Specialty Crop Entomologist Opening at The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University is hiring a specialty crop tenure track entomology position. This position will focus on agroecology, and the successful candidate will be asked to create a nationally and internationally respected program that includes both outreach and research activities. The impact of insects, from pest threats and disease vectors to pollination should be included as well as sustainable management practices and relevant ecological topics.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field as well as excellent communication and collaboration skills. More details are available in the position announcement.

To apply, prepare a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and statement of extension along with details about your research teaching and diversity interests and follow instructions in the position announcement: https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/103403 

The first review of applications will begin October 31, 2020.

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The North Central IPM Center Announces 2021 Request for Applications

The North Central Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center announces the availability of funding through its Working Group and Critical Issues programs. The Working Group projects will have approximately $200,000, with a maximum of $20,000 per award. The Critical Issues projects will have approximately $100,000 available, with a maximum of $50,000 per award.

Both the working group projects and the critical issues projects support the North Central IPM Center’s mission of improving health, environmental and economic conditions in the North Central region through leadership and cooperation with diverse stakeholders to increase use of IPM solutions. This mission directly accomplishes the goals of the National IPM Roadmap.

Applications for working group projects and critical issues projects should support the Center’s priorities, which can be found here. These priorities are based upon the Center’s Signature programs and are evaluated annually by regional stakeholders. 

Applications must be submitted online and are due by Friday, November 20, 2020, at 5:00 EST. Be sure to download all forms from the online project management system as some forms have been updated. Download the 2021 RFA from the North Central IPM Center website, and follow the RFA instructions for submission. There are video tutorials to help you get started.

The North Central IPM Center is funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Crop Protection and Pest Management Program.

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Two New Funding Opportunities

North Central SARE Call for Preproposals

The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) grant program is currently accepting preproposals for 2021. The NCR-SARE grant program supports projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems.

Research and Education projects must include outreach and end-user (farmer/rancher) involvement. Projects can be long term: lasting 36 months or more, and awards can range from $10,000 to $250,000.

The submission deadline is October 8, 2020. The call for preproposals and more details are available on the NCR-SARE website.

National Predictive Modeling Tool Initiative (NPMTI) Request for Preproposals

The National Predictive Modeling Tool Initiative (NPMTI) is accepting proposals for 2021 and is interested in projects to develop research-based tools to help forecast incidences of diseases and mycotoxins affecting U.S. row crops.

The NPMTI offers a multi-year grant program that operates under the guidance of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service. Note that projects funded by NPMTI will be expected to share data to help with the overall development of the suite of predictive modeling tools.

The deadline for preproposal submission is September 9; note that this process is very straightforward.

Visit the NPMTI website for more details.


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The International IPM Excellence Awards Nominations

Here is a great opportunity to recognize outstanding IPM programs and practitioners: Nominate someone for an International IPM Excellence Award!

To apply or learn about the specific criteria for each award, visit ipmsymposium.org/2021/awards. On this page, you can find pdf files of the nomination forms to help you compose answers to the questions before you start the online form. You can also check out completed applications from past award recipients. Feel free to contact Shaku Nair at nairs@arizona.edu with any questions regarding the awards.

More information about the Symposium itself can be found at ipmsymposium.org.

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Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Funding Cycle

The Crop Protection and Pest Management program addresses high priority issues related to pests and their management using integrated pest management (IPM) approaches at the state, regional, and national levels. CPPM supports projects that ensure food security and respond effectively to other major societal pest management challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches. Projects must be economically viable, ecologically prudent, and safe for human health. CPPM also addresses IPM challenges for emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns that can be addressed more effectively with new and emerging technologies. For more information read the CPPM funding opportunity.

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Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program

The purpose of the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program is to increase the knowledge of agricultural science and improve the nutritional health of children. The program’s goal is to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems by bringing together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system. The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality. Click here to find out more.

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Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program

In FY 2020 and FY 2021, 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 purpose of the CFP is to support the development of projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining. CFPs are designed to create community-based food projects with objectives, activities and outcomes that are in alignment with Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP) primary goals. The purpose of a Planning Project (PP) is to complete a plan toward the improvement of community food security in keeping with the primary goals of the CFPCGP. PPs are to focus on a defined community and describe in detail the activities and outcomes of the planning project. Click here to read more.

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Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program Pre-Application

NIFA requests pre-applications for the ECDRE program for fiscal year 2020 to address priorities identified by the Citrus Disease Sub-committee of the National Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Economics Advisory Board through projects that integrate research and extension activities and use systems-based, trans-disciplinary approaches to provide solutions to U.S. citrus growers.

The overarching goals and desired outcomes for the ECDRE program are:

  • To combat Huanglongbing (HLB) and its disease complex in order to continue to be able to farm citrus in a financially sustainable way through collaborative approaches and knowledge;
  • Transition from component-focused research to deploying research outcomes and conclusions on farms; and
  • Encourage research teams to bring knowledge together to find grower solutions to combat and prevent HLB infection.

ECDRE program addresses these needs through collaboration, open communication, the exchange of information, and the development of resources that accelerate application of scientific discovery and technology to farm-level solutions for HLB. The anticipated amount available for support of this program in FY 2020 is approximately $45.2 million. Read the full ECDRE funding opportunity.

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NIFA Deadline Extensions Due to COVID-19

Due to the disruptions arising from the national response to COVID-19, NIFA is extending the following deadlines. NIFA will continue to monitor the situation and post updates to this guidance on our web site.

AFRI

The following Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) application submission deadlines will be adjusted, as follows:

      Previous deadline                            New deadline              
      March 19                                            April 2
      March 26                                            April 9
      April 2                                                 April 9
      April 9                                                 April 16

AREERA

Furthermore, NIFA has also extended the submission deadline for the 2021 Plan of Work for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) capacity funded projects and programs from April 1st to May 1st.

NIFA’s goal is to provide applicant institutions additional time as they work through any operational challenges within their institutions arising from COVID-19.  Even with increased flexibilities for applicants, NIFA still recommends applicants submit their applications as soon as possible.

Conclusion

At this time, no other deadlines have been extended. NIFA’s policies for accepting late applications are available at online. If your application is delayed for a valid extenuating circumstances, please let the program contact listed in the Request for Application (RFA) know about the potential delay and submit all the required documentation after your application had been submitted to us.  NIFA will consider your request at that time based on the information provided.

In addition to the announcement on NIFA’s home page, updates are also on the following pages:

NIFA’s AFRI resource page
NIFA’s AFRI Deadline page
NIFA’s Plan of Work page
NIFA’s POW and REEport Integration

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EPA Offers Webinars on Pollinator Health and Habitat

Beginning in March 2020, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will host a series of public webinars highlighting ongoing work to promote pollinator health and habitat.

These webinars seek to increase awareness of the evolving science on pollinator health, promote efforts to improve pollinator habitat, and engage stakeholders in addressing factors associated with declines in pollinator health.

Each webinar will target different stakeholders, including the general public; homeowners; school officials; scientists; conservation groups; beekeepers; growers; and state, local and tribal governments.

EPA will hold the first webinar, Creating Monarch Habitats in Schools and Communities, on March 10. Presenters will explain the monarch butterfly’s importance as an iconic species; why safeguarding monarch habitat is critical to overall ecosystem health; and how schools can create living educational environments that provide safe habitat. Participants will learn about threats to the monarch butterfly, monarch migration patterns, and the role groups and individuals can play in conserving monarch habitat by adopting integrated pest management practices.  

The remaining webinars will address pesticide risks, agricultural stewardship, and pollinator protection plans:

  • Advancing the Science of Assessing Risks to Bees from Pesticides (July 2020) – Exploration of advancements in standardized test methods and efforts to leverage existing data through retrospective analyses with consideration of both pesticide exposure and effects. Focused on scientists and pesticide manufacturers.
  • Agricultural Stewardship and Best Management Practices to Reduce Pollinator Risk (August 2020) – Presentations on various agricultural stewardship and best management practices, including integrated pest management techniques, that aid in reducing pollinator risk and enhancing pollinator habitat. Geared toward growers, pesticide applicators, agricultural land managers, and stakeholders working in crop production.
  • Engaging Stakeholders: Development and Implementation of Pollinator Protection Plans (September 2020) – Discussion of managed pollinator protection plans as a way to engage stakeholders in improving pollinator health and efforts to coordinate research on the effectiveness of these plans.Target audience will be state, local and tribal governments; conservation groups; and the agricultural community, including beekeepers.

Visit EPA’s website on Protecting Bees and Other Pollinators from Pesticides for the latest information on Agency efforts on pollinators. Registration information will be available on that webpage in advance of each webinar.

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