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“NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives.”

posted Nov 13, 2017, 8:17 AM by Annalisa Ariatti

An important opportunity for to share thoughts for iPiPE Crop Pest Program Coordinators and iPiPE Interns. NIFA is soliciting public input on the emerging needs and opportunities in food and agricultural research, education, and extension through the initiative, “NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives.”  They want help prioritizing their science emphasis areas, identifying gaps in programming, and determining which programs are redundant or underperforming.  They promise that feedback gathered throughout the initiative will be used, in the context of NIFA’s current science emphasis areas, to identify gaps in current portfolios and potential investment opportunities. 

NIFA Listening survey url: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q6HDGC3

NIFA Listening solicitation: https://nifa.usda.gov/nifalistens 

Employment opportunity for iPiPE Interns.

posted Nov 13, 2017, 8:12 AM by Annalisa Ariatti

Erin Young, an iPiPE intern in 2015, has graduated and is now working for Mead Tree and Turf Care Inc. in Maryland.  His company is looking to fill two plant health care technician positions.  He wrote us that Mead Tree and Turf Care would welcome applications from other iPiPE interns.  For more information about the position and how to apply please contact Erin at ErinYoung@meadtree.com.

Northeastern IPM Center - Fall Webinar Series

posted Sep 7, 2017, 7:48 AM by Annalisa Ariatti   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 7:49 AM ]

Got an IPM question? Need to know the latest IPM information?  The Northeastern IPM Center has scheduled three webinars in September 2017. For more details and links to join the webinars, visit: http://neipmc.org/go/ipmtoolbox

Laura Harrington (Cornell University) will discuss the new Northeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases and latest research to understand, prevent and treat diseases passed from insects to people, such as West Nile, Dengue, Zika and tick-borne Lyme disease.
Monday, September 11, 2017. 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Scott Isard, Director, and Julie Golod, (Penn State) will discuss the integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education or iPiPE – which is designed to share local, regional, and national observations of agricultural pests (pathogens, insects and weeds) and beneficial insects in real-time for making more timely and informed management decisions. 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ben Chambers (Virginia Tech), Rick Cooper (Cooper Pest Solutions), Tom Kuhar (Virginia Tech), Mike Raupp (University of Maryland) Moderators: Tracy Leskey, (Appalachian Fruit Research Station) & George Hamilton (Rutgers University). These leading experts will be talking about proven techniques to avert and control Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) infestations.
Monday, September 25, 2017. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 

iPiPE Intern creates two promotional cards for iPiPE

posted Aug 6, 2017, 5:43 PM by Annalisa Ariatti   [ updated Aug 6, 2017, 5:50 PM ]

Rachel Kempker from Iowa State University designed two promotional cards (iPiPE Twitter Card and iPiPE Ad Cardfor iPiPE. The cards have been tweeted as well as posted on the Iowa State IPM Website. The posted cards include links that enable viewers to access additional information on iPiPE.

iPiPE Intern creates Post Card to send to stakeholders

posted Jun 15, 2017, 1:01 PM by Annalisa Ariatti

Rachel Kempker from Iowa State University designed an iPiPE Post Card which will be sent to specialists, growers, and crop consultants. It encourages stakeholders to tweet images of soybean disease (@soydisease) found in their fields.  Her motto is: "Scout, Snap and Share what you're finding in your field!" 

iPiPE Interns create video of pseudothecium removal from an apple leaf

posted Apr 24, 2017, 2:06 PM by Annalisa Ariatti   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 2:06 PM ]

Paul O'Connor and Nicole Foley, iPiPE Interns in the 2017 Apple (New York/New England) Crop-Pest Program have created an interesting video showing psudothecium removal from an apple leaf (https://plus.google.com/photos/photo/102587176979889664215/6411549232833943122?icm=false&sqid=102290311899614601087&ssid=184e98dc-606e-4c5b-bab4-8ddef0f5e5670).
Using a small hook, the leaf's cuticle is peeled back, allowing access to the pseudothecium itself, which is then placed on a slide, topped with a coverslip and gently squashed to reveal the asci housed within it. Ten pseudothecia per slide (two pseudothecia from each leaf of a five leaf sample) are removed, and analyzed for ascus maturity and spore count under greater magnification. 

iPiPE Intern featured in Texas A&M AgriLife Pest Cast

posted Apr 3, 2017, 10:47 AM by Annalisa Ariatti

iPiPE Intern Alma Olguin scouting for sugarcane aphid in sorghum was featured in Texas AgriLife Pest Cast, (Issue 1, March 31, 2017), The Row Crops Newsletter for the LRGV, a cooperative project of Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Cotton and Grain Producers of the lower Rio Grande Valley.

Call for 2018 iPiPE CAP Crop Pest Programs just released

posted Apr 3, 2017, 10:28 AM by Annalisa Ariatti   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 10:29 AM ]

The call will be distributed through the regional IPM Centers to Extension professionals and is available here.  Proposals will be 1-2 pages in length and due by May 4, 2017.

iPiPE Participant Mixer for Year 3 (iPMx3)

posted Feb 20, 2017, 1:25 PM by Annalisa Ariatti   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 1:27 PM ]

The iPiPE Participnat Mixer for Year 3 (iPmx3) was held in Raleigh, North Carolina on January 31-February 01, 2017.  Check Posters and Photos at https://sites.google.com/site/ipipeed/annual-meetings/ipmx3.

Shock and Awe Pest Management: Time for Change

posted Jan 11, 2017, 5:25 AM by Annalisa Ariatti   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 1:27 PM ]

An interesting article about the issues raised by one-size-fits-all, prophylactic crop management approaches. 

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