PhD position desired for Invasive Plant Science Lab at Utah State University

The Invasive Plant Science Lab at Utah State University (https://www.invasiveplantslab.com/) seeks to fill a fully funded PhD position to work on a recently awarded grant to improve our understanding of the effects of drought-tolerant (DT) plant hybrids and efficient irrigation systems for water-challenged cropping systems on plant-pest (arthropod and weeds) interactions to develop and optimize sustainable and multidisciplinary integrated pest management. Specifically, we propose to test the effects of DT corn hybrids exposed to water-stressed conditions on the outbreak of spider mites and competitive interactions with weeds. Water-efficient irrigation systems are being increasingly adopted by corn producers to meet the demands of limited water resources and maintaining a healthy crop. Therefore, we also propose to evaluate how changes in irrigation practices impact the interactions among DT corn, spider mites, and shared weed hosts. Our novel approach will improve our ability to predict pest pressures (outbreaks or competition) utilizing water-conservation management strategies (DT plant hybrids and irrigation practices) and develop new pest management strategies in a water-stressed cropping environment.

The PhD student will conduct research on the weed science (i.e., plant competition) component of this study and work with researchers, a postdoc, and summer undergraduate students in the Departments of Plants, Soils, & Climate and Biology. The successful candidate is expected to associate with faculty in the College of Agricultural and Applied Sciences to gain broad experiences in entomology, plant physiology, entomology, hydrology, and weed science. Candidates should have an MS degree in plant ecology, weed ecology, agroecology or agronomy, plant physiology (or a closely related field); the ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally; laboratory or field research experience; and a willingness to work in inclement weather including extreme heat. Ideal candidates will have strong quantitative and statistical skills and a demonstrated ability to perform independent field research.

The position will start in late spring 2019 (start date negotiable), and interested candidates should apply no later than April 1, 2019. To apply, submit (1) a cover letter describing experience and interests, (2) CV, (3) transcripts, (4) GRE and TOEFL (if required) scores, and (5) contact information for three professional references to: steve.young@usu.edu

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Crop Protection and Pest Management RFA Open

The Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) program RFA, through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), is now open.

The purpose of the CPPM program is to address high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will ensure food security and respond effectively to other major societal pest management challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, ecologically prudent, and safe for human health. The CPPM program addresses IPM challenges for emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns that can be addressed more effectively with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies needed to maintain agricultural productivity and healthy communities.

The grant window closes on April 16, 2019.

To view the RFA or to apply, please click here.

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Farmer and Grower economic input desired for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The Northeastern IPM Center is seeking assistance nationwide to help contribute to a project on the economic impacts of brown marmorated sting bug.

A nationwide survey is currently underway to gather information from farmers and growers on the economic impact of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) on agriculture. The objective of the survey is to better provide you with the help you need in managing this pest. We’d like to find out when BMSB became a problem for you, where you currently get information on how to control them, how much damage you have suffered, your use of and interest in various management practices, and your feelings about biological control methods and their potential for your operation. The results of the survey will be used by Extension programs across the United States to fine tune management advice for the BMSB and help prioritize research and outreach activities.

If you’d like to participate, the survey should take you about 20–25 minutes to complete. Your individual survey responses will be confidential and the data collected will only be reported in summaries. Your participation is voluntary and you can decide not to answer a given question if you choose.

Link to the online survey:
https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_09tpBgDGchNpXPD

If you have any questions about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Management Survey for Commercial Producers, please contact Jayson Harper by e-mail at jkh4@psu.edu or call (814) 863-8638.

 

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Sustainable Food Group Manager Position

Management position available in Madison, Wisconsin with a rapidly growing independent non-profit organization working to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and other best practices. Primary responsibilities are to provide leadership and oversight of the organization’s Sustainable Food Group programs. Our team helps food companies, supply chains, certification programs and others generate and communicate credible, science-based
improvements in sustainability outcomes, including through grower support. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated passion for food and agriculture and management experience in sustainable agriculture.

The successful candidate will report to the IPM Institute director and manage relationships with project partners including developing and meet timelines and budgets. The candidate will manage our Sustainable Food Group team to ensure operational excellence and growth in impacts. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional with a deep understanding of agriculture to generate positive impacts. Strong leadership skills and a proven track record of establishing and building productive relationships are essential.

Experience and Qualifications:
 Demonstrated passion for food, agriculture and sustainability.
 Demonstrated ability to identify and overcome challenges, work creatively to set strategies and achieve objectives.
 Excellent communication, interpersonal, networking, advocacy, and strategic and decision-making skills.
 Highly motivated and self-directed.
 Successful track record managing impactful projects, including setting and meeting budgets, managing staff and client relationships.
 Bachelor’s Degree (Masters Degree preferred) in biological sciences related field with management-level experience or above.
 Multiple years of experience in agriculture and/or food industry.

Salary and Benefits:
 We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
Application Process:
 Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, references and salary history to info@ipminstitute.org.
 Position will remain posted until filled.
 We will not contact references without prior approval. All applications will be held in
confidence.
 Position available immediately.

About us:
The IPM Institute was formed in 1998 to leverage marketplace power to improve health and environment through Integrated Pest Management and other best practices. Our team currently includes 20 motivated individuals working on more than a dozen major projects. Clients and funders include USDA, US EPA, Lamb Weston, McCain Foods, Simplot, Sysco, General Mills and others. Major projects include the Sustainable Food Group, Potato Sustainability Initiative, Sysco Sustainable/IPM Initiative, Green Shield Certified and IPM STAR, Tick IPM Working Group and others.

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Important Notice to NIFA’s Stakeholder Community

NIFA is back and open for business! We thank you for your patience during the lapse in appropriations. It has not been easy for our grantees, but we are committed to resuming normal operations as soon as possible. Thank you also for your strong support for our employees. They are truly dedicated to you, and while we are operating under a three-week continuing resolution, we will work hard to get back to business as usual.

First, we will prioritize items and start with the matters needing the most attention, including the processing of the backlog of awards and payments, rescheduling canceled peer review panels, processing no-cost extensions and other grant actions, responding to ASAP and other grant and program inquiries, and reopening requests for applications (RFAs) that were open during the lapse. The Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants and the Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program RFAs will be reposted and extended for seven business days from the date of re-publication. The Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants Program (BRAG) RFA deadline of February 20, 2019, will be extended seven additional business days. Please sign up for NIFA updates on RFAs at https://www.nifa.usda.gov to be notified when these RFA’s are reposted. Additionally, in coordination with Sec. Sonny Perdue and his staff, we’ll start working on implementing the 2018 Farm Bill.

Thank you, again. We appreciate your continuing support. If you haven’t already signed up for our weekly stakeholder update, sign up for updates here (link is external).

Dr. J. Scott Angle
NIFA Director

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

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NIFA Career Opportunities

Director of Communications
NIFA is recruiting for the position of Director of Communications. This is a crucial leadership position for NIFA. The position is posted on USA Jobs under two announcement numbers. NIFA-M19Y-0534 is open to current permanent federal employees with competitive status. NIFA-S19Y-0533 is open to all U.S. citizens. All applications must be received by Feb. 5, 2019.

Please note that this vacancy was previously announced in December and the closing date was impacted by the Government shutdown. The vacancy has been re-announced and is open for five business days. All applicants who previously applied must resubmit their application to the new vacancy announcement in order to be considered. If you have any questions, please contact HR Specialist Jensen Dobbins at 703-259-9463.

Planning and Accountability Officer
NIFA is recruiting for the position of the Planning and Accountability Officer. This is a crucial leadership position for NIFA. The position is posted on USA Jobs. Job announcement NIFA-M19Y-0531 is open to current permanent federal employees with competitive status and NIFA-S19Y-0532 is open to all U.S. citizens. All applications must be received by Feb. 5, 2019.

Please note that this vacancy was previously announced in December and the closing date was impacted by the Government shutdown. The vacancy has been re-announced and is open for five business days. All applicants who previously applied must resubmit their application to the new vacancy announcement in order to be considered. If you have any questions, please contact HR Specialist Frederick Kirby at 703-259-9350.

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Corn Growth and Development-University of Nebraska, CropWatch

Corn ear issues that affronted Nebraska in 2016 still plague some farmers, reducing productivity and causing us, as researchers, to continue to ponder possible causes.

In July 2016, ear formation issues in the state were reported in several corn fields ranging from the Texas Panhandle to eastern Colorado and through Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. Nebraska’s reports ranged from Dawson to Saunders counties and south to Kansas with numerous reports in Clay and Thayer counties. A CropWatch article was released to raise awareness of these issues (Elmore et al., 2016). In 2017, a follow up article was released in the Crop Production Clinic Proceedings (McMechan et al., 2017). Our current article summarizes what we’ve learned to  date.

To review the full article from University of Nebraska’s CropWatch, click here.

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Assistant Professor, Functional Genomics Entomology, University of Minnesota

The Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Functional Genomics related to agricultural pest management. This is a nine-month appointment with primary research (60%) and teaching (40%) responsibilities.

A doctorate (PhD or international equivalent) degree in entomology or closely related field of biological sciences, training and experience in functional genomics research, demonstrated record of research productivity, working in a collaborative capacity, teaching, training or mentoring undergraduate or graduate students, and excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.

Full position description including responsibilities, and application instructions available at: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/328282
Initial screening of applicant files will begin on February 22, 2019.
For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Tim Kurtti, Chair of the Search Committee at kurtt001@umn.edu

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Assistant Professor of Urban Landscape Entomology, University of California, Davis

Title: Assistant Professor of Urban Landscape Entomology.

The Department of Entomology and Nematology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant
Professor of Entomology with a preferred emphasis in the biology/ecology of invasive arthropods, integrated pest management and/or biological control. This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the
appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (http://caes.ucdavis.edu/research/agexpstn).

Responsibilities:
The Department of Entomology and Nematology is seeking applicants that focus on the biology/ecology of invasive arthropods and developing integrated pest management and biological control strategies for pests of the urban landscape. The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in urban entomology to
address critical or emerging biological and societal issues in the urban landscape. The appointee will be responsible for courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, potentially contributing to ENT10 Natural History of Insects (3 units), Animal Biology ABI 50A, 50B or 50C (2-3 units), ENT100 General Entomology (4 units), ENT135 Introduction
to Biological Control (4 units) and participatory graduate seminars (e.g., ENT295N Advanced Biological Control). The appointee is expected to teach formal courses in two academic quarters each year, and participate in curricular development for the Animal Biology and Entomology Majors. Participation in and development of public outreach
and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to work with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries and other appropriate public stakeholders.

Qualifications:
Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Entomology or the Life Sciences. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in urban entomology.

Salary:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applications:
Application materials must be submitted via the following website: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu.

The position will remain open until filled.
Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to urban entomology, 7)  Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 8) letters from four professional references.

Additional inquiries should be directed to Lynn Kimsey, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of California, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616, lskimsey@ucdavis.edu, the Recruitment Advisory Committee chair.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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Area Fruit Specialist Cornell Cooperative Extension Administration

POSITION TITLE: Extension Associate
WORKING TITLE: Area Fruit Specialist – Integrated Pest Management

TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Team Leader-Lake Ontario Fruit Team
DEPARTMENT: Cornell Cooperative Extension Administration
LOCATION: Lake Ontario Region – Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego and Wayne Counties

Position Function
Provide commercial fruit growers, producers, consultants and industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources necessary to assess and adopt integrated pest management practices that will enhance their profitability and sustain the growth of the fruit industry in Western New York.

Anticipated Division of Time
Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation 45%
 Provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address producer identified needs and opportunities. Emphasis is on the demonstration and adoption of Integrated Pest Management principles and practices leading to economical and environmentally sound use of pesticides to maximize fruit quality, profitability, and sustainability.
 Assist in program development and delivery of pesticide safety training for the fruit
industry.
 Provide producers and industry with a framework to analyze and implement pest
management alternatives and to maximize profit opportunities based on emerging pests
and best-management practices.
 Plan and implement educational programs utilizing a variety of methods including direct teaching through group experiences, mass media, newsletters, electronic technology, use of the internet and social media.
 One-on-one consultations with key producers and industry partners related to program
development and problem solving.
 Analyze and evaluate major program efforts with the input of all program partners and
make recommendations for enhancing these efforts.
 Communicate evaluation results, findings, and recommendations as appropriate.
 Prepare quarterly reports and yearly impact statements on program progress and
accomplishments.

Applied Research 25%
 Initiate and conduct field demonstrations and applied research projects using integrated
approaches to manage insect pests, diseases, weeds, and others as appropriate to the
needs of commercial fruit production in Western New York.
 Participate in statewide, collaborative research projects with university and extension
faculty and staff as well as other agencies and organizations.
 Define and implement reporting mechanisms for producer-focused “measurable”
outcomes.
 Meet the evaluation and reporting requirements of funding partners.
Program Management 20%
 Responsible for routine operations, reporting and accountability.
 Support team efforts in communication with stakeholders and partners.
 Support team efforts in planning and implementing of regional and statewide events.
 Individually and collaboratively explore and pursue new and additional funding sources
to enhance and extend program opportunities.

Professional Development 5%
 Participate in professional development opportunities, conferences and workshops
appropriate to program and personal skill enhancement.
 Participate in related regional, statewide, and national professional organizations.
Organizational Leadership 5%
 Support Cornell University and Cooperative Extension system-wide initiatives through
participation in program development work teams, ad-hoc committees and advisory
groups.
 Participate in regional, statewide and national program development work groups related to the work of Cornell University, Cooperative Extension and the Fruit Industry.
 Foster strong collaboration among faculty, peers, and industry.
 Establish and maintain positive relationships with the many individuals and groups that
support the work of the organization.

Requirements
 Masters Degree in Agriculture from an accredited institution with a major in Pest
Management or closely associated field (entomology, plant pathology, etc.).
 2+ years of relevant work experience in Agribusiness, Crop Production, Cooperative
Extension, or closely related fields.
 Experience in conducting, interpreting, evaluating and communicating the results of
applied research.
 Knowledge of the philosophy, objectives, and operation of an informal education system
such as Cornell Cooperative Extension.
 Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with diverse audiences in group
and one-on-one settings; working effectively with advisory boards and committees,
community and funding partners.
 Proven organizational and time-management skills.
 Ability to define, conduct and interpret applied research and demonstration projects.
 Successful experience obtaining new funding including grants and industry support.
 Strong leadership and teamwork skills.
 Effective written and verbal communication skills.
 Fundamental competence utilizing current technology as a management and program
delivery tool (Microsoft Office, Internet, Social Media and Web development).
 Appreciation of Agriculture as a business and as a lifestyle.
 Appreciation of the benefits/risks in the use of pesticides as tools in perennial fruit crop
production.
 Creativity, energy, motivation and positive enthusiasm.
 Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
 Must possess or have the ability to acquire a New York State Certified Pesticide
Applicators License within one year from start date.
 Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, and have reliable
transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State
driver’s license.

Desired
 Coursework in crop protection that compliments the Masters Degree focus: horticulture,
pomology, plant physiology, soils, adult education, and communications.
 Knowledge and experience in current and emerging fruit crop production practices.
 Working knowledge of technical vocabulary and jargon common to Spanish-speaking
workers on fruit farms.

Supervision
Administrative direction and guidance provided by the State Extension Specialist for Regional Agriculture Programs. Program development guidance and support provided by the State Extension Specialist for Regional Agriculture Programs, faculty leader, Area Program Team Leader, and LOF advisory committee.
Academic oversight and guidance provided by designated faculty in the School of Integrative Plant Science Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology and the Department of Entomology. Program oversight and direction provided by the LOF Administrative Management Group (AMG) comprised of Executive Directors of partner Extension Associations, the faculty leader, and the State Extension Specialist for Regional Agriculture Programs.

Administrative and Program Relationships
Internal
Work as a member of a four person specialist team.
Work as a member of existing regional, multi-county and statewide teams and work groups.
Work closely with faculty and administration at Cornell AgriTech and the Hudson Valley
Research Laboratory.
Build collaborative relationships and maintain timely and effective communication with partner
County Extension Associations.
External
Build and maintain effective relationships with producers/growers, consultants and other
industry representatives.
Develop and maintain effective communication and working relationships with appropriate agribusiness, industry partners, other educational institutions and governmental agencies and organizations.

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