WSSA Seeking New NIFA Fellow


The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a Weed Science resource for USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and to act as a liaison between WSSA members and USDA-NIFA employees.  Dr. Donn Shilling from the University of Georgia has served in this role for the past three years, but plans to step down from this position in 2018.  Our intention is for Donn and the new NIFA Fellow to initially work together during the transition period.  Ideally, the new individual will travel to Washington, D.C. approximately once every 6 – 8 weeks to interact and work with USDA-NIFA employees during the week.  The NIFA Fellow will provide input on a wide range of topics such as current weed management practices, herbicide resistance management, weed biology and ecology, invasive plants, and the potential for new weed management paradigms such as the use of weed genomics and intelligent weed removal technologies.  A key role for the NIFA Fellow is to connect USDA-NIFA staff with WSSA committees and members to leverage their expertise to address these and other Weed Science topics.

This individual should be willing to learn the USDA-NIFA policies and procedures, become familiar with the USDA-NIFA staff and their roles in the agency, and develop a basic understanding of how USDA-NIFA funding priorities are established and grants awarded.  This individual must be a member of the WSSA, prepare a quarterly report for the WSSA Board of Directors and report in person to the WSSA Board of Directors when requested such as during the annual meeting. The WSSA will provide a stipend of up to $25,000 per year for travel and expenses while working at USDA-NIFA. The applicant is expected to work with their employer to obtain approval to serve in this volunteer capacity as part of their responsibilities.

The application period will end on May 1, 2018, or until a suitable candidate is identified. Ideally, the individual selected would be available to make their first visit to USDA-NIFA in the fall of 2018, but this is negotiable.

Please email a letter of intent and resume to Lee Van Wychen at and Scott Senseman at If you have questions or would like to discuss the position, please contact Donn Shilling at  Further information on the NIFA Fellow position and a listing of previous reports can be found at

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Biological Sciences Technician for Emerald Ash Borer Biological Control Facility

Emerald Ash Borer Biological Control Rearing Facility is looking for a biological sciences technician to support research on emerald ash borer and the natural enemies (parasitoid wasps) that are being reared for release to control this invasive insect.  Research will concentrate on three areas: optimizing rearing production, production of EAB eggs and natural enemies to support field research, and evaluating the establishment of natural enemies throughout the U.S. The position will involve mostly laboratory work but will include trips to the field to collect ash logs and foliage for feeding the beetles. The incumbent will work at the EAB Biocontrol Laboratory in Brighton, MI, but this position is administered by North Carolina State University under a cooperative agreement.  The position is expected to be filled for several years at approximately $41,000 per year.  The incumbent will do the following:


1)     Assist the Emerald Ash Borer Rearing facility in producing EAB natural enemies and EAB eggs for use by researchers in the field.  This will include all aspects of rearing (e.g. rearing EAB adults and collecting eggs, cutting logs, infesting logs with eggs, caring for the natural enemy colonies, etc.).

2)     Process yellow pan trap samples collected by cooperators throughout the country. The incumbent will receive and record yellow pan trap samples and store them for future processing.  The incumbent will learn how to identify EAB natural enemies, go through the samples and collect all suspect EAB natural enemies, and ship potential specimens for positive identification.

3)     Conduct rearing studies to optimize storage of parasitoids. These studies will be designed by an APHIS Science and Technology scientist and the EAB Rearing Facility director. The incumbent will follow experimental protocols and collect and summarize data.

Please send an email with a cover letter and resume to

If they have questions about the position they can contact Ben at 810-844-2704.

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Extension Weed Specialist

POSITION TITLE:  Extension Weed Specialist

TYPE OF POSITION:  This is a 12 month, tenure track (90% Extension, 10% research) position housed in the Department of Plant Sciences.

EMPLOYER:  North Dakota State University


LOCATION:  NDSU Main Campus, Fargo, ND


SALARY:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

BENEFITS:  Benefited – includes retirement plan and full coverage for family health insurance.


DATE POSITION AVAILABLE:  Screening Date – 4/16/2018


The North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service and Department of Plant Sciences is recruiting a highly motivated faculty member to serve as the state weed specialist for North Dakota. The NDSU Extension Service is an organization that values people who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others and are excellent communicators. The weed specialist is a member of a statewide Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources team responsible for providing leadership to create and deliver innovative learning experiences that empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities.

This is a 12 month, tenure track position at the academic level of assistant professor with a 90% Extension and 10% research appointment. The successful specialist will provide leadership for a strong statewide Extension program focused on weed management in small grains, row crops (except sugarbeet and potato), specialty crops, and range and pasture. The position responsibilities include educating Extension staff, allied industry workers, and agricultural professionals on weed identification and making economically and environmentally sound management recommendations; providing innovative Extension programs that capitalize on the appropriate personal, media and digital training and delivery systems; and providing support and technical expertise to plant diagnosticians in weed and herbicide injury identification. Applied weed management research should be conducted to augment Extension programs. The specialist is expected to advise graduate students and secure extramural funding to support research activities and Extension programming. The individual will maintain effective working relationships with NDSU Plant Sciences faculty, Extension agents and specialists, county weed officers, and commodity and industry groups. In addition, the individual is expected to participate in the success of the Department of Plant Sciences, NDSU Extension, and NDSU through service on selected committees. Conduct in a professional and collegial manner with NDSU faculty, staff and students, appropriate commodity groups and stakeholders is expected. The person will be located in the Department of Plant Sciences at NDSU, Fargo, N.D. Travel off-campus is required to carry out Extension programs.

The successful candidate will report to the Department of Plant Sciences Head.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in weed science at time of appointment or Ph.D. in related area with demonstrated experience in weed science
    • Broad knowledge in crop production, herbicide use, weed management practices, and weed identification taxonomy
    • Demonstrated ability to provide educational programs for agents, farmers and crop advisors;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Sufficient aptitude in computer applications and technology to meet position requirements
    • Ability to conduct and publish research
    • North Dakota Commercial Applicator License or ability to obtain; and valid U.S. driver’s license or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skill in diagnosing plant injury symptoms
    • Experience with Northern Plains agriculture
    • Extension or teaching experience or similar activity in industry
    • Successful publication of Extension and research results in popular press and professional journals
    • Grant writing experience
    • Experience in multiple educational pedagogies applied appropriately for a given audience

SUBMIT TO:  Applications must be submitted online. The Quicklink for Job Opening:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.



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North Central Integrated Pest Management Center announces FY18 Working Group Grants Program Awards

The FY18 NCIPMC Working Groups Grants Program will support 18 working groups that includes 15 continuing working groups and 3 new working group projects. NCIPMC working groups are self-selected, self-directed projects that expand our pest management network throughout the region and beyond. These groups have increased information exchange and expanded pest management knowledge to enhance IPM adoption and provide solutions to critical pest issues.

New working groups:

  • Agriculture and Wildlife Coexistence, Erin Lizotte, Michigan State University,
  • Food Narrative Project, Larry Gut, IPM Voice,
  • Public Gardens as Sentinels Against Invasive Plants, Kurt Dreisilker, Morton Arboretum,

Working groups continuing in 2018 with additional funds:

  • Great Lakes Hops, Erin Lizotte, Michigan State University,
  • Great Lakes Urban Agriculture IPM, Jacqueline Kowalski, Ohio State University,
  • Great Lakes Vegetable, Ben Phillips, Michigan State University,
  • Midwest Grows Green Lawn & Land Forum Working Group, Ryan Anderson, Midwest Pesticide Action Center,
  • Multi-State Field Crops Extension Working Group, Daren Mueller, Iowa State University,
  • North Central School IPM, Tom Green, IPM Institute of North America,
  • Northern Plains IPM Guide, Emmanuel Bayamukama, South Dakota State University,
  • Organic and IPM: Strengthening the Alliance, Tom Green, IPM Institute of North America,
  • Public Tick, Tom Green, IPM Institute of North America,
  • Pulse Crops, Julie Pasche, North Dakota State University,
  • Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group, Iris Caldwell, University of Illinois-Chicago,
  • Sunflower Pathology, Sam Markell, North Dakota State University,

Working groups continuing in 2018 on a no cost extension:

  • Great Lakes Fruit, Julianna Wilson, Michigan State University,
  • Improving the IPM Capacity of Certified Crop Advisors, Peter Werts, IPM Institute of North America,
  • North Central Nursery IPM, Robert Schutzki, Michigan State University,

To facilitate sharing of programming with other working groups in the region, each project has a representative on the NCIPMC Stakeholder Panel and attends an annual meeting to provide an update of activities. If you have interest in joining a working group, please contact the lead project director for more information. To learn more about establishing a working group and our competitive process, please contact Susan Ratcliffe ( or Lynnae Jess (

These projects are funded through a USDA-NIFA award (2014-70006-22486).

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EPA Pesticide Program Updates

EPA Pesticide Program Updates

     From EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs

March 6, 2018

In This Update:

EPA Requests Nominations for Experts to Serve on the July 17-20, 2018 FIFRA SAP Panel on Resistance in Lepidopteran Pests to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Plant Incorporated Protectants

On March 5, 2018, the Agency published a Federal Register notice (FRN) requesting nominations of experts to serve as ad hoc members on the July 17-20, 2018 Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) Panel meeting to consider and reviewresistance in Lepidopteran Pests to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Plant Incorporated Protectants in the U.S.

Nominations are due on or before April 4, 2018 and can be provided by following the instructions in theFRN in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0617 in or by forwarding the nominations to the Designated Federal Official listed below.

Nominations should include scientists who have sufficient professional qualifications, training, and experience to be capable of providing expert comments on the scientific issues for this meeting.Individuals nominated for this meeting should have expertise in one or more of the following areas:field entomologists with expertise in the southern U.S. corn and cotton systems who are either corn earworm/bollworm (both systems), fall armyworm, and/or western bean cutworm experts; pesticide resistance modelers with a strong background in entomology, ecology, and population biology; insect resistance management experts; population biologists understanding the life-history of corn earworm/bollworm, fall armyworm, and/or western bean cutworm; corn breeders, molecular biologists in the field of entomology with an understanding of the agricultural system in the southern U.S.; social scientists with expertise in resistance management issues and understanding of dynamics in the agricultural U.S. (e.g., human and market factors); and economists with expertise in the U.S. agricultural system and Bt technology related issues.

Additional information may be found in the docket, on the FIFRA SAP website, or by contacting the Designated Federal Official, Tamue L. Gibson ( or 202-564-7642).

The FIFRA SAP serves as a primary scientific peer review mechanism of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and is structured to provide scientific advice, information and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on health and the environment.

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Public Comment Period Open for Glyphosate Draft Risk Assessments

  EPA Pesticide Program Updates

     From EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs

March 2, 2018

In This Update:

EPA has opened the 60-day public comment period for the draft glyphosate human health and ecological risk assessments. Comments are due by April 30, 2018.

The draft risk assessments and supporting documents are available in glyphosate’s registration review docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0361 on

After the comment period, EPA will evaluate the comments received and consider any potential risk management options for this herbicide.

For additional details read our December 2017 announcement: EPA Releases Draft Risk Assessments for Glyphosate.

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Research Specialist

Research Specialist

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening.  To apply for the position, please click the Apply for this Job link/button.

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Resume, cover letter, and transcripts from B.S. program

Posting Details

Position Information

Opening Number: 1800640
Position Title: Research Specialist
Position Number: 00103043
FTE: 1.0
Salary: $32,000+/year
Benefits Eligibility: Benefited – includes retirement plan and full coverage for family health insurance
Search by Group: Professional
Division: Agriculture and University Extension
Department: Plant Pathology

Position Summary Information

Position Description: The Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University has a research specialist position available to conduct research on diseases of economic importance to the dry bean and pulse industries the northern Great Plains. A successful candidate will research various aspects of the biology of soil borne fungal pathogens including Fusarium spp. and Rhizoctonia solani. Specific research areas will include fungicide efficacy, host genetic resistance and pathogen variability using laboratory, greenhouse, and field techniques. A successful candidate must be well-trained in both classical and modern areas of plant pathology.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • B.S. in Plant Pathology or a related field
  • Experience working with plant pathogens
  • Experience conducting laboratory, greenhouse and field research
  • Computer skills
  • Effective communication skills in English
  • Interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team
Preferred Qualifications:
  • M.S. degree in Plant Pathology or related field
  • Experience with data analysis and SAS
  • Experience managing publication-quality laboratory, greenhouse and field research trials from design through manuscript preparation
  • Experience supervising 3 or more individuals
Physical Demands:
Screening Date: 03/05/2018
Open Until Filled: No
Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants: Resume, cover letter, and transcripts from B.S. program
Special Conditions:
No Smoking Notice: As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.
EO/AA Statement: NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.
Veteran’s Preference Notice: This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.
Location (City, State): Fargo, ND

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a North Dakota resident?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you qualify for North Dakota veteran’s preference?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * If yes, list exact dates of service:(Open Ended Question)
  4. * Do you qualify for North Dakota disabled veteran’s preference?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Academic Department
    • Bismarck Tribune
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Fargo Forum
    • JobsHQ
    • Friend/Co-worker/Family member
    • Job Service of North Dakota
    • NDSU Employee
    • NDSU Website
    • Other newspaper (Please specify below)
    • Professional Publication/Organization Website
    • University Placement Office
    • Inside Higher Education
    • Other (Please specify below)
  6. If Other, please specify:(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial Transcript 1

Optional Documents

  1. Other Document 1
  2. Veterans Preference Claim Form (DD214)
  3. Veterans Administration Letter
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FY 2018 Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CPPM) Request for Applications

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the(RFA). NIFA is requesting applications for the Applied Research and Development Program (ARDP) and the Regional Coordination Program (RCP) areas of the CPPM program in this solicitation.

Regarding FY 2017 CPPM Extension Implementation Program (EIP) area grants, NIFA will request continuation applications for the CPPM EIP with directed RFAs to the respective institutions.

The CPPM program supports projects that will address high priority issues related to pests, including insects, nematodes, pathogens, weeds, and other pests and their management using integrated pest management (IPM) approaches at the state, regional, and national levels. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies needed to maintain agricultural productivity and healthy communities.

Application Deadline: May 8, 2018

You may access the full announcement and the application package at either the NIFA Funding Opportunity Page: or at

You may access the press release at the following link:

We will announce a webinar concerning the RFA by March 5th.

For programmatic questions, contact Dr. Herbert Bolton ( or (202) 401-4201). For program administrative support questions, contact Ms. Kathy Kimble-Day ( or (202)-401-4420).

Please share this funding opportunity announcement with those that might be interested in applying.

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Extension Plant Pathologist/Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

University of Delaware – Georgetown, DE

University of Delaware: College of Agriculture & Natural Resources: Department of Plant & Soil Sciences

Extension Plant Pathologist/Assistant Professor

Location: Georgetown, DE at the Carvel Research and Education Center

This is a tenure-track Extension Plant Pathologist/Assistant Professor position with 70% extension and 30% research appointment and reports to the Chair of the Plant and Soil Sciences Department in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Input on work expectations and performance will be provided by the Director of Cooperative Extension. This position is located at the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown, DE.

Position Description:
The agricultural industry is vital to the economy of Delaware and a diverse range of economically important crops is grown in the state, including agronomic and horticultural crops. The Extension Plant Pathologist will develop and lead a statewide extension program in plant pathology that supports Delaware’s agricultural industry. The primary focus will be on agronomic crops including soybeans, corn and small grains with additional collaborative efforts on disease management in other regionally important crops. This primary focus will be actualized through translational science in the form of educational programming on disease management. The successful candidate will serve as an expert source in plant pathology for agronomic crops, in-field diagnosis of plant diseases and related crop health issues, monitoring diseases in the state, and developing and reviewing plant disease control recommendations. Extension responsibilities will include development of effective and impactful educational materials and training for a broad clientele base that includes farmers, crop consultants, ag-business, state and federal cooperators, and Cooperative Extension educators. The position will work to increase the use of integrated pest management practices for management of plant diseases including resistant varieties, nematode management strategies, crop rotations, crop management, disease monitoring, and forecasting and maintenance of misted nursery trials for small grains. The incumbent will collaborate with various Cooperative Extension personnel and other research colleagues including those working in areas of plant pathology, integrated pest management and production agriculture at the university, state, regional and national level. Publication and distribution of regional pest control guides and production guides for the Mid-Atlantic region are an example of expected collaborations. The candidate is expected to seek external funding to support their program and publish results in scientific journals. Preferred candidates will have a strong fundamental background in plant pathology and experience in agronomic crops.


The candidate must have a Ph.D. in a discipline related to plant pathology. Extension experience is strongly preferred and research experience is highly desirable. Candidates must have the ability to conduct applied research and educational programs that address plant disease management. The ability to problem-solve, as well as integrate research findings into development of educational and training materials is crucial. Candidates must have the interest and ability to work collaboratively as well as the flexibility to communicate with individuals of diverse backgrounds ranging from academic to the general public, and must possess aptitude for both leadership and team membership roles. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with experience and training. The University of Delaware provides an excellent employee benefit package including health and dental insurance, retirement contributions, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, and tuition remission for family members. Further, UD offers assistance to help spouses and partners of new faculty find regional employment.


The University of Delaware’s campuses are located in Newark, Lewes and Wilmington, DE. The University has a Research and Education Center near Georgetown, DE (, and Extension offices in Newark and Dover. Additional information related to Cooperative Extension and Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware can be found at the following web site:

Application Dates

Application review will begin on March 31, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Application Process: Interested persons should submit: (i) a letter of application, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) statement of Extension interests (two pages maximum), (iv) unofficial transcripts from graduate degree and (v) names, email, postal address, and telephone numbers of four references. Questions regarding the search can be sent to Dr. Nicole Donofrio, Search Committee Chair:

Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.
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Insect Chemical Ecology Assistant Researcher

University of Florida (in collaboration with USDA APHIS)

Location: Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Position Description:

Be part of a team conducting research on the invasive insect pest, Lycorma delicatula, the spotted lanternfly. The incumbent will conduct cutting edge research on chemical ecology, attractants, survey and mitigation tools, and biology of the spotted lanternfly. Incumbent must have a strong background and experience in chemical ecology, and must be able to isolate and identify compounds using analytical chemistry techniques, use GC-MS, GC-FID, conduct volatile collections, conduct GC-EAD, and perform field experiments. In addition, incumbent will analyze data and summarize work, and provide written reports by deadlines. Must be able to make and follow work plans according to time constraints dictated by the fast-moving univoltine life cycle of the insect. Incumbent would conduct work stationed at the Otis Laboratory, a USDA APHIS research facility located in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. Involves periodic travel to Pennsylvania for field work. Paid for by soft funds that may be renewed on an annual basis. PhD or MS with experience preferred.

Pay: $21.50/hour plus benefits

Preferred start date: First week in May, 2018.

Position to remain open until filled.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and curriculum vitae to Daniel Carrillo at and cc Miriam Cooperband at

Job Type:


Job Listing Expiration:

60 Days

Company Name:

University of Florida in collaboration with USDA APHIS


Buzzards Bay





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