sustainable opportunities for expansion of the bioeconomy through novel animal, crop, and forest products and supporting technologies. These approaches must demonstrate current and future social, behavioral, economic, health, and environmental impacts. Additionally, the outcomes of the work being proposed must result in societal benefits, including promotion of rural prosperity and enhancement of quality of life for those involved in food and agricultural value chains from production to utilization and consumption. See AFRI SAS RFA for details. For more information, visit: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/afri-sustainable-agricultural-systems-competitive-grants-program?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

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Plan of Work and REEport Integration Update


NIFA deployed the most recent release to the Institutional Profile on March 22, 2019. The enhancements provide the necessary functionality to support the 2020 Plan of Work (POW) reporting process.

The release provides two key features particularly relevant to our partners’ ability to complete and submit their 2020 POW reports. The first major feature enables our land-grant partners to manage roles within the Institutional Profile. Land-grant institutions may administer system access to ensure the right individuals have the appropriate access to meet the 2020 POW report deadline of June 1, 2019. The second feature relates to the alignment of NIFA’s Science Emphasis Areas (SEAs) with state-defined critical issues. This alignment will facilitate further integration activities with REEport information collection, improve data quality and integrity, and provide a more clear connection between state-defined and NIFA priorities.

A third highlight pertains to the addition of new extension sites to the REEport system. REEport site administrators from 1862 and 1890 land-grant university (LGU) sites will soon be assigned to the newly created extension sites affiliated with their institutions. The creation of these sites and administrator assignments are in anticipation of the extension program initiation reporting that will be required later this year. NIFA encourages LGU deans and directors to work together to determine who will be the most appropriate site administrator to manage future REEport roles for these extension sites. The assigned site administrator will have the ability to manage the access and roles as decisions are made.

For more information visit Plan of Work and REEport Integration: Institutional Profile and Plan of Work and REEport Integration: Frequently Asked Questions for more information on this important initiative. For questions contact pow@nifa.usda.gov.

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Oregon State University Faculty Position Focused on Tree Fruit Entomology Research in the Mid-Columbia Region of Oregon, USA

Oregon State University is hiring a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level to carry out research and outreach on sweet cherry and pear arthropod management. This is a full time (1.0 FTE), 9-month position located at the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MCAREC) in Hood River, Oregon, in a region known
for its production of pears, cherries, apples and wine grapes. MCAREC contributes value to Oregon State University and to the local agricultural community through high quality research programs and outreach to stakeholders. The faculty member will develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program on integrated arthropod management in sweet cherry and pear production systems. The position requires a PhD in Entomology or a related field; demonstrated communication skills; and experience carrying out research projects in entomology or a related field.

Candidates applying for this position at the associate professor rank must demonstrate evidence of experience in the areas of university-level research and scholarly work, competitively funded grant writing, and professional service at a level of performance that meet the Oregon State
University (OSU) criteria for promotion to rank of associate professor.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. For additional information, please contact Vaughn Walton, vaughn.walton@oregonstate.edu or Steve Castagnoli, steve.castagnoli@oregonstate.edu. View position details and apply online at: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/74293. Applications
received by April 26, 2019 will receive full consideration. OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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NAISMA Hiring

The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, announces two employment opportunities available – a full-time Program Manager and a part-time Membership, Graphic Design and Program Coordinator. 

The full-time Program Manager will administer NAISMA’s Weed Free Forage & Gravel; Online Invasive Species Manager Trainings; and Annual Conference Programs. The successful candidate will work with committees and program partners, oversee the progress of operations, and provide reports and communications as needed. The ideal candidate will be an excellent leader, will also be able to develop efficient strategies and tactics, and will have experience managing multiple programs and communications tools while producing results in a timely manner. While NAISMA’s office is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this position can be executed via telecommuting from anywhere if the successful candidate has demonstrated capacity to do so. This is a 1-year, non-salaried contractor opportunity, renewable depending on the hire’s performance and the organization’s fundraising efforts.

Click here for the complete Program Manager job announcement. Interested candidates, please email a single pdf file with a resume or CV and cover letter with 2-3 references to: bbergner@naisma.org by COB Friday, April 12, 2019.

The part-time Membership, Graphic Design and Program Coordinator must have experience in managing membership; assisting with website updates and event registration, graphic design editing and new design, digital asset management, and program assistance as needed. The successful applicant will work with our Program Managers to coordinate membership renewals, communications with program participants and members, basic graphic design and website updates, and facilitate committee work as needed. The ideal candidate will be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and will have experience coordinating multiple programs and communications tools while producing results in a timely manner. Preference is for an individual to work in our Milwaukee, Wisconsin office; however, this position can be executed via telecommuting if the successful candidate has demonstrated capacity to do so. This is a 1-year, non-salaried contractor opportunity. Time commitment will range from 15-25 hours per week. This position will be available for renewal and potentially grow to full-time depending on the successful candidate’s performance and the organization’s fundraising efforts.

Click here for the complete Membership, Graphic Design and Program Coordinator job announcement. Interested candidates, please email a single pdf file with a resume or CV, cover letter, sample of graphic design portfolio, and 2-3 references to: bbergner@naisma.org by COB Friday, April 12, 2019.

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Assistant Professor Weed Science/Ecology/Management in Edible Specialty Crops

The Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is seeking candidates for an Assistant Professor (12-month tenure system, 60% Research, 40% Extension) position to lead an internationally recognized, innovative and competitively funded applied and basic research and extension program in weed science and ecology to support Michigan’s fruit and vegetable industries. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a program focused on weed science, agroecology and management that may include: identification and management of herbicideresistant species; weed plant competition and impact on production systems, including management of closely-related weed and crop species; effects of changing climate on weed population dynamics; new and expanded herbicide registrations for edible specialty crop production systems; and/or development or application of innovative precision agriculture technologies and alternative integrated weed management strategies including chemical, mechanical, cultural, biological, and organic approaches to increase production efficiency.

Extension responsibilities include development of educational materials and presentations to inform and advise growers, extension educators, industry advisors, government regulators, and elected officials on vegetable, small fruit, and tree fruit specialty crop weed management issues, with a focus on sustainability, profitability, and environmental impact. Michigan’s vegetable and fruit producers constitute a diverse array of specialty crop growers with a combined farm-gate value of $780 million. Access to the latest herbicides and comprehensive up-to-date practices and integrated systems are essential to ensure economic sustainability of these important specialty crop industries in Michigan while also protecting the environment and natural resources.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and coordinate outreach and research collaborations within the MSU vegetable and fruit faculty and extension educator teams in MS Extension’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute as well as Michigan growers; procure competitive external grant funding; publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals; develop leadership activities in regional, national, and international professional scientific associations; and advise and mentor students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists. Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration exist with scientists in soil science, plant pathology, nematology, entomology, and agricultural engineering. Benefits include a salary commensurate with the candidate’s experience, a competitive start-up package, and attractive health, dental and retirement plans.

Qualifications:
Required:
• Ph.D. in weed science, horticulture, crop science, agronomy, plant physiology/biology,
forestry, or other plant science-related fields
• Demonstrated capacity to conduct and publish independent, original, innovative research
• Excellent oral and written communication skills appropriate for both scientific peers as well as agricultural stakeholder constituencies
Desired:
• Graduate, postdoctoral or other professional experience in weed science/ecology
• Experience in competitive grant proposal writing and administration
• Experience working in a diverse environment and/or utilizing a variety of
outreach/communication methods designed for broad student/stakeholder success
• Ability to work collaboratively, both as a team member and as a leader in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural setting.

Plant Sciences at MSU: MSU is a global leader in basic and applied plant science research, with over 150 faculty members engaged in research ranging from sustainable agriculture and ecology to breeding, genomics and biochemistry. Extensive laboratory, greenhouse, growth chamber, and field-based facilities are available for plant growth research, including biochemical, imaging, and gene expression analyses, bioinformatics support, and plant transformation. Horticulture faculty also conduct research at the Horticulture Teaching and Research Center on campus and several field research and demonstration centers around the state. MSU plant science faculty, staff, and graduate students represent an inclusive, diverse community committed to the advancement of science and the recruitment and retention of persons from richly varied backgrounds and
perspectives to maintain and enhance the excellence of the University.

Application Procedure: Qualified applicants should submit the following materials to https://careers.msu.edu (select Faculty/Academic Staff and apply to posting #563530): 1) a letter of application, summarizing research/extension accomplishments and future interests; 2) a current
resume; 3) a statement of extension/teaching philosophy; 4) a summary of your experience or philosophy fostering diversity and inclusion in research and/or extension endeavors, and an explanation of how you will contribute to MSU’s goals of inclusive excellence; and 5) contact information for at least three references who will be contacted directly by the search committee as needed. Questions about the position or the search and interview timetable can be directed to Dr. Daniel Brainard, Search Committee Chair (brainar9@msu.edu). Questions on submitting applications through https://careers.msu.edu can be directed to hrt@msu.edu. Review of applications will begin on May 1, and continue until the position is filled.

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New RT25 Data Will Help Beekeepers and Farmers Protect Pollinators

EPA is updating its Residual Time to 25% Bee Mortality (RT25) Data table with information the agency has collected since the table was first published in 2014. EPA published the RT25 data as one of many actions we have taken since 2006 to protect pollinators.

RT25 data help farmers and beekeepers know about how long a specific pesticide may remain toxic to bees and other insect pollinators following foliar application to crops. The new data reflect the results of studies the agency has analyzed as part of our routine pesticide regulatory activities. Putting this data online gives beekeepers and farmers more real-world opportunities to cooperate and protect bees. For example, farmers can choose pesticides that quickly lose their toxicity to bees. Applying the products in the evening helps ensure that by morning the pests have been dealt with and blooming crops are safe for bees.

EPA plans to update the table annually as we collect additional data going forward.

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