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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

August 2003

Issue 3


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • Spatial Technology Training Workshop in August
    • Pest Management - Fourth in Series of Organic Farming In-Service Trainings
    • Another SARE Grant Awarded to Clemson University
    • South Carolina Organic Growers' School
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Other news
      • National Academies Report on USDA's Research
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

Spatial Technology Training Workshop in August
Auburn and Clemson Universities have received a grant from the USDA Regional Integrated Pest Management Program to conduct training for extension personnel on new technologies for hand-held computers and applications for spatial technology, precision agriculture and pest management. Training for SC agents will be conducted on August 26, 27 and 28, 2003 at the Madren Conference Center at Clemson University. The workshop will provide participants with hands-on experience using HP IPAQ Pocket PCs and new software that the Auburn Precision Technologies group has developed. Space is limited, so please contact Janet McLeod Scott (
jscott@clemson.edu) or Geoff Zehnder (zehnder@clemson.edu) as soon as possible if you are interested in participating. Preference will be given to agents whose areas of responsibility would benefit from use of hand-held computers for the above applications.

Funds are available to cover travel expenses. A block of rooms is being held at the Martin Inn (1-888-654-9020) adjacent to the Madren Center. It is recommended that room reservations be made as soon as possible. The rooms are being held under the name of Janet Scott/Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program.

Pest Management - Fourth in Series of Organic Farming In-Service Trainings
On September 10, 2003, Clemson University's Sustainable Agriculture Program (with grant funding from the Southern SARE Professional Development Program) will offer the fourth of its in-service trainings on sustainable/organic farming. The topic of the one-day workshop will be "Pest Management". The workshop will be held at the Madren Conference Center at Clemson University. Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent with NC Cooperative Extension in Chatham County will lead the session on insect pest management. Dr. Tony Keinath of Clemson University will lead the session on plant disease management. The workshop program runs from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Clemson Extension employees can register online at http://cufan.clemson.edu/inservice/register.html under Ag Production Systems, course code 105-E. Others who would like to participate can contact Geoff Zehnder (zehnder@clemson.edu) or Janet McLeod Scott (jscott@clemson.edu).

The final workshop in this series is tentatively scheduled for October. It will cover effective marketing opportunities and strategies. Individuals with questions or those interested in having their names placed on a mailing list to receive updates on the remaining workshop, contact Janet Scott (jscott@clemson.edu) or Geoff Zehnder (zehnder@clemson.edu).

Another SARE Grant Awarded to Clemson University
In collaboration with colleagues at North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech, Dr. Jean Bertrand of Clemson has been awarded a grant by the USDA Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. The project, Examining Pasture-Based Dairy Systems to Optimize Profitability, Environmental Impact, Animal Health, and Milk Quality, was funded for three years for a total of $226,903. Dr. Bertrand is responsible for several aspects of the project, but the one that is perhaps of most interest to the public is the determination of the conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) content of pasture, milk, and feed samples from seven farmers that graze their dairy animals. CLA is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that is found in greatest amounts in food products of ruminants such as cows and sheep. CLA has been receiving increased media attention since it was identified as being a potent anticarcinogen as well as potentially providing other health benefits.

South Carolina Organic Growers' School
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) will be holding its 5th Annual South Carolina Organic Growers School (SCOGS) on Saturday, September 27, 2003. The School will be held in the Swearingen Engineering Center on the University of South Carolina campus in Columbia, SC. The day will begin with registration from 8:30-9:00 AM and will conclude at 5:00 PM. The program is organized into three tracks with one track for concerned consumers/homeowners, one for backyard gardeners, and one for commercial growers. Each track is divided into 3 workshops. In addition to the workshops, there will be an open forum where the audience can ask questions of experienced growers and researchers. Time will be provided during lunch for browsing of the educational and commercial exhibits.

Registration for SCOGS is $30 for CFSA members and $35 for non-members and includes a delicious lunch and snacks. Registration must be received by Monday, September 22, 2003. Call (919)542-2402 for availability after that date. A brochure/registration form for the School will be available soon on the CFSA web site (http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org).

Funding Opportunities

Note: Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/index.html) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains details of and links to several grant programs.

Southern Region IPM Grants Program
Guidelines for the 2003-2004 Southern Region IPM Grants Program are now available at: http://dobson.ca.uky.edu/IPM/sipmrfpfinal04a.pdf. Individuals interested in submitting a proposal should note that a letter of intent is due by close of business (COB) on August 15, 2003 (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time), and the full proposal must be received by COB on October 29, 2003.

The Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program supports projects that develop individual pest control tactics, integrate individual tactics into an IPM system, and develop and implement extension education programs. In FY 2003-2004, approximately $1,030,000 is available for support of the Southern Region IPM Competitive Grants Program. Of this amount, $760,000 is expected to be available for research projects, $70,000 for extension projects, and approximately $200,000 to support one large-scale joint research-extension project. Questions may be directed to: Dr. Fred Knapp at fknapp@uky.edu.

Call for Proposals Released for On-Farm Research Grant Program
Recognizing the importance of on-farm research in helping to solve agricultural production problems, the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program has released a call for proposals from extension, NRCS and/or Non-Governmental Organization personnel who work with farmers/ranchers and who are interested in conducting on-farm research or marketing projects related to sustainable agriculture. The grant proposal deadline is December 5, 2003. For complete details, visit http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/callpage.html and click on the On-Farm Research Grant Program link.

Call for Proposals Released for Producer Grant Program
The Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program has released a call for proposals from producers or producer organizations interested in conducting research or marketing projects related to sustainable agriculture. The grant proposal deadline is December 5, 2003. For complete details, visit http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/callpage.html and click on the Producer Grant Program link.

Graduate Student Grant in Sustainable Agriculture
The Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program recently released a call for proposals to fund graduate student projects addressing issues relevant to sustainable agriculture. The grant proposal deadline is December 12, 2003. For complete details, visit http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/callpage.html and click on the Graduate Student Grant Program link.

CUIPM Grants Program Announces Call for Proposals
The Clemson University Integrated Pest Management Grants Program has published its request for proposals for FY 2003-2004. It should be noted that the RFP has been revised since last year. The deadline for submission of proposals is August 8, 2003. The RFP is available on the CU IPM Program web site at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/rfp2003.html.

Meetings

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Hosts Workshop
US Department of Agriculture - NRCS will be hosting a workshop on livestock and wildlife behavior as it relates to food and habitat selection. The workshop will cover relationships among soils, plants, herbivores, people and the management of ecosystems. Dr. Fred Provenza (Utah State University), internationally recognized researcher and lecturer, will conduct the workshop. Dr. Provenza is leader of a research and education project entitled Behavioral Education for Human, Animal, Vegetation and Ecosystem Management (BEHAVE). Additional info on the BEHAVE project may be found at www.behave.net. The workshop will be held in Fort Mill, South Carolina at the Anne Springs Close Greenway, September 16-18, 2003. A registration fee of $35 will cover meeting expenses and lunch on Sept. 17. A block of rooms for participants is reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rock Hill, SC; please make your own room reservation with the hotel.

Please contact Michael Hall, NRCS State Grassland Specialist, for more information and to register for the workshop. His phone is 864-388-9163 Ext. 5; email is mike.hall@sc.usda.gov. Registration deadline is August 22.

The First International Symposium on Tomato Diseases and 19th Annual Tomato Disease Workshop - will take place in Orlando, Florida from 21-24 June 2004. Numerous session are planned, including one on Disease Management in Organic Tomato Production. Complete details are available at the following web site: http://plantdoctor.ifas.ufl.edu/istd.html. For questions not answered by the web site, contact: Tim Momol by e-mail (TMomol@ufl.edu) or by phone: 1-850-875-7154.
(---thanks to source: A.E. Deutsch)

Miscellanea

Other News

National Academies Report on USDA's Research
A recent report, Frontiers in Agriculture Research: Food, Health, Environment, and Communities, 2002, is the result of a review of the US Department of Agriculture's research by the National Research Council's Committee on Opportunities in Agriculture. The report recommends that the USDA refocus its $2 billion annual research budget from its current priorities of increasing food and fiber production to issues such as the impact of globalization on U.S. agriculture, diet and health, food safety, environmentally-sound farming alternatives, and the quality of life in rural communities. This report is 268 pages and costs US$31.20 for a hardcopy. Hardcopy and PDF versions can be ordered at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10585.html or by contacting the National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Lockbox 285, Washington, DC 20055; phone (888) 624-8373; fax (202) 334-2451; email: zjones@nas.edu
(---thanks to source: PANUPS)

Position Announcements

Pest Control Manager/Entomologist - Federal position (GS-0414-12, Salary: $58,070-$75,492) is for a pest control manager/entomologist to develop comprehensive IPM program and manage IPM contract at Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington DC. For full details, please call (202) 287-3102, press 9, and request vacancy announcement # 03SP-1244 and a full application package explaining mandatory requirements. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Postdoctoral Associate - Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida

APPOINTMENT: Full-time (12 month), 100% research, funding guaranteed for one year.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 5, 2003 or until suitable candidate is found.

STARTING DATE: ASAP

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD degree in entomology. Experience in biological control and/or insect rearing. Willingness to work in Honduras. Ability to speak Spanish and experience in Latin America highly preferred.

SALARY: $28,000 plus health insurance.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Mexican bromeliad weevil (Metamasius callizona) is destroying native Florida bromeliads, and a tachinid parasitoid (Lixophaga sp.) collected in Honduras is the only available specialist natural enemy. A colony of the fly needs to be established in Honduras from parasitized field-collected weevil larvae so that sufficient quantities of the fly may be shipped to Florida quarantine for non-target testing. The researcher will be stationed at the Escuela Agr'cola Panamericana (Zamorano, Honduras). The position primarily involves developing rearing methods for the fly and establishing a laboratory colony and may include additional study of the fly's ecological requirements. Additional duties include supervision of a Spanish-speaking part-time assistant (for field collection and laboratory work), writing quarterly reports, and preparing shipments of puparia to Florida. For more information on the overall project, see the following: http://savebromeliads.ifas.ufl.edu and http://bromeliadbiota.ifas.ufl.edu/wvbrom.htm.

APPLICATIONS: Send CV, transcripts and names and contact information of 3 references to J. Howard Frank, University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department, PO Box 110620, Gainesville, FL 32611-0620 (email: jhf@mail.ifas.ufl.edu; phone: 352-392-1901 ext. 128).
(---thanks to source: Daniel Sonke)

NOTE: For a listing of previously posted positions that may still be available, please see the archived Newsletters at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/archives.html or http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/newsletters_archives.html.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu


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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

June/July 2003

Issue 2


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • CUIPM Grants Program Announces Call for Proposals
    • Effective Use of Cover Crops - Third of Six Organic Farming In-Service Trainings
    • Calhoun Field Lab Farmer's Market Now Open Weekly
    • Sustainable Agriculture Program Awarded SARE Planning Grant
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Other news
      • Insecticide Now Labeled for Use in Organic Production
      • SC Department of Agriculture Announces Organic Certification Assistance Program
      • Organics - Fastest Growing Segment of U.S. Agriculture
      • Report Pest Survey Data On-line
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

CUIPM Grants Program Announces Call for Proposals
The Clemson University Integrated Pest Management Grants Program has published its request for proposals for FY 2003-2004. It should be noted that the RFP has been revised since last year. The deadline for submission of proposals is August 8, 2003. The RFP is available on the CU IPM Program web site at:
http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/rfp2003.html.

Effective Use of Cover Crops - Third of Six Organic Farming In-Service Trainings
On July 16, 2003, Clemson University's Sustainable Agriculture Program (with grant funding from the Southern SARE Professional Development Program) will offer the third of its six in-service trainings on sustainable/organic farming. The topic of the one-day workshop will be "Effective Use of Cover Crops for Market Crop Production". The workshop will be held at the Good Earth Farm and Nursery near Marietta, SC. Jim Smith, owner of the farm, will lead some sessions of the workshop. Jim is an expert on cover crops and teaches courses on various aspects of sustainable agriculture and organic production. Dr. Powell Smith, Vegetable Entomologist and Specialist at Clemson University, will lead the session, "Cover Cropping for Large Scale Vegetable Production".

The workshop program runs from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. A van will be taking participants from Clemson to Good Earth Farm on July 16, departing at approximately 7:45 AM. If you are interested in travelling with us and have not yet reserved a seat, please contact Geoff Zehnder (zehnder@clemson.edu). If you will be travelling on your own and need directions, contact Janet McLeod Scott (jscott@clemson.edu).

The remaining three workshops in the series are tentatively scheduled for August, September and October. They will cover such topics as pest management, effective marketing strategies, alternative commodities, value-added crops and livestock, agritourism, and organic grains. Depending on expressed interests, other topics may also be covered. Individuals with questions or those interested in having their names placed on a mailing list to receive updates on the remaining three workshops, contact Janet Scott (jscott@clemson.edu) or Geoff Zehnder (zehnder@clemson.edu).

Calhoun Field Lab Farmer's Market Now Open Weekly
The Calhoun Field Lab Farmer's Market is now open on a weekly basis on Fridays from noon to 3 PM in the Hendrix Student Center atrium. Fresh, seasonal produce, herbs and cut flowers grown on the Clemson campus without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are available at the Market. To find out which produce is available in a given week, visit our Farmer's Market web page: http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/calhounfieldlab_farmmarket.html.

Sustainable Agriculture Program Awarded SARE Planning Grant
A planning project is now underway to create new market opportunities for small scale, family farms in the Carolinas. The project is supported by a grant from the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program awarded to Clemson University. Geoff Zehnder, coordinator for the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Clemson, and Tony Kleese, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) Executive Director, are the project leaders. The goal of the project is to organize a network of committed individuals and organizations in the Carolinas to develop a three-year plan to enhance existing markets and to create new markets for local farmers. As a starting point, the initial commodity focus will be on season-extension vegetables.

In addition to Clemson and CFSA, a number of other organizations will cooperate on the project by providing representatives to serve on the project planning committee, or Local Food Task Force. The participating organizations include the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Carolina Organic Growers, Southeast Cooperative Grocers Association, Garners Natural Food Market, Marketing Divisions of the North and South Carolina Departments of Agriculture, North Carolina A&T University and South Carolina State University. Members of the Task Force will meet regularly during 2003 to develop a plan to expand existing markets and to develop new markets for local farms. The plan will include procedures to:
  • Fill gaps in research and education related to production, transportation and marketing;
  • Establish linkages between farmers and the community including development of a local food market database accessible to farmers and consumers;
  • Conduct model marketing programs;
  • Increase consumer interest in and demand for locally grown products.
At the end of the year-long planning period, the project team will develop a grant proposal to obtain funding to implement the three-year market enhancement program. Contact Geoff Zehnder (zehnder@clemson.edu) for more information.

Funding Opportunities

Note: Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/index.html) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains details of and links to several grant programs.

CUIPM Grants Program Announces Call for Proposals
The Clemson University Integrated Pest Management Grants Program has published its request for proposals for FY 2003-2004. It should be noted that the RFP has been revised since last year. The deadline for submission of proposals is August 8, 2003. The RFP is available on the CU IPM Program web site at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/rfp2003.html.

Meetings

The First International Symposium on Tomato Diseases and 19th Annual Tomato Disease Workshop - will take place in Orlando, Florida from 21-24 June 2004. Numerous session are planned, including one on Disease Management in Organic Tomato Production. Complete details are available at the following web site: http://plantdoctor.ifas.ufl.edu/istd.html. For questions not answered by the web site, contact: Tim Momol by e-mail (TMomol@ufl.edu) or by phone: 1-850-875-7154.
(---thanks to source: A.E. Deutsch)

Miscellanea

Other News

Insecticide Now Labeled for Use in Organic Production
The insecticide, Entrust, (from Dow AgroSciences) has been approved by the National Organic Standards Board and has been added to the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) list for use in organic production. Its active ingredient is spinosad, which is biologically derived from the fermentation of Saccharopolyspora spinosa, a naturally occurring soil organism. Entrust is an important addition to the organic insecticides market because of its effectiveness when compared to many other allowed compounds. To obtain a copy of the Entrust label and/or its Material Safety Data Sheet, visit: http://www.dowagro.com/label/product_select.asp and select Entrust from the alphabetical product list.

SC Department of Agriculture Announces Organic Certification Assistance Program
In April 2003, the SC Department of Agriculture announced a new cost share program for South Carolina growers who are interested in becoming certified organic producers. With funding from a USDA grant, the SC Organic Certification Assistance Program will be able to assist growers with costs involved in becoming certified under the National Organic Program (http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/). The grant provides reimbursement to the grower of 75 percent of the cost of certification up to a maximum of $500. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For a copy of the application and additional details of the program, contact Larry Boyleston at the SC Department of Agriculture: 803-734-2210.

Organics - Fastest Growing Segment of U.S. Agriculture
Between 1997 and 2001, agricultural land certified organic increased by 74% as farmers attempted to meet consumer demand for organic products. These statistics, prepared by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, can be found in the April 2003 publication, U.S. Organic Farming in 2000-2001: Adoption of Certified Systems. This report makes it clear that organics is the fastest growing segment of U.S. agriculture. At the present rate, the amount of agricultural land certified as organic will double every four years. With the implementation of national organic certification standards in October 2002, it is predicted that further expansion will occur in the organic farm sector. Individuals interested in obtaining this publication can visit web page, http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/aib780, where the bulletin can be printed or ordered as a hard copy. A related USDA bulletin (published September 2002), Recent Growth Patterns in the U.S. Organic Foods Market, may also be of interest and can be accessed on the web at: http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/aib777.

Report Pest Survey Data On-line
Several on-line reporting web sites are available this season. These sites are a result of the collaborative efforts of numerous researchers and extension specialists across the U.S. In addition to the reporting forms, the web sites include information about the pest to assist visitors with management issues.

  • Soybean Aphid Watch Web Site (http://www.pmcenters.org/northcentral/saphid/) is ready for 2003 scouting data. If you have sampling data in excel or other formats, you may submit your information directly to Scott Isard as an email attachment at s-isard@uiuc.edu.
  • Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Watch Web Site (http://www.pmcenters.org/northcentral/MALB/) was developed last year and now has 3 types of on-line reporting forms available to meet the needs of those submitting data (residential, commercial and research).
  • Japanese Beetle Watch Web Site (http://www.pmcenters.org/northcentral/jbeetle/) is new this year. The impact of Japanese beetles on both commercial and residential landscapes will make this web site of interest to both urban and rural audiences.
  • Stable Fly Watch Web Site (http://www.pmcenters.org/northcentral/fly/) is new this year, too. Many of us have been annoyed by biting flies. This project will combine data from this site with weather systems to better understand the role of weather pattern in insect movement.
If you have questions regarding these web sites or are interested in developing a new web site for another pest issue, please contact Sue Ratcliffe at 217-333-9656 or sratclif@uiuc.edu.
(---thanks to source: Susan T. Ratcliffe)

Position Announcements

Technical Supervisor - Sustainable Agriculture Specialist - The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is a private non-profit corporation that works to promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. NCAT is seeking an experienced supervisor with excellent technical skills to work in its Fayetteville, Arkansas office as a Sustainable Agriculture Technical Supervisor.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Technical Supervisor will be responsible for the oversight, direction and evaluation of sustainable agriculture program specialists work. He or she will also be responsible for implementing policy and setting standards for the development and delivery of high quality technical information to NCAT clients. The Technical Supervisor will also perform regular program specialist work including researching, writing, and providing technical assistance on a variety of sustainable agriculture topics.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum requirements are a B.S. in horticulture, agricultural business development, pest management, agronomy, animal science or a related field plus 3-5 years of related experience or training. The candidate must demonstrate proven leadership and the ability to work well in a team setting with at least 3 years of supervisory experience. That experience should include direct supervision of other professional technical staff. The successful candidate will have experience in commercial agricultural production or marketing, and familiarity with, and a demonstrated interest in, the concepts of sustainability and appropriate technology. The position requires excellent communication skills including writing, editing, presentation, computer and information management skills. Strong organizational, team and interpersonal skills are a must. Experience in grant writing, proposal development, grant management and project leadership is required. Experience designing educational programs and/or audio, visual or electronic media for diverse agricultural audiences is desirable. The successful candidate will also have previous experience working in a non-profit environment and must be committed to activities that promote NCAT's mission and goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervise a number of sustainable agriculture program specialist staff providing direction and guidance towards meeting project, program and organizational goals.
  • Provide oversight for a number of sustainable agriculture projects, including case intake, assignment and quality control for the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) project.
  • Provide farmers, ranchers and agricultural organizations with information and technical assistance developed by the ATTRA project on environmentally sound practices for ranching, agronomic and horticultural crops. Technical experience/knowledge related to irrigation issues would be helpful.
  • Liaison with farm and agriculture organizations and groups to develop effective working relationships and collaborations to provide assistance and outreach to limited resource farmers. Some travel is required.
  • Work to secure new projects and funding sources to include proposal writing and project development.
  • Staff phone assistance lines to intake sustainable agriculture questions; write, review and edit technical letters and publications in response to farmer, rancher and agricultural educator questions.
COMPENSATION: The starting salary for the position is based upon experience and education. NCAT offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes paid vacation, a 401(k) plan, health, dental and life insurance and a cafeteria plan. There is a six-month probationary period for this position.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 30, 2003 or until a suitable candidate is selected.

APPLICATION PROCESS: All applications must include a cover letter, a current resume and a completed and signed NCAT application form. Cover letters must highlight supervisory experience, agricultural experience, interest in sustainable agriculture, and any other specialized skills relevant to the listed qualifications. NCAT application forms are available online at www.ncat.org or from our Personnel Office. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Send completed application materials to:

Therese McClafferty
Human Resource Specialist
NCAT
P.O. Box 3838
Butte, MT 59702
e-mail: theresem@ncat.org

NCAT values diversity and encourages minority and women applicants to apply. For additional information about NCAT, please visit our website at www.ncat.org. It is NCAT's policy and organizational philosophy to ensure that all of our employment practices, including recruitment and hiring, are administered for all individuals without regard to color, race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status.
(---thanks to source: Andy Clark)

NOTE: For a listing of previously posted positions that may still be available, please see the archived Newsletters at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/archives.html or http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/newsletters_archives.html.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu


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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

January/February 2003

Issue 1


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • CUIPM Grants - Final Reports Available on Web
    • Sustainable Agriculture Conference - April 2003
    • Principles of Soil Quality Management - Second of Six Organic Farming In-Service Trainings
    • Fresh Clemson Produce Available
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Other news
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

CUIPM Grants - Final Reports Available on Web
Every September, the Clemson University Integrated Pest Management Program reviews grant proposals and awards grants. As part of the grant award, principal investigators are required to write final reports at the completion of their grant. The final reports for the 2001-2002 grants (minus those that have been continued for another year) have been posted on the Clemson University IPM web site (
http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) and can be viewed by following the links: Funding Opportunities > Final Reports 2001-2002.

Sustainable Agriculture Conference - April 2003
Clemson's Sustainable Agriculture Program and the South Carolina Sustainable Universities Initiative are sponsoring "An Evening with Wes Jackson" on April 2, 2003 at Clemson University at Brackett Auditorium (Room 100). The two-part program will be open to the public and will include a lecture by Wes Jackson, president of The Land Institute and leader of the international movement for a more sustainable agriculture. Dr. Jackson's lecture will be followed by hors d'oeuvres and facilitated breakout sessions for faculty and others with an interest in considering the role of a Land Grant University in a changing agricultural paradigm.

The conference sponsors are also honored to host Tom Trantham, a very successful dairy farmer and Progressive Farmer's Man of the Year for South Carolina. John Leidner, Southeast Regional Editor for Progressive Farmer, will present the award to Mr. Trantham, who will briefly describe his Twelve Aprils grazing program and the role Clemson faculty played in his accomplishments.

For more details about the conference, including an agenda and registration form, please visit http://www.sc.edu/sustainableu/wesjacksonmain.htm.

Principles of Soil Quality Management - Second of Six Organic Farming In-Service Trainings
On April 22, 2003, the second of six in-service trainings on sustainable/organic farming will be held at the Madren Conference Center in Clemson. The trainings are sponsored by Clemson's Sustainable Agriculture Program with grant funding from the Southern SARE Professional Development Program. The purpose of the training is to provide agents with the tools they need to advise producers who are interested in moving towards more sustainable production practices and/or diversifying into high value and niche-market commodities, including organic. The focus of this training will be Principles of Soil Quality Management.

The remaining four workshops in the series are tentatively scheduled for June, August, September and October. They will cover such topics as effective use of cover crops, manures and compost, pest management, effective marketing strategies, alternative commodities, value-added crops and livestock, agritourism, and organic grains. Depending on expressed interests, other topics may also be covered. Individuals with questions or those interested in having their names placed on a mailing list to receive updates on the remaining five workshops, contact Janet Scott (jscott@clemson.edu) or Geoff Zehnder (zehnder@clemson.edu).

Fresh Clemson Produce Available
Seven weekly (April 24 through June 5, 2003) deliveries of fresh produce grown at Clemson without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are available by becoming a member of the Calhoun Field Laboratory Campus Supported Agriculture (CFL-CSA). After the success of the initial (summer 2002) CFL-CSA , plans were implemented for a spring 2003 CFL-CSA. To learn more about becoming a member of the spring 2003 CFL-CSA (including what produce can be expected given some cooperation by the weather), visit http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/calhounfieldlab_csa.html, and click on the contract link.

Funding Opportunities

Note: Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/index.html) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains details of and links to several grant programs.

The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) - has announced the release of Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the Integrated Pest Management portion of the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program. Integrated Pest Management applications must be received by March 31, 2003. For complete details, visit http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/funding/rfaintegrated_03.htm.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Meetings

Organic Growers School -10th Anniversary - Saturday, March 15, 2003 at Blue Ridge Community College near Flat Rock, NC. The Organic Growers School provides a day of workshops for beginning gardeners to advanced commercial growers as well as a trade show and seed exchange. Cost is $25 (pre-register by March 7) or $35 (after March 7 and day of school). For a registration form, workshop schedule and further details, visit http://www.main.nc.us/cfsa_mountains/ogs. Requests for registration and exhibitor forms may also be made via e-mail (organicgrowersschool@main.nc.us) or by phone (828-258-3387).

UPDATE - The 4th National Integrated Pest Management Symposium/Workshop - will be held April 8 - 10, 2003 at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. Individuals in all fields related to IPM are encouraged to participate in the Symposium as the National Roadmap for IPM (http://www.nepmc.org/insider/extras/roadmap.html), a ten-year vision for IPM, is launched. For a listing of posters that will be included in the Symposium as well as program updates, visit the Symposium web site: http://nautilus.outreach.uiuc.edu/conted/conference.asp?ID=244.

21st National Pesticide Forum, Toxics in the Age of Globalization, - will be held April 25-27, 2003 in the Thompson Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin. It is a national conference focusing on the adoption of alternative practices and policies to protect our children, workers and communities from the toxic hazards of pesticides in an age of global social, economic and corporate politics. In addition, relevant issues such as health effects, West Nile virus, pesticides in schools, organic agriculture, farm worker justice, habitat impact and much more will be covered in the Forum workshops. This year’s event is convened by Beyond Pesticides/ National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides, Chemical Connection, Clean Water Action Texas, Environmental Outreach, Public Citizen Texas, Texans for Alternatives to Pesticides, and University of Texas Campus Greens. For complete details, visit http://www.beyondpesticides.org/forum.
(---thanks to source: Kagan Owen)

Miscellanea

Other News

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)
OMRI is a nonprofit organization that was created to assist both the organic community and the general public. Their primary mission is to maintain and publish a comprehensive list of products and ingredients that are permitted, as well as those prohibited, for use in the production, processing and handling of organic food and fiber. This list, called the Generic Materials and Brand Name Products List, provides information and recommendations on more than 700 generic materials and more than 450 specific, brand name products. Subscriptions to OMRI are available and include the generic materials list, the brand name products list, quarterly updates to the lists and a quarterly newsletter. For more information about OMRI, as well as on-line versions of the lists, visit http://www.omri.org/.

Status of Various Aspects of Pest Management
Designed to summarize the status of various pest management aspects, Pesticides in Agriculture and the Environment explores the agricultural, economic, and regulatory factors that affect pesticide use, particularly in the USA. Editor W.B. Wheeler drew on the contributions of 18 experts to prepare this 342-page monograph which: opens with a chapter on (U.S.) federal IPM policy (a detailed chronicle of the scientific and technical development, mandates, and application of IPM); considers issues, elements, and risks of pesticide use; and concludes with an overview of how the crop protection industry has evolved. The hardbound work covers pesticides' range of impacts on food and human safety, water quality, wildlife, and air quality, as well as useful techniques for identifying potential problems. Contact Marcel Dekker, 270 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, USA. Fax: 1-212-685-4540. Phone: 1-212-696-9000. Web: http://www.dekker.com
(---thanks to source: A.E. Deutsch)

New Non-chemical Corn Pest Control Approved by EPA
After an intensive, multi-year scientific analysis, EPA has approved the use of a new plant-incorporated protectant designed to control corn rootworm, a widespread and destructive insect in the United States. This new product will provide corn growers with a safe, non-chemical pest control alternative that can reduce reliance on traditional insecticides. The reduced pesticide use will benefit the environment directly and can mean less exposure to people who apply chemical pesticides to corn.

The new corn pest control, referred to as "MON 863" and developed by Monsanto, produces its own insecticide within the plant derived from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a naturally occurring soil bacterium. The Bt protein, called Cry3Bb1, controls corn rootworm, a highly destructive pest responsible for the single largest use of conventional insecticides in the United States. At roughly 80 million planted acres, corn is the largest crop grown in the United States. Use of the new pest control tool is expected to result in major reductions in the use of numerous conventional insecticides. Many of the older alternative insecticides belong to the organophosphate and carbamate chemical classes which have been the subject of increased EPA analysis and regulatory restrictions since passage of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. For more information on EPA's regulation of biopesticides, see: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides/.
(---source: EPA Pesticide Program Updates)

Position Announcements

Research Entomologist - USDA, ARS Crop Protection and Management Research Lab, Tifton, GA.

RESPONSIBILITIES: One goal of this Research Unit is to develop and integrate genetic approaches, biological control, and other biorational pest management tactics leading to the development of local and regional pest management systems. The incumbent will conduct independent and cooperative research to develop the use of inherited (F1) sterility as a new risk management tool for assessing the potential host range and geographical range of exotic Lepidoptera being considered as biological control agents for invasive weeds, and to provide a foundation of knowledge for using inherited sterility to combat high-risk invasive lepidopteran pests.

QUALIFICATIONS: Recent Ph.D. in Entomology or closely related field is required. Knowledge of current methods used in the sterile insect technique (SIT) and biological control is desirable.

FOR INFORMATION ON SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS, SALARY, BENEFITS, OR APPLICATION FORMS, CONTACT:
Gina Moore
Human Resources Specialist
USDA/ARS/Human Resources Division
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705-5105
Phone: 301-504-1518
Fax: 301-504-1536

FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS POSITION OR TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION, CONTACT:
Dr. James E. Carpenter
USDA/ARS
P.O. Box 748
Tifton, GA 31793-0748
Phone: 229-387-2348
Fax: 229-387-2321
Email: jcarpent@tifton.cpes.peachnet.edu

NOTE: For a listing of previously posted positions that are still available, please see the archived December 2002 Newsletter at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/archives.html or http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/newsletters_archives.html.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu


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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

December 2002

Issue 8


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • Principles of Organic Farming - First in Series of Six In-Service Trainings
    • Sustainable Agriculture Program's Web Site Has Moved
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Other news
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

Principles of Organic Farming - First in Series of Six In-Service Trainings
On December 4, the Sustainable Agriculture Program held the first in a series of six in-service trainings on Building Farming Systems for High Value Organic and Niche Market Commodities. Despite the pending ice storm, all but a few participants braved the roads. These individuals were rewarded with presentations and demonstrations on the Principles of Organic Farming. Geoff Zehnder introduced the program with a brief history and basic concepts of organic farming. Tony Kleese, executive director of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, presented an overview of the USDA National Organic Program and organic certification. David Howle of Clemson's Fertilizer and Seed Certification Services (FSCS), which has been accredited by the USDA to offer certification services to the organic community, was also available to answer questions and provide input. Joel Gruver of NCSU Center for Environmental Farming Systems discussed soil biology and the use of cover crops, crop rotation and soil amendments to develop and maintain soil quality and fertility. The training session closed with Jason Norsworthy's discussion of weed management, designing production systems to avoid or minimize weed problems, and non-chemical approaches to weed management.

Each participant was provided a resource manual covering the training topics. Additional resource materials will be added at future workshops. The remaining five workshops are tentatively scheduled for April, June, August, September and October. They will cover such topics as principles of soil quality management, effective use of cover crops, manures and compost, pest management, effective marketing strategies, alternative commodities, value-added crops and livestock, agritourism, and organic grains. Depending on expressed interests, other topics may also be covered. Individuals interested in having their names placed on a mailing list to receive updates on the remaining five workshops, contact Janet Scott (
jscott@clemson.edu).

Sustainable Agriculture Program's Web Site Has Moved
The Sustainable Agriculture Program's web site (http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/index.html) has been moved and is now part of Clemson's South Carolina Growing web site (http://www.clemson.edu/scg/index.htm). While the old web site will contain links to the new site, you may want to bookmark the new address: http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/index.html.

Funding Opportunities

Note: Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/index.html) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains details of and links to several grant programs.

The EPA's Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) - has issued a call for proposals for 2003. The overall purpose of the PESP program is to support projects to reduce the risks and use of pesticides in agricultural and non-agricultural settings. The types of projects that will be considered include education, demonstration, outreach, risk reduction, measurement/monitoring, risk mitigation, and technology transfer. Construction projects and projects that focus solely on research are not permitted under this award. These grants will reimburse up to $40,000 of project costs. Indirect overhead costs are not permitted. A minimum of $266,000 is expected to be available. Complete details can be found at: http://www.ipm-education.org/grantinfomenunew.htm.

The CU IPM Program received a PESP grant in 2001 (for youth education in residential IPM). If anyone is interested in applying for this grant and would like to see an electronic copy of our proposal, we will be happy to forward it upon request.

The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) - has announced the release of Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the Pest Management Alternatives Special Research Grants (PMAP) and the Integrated Pest Management portion of the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program. PMAP applications must be received by February 28, 2003. Integrated Pest Management applications must be received by March 31, 2003. For complete details, visit http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/funding/rfaintegrated_03.htm.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program - has announced a request for proposals for Graduate Student Research projects dealing with sustainable agriculture issues that are of importance to the Southern Region and the nation. The award provides a one-time project maximum of $10,000. The proposal deadline is January 8, 2003. Awards will be made in April 2003. For complete details or to print a copy of the Call for Proposals, visit the Southern Region SARE web site: http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/2003gsc.pdf.

Meetings

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's (SAWG) 12th Annual Conference, Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms - will be held January 23 - 26, 2003 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Mobile, Alabama. This annual conference was created by and for producers and others who support sustainable agriculture. There will be approximately 50 educational sessions. On Thursday, January 22, an optional Organic Certification School will be held, providing all materials and information needed to have a farm certified organic. For complete conference details, visit their web site: http://www.attra.org/ssawg/.

Association of Applied IPM Ecologists Annual Meeting, The Urban-Ag Interface and the Future of Agriculture - will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Luis Obispo, CA on February 2 - 4, 2003. For the conference agenda and more details, visit their web site: http://www.aaie.net or contact: AAIE, PO Box 10880, Napa, CA 94581. E-mail: <director@aaie.net>. Fax/phone: 1-707-265-9349.
(---thanks to source: Allan Deutsch)

UPDATE - The 4th National Integrated Pest Management Symposium/Workshop - will be held April 8 - 10, 2003 at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. Individuals in all fields related to IPM are encouraged to participate in the Symposium as the National Roadmap for IPM (http://www.nepmc.org/insider/extras/roadmap.html), a ten-year vision for IPM, is launched. For a full listing of topics that will be included in the Symposium as well as program updates, visit the Symposium web site: http://nautilus.outreach.uiuc.edu/conted/conference.asp?ID=244.

Miscellanea

Other News

New Pest Management Reference Published
Edited by well-known insect ecologist, David Pimentel, Encyclopedia of Pest Management is 948 pages in length and includes 260 in-depth entries written by over 300 international authorities. It contains over 800 cited works, drawings, equations, tables and photographs. This reference is designed for entomologists, plant pathologists, weed specialists, agriculturists, toxicologists, ecologists, environmental scientists, and biotechnologists, as well as graduate and upper-level undergraduates students in these fields. Published by Marcel Dekker, 270 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. Fax: 1-212-685-4540. Phone: 1-212-696-9000. Web page: http://www.dekker.com/servlet/product/productid/E-EPM

Position Announcements

Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA - has an internship available in Integrated Pest Management beginning in January 2003. Internships are available in duration of 3 - 12 months. The intern will work closely with the IPM staff and assist with scouting, research, education, and control methods on a variety of ornamental crops. Longwood interns are housed rent-free on the property and are paid an hourly wage. Applicants should have a background in horticulture, plant pathology, or entomology.
For more information, contact Mike Leventry at mleventry@longwoodgardens.org or visit http://www.longwoodgardens.org/Education/StudentPrograms.htm.
(---thanks to source: Daniel Sonke)

Post-doctoral position, Biological Control - University of Hawaii at Manoa
Will work on biological control of invasive aphids in Hawaii. The grant is for a 3-year period (pending acceptable progress).
SALARY: approximately $35,000 per year, plus a full benefits package.
LOCATION: Research station on Kauai Island.
DETAILS: There will be a technician and several graduate students assisting on the project. US citizenship is not a requirement, but excellent English language skills are necessary. The researcher should be productive, able to work independently, able to travel among islands fairly frequently, and hopefully have some knowledge of digital macro-photography.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Send an updated CV (including list of all publications and names of 3 references), your best reprint, and a short cover letter outlining your interest and short term career goals to:
Russell H. Messing
University of Hawaii at Manoa
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
7370 Kuamoo Road
Kapaa, Hawaii 96746
phone (808) 822-4984 x223
FAX (808) 822-2190
email: messing@hawaii.edu
(---thanks to source: Daniel Sonke)

Program Associate - Vegetable IPM- Rutgers University Reports to the Extension Specialist/Vegetable Integrated Pest Management Coordinator. Implements, delivers, evaluates and assists in developing components of Vegetable and IPM educational programs. Assists with field research and supervision of part-time field scouts.
QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a bachelor's degree, preferably in horticulture or closely related field, and two years of practical field experience including production agriculture, data collection and record keeping, education/teaching and computers; or Master's degree with no experience. Must use personal vehicle and be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Must obtain a NJ pesticide applicator license in categories CORE, 1-A (Ag-Plant) and 10 (research), within six months of employment. Requires good writing, organizational, presentation and interpersonal skills. Experience in farm equipment use and safety; experience in detecting and identifying disease, insect and weed pest problems related to vegetables; and knowledge of Land Grant University system and Cooperative Extension are desired.
CONTACT: Send resume to Joseph Ingerson-Mahar, 243 Blake Hall, 93 Lipman Dr., New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Rutgers University is an AA/EOE institution.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Assistant Professor, Biological Control/Entomology/Small Fruits - Florida A&M University
QUALIFICATIONS: Requires an earned PhD in Entomology, professional training in biological control/integrated pest management, strong background in entomology or pathology, and proven records of grantsmanship and publication in refereed journals. Additional experience in biological control of small fruit crops or grapes is desirable.
LOCATION: Tallahassee, Florida
DEADLINE: Received on or before January 30, 2003
Complete details of this position are available at http://biocontrol.ifas.ufl.edu/funding/famu.pdf.
(---thanks to source: Thomas R. Fasulo)

NOTE: For a listing of previously posted positions that are still available, please see the archived October/November 2002 Newsletter at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/archives.html or http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/newsletters_archives.html.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu


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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

Oct./Nov. 2002

Issue 7


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • 2002 - 2003 IPM Grants Awarded
    • Sustainable Agriculture Program's Web Site Moving
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Other news
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

2002 - 2003 IPM Grants Awarded
The Clemson University IPM Program is pleased to announce that the 2001 - 2002 IPM grant proposals have been reviewed and grants awarded. We would like to thank our Advisory Committee (
http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/aboutcuipm.html#advisory) for their time and effort spent reviewing the proposals, as well as for the day spent meeting to discuss the awarding of grants. Twenty-two proposals were submitted. We were able to fund 14 of them for a total of $64,651.00. For a complete listing of grants awarded, visit our Grant Awards web page at http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/awards.htm.

Sustainable Agriculture Program's Web Site Moving
In anticipation of future expansion, our Sustainable Agriculture web site (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag) is becoming part of Clemson's South Carolina Growing web site (http://www.clemson.edu/scg/index.htm). While the old web site will be maintained for the next few months until all of the pages are updated and transferred, you may want to bookmark the new web site address: http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/index.html.

Funding Opportunities

Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains information on and links to several grant programs.

IR-4 Biopesticide Research Program Announces Request for Proposals - A multi-agency U.S. government program (IR-4) devoted to developing pest management tools for minor crops is seeking grant proposals to support biopesticides research in 2003, especially as an alternative to resistance-plagued conventional pesticides. Proposals should focus on biopesticide uses that are not currently registered. Funding available for 2003 is $400,000. Details are available at: http://pestdata.ncsu.edu/ir-4/Bindex.cfm?doc=docs/2003CallforProp.htm

For further information, contact: M. Braverman, Biopesticide Coordinator, IR-4 Project, Rutgers Univ., Technology Center of New Jersey, 681 U.S. Highway 1 South, North Brunswick, NJ 08902-3390, USA. Phone: 1-732-932-9575, ext 610. E-mail: braverman@aesop.rutgers.edu. Fax: 1-732-932-8481
(---thanks to source: Allan Deutsch)

Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program - has announced a request for proposals for Graduate Student Research projects dealing with sustainable agriculture issues that are of importance to the Southern Region and the nation. The award provides a one-time project maximum of $10,000. The proposal deadline is January 8, 2003. Awards will be made in April 2003. For complete details or to print a copy of the Call for Proposals, visit the Southern Region SARE web site: http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/2003gsc.pdf.

Meetings

UPDATE - The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) - 17th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference, A Generation of Stewards: Feeding Our Neighbors As Ourselves, is approaching quickly. It will take place November 15 - 17, 2002 at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center (www.broyhillinn.com; 800-951-6048) at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Although the conference begins at 2 PM on November 15, there will be a free Organic Certification Workshop from 8 AM - 1 PM for interested parties. On November 16, there will be a series of four workshops with ten tracks each. On November 17, participants may choose two out of 22 possible workshops. For details of these workshops, visit the Carolina Farm Stewardship web site: http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org. If you have any comments or questions, contact the coordinator of this year's conference, Dr. Richard McDonald at the_edge@boone.net or (828) 297-2884.

UPDATE - The 4th National Integrated Pest Management Symposium/Workshop - will be held April 8 - 10, 2003 at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. The deadline for submission of abstracts is December 16, 2002. For complete guidelines on submission, visit the symposium web site: (http://nautilus.outreach.uiuc.edu/conted/conference.asp?ID=244) and click on their link: Want to Submit a Poster?. Individuals in all fields related to IPM are encouraged to participate in the Symposium as the National Roadmap for IPM (http://www.nepmc.org/insider/extras/roadmap.html), a ten-year vision for IPM, is launched.

Miscellanea

Other News

SARE Honors South Carolina Dairy Farmer
CSREES' Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program presented Tom Trantham, a dairy farmer in Pelzer, SC, with the Patrick Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture. Trantham perfected a profitable, environmentally-sound grazing system for dairy cows and is the first winner of this new national award, which was named in honor of SARE's first director, Patrick Madden. The award was presented October 26 at a Southern Region SARE conference in Raleigh, NC.

Trantham was one of six finalists for the Madden Award. Other finalists included Hawaii banana producer Richard Ha, Minnesota grain producer Carmen Fernholz, New York organic grain growers Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, Oregon berry and vegetable grower Larry Thompson, and North Carolina vegetable growers Alex and Betsy Hitt.

Farmers' Market Book
The New Farmers' Market: Farm-Fresh Ideas for Producers, Managers & Communities (2001) by Vance Corum, Marcie Rosenzweig and Eric Gibson is an in-depth and practical guide to farmers' markets. This book will be of interest to everyone from producers wanting to sell their product to managers running existing markets to communities wanting to develop markets. The book is available from New World Publishing (888-281-5171), and select chapters from the book can be downloaded from their web site: http://www.nwpub.net.

Position Announcements

Assistant/Associate Professor - Biological Control - Montana State University, Entomology Department, Boseman, MT
Qualifications: Earned doctorate in entomology or related, relevant field. Ability to develop and conduct innovative biological control research on weed or insect pests. Demonstration of excellence in teaching. Demonstrated ability in effective oral and written communication skills. A record of strong, scholarly achievement. Potential ability to guide graduate research. Potential to provide effective state, regional and national leadership in the area of biological control. Expertise in molecular biology and/or population genetics. Demonstrated ability to produce extramural competitive funding.
Closing Date: January 1, 2003

NOTE: For a listing of previously posted positions that are still available, please see the archived September 2002 Newsletter at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/archives.html or http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/archives.html.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu


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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

September 2002

Issue 6


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • In-service Training Offered, Organic and Niche-Market Commodities
    • UPDATE - South Carolina Organic Growers School at Clemson
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Other news
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

In-service Training Offered, Organic and Niche-Market Commodities
The Sustainable Agriculture Program is sponsoring an in-service training entitled, Organic and Niche-Market Commodities. The training has been organized into a series of six courses which begin December 4, 2002 with Basic Principles of Sustainable Farming and continue throughout 2003. Instructors will vary for each course and will include experts from Clemson and other universities in the region as well as farmer/educators and other agricultural professionals. The primary audience for this training are agents working in agriculture, horticulture and natural resources who are interested in enhancing their proficiency in areas related to high value organic and niche-market production. One goal of the training is to provide agents with the skills and confidence that will enable them to guide farmers/clients through the process of a transition to organic/niche-market production. The training is limited to 30 participants per session. To register for the class, visit
http://cufan.clemson.edu/inservice/register.html.

UPDATE - South Carolina Organic Growers School at Clemson
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is holding its 4th Annual South Carolina Organic Growers School (SCOGS). The school will be held on September 28, 2002 at the Poole Ag Center on the Clemson campus. The day will begin with registration from 8:30-9:00 A.M. and will conclude at 5:00 P.M. The program is organized around three tracks with one track for consumers, one for home gardeners and one for commercial growers. There will be three workshops within each track. In addition to the workshops, participants can browse the educational and commercial exhibits. There will also be a children's program this year. It is limited to 18 children, ages 6-12, and the $25 fee includes lunch and all materials.

Early registration for the SCOGS is $25 (if received by September 20, 2002). If received between September 21 - 28, registration is $35. An optional gourmet whole foods lunch is being catered by Amy Nichols and is available for $10. If you would like to receive a copy of the SCOGS brochure, contact Geoff Zehnder at zehnder@clemson.edu.

Funding Opportunities

Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains information on and links to several grant programs.

IR-4 Biopesticide Research Program Announces Request for Proposals - A multi-agency U.S. government program (IR-4) devoted to developing pest management tools for minor crops is seeking grant proposals to support biopesticides research in 2003, especially as an alternative to resistance-plagued conventional pesticides. Proposals should focus on biopesticide uses that are not currently registered. Funding available for 2003 is $400,000. Details are available at: http://pestdata.ncsu.edu/ir-4/Bindex.cfm?doc=docs/2003CallforProp.htm

For further information, contact: M. Braverman, Biopesticide Coordinator, IR-4 Project, Rutgers Univ., Technology Center of New Jersey, 681 U.S. Highway 1 South, North Brunswick, NJ 08902-3390, USA. Phone: 1-732-932-9575, ext 610. E-mail: braverman@aesop.rutgers.edu. Fax: 1-732-932-8481
(---thanks to source: Allan Deutsch)

Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program - has announced a request for proposals for Graduate Student Research projects dealing with sustainable agriculture issues that are of importance to the Southern Region and the nation. The award provides a one-time project maximum of $10,000. The proposal deadline is January 8, 2003. Awards will be made in April 2003. For complete details or to print a copy of the Call for Proposals, visit the Southern Region SARE web site: http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/2003gsc.pdf.

Meetings

Sustaining Agriculture through Community Partnerships - is a two-day sustainable agriculture training workshop to be held at the Sustainable Farming Program at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, NC on October 15 and 16. This workshop is a USDA/SARE sponsored project designed to provide resources and training in sustainable production methods to agricultural and extension educators and service providers. Project participants will use these resources and training to conduct sustainable agriculture programs in their own communities. The goal is to increase awareness among growers, educators and other agriculture professionals of the opportunities in sustainable agriculture, and to provide ample access to information and resources. The workshop will provide hands-on training in sustainable agriculture education and a curriculum notebook with useful, field-tested resources. Participants of the workshop will also be eligible for scholarships to attend other conferences and workshops that focus on sustainable agriculture, such as the Southern SAWG Conference, the CFSA Sustainable Agriculture Conference and regional Growers' Schools.

The Project will work on developing teams from various regions in North and South Carolina. Teams will include Cooperative Extension Agents, NRCS conservationists, agriculture educators at the high school and Community College level, and farmers, who are interested in providing sustainable agriculture training in their local community. Funding for travel and tuition to the October 2002 workshop will be provided to participants through SARE.

For more information, contact Robin Kohanowich, Coordinator, Sustainable Farming Program, CCCC, 764 West Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312; e-mail: rkohanowich@cccc.edu; 919-542-6495 ext.229

The Third National Small Farm Conference -- will take place September 17-20, 2002, in Albuquerque, NM. This conference will continue the groundwork laid at the first two conferences to build partnerships among organizations that serve small farmers and ranchers. The ultimate goal is to increase the survival and economic viability of the nation's small farmers and ranchers. For more information, as well as contact information about the conference, visit the following web site: http://www.reeusda.gov/smallfarm/thirdnatlconference.htm.

Composting in the Southeast Conference and Exposition - Recycle Organics '02 will be held October 6 - 9, 2002 at the Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. For more information, visit the conference web site: http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/compost.

The 1st Annual Pest Management Job Fair will be held Friday, October 18, 2002 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The job fair will be held in conjunction with Pest Management 2002, the annual convention of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The annual convention will take place from October 16 - 19. The Job Fair will provide an opportunity for students majoring in entomology, toxicology and related fields to not only meet with potential employers, but to learn about potential career options. Registration materials and additional information will become available in the near future. If you have questions, contact Gene Harrington, Executive Director, Pest Management Foundation at gharrington@pestworld.org or 800-678-6722.

CONFERENCE UPDATE - On the Road to Sustainable Agriculture, the national conference hosted by Southern Region SARE, will be held in and around Raleigh, North Carolina from October 23 - 26, 2002. The base location of the conference will be the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park. The registration fee is $140 and will cover the tours, conference center programs and all meals from Wednesday dinner through Saturday breakfast except Friday evening's dinner on the town. Registration brochures will be available after June 15 on the Southern SARE web site: http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/. To receive conference information by mail, contact Gwen Roland at 770-412-4786 or groland@griffin.peachnet.edu.

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) - 17th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference is in the process of being organized. It will be held November 15 - 17, 2002 at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center (www.broyhillinn.com; 800-951-6048) at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. The conference will include a celebration of CFSA's 20th birthday. If you have any comments or suggestions about conference goals, theme, format, topics/tracks/workshops, speakers, contacts and volunteers, contact the coordinator of this year's conference, Dr. Richard McDonald at the_edge@boone.net or (828) 297-2884.

The 4th National Integrated Pest Management Symposium/Workshop - will be held April 8 - 10, 2003 at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. Individuals in all fields related to IPM are encouraged to participate as the National Roadmap for IPM (http://www.nepmc.org/insider/extras/roadmap.html), a ten-year vision for IPM, is launched. Be sure and mark your calendar. Symposium updates will be posted as they become available.

Miscellaneas

Other News

Evaluation of National SARE Program
USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program (http://www.sare.org) was authorized in the 1985 Farm Bill. Since 1988, it has been administering a competitive grants program to advance knowledge of farming practices that are economically, environmentally and socially sound. In an attempt to identify areas of the program that work effectively as well as seek ways to improve areas that need it, SARE underwent an internal assessment from September 2001 to April 2002. Six program areas were identified by consultants as being critical to SARE's continued success. Detailed results of the assessment are available in two documents via links on our Sustainable Agriculture web site: http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/whatsnew.htm

Position Announcements

Assistant Extension Specialist - Urban Entomology - Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University
Appointment: 11-month, 75% extension / 25% research, non-tenure-track
Qualifications: M.S. required, Ph.D. preferred, in biological sciences; urban entomology or related area preferred. Experience desirable but not required.
Responsibilities: Work with County Extension educators and area / state specialists to develop and deliver Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and pesticide educational programs to schools, child care facilities, and businesses (such as restaurants, warehouses, and offices). Develop IPM and pesticide safety educational material for County Extension Educators, commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators, and others. Serve as initial contact for school, child care facility, and commercial pest management educational needs. Provide program assistance, reliable information, and data for various IPM and Pesticide Applicator Education programs across the state and nation. Develop and cooperate in conducting research on the biology and management of urban and structural insect pests, particular subterranean termites. Perform other duties as assigned. In-state travel is required with occasional overnight stays possible.
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience. Funding is available through June 30, 2003; continuation of position is subject to the needs of the department, performance, and availability of funding.
Applications: Applications will be accepted through September 15, 2002, and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Application materials must include a letter of application with statement of interest and background, résumé, reprints of selected extension publications and journal articles, and the names and contact information (address, phone, fax, and e-mail addresses) of three references.
Submit application materials to:
Dr. Patricia C. Bolin, IPM Coordinator
127 Noble Research Center
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Telephone: 405-744-9420
Fax: 405-744-6039
E-mail: bolinp@okstate.edu
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

NOTE: For a listing of previously posted positions that are still available, please see the archived September 2002 Newsletter at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/archives.html or http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/archives.html.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu


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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

August 2002

Issue 5


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • CUIPM Grants Program - Upcoming Deadline for Proposals
    • South Carolina Organic Growers School at Clemson
    • Calhoun Field Laboratory - Campus Supported Agriculture
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Other news
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

CUIPM Grants Program - Upcoming Deadline for Proposals
The CU IPM Grants Program has published its request for proposals for FY 2002 - 2003. Please note that the deadline for submission of proposals is August 9, 2002. The RFP is available on the CU IPM web site at
http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/rfp2002.html.

South Carolina Organic Growers School at Clemson
Lindsay Esterly, graduate assistant with the Sustainable Agriculture Program and President of South Carolina's chapter of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), is coordinator for CFSA's 4th Annual South Carolina Organic Growers School (SCOGS). The school will be held on September 28, 2002 at the Poole Ag Center on the Clemson campus. It will begin with registration from 8:30-9:00 A.M. and will conclude at 5:00 P.M. The program is organized around three tracks with one track for consumers, one for home gardeners and one for commercial growers. There will be three workshops within each track. In addition to the workshops, various exhibitions will be present. Early registration for the SCOGS is $25 (if received by September 20, 2002). If received between September 21 - 28, registration is $35 . An optional gourmet whole foods lunch is being catered by Amy Nichols and is available for $10. If you would like to be placed on a mailing list to receive a copy of the SCOGS brochure when it is printed, contact Geoff Zehnder at zehnder@clemson.edu.

Calhoun Field Laboratory - Campus Supported Agriculture
In spring 2001, a research/demonstration farm was started in Calhoun Field (a.k.a. "The Bottoms") on the Clemson University campus. In summer 2002, the focus has been on the production of high value commodities such as vegetables, herbs and cut flowers, with a portion of the field in transition for organic certification. As an outlet for the organically-grown produce harvested from the farm, the Calhoun Field Laboratory - Campus Supported Agriculture (CFL-CSA) program was initiated. The plan was that individuals/families in the university community could purchase shares or exchange labor for shares in the harvest. Approximately 20 memberships were purchased, including one by President and Mrs. Barker.

Membership in the first summer season of the CFL-CSA includes six weekly (July 24 - August 29) deliveries of an average of five pounds of produce, herbs and flowers. Some weeks may include substantially more than five pounds as was the case in the first two deliveries, and some weekly deliveries may include less than five pounds of produce. As with any farm, the size of each harvest is often dependent on the vagaries of nature.

Some of the produce included in the first two deliveries was zucchini and summer squash, beans, cucumbers, corn, onions, tomatoes, parsley, basil, thyme, rosemary, dill, zinnias, gomphrena, marigolds, strawflower, statice, and anise hyssop. A newsletter available with each delivery includes descriptions of the cultivars included in the delivery as well as recipes featuring some of the weekly produce. For example, last week's newsletter included three recipes for anise hyssop, a member of the mint family with edible liquorice-flavored flowers and leaves. The response of shareholders to the quality, variety and amount of produce has been very positive, and the Sustainable Agriculture Program is very appreciative of the support of all of the CFL-CSA members.

The CFL-CSA is a variation of the community supported agriculture (CSA) concept. CSAs were introduced to the United States in 1985. The idea behind a CSA is that members of a community form a partnership with a farmer and share in the costs of a farm by purchasing shares and/or providing labor. The money from shareholders covers some farm expenses and the farmer's salary and in return the shareholders receive a portion of the fresh produce that results from the farm operation. The risks of farming, unfavorable weather, pests and disease are also shared by the members. Food produced on CSA farms is often grown organically or with sustainable farming practices. Besides wonderfully fresh produce some of the benefits of a CSA are the strong sense of community and of reconnecting with the land. For those interested in learning more about community supported agriculture, an excellent resource is the USDA's Alternative Farming Systems Information Center web site: http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/csa/.

Funding Opportunities

Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains information on and links to several grant programs.

Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program - has announced a request for proposals for Graduate Student Research projects dealing with sustainable agriculture issues that are of importance to the Southern Region and the nation. The award provides a one-time project maximum of $10,000. The proposal deadline is January 8, 2003. Awards will be made in April 2003. For complete details or to print a copy of the Call for Proposals, visit the Southern Region SARE web site: http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/2003gsc.pdf.

Floriculture Industry Research and Scholarship Trust (FIRST) - funds approximately $100,000 in research grants per annum. The deadline for submission of grant proposals is September 1 of each year. While FIRST welcomes any proposal pertinent to the floriculture industry, emphasis areas of research are:

  • Increasing shelf life/garden performance of plants
  • Economical means for recycling greenhouse waste
  • Water quality/alkalinity control
  • Evaluation/development of biocontrol methods and management techniques
  • Improving production techniques
  • Plug production techniques
  • Perennial production techniques
  • Control of pest problems such as: thrips, aphids, whitefly, fungus gnats
  • Control of disease problems such as: TSWV, botrytis, mildew, pythium
For more information about FIRST and a link to the listing of the 2001 grant recipients, visit their web site: http://www.firstinfloriculture.org. For a copy of the proposal submission form, go to: http://www.firstinfloriculture.org/FIRSTFundingApp.pdf.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Meetings

The Third National Small Farm Conference -- will take place September 17-20, 2002, in Albuquerque, NM. This conference will continue the groundwork laid at the first two conferences to build partnerships among organizations that serve small farmers and ranchers. The ultimate goal is to increase the survival and economic viability of the nation's small farmers and ranchers. For more information, as well as contact information about the conference, visit the following web site: http://www.reeusda.gov/smallfarm/thirdnatlconference.htm.

Composting in the Southeast Conference and Exposition - Recycle Organics '02 will be held October 6 - 9, 2002 at the Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. For more information, visit the conference web site: http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/compost.

The 1st Annual Pest Management Job Fair will be held Friday, October 18, 2002 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The job fair will be held in conjunction with Pest Management 2002, the annual convention of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The annual convention will take place from October 16 - 19. The Job Fair will provide an opportunity for students majoring in entomology, toxicology and related fields to not only meet with potential employers, but to learn about potential career options. Registration materials and additional information will become available in the near future. If you have questions, contact Gene Harrington, Executive Director, Pest Management Foundation at gharrington@pestworld.org or 800-678-6722.

CONFERENCE UPDATE - On the Road to Sustainable Agriculture, the national conference hosted by Southern Region SARE, will be held in and around Raleigh, North Carolina from October 23 - 26, 2002. The base location of the conference will be the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park. The registration fee is $140 and will cover the tours, conference center programs and all meals from Wednesday dinner through Saturday breakfast except Friday evening's dinner on the town. Registration brochures will be available after June 15 on the Southern SARE web site: http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/. To receive conference information by mail, contact Gwen Roland at 770-412-4786 or groland@griffin.peachnet.edu.

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) - 17th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference is in the process of being organized. It will be held November 15 - 17, 2002 at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center (www.broyhillinn.com; 800-951-6048) at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. The conference will include a celebration of CFSA's 20th birthday. If you have any comments or suggestions about conference goals, theme, format, topics/tracks/workshops, speakers, contacts and volunteers, contact the coordinator of this year's conference, Dr. Richard McDonald at the_edge@boone.net or (828) 297-2884.

The 4th National Integrated Pest Management Symposium/Workshop - will be held April 8 - 10, 2003 at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. Individuals in all fields related to IPM are encouraged to participate as the National Roadmap for IPM (http://www.nepmc.org/insider/extras/roadmap.html), a ten-year vision for IPM, is launched. Be sure and mark your calendar. Symposium updates will be posted as they become available.

Miscellanea

Other News

Calculate Your Ecological Footprint
Each of us has an impact on the world's resources. The amount of productive land and water that is necessary to support an individual's way of life as well as absorb the waste that is produced is referred to as an ecological footprint and is measured in acres of land. The average ecological footprint for an individual who lives in the United States is 24 acres. To calculate your ecological footprint, visit http://www.earthday.net/footpring/index.asp. Additional sites are available through the Ecological Footprint link on the home page of the South Carolina Sustainable Universities Initiative web site: http://www.sc.edu/sustainableu/.

Newly Redesigned Whitefly Trap
The silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia argentifolii) is found in all of the southeastern states and feeds on many kinds of plants both in the field and in the greenhouse. Plant injury results both from its feeding activity and its ability to act as a vector of several virus diseases. In 1996, scientists at the ARS Western Cotton Research Laboratory in Phoenix developed the CC trap to monitor the population levels of this pest in the field. The trap has recently been redesigned. The new trap has been shown to be so effective at trapping silverleaf whiteflies that it has the potential to be used to help control this pest in both the field and greenhouse. In addition, it is inexpensive, does not use pesticides and does not harm beneficial whitefly parasites. For more detailed information about the trap as well as a photo, visit the ARS web page: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2002/020530.htm.

Impact of Biotic Stress
For anyone implementing a crop IPM program, there is a new resource available, Biotic Stress and Yield Loss. This new (2001) book, edited by R.K.D. Peterson and L.G. Higley, discusses biotic stress caused by insects, weeds, and pathogens, and its oftentimes negative impact on crop yield. In addition to the latest theories concerning yield loss, it provides examples of successful applications of current knowledge in meeting the challenges of pest management. For more information about this book, visit the CRC Press web site: http://www.crcpress.com.

Position Announcements

Integrated Pest and Crop Management Specialist - Egham, UK
Responsibilities: Translate scientific and indigenous crop health solutions into participatory training and research approaches; interact with a wide range of international stakeholders.
Requires: Scientific knowledge and skills in non-formal education and experiential learning; ability to implement improved pest (and crop) management; ability to help rural communities understand and evaluate sustainable crop systems.
Contact: J.G.M. Vos, CABI Bioscience, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey TW20 9TY, UK.
E-mail: J.Vos@cabi.org. Fax: 44-1491-829100. Phone: 44-1491-829000.
(---thanks to source: Allan Deutsch)

NOTE: For a listing of previously posted positions that are still available, please see the archived July 2002 Newsletter at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/archives.html or http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/archives.html.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu


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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

July 2002

Issue 4


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • CUIPM Grants Program - Call for Proposals
    • Open Call to Serve on the CUIPM Grant Review Panel
    • Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus in South Carolina
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Other news
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

CUIPM Grants Program - Call for Proposals
The CU IPM Grants Program has published its request for proposals for FY 2002 - 2003. Please note that the deadline for submission of proposals is August 9, 2002. The RFP is available on the CU IPM web site at
http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/rfp2002.html.

Open Call to Serve on the CUIPM Grant Review Panel
One of the responsibilities of the Clemson University Integrated Pest Management (CUIPM) Program is to administer an in-house grants program. The grants are supported through USDA-CSREES formula funds that are earmarked for IPM program development. Approximately 30 grant proposals are submitted annually to this program.

Project proposals are reviewed by the CUIPM Review Panel, an interdisciplinary group of Clemson personnel with expertise in integrated pest management. The Panel members read each proposal, provide a numeric score based on a number of criteria, and then meet as a group to select projects for funding. This year’s proposals are due on August 9, 2002, and the Panel will meet sometime in early-mid September.

Due to changing responsibilities, members may periodically rotate off the Review Panel and other qualified individuals are recruited to serve. We are now issuing an open call to research and extension specialists, county agents, and University staff with working experience in IPM. If you have IPM experience and are interested in serving on the CUIPM Review Panel, please contact Geoff Zehnder (zehnder@clemson.edu) or Janet McLeod Scott (jscott@clemson.edu) via e-mail by July 19, 2002. Current CUIPM Review Panel Members, please let us know (yes or no) by July 19 if you wish to serve on the 2003 Review Panel.

Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus in South Carolina
Tomato plants infected with Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) arrived at Clemson's Plant Problem Clinic earlier than usual this year and in higher than normal numbers. The samples came from both commercial and home garden tomato plantings around the state. In response to this situation, Update on Management of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus in Commercial and Home Garden Tomato Plantings by Drs. Tony Keinath and Merle Shepard has been posted on the IPM web site. The web page also includes photographs of TSWV symptoms. For details, see http://www.clemson.edu/ipm ->"Managing Pests" link ->"South Carolina Commodities" link->"Vegetables" link.

Funding Opportunities

Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains information on and links to several grant programs.

Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program - has announced a request for proposals for Graduate Student Research projects dealing with sustainable agriculture issues that are of importance to the Southern Region and the nation. The award provides a one-time project maximum of $10,000. The proposal deadline is January 8, 2003. Awards will be made in April 2003. For complete details or to print a copy of the Call for Proposals, visit the Southern Region SARE web site: http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/2003gsc.pdf.

Floriculture Industry Research and Scholarship Trust (FIRST) - funds approximately $100,000 in research grants per annum. The deadline for submission of grant proposals is September 1 of each year. While FIRST welcomes any proposal pertinent to the floriculture industry, emphasis areas of research are:

  • Increasing shelf life/garden performance of plants
  • Economical means for recycling greenhouse waste
  • Water quality/alkalinity control
  • Evaluation/development of biocontrol methods and management techniques
  • Improving production techniques
  • Plug production techniques
  • Perennial production techniques
  • Control of pest problems such as: thrips, aphids, whitefly, fungus gnats
  • Control of disease problems such as: TSWV, botrytis, mildew, pythium
For more information about FIRST and a link to the listing of the 2001 grant recipients, visit their web site: http://www.firstinfloriculture.org. For a copy of the proposal submission form, go to: http://www.firstinfloriculture.org/FIRSTFundingApp.pdf.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Meetings

The Third National Small Farm Conference -- will take place September 17-20, 2002, in Albuquerque, NM. This conference will continue the groundwork laid at the first two conferences to build partnerships among organizations that serve small farmers and ranchers. The ultimate goal is to increase the survival and economic viability of the nation's small farmers and ranchers. For more information, as well as contact information about the conference, visit the following web site: http://www.reeusda.gov/smallfarm/thirdnatlconference.htm.

Composting in the Southeast Conference and Exposition - Recycle Organics '02 will be held October 6 - 9, 2002 at the Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. For more information, visit the conference web site: http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/compost.

The 1st Annual Pest Management Job Fair will be held Friday, October 18, 2002 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The job fair will be held in conjunction with Pest Management 2002, the annual convention of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The annual convention will take place from October 16 - 19. The Job Fair will provide an opportunity for students majoring in entomology, toxicology and related fields to not only meet with potential employers, but to learn about potential career options. Registration materials and additional information will become available in the near future. If you have questions, contact Gene Harrington, Executive Director, Pest Management Foundation at gharrington@pestworld.org or 800-678-6722.

CONFERENCE UPDATE - On the Road to Sustainable Agriculture, the national conference hosted by Southern Region SARE, will be held in and around Raleigh, North Carolina from October 23 - 26, 2002. The base location of the conference will be the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park. The registration fee is $140 and will cover the tours, conference center programs and all meals from Wednesday dinner through Saturday breakfast except Friday evening's dinner on the town. Registration brochures will be available after June 15 on the Southern SARE web site: http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/. To receive conference information by mail, contact Gwen Roland at 770-412-4786 or groland@griffin.peachnet.edu.

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) - 17th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference is in the process of being organized. It will be held November 15 - 17, 2002 at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center (www.broyhillinn.com; 800-951-6048) at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. The conference will include a celebration of CFSA's 20th birthday. If you have any comments or suggestions about conference goals, theme, format, topics/tracks/workshops, speakers, contacts and volunteers, contact the coordinator of this year's conference, Dr. Richard McDonald at the_edge@boone.net or (828) 297-2884.

The 4th National Integrated Pest Management Symposium/Workshop - will be held April 8 - 10, 2003 at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. Individuals in all fields related to IPM are encouraged to participate as the National Roadmap for IPM (http://www.nepmc.org/insider/extras/roadmap.html), a ten-year vision for IPM, is launched. Be sure and mark your calendar. Symposium updates will be posted as they become available.

Miscellanea

Other News

Database of Microbial Biopesticides
The Database of Microbial Biopesticides (DMB) (http://ippc.orst.edu/biocontrol/biopesticides) is one of the newer sites making up the Database of IPM Resources (DIR). The site was developed by Waheed I. Bajwa and includes descriptions of microbial biopesticides, their mode of action, environmental risk assessments of their use, manufacturers and suppliers, as well as discussions of related topics.
(---thanks to source: Allan Deutsch)

Entomopathogens and Biological Control
In the environment, entomopathogens are one means by which insect populations are naturally kept under control. The success of utilizing entomopathogens as biological controls of insect pests depends on their persistence after release into the environment. A discussion of the various factors involved can be found in the Southern Cooperative Series Bulletin 400 article, Factors Affecting the Survival of Entomopathogens. It is available on-line at http://www.agctr.lsu.edu/s265. (---thanks to source: Daniel Sonke)

Position Announcements

Entomologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station (http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw), anticipates filling a permanent, full-time entomologist position in the near future at the GS-0414-12/13 grade (approximate salary range $54,000 to $64,000, depending on qualifications). The position is in the Behavioral Chemistry and Ecology of Insects and Disease Team located at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory, on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. The team is currently staffed with 4 full time scientists in Corvallis, and 2 shared scientist positions in Alaska. This team conducts studies at various scales on the behavioral chemistry and ecology of forest insects, diseases, or host trees, and develops semiochemical or ecological methods for predicting, detecting, monitoring, or mitigating unwanted or desirable disturbances to support existing management strategies, or help create new strategies that can insure productive and sustainable forest ecosystems.

The candidate, working in conjunction with other scientists in the team, program, station, other government agencies, or universities will be expected to develop an aggressive research program focusing on the behavioral chemistry and ecology of forest insects in the western U.S. The candidate must demonstrate an ability to design, conduct, and analyze field and laboratory experiments. Previous research experience must include some studies involving semiochemicals. In addition to interests and skills in basic and applied entomology, the candidate should have supporting skills in one or more areas of plant biology, physiology, ecology, or pathology, and preferably in relationship to trees.

For More Information: If you are interested in this position and want to receive the vacancy announcement, please send a letter of interest and/or brief resume with name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number by July 31, 2002 to:
Rick Kelsey, Team Leader
Pacific Northwest Research Station
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
Ph: (541) 750-7368
Fax: (541) 758-7760
E-mail: rkelsey@fs.fed.us
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Forest Health Specialist,USDA, Forest Service, Amityville, Long Island, New York. One, 2 year TERM position, full-time.
Vacancy Announcement Number: NESC-RM-02D-32
Opening Date: 6/18/02
Closing Date: 7/17/02
Position Title/Series/Grade: Interdisciplinary to: Biologist/ Forester/Plant Pathologist/Entomologist,
GS-0401/0460/0434/0414 GS-11/12
Salary: GS-12 Range $57,568 to $74,835 per year
GS-11 Range $48,032 to $62,437 per year
Major Duties: The person in this position will coordinate Forest Service activities related to the Asian longhorned beetle program in New York by serving as the Forest Service liaison with involved city, state, and Federal agencies and will provide these agencies and non-profit organizations with technical assistance to detect and eradicate the beetle. Assignments will consist of solving a variety of diverse and complex technical and administrative problems and considerations which require flexibility and skilled judgement. Work assignments will include assisting in the planning and implementation of research, technology development, and other evaluation projects led by the Forest Service, the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, and other cooperators; serving as the local facilitator for Asian longhorn beetle public awareness activities; coordinating with the Asian Longhorn Beetle communication specialist to identify and develop information projects as needed by cooperators and partners; presenting information at training sessions, workshops, and symposia, and reporting the accomplishments and new developments associated with the New York Asian longhorn beetle program via concise, understandable summarizations of complex scientific subject matter related to the field of entomology, pathology, forestry, or general biology. The incumbent will represent the Forest Service on the New York Asian longhorned beetle management team and at interagency meetings and will facilitate communication, and develop close working relationships in order to ensure a clear understanding and cooperation in this project.

Applications must be received or postmarked on or before the closing date of the announcement, in order to be considered. Faxed applications, (610) 557-4224, must be received by close of business (4:30 P.M. Eastern Time) the day the vacancy closes.

Submit or mail your application package to:
USDA Forest Service
Bill Mannion, Personnel Office
11 Campus Boulevard, Suite 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
For details, contact: Bill Mannion, Personnel Specialist, (610)-557-4236.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

NOTE: For a listing of previously posted positions that are still available, please see the archived June 2002 Newsletter at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/archives.html or http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/archives.html.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu


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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

June 2002

Issue 3


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • 2000/2001 CUIPM Minigrants - Final Reports Available
    • Two Grant Awards
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Other news
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

2000/2001 CUIPM Minigrants - Final Reports Available
One of the requirements of the Clemson University IPM minigrants is that recipients present a final report at the conclusion of the grant project. The final reports for the 2000/2001 CUIPM minigrants have been posted on our web site. To view them, go to
http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/funding.html and click on the CUIPM Grants - Final Reports link.

Two Grant Awards
The CU Sustainable Agriculture Program has been awarded a $49,926 grant from the USDA Southern Region SARE Professional Development Program for the proposal, Calhoun Field Laboratory: A Program for Experiential Training in Organic Farming Systems. Project cooperators (listed alphabetically) include David Howle, Lindsay Esterly, Bill Norman, Daniel Parson, Jim Smith, Peter Skewes, Joey Williamson and Geoff Zehnder. The grant will be used to develop a comprehensive training program in organic farming practices for agricultural professionals in South Carolina. Participants in the training will gain the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to enable them to guide growers/clients through the process of a transition to organic production, including certification requirements under the National Organic Program. To find out more about SARE and the grants available through that program, visit http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/programpage.html.

Not to be outdone by the CU Sustainable Agriculture Program, the CU Integrated Pest Management Program was recently notified that it has been awarded a $143,748 grant from the USDA Crops at Risk (CAR) Program for the proposal, Assessment and Integration of Multiple Tactics for Management of Aphid-Transmitted Virus Diseases in Southeastern Melon and Squash Production. Project cooperators (listed alphabetically) include Jay Chapin, Mike Hammig, Anthony Keinath, Gilbert Miller, John Mueller, Simon Scott, Powell Smith, Joe Varn and Geoff Zehnder. The project will evaluate alternative control methods that have shown promise for management of aphid-transmitted viruses in other cropping systems to determine their efficacy when used with melon and squash production. To find out more about the USDA CAR Program, visit their web site: http://www.reeusda.gov/agsys/pestmgt/car.htm.

Funding Opportunities

Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains information on and links to several grant programs.

Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program - has announced a request for proposals for Graduate Student Research projects dealing with sustainable agriculture issues that are of importance to the Southern Region and the nation. The award provides a one-time project maximum of $10,000. The proposal deadline is January 8, 2003. Awards will be made in April 2003. For complete details or to print a copy of the Call for Proposals, visit the Southern Region SARE web site: http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/2003gsc.pdf.

The Environmental Protection Agency - has announced the availability of regional grant funds for pesticide risk reduction. The money is available under the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP). The goal of PESP is to reduce the risks associated with pesticide use in agricultural and non-agricultural settings in the United States. To advance this goal, EPA will be awarding grants for research, public education, training, monitoring, demonstrations, and studies that advance pesticide risk reduction. Priority consideration will be given to projects that advance pesticide pollution prevention, integrated pest management (IPM), IPM in schools, children's health issues related to pesticides, and those research methods for documenting IPM adoption or the reduction of risks associated with changes in pesticide use. EPA specifically seeks to build state and local IPM capacities or to evaluate the economic feasibility of new IPM approaches at the state level. Local governments, private universities, private non-profit entities, private businesses, and individuals are not eligible.

Applications must be received by the appropriate EPA Regional Office by May 27, 2002. EPA will make its award decisions by July 10, 2002. Additional information is available on EPA's web site at www.epa.gov/oppbppd1/PESP/regional_grants.htm. To obtain specific instructions, regional criteria, guidance, and format for submitting proposals, interested applicants must contact the appropriate EPA Regional PESP Coordinator. The coordinator for Region VI, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee is: Troy Pierce, 61 Forsyth St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303-8960; (404) 562-9016; pierce.troy@epa.gov.
(---thanks to source: Will Smith)

Floriculture Industry Research and Scholarship Trust (FIRST) - funds approximately $100,000 in research grants per annum. The deadline for submission of grant proposals is September 1 of each year. While FIRST welcomes any proposal pertinent to the floriculture industry, emphasis areas of research are:

  • Increasing shelf life/garden performance of plants
  • Economical means for recycling greenhouse waste
  • Water quality/alkalinity control
  • Evaluation/development of biocontrol methods and management techniques
  • Improving production techniques
  • Plug production techniques
  • Perennial production techniques
  • Control of pest problems such as: thrips, aphids, whitefly, fungus gnats
  • Control of disease problems such as: TSWV, botrytis, mildew, pythium
For more information about FIRST and a link to the listing of the 2001 grant recipients, visit their web site: http://www.firstinfloriculture.org. For a copy of the proposal submission form, go to: http://www.firstinfloriculture.org/FIRSTFundingApp.pdf.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Meetings

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) - 17th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference is in the process of being organized. It will be held November 15 - 17, 2002 at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center (www.broyhillinn.com; 800-951-6048) at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. The conference will include a celebration of CFSA's 20th birthday. If you have any comments or suggestions about conference goals, theme, format, topics/tracks/workshops, speakers, contacts and volunteers, contact the coordinator of this year's conference, Dr. Richard McDonald at the_edge@boone.net or (828) 297-2884.

The 4th National Integrated Pest Management Symposium/Workshop - will be held April 8 - 10, 2003 at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. Individuals in all fields related to IPM are encouraged to participate as the National Roadmap for IPM (http://www.nepmc.org/insider/extras/roadmap.html), a ten-year vision for IPM, is launched. Be sure and mark your calendar. Symposium updates will be posted as they become available.

CONFERENCE UPDATE - On the Road to Sustainable Agriculture, the national conference hosted by Southern Region SARE, will be held in and around Raleigh, North Carolina from October 23 - 26, 2002. The base location of the conference will be the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park. The registration fee is $140 and will cover the tours, conference center programs and all meals from Wednesday dinner through Saturday breakfast except Friday evening's dinner on the town. Registration brochures will be available after June 15 on the Southern SARE web site: http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/. To receive conference information by mail, contact Gwen Roland at 770-412-4786 or groland@griffin.peachnet.edu.

The Third National Small Farm Conference -- will take place September 17-20, 2002, in Albuquerque, NM. This conference will continue the groundwork laid at the first two conferences to build partnerships among organizations that serve small farmers and ranchers. The ultimate goal is to increase the survival and economic viability of the nation's small farmers and ranchers. For more information, as well as contact information about the conference, visit the following web site: http://www.reeusda.gov/smallfarm/thirdnatlconference.htm.

Composting in the Southeast Conference and Exposition - Recycle Organics '02 will be held October 6 - 9, 2002 at the Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. For more information, visit the conference web site: http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/compost.

The 25th Annual Southern Conservation Tillage Conference for Sustainable Agriculture - will be held June 24-26, 2002 at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center at Auburn University in Alabama. The theme for the conference is "Making Conservation Tillage Conventional : Building a Future on 25 Years of Research". In conjunction with the conference, the 2002 Conservation Tillage Field Day will be held at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter, Alabama ( approximately 25 miles from the Dixon Conference center) on June 26. For details on the conference program and the field day, visit the web site: http://www.ag.auburn.edu/nsdl/sctcsa/.

The 1st Annual Pest Management Job Fair will be held Friday, October 18, 2002 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The job fair will be held in conjunction with Pest Management 2002, the annual convention of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The annual convention will take place from October 16 - 19. The Job Fair will provide an opportunity for students majoring in entomology, toxicology and related fields to not only meet with potential employers, but to learn about potential career options. Registration materials and additional information will become available in the near future. If you have questions, contact Gene Harrington, Executive Director, Pest Management Foundation at gharrington@pestworld.org or 800-678-6722.

Miscellanea

Other News

Input Requested by Organizing Committee of IR-4/USDA Crop Grouping Symposium - The IR-4/USDA Crop Grouping Symposium will be held October 7 - 8, 2002 in Arlington, Virginia. The Symposium's Organizing Committee is requesting input prior to July 1, 2001 if you feel there is an orphan crop that should be added to an EPA Crop Group. Orphan crops are those crops not already included in any EPA crop group. There are 19 established EPA Crop Groups, which can be viewed on the IR-4 web site (http://www.cook.rutgers.edu/~ir4) under "Crop Groupings Federal Register Rule." All requests for inclusion of orphan crops into existing or new EPA Crop Groups will be reviewed at the Symposium.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

A Comparison of Pesticide Residues on Conventionally-, IPM- and Organically-Grown Produce - Some of you may have read recent articles in the lay press that compared pesticide residues on produce grown under different conditions - from conventional to IPM to organic. These articles arose because of the report, Pesticide residues in conventional, IPM-grown and organic foods: Insights from three U.S. data sets, which was published May 2002, in the peer-reviewed journal, Food Additives and Contaminants. While some of the lay press articles provided accurate representations of the facts presented in the original report, the authors of some articles jumped to some conclusions that can only be described as faulty. If you'd like to request a copy of the original article, see http://www.omri.org/FAC.html#full_article. To read a technical summary of the article, visit http://www.omri.org/organic_summary.pdf.

Pennsylvania Mushroom Integrated Pest Management Handbook - is a new publication resulting from the joint efforts of Pennsylvania State University, The American Mushroom Institute and the PA IPM Program. The handbook is designed to be used by both growers and researchers as both an educational tool and as a reference. It describes various pests and their control as well as providing guidelines for developing effective integrated pest management strategies to control them. To download a PDF version of the handbook, visit the Pennsylvania IPM web site: http://paipm.cas.psu.edu/public.html. Hard copies can be obtained by contacting:
Publications Distribution Center
Pennsylvania State University
112 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

School Environment Protection Act of 2002 (SEPA) and the Farm Bill - While the Farm Bill was finally approved by the U.S. Senate on May 8 and forwarded to the President for his signature, a casualty of the process was the School Environment Protection Act of 2002, an amendment to the Farm Bill. SEPA promotes the use of integrated pest management practices in schools, as well as notification of parents and school staff when pesticides are to be applied. SEPA supporters have promised to continue attaching SEPA to legislative bills until it passes. For more information about what was included in the Farm Bill, visit http://agriculture.house.gov/farmbill.htm.

Position Announcements

Research Entomologist, USDA, Crop Production and Pest Control Unit, West Lafayette, IN
Qualifications: Degree in entomology or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major that included related course work, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Experience which has equipped the applicant with the ability to conceive, plan, and conduct research on the benefits and risks associated with genetic and biotechnology approaches to develop insect resistance in small grain crops; the ability to document research results in technical journals; and the ability to make presentations at scientific meetings and conference.
For details about this position, visit: http://jsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/ftva.asp?OPMControl=IC1565
Closing Date: July 1, 2002

NOTE: For a listing of previously posted positions that are still available, please see the archived March - May Newsletter at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/archives.html or http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/archives.html.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu


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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

March - May 2002

Issue 2


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • Proceedings of the Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Futures Conference
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Other news
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

Proceedings of the Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Futures Conference - The Clemson Sustainable Agriculture Futures Conference was held at Clemson University February 25 - 27, 2002. The focus of the conference was to establish a collective vision and roadmap for Clemson Sustainable Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry programs over the next 5 - 10 years. The Conference Program was divided into three, one-day sessions. During the first day, presenters gave brief overviews of research and extension programs in key areas, including crosscutting programs that operate across commodities and disciplines. On the second day, a series of facilitated breakout sessions by emphasis area were organized. Breakout session participants were asked to address three main questions:
  • What is the status of our current programs?
  • What is our program vision over the next 5 - 10 years?
  • What steps are necessary to achieve our vision?
On the third day, the expert panel reviewed the information that had been presented during days 1 and 2, and developed a report with observations and recommendations for future activities. Their report along with the rest of the Conference Proceedings has been posted on our web site via a link on the following web page:
http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/whatsnew.htm.

Funding Opportunities

Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains information on and links to several grant programs.

EPA has announced the availability of regional grant funds for pesticide risk reduction. The money is available under the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP). The goal of PESP is to reduce the risks associated with pesticide use in agricultural and non-agricultural settings in the United States. To advance this goal, EPA will be awarding grants for research, public education, training, monitoring, demonstrations, and studies that advance pesticide risk reduction. Priority consideration will be given to projects that advance pesticide pollution prevention, integrated pest management (IPM), IPM in schools, children's health issues related to pesticides, and those research methods for documenting IPM adoption or the reduction of risks associated with changes in pesticide use. EPA specifically seeks to build state and local IPM capacities or to evaluate the economic feasibility of new IPM approaches at the state level. Local governments, private universities, private non-profit entities, private businesses, and individuals are not eligible.

Applications must be received by the appropriate EPA Regional Office by May 27, 2002. EPA will make its award decisions by July 10, 2002. Additional information is available on EPA's web site at www.epa.gov/oppbppd1/PESP/regional_grants.htm. To obtain specific instructions, regional criteria, guidance, and format for submitting proposals, interested applicants must contact the appropriate EPA Regional PESP Coordinator. The coordinator for Region VI, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee is: Troy Pierce, 61 Forsyth St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303-8960; (404) 562-9016; pierce.troy@epa.gov.
(---thanks to source: Will Smith)

Floriculture Industry Research and Scholarship Trust (FIRST) - funds approximately $100,000 in research grants per annum. The deadline for submission of grant proposals is September 1 of each year. While FIRST welcomes any proposal pertinent to the floriculture industry, emphasis areas of research are:

  • Increasing shelf life/garden performance of plants
  • Economical means for recycling greenhouse waste
  • Water quality/alkalinity control
  • Evaluation/development of biocontrol methods and management techniques
  • Improving production techniques
  • Plug production techniques
  • Perennial production techniques
  • Control of pest problems such as: thrips, aphids, whitefly, fungus gnats
  • Control of disease problems such as: TSWV, botrytis, mildew, pythium
For more information about FIRST and a link to the listing of the 2001 grant recipients, visit their web site: http://www.firstinfloriculture.org. For a copy of the proposal submission form, go to: http://www.firstinfloriculture.org/FIRSTFundingApp.pdf.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Meetings

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) - is holding its 7th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour, April 20 & 21 - Celebrate Earth Day by touring small farms in the Piedmont of North Carolina. There are 28 farms available for visiting. A tax-deductible donation of $25.00/car is requested or $5.00/farm. All proceeds will benefit CFSA. For more information about the tour, contact CFSA at 919 542-2402 or by e-mail: ED@carolinafarmstewards.org. For more information about the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, visit their web site: http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org.

The Third National Small Farm Conference - will take place September 17-20, 2002, in Albuquerque, NM. This conference will continue the groundwork laid at the first two conferences to build partnerships among organizations that serve small farmers and ranchers. The ultimate goal is to increase the survival and economic viability of the nation's small farmers and ranchers. For more information, as well as contact information about the conference, visit the following web site, http://www.reeusda.gov/smallfarm/thirdnatlconference.htm.

Composting in the Southeast Conference and Exposition - Recycle Organics '02 will be held October 6 - 9, 2002 at the Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. For more information, visit the conference web site: http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/compost.

The 25th Annual Southern Conservation Tillage Conference for Sustainable Agriculture - will be held June 24-26, 2002 at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center at Auburn University in Alabama. The theme for the conference is "Making Conservation Tillage Conventional : Building a Future on 25 Years of Research". In conjunction with the conference, the 2002 Conservation Tillage Field Day will be held at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter, Alabama ( approximately 25 miles from the Dixon Conference center) on June 26. For details on the conference program and the field day, visit the web site: http://www.ag.auburn.edu/nsdl/sctcsa/.

On the Road to Sustainable Agriculture, the national conference hosted by Southern Region SARE, will be held in and around Raleigh, North Carolina from October 23 - 26, 2002. The base location of the conference will be the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park. For details, see www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/OTR/otr.pdf. To receive conference information by mail, contact the Southern Region SARE office at 770-412-4787.

Miscellanea

Other News

Good News for Organic Farming - The February 2002 issue of Agricultural Research, the monthly publication of USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), features a cover story and an editorial on the increased emphasis on organic farming research at ARS. With the market share for organic food having grown at over 20 percent per year for the last 10 years, this research is welcome news to organic farmers and consumers. With pressure increasing to reduce the use of agricultural chemicals, this research is expected to benefit both organic and conventional farming systems. To read the editorial, 'Adding OOMPH to Organic Farming' and the cover story, 'Organic Grows on America,' in their entirety, go to the following web pages: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/feb02/form0202.htm and http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/feb02/amer0202.htm.

The 1st Annual Pest Management Job Fair - will be held Friday, October 18, 2002 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The job fair will be held in conjunction with Pest Management 2002, the annual convention of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The annual convention will take place from October 16 - 19. The Job Fair will provide an opportunity for students majoring in entomology, toxicology and related fields to not only meet with potential employers, but to learn about potential career options. Registration materials and additional information will become available in the near future. If you have questions, contact Gene Harrington, Executive Director, Pest Management Foundation at gharrington@pestworld.org or 800-678-6722.

The national site for U.S.D.A.'s regional pest management centers - (www.pmcenters.org) has been reorganized for ease of use and rapid access to a variety of pest information. Links from the national site open the four regional pest management centers' sites, each containing information tailored to that geographical area of the country.
(---thanks to source: Allan Deutsch)

Position Announcements

Assistant Professor of Entomology, North Dakota State University, Dept. of Entomology, Fargo, ND
Qualifications: Ph.D. in entomology or closely related field, experience in field and laboratory research techniques, familiarity with statistical analysis, good written and oral communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to publish in peer reviewed journals. Good interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work in teams toward problem solving. University teaching experience. Demonstrated experience in writing grant applications and obtaining extramural funding. Experience in IPM systems, sustainable agriculture, and research experience beyond a Ph.D. Strong background in and demonstrated capacity to teach insect ecology. Innovative teaching experience.
Closing Date: May 31, 2002
For full details of this position, see their web site: http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/entomology/position.htm.

Pest Management Specialist, Suffolk County, Riverhead, NY
Educator will be responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Pest Management Program on Suffolk County owned and/or operated facilities as required by Local Law 34-1999. Educator will coordinate the pest management program, hire and train pest management scouts and identified Suffolk County staff, establish pest management action thresholds, provide information on alternative practices, conduct applied research and demonstrations, evaluate progress and propose changes in the Pest Management program. Special attention will be made to institute practices that have minimum adverse effects on public health and environment. Seek outside funds to expand programs for other public agencies.
Qualifications: Masters Degree required in horticulture or related sciences (plant pathology, entomology, and pest management). Willingness to meet the travel demands of the position and flexibility to work other than normal work hours (early morning or evening) as required.
Applications - will be reviewed beginning May 1, 2002, or until an acceptable pool of applicants has been identified. Send letter of intent, resume, names/address of 4 references and transcripts to PA#288 Box 26, Kennedy Hall, Cornell U, Ithaca, NY 14853.
For more information: http://www.cce.cornell.edu
**Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.** EOE.
Connie Kan
Administrative Systems
Cornell Cooperative Extension
389 Roberts Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850
(O) 607-255-0789
(F) 607-255-0788
ck236@cornell.edu
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Program Specialist, Northeast Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program - A program specialist is needed to manage Farmer/Grower Grants for the Northeast Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE). This is a half-time (50%) position to be housed at a host institution within the northeast region or filled by an independent contractor. The position duration is contingent upon the continued availability of funds through annual Congressional appropriations and annual reviews of work performance.
Job Description: The program specialist will:

  • assist with administration and coordination of the Farmer/Grower Grants program.
  • promote the program through presentations at meetings and in direct discussions with farmers.
  • travel throughout the Northeast to review on-farm research activities and work closely with farmers, cooperators, and technical advisors in person, on phone, and by email to ensure that projects are technically sound.
  • assist other SARE staff in coordinating subcontracts, meeting national reporting requirements, and ensuring that all financial transactions for the Farmer/Grower grants are in accordance with University of Vermont and USDA regulations.
  • work closely with the Northeast Region SARE Administrative Council and other management staff in coordinating the competition for grants and promoting the program to a diverse audience throughout the Northeast.
  • report to the Northeast SARE program manager and the regional coordinator.
Qualifications: Applicants must be knowledgeable about sustainable agriculture and field research. Strong interpersonal, administrative, and communication skills are required. Demonstrated experience communicating with farm audiences and computer literacy are essential. An M.S. in an agriculturally related field is preferred, but applicants with experience and a B.S. will be considered. The applicant should have a home or work office and access to a computer that can be used for this position.
Location: The person filling this position may reside and work within the northeast region. A central location within the 12-state region is desirable but not essential.
Salary: If currently employed at a university or other organization, salary will be at 50% of a full-time equivalent. If self-employed, salary will be negotiated.
Expenses: Northeast SARE will pay for direct expenses associated with carrying out the needed tasks, such as telephone, office supplies, and travel. Northeast SARE will not pay for office expenses such as rent, heat, electricity, etc.
Closing date: Until position is filled. Applications will be reviewed starting April 30, 2002.
To apply: Send a letter of application and a work resume to Northeast SARE, 10 Hills Building, 105 Carrigan Drive, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405-0082. The letter should indicate why you think you would be an especially good fit for the program specialist position and list three contacts with phone numbers. Also list contact email addresses.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Tree Fruit Integrated Pest Management Project Leader, Utah State University, Dept. of Biology and USU Extension Service, Logan, UT Qualifications: Prefer M.S. in IPM, Entomology, Plant Pathology or Horticulture. Two years post-M.S. experience in IPM research or outreach education desired. Must be a highly responsible and self-motivated individual with interest in working in outreach education with horticultural industries and the urban sector. Experience with tree fruits highly desired.
Responsibilities:
  • Assist the IPM program specialists in Entomology, Plant Pathology and Horticulture with coordination and implementation of Utah Extension IPM Program activities, and with evaluation of new IPM strategies (the Utah Extension IPM program is currently focused on commercial tree fruits; expansion into urban horticulture is anticipated).
  • Provide pest advisories to county agents and producers via e-mail, internet web site, and telephone-tip services. This requires collection of weather and pest activity data, use of pest phenology and predictive models, and interaction with IPM extension faculty to provide the most accurate information possible.
  • Organize and direct spring and summer pest scouting workshops to train private and professional scouts in pest identification, proper monitoring techniques, and IPM philosophies. Participate in grower and home gardening educational presentations.
  • Serve as a communication liaison between growers, the general public and USU IPM personnel.
  • Assist with the development of new IPM educational and training materials.
  • Assist with IPM demonstration plots and research projects.
Salary: Commensurate with degree held and experience; $28,000 - 32,000
Applications: Accepted until May 15, 2002 or until a suitable candidate is selected. Submit a C.V., letter of interest, transcripts, and contact information (including e-mail address) of three references to:
Diane G. Alston Department of Biology 5305 Old Main Hill Utah State University Logan, UT 84322-5305 Voice: (435) 797-2516 Fax: (435) 797-1575 E-mail: dianea@biology.usu.edu

NOTE: For a listing of previously posted positions that are still available, please see the archived December Newsletter at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/archives.html or http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/archives.html.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu


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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

Jan./Feb. 2002

Issue 1


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Futures Conference
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Other news
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

The Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Futures Conference will be held at Clemson University in Kresge Hall at the Outdoor Laboratory from February 25 - 26, 2002. The focus of the conference will be to assess current programs in sustainable agriculture, horticulture and forestry in South Carolina, and impacts on industry and the people of our state. Six experts with public and private sector backgrounds in sustainable agriculture have been invited to participate and to help us develop goals for future sustainable agriculture programs and a road map for achievement over the next 5 to 10 years. We are inviting both on- and off-campus individuals who work or have an interest in sustainable agriculture, forestry and horticulture to participate in the conference. If you are interested in attending or would like to receive more information on the conference as it becomes available, please contact me via the e-mail or phone contact information that follows this newsletter.

Funding Opportunities

Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains information on and links to several grant programs.

Two Requests for Applications (RFAs) have been posted on the CSREES Funding Opportunities web site. They are the Pest Management Alternatives Program (PMAP) and the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program - Pest Management. The due date for both RFAs is February 20, 2002. For detailed information, go to the Funding Opportunities web page: http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/funding/ourfund.htm. For links to other CSREES pest management programs, visit the following web site: http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/programs/pest.htm.

EPA's Office of Environmental Justice has announced that $1.5 million is available for the FY 2002 Environmental Justice Small Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to eligible community groups (i.e. community based/grassroots organizations, churches or other nonprofit organizations with a focus on community-based issues) and federally recognized tribal governments working on environmental justice issues. The grant program provides funding for a full range of activities that promote protection of human health and the environment. In the past, it has proven to be a good source of funding for efforts relating to pesticide safety and risk reduction. The average grant award is $15,000 and EPA plans to award 100 grants.

Grant applications are due by February 22, 2002. For more information on the FY 2002 EJ Small Grant Program, including instructions for preparing proposals and a summary of projects funded in the past, visit EPA's web site at : http://www.epa.gov/oeca/main/ej/index.html.

CSREES National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program - The FY 2002 solicitation for applications for the CSREES National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program was published in the Federal Register on August 16. The solicitation invites applications for competitive grant awards in agricultural, forest, and related environmental sciences.

Deadlines for submitting proposals for funding vary from November 15, 2001, through February 15, 2002, depending on the program (see individual program submission deadlines below). See the Federal Register notice for applicable deadlines. For full details, visit http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/frcont01.html. Click on "Thursday, August 16, 2001"; then scroll down to Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.

Meetings

Update on the Third National Small Farm Conference -- As was noted in the previous newsletter, the Third National Small Farm Conference will take place September 17-20, 2002, in Albuquerque, NM. This conference will continue the groundwork laid at the first two conferences to build partnerships among organizations that serve small farmers and ranchers. The ultimate goal is to increase the survival and economic viability of the nation's small farmers and ranchers. For more information, as well as contact information about the conference, visit the following web site, http://www.reeusda.gov/smallfarm/thirdnatlconference.htm.

Update on the International IPM Conference:  Exploring New Frontiers in Integrated Pest Management -- This conference will be held March 24 to 26, 2002 in Ontario. The conference program has been posted on the web site: http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/ipmconference/english/program.html. The early registration deadline is February 1. All registrations must be submitted and paid by March 8, 2002. A registration form can be found at: http://www.agcare.org/ipmconfreg.htm.

Rooms for the conference at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto will be held until Feb 22, 2002. Be sure to inform them that you are with the International IPM Conference when you register before or after Feb 22 to receive the conference rate. See web site for details: http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/ipmconference/english/hotel.html.

Composting in the Southeast Conference and Exposition - Recycle Organics '02 will be held October 6 - 9, 2002 at the Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. A call for abstracts has been issued with a February 1, 2002 deadline for submission. Individuals whose abstracts are selected for presentation will be required to submit a complete paper by July 1, 2002. For more information, visit the conference web site: http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/compost.

The 25th Annual Southern Conservation Tillage Conference for Sustainable Agriculture will be held June 24-26, 2002 at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center at Auburn University in Alabama. The theme for the conference is "Making Conservation Tillage Conventional : Building a Future on 25 Years of Research". In conjunction with the conference, the 2002 Conservation Tillage Field Day will be held at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter, Alabama ( approximately 25 miles from the Dixon Conference center) on June 26. For details on the conference program and the field day, visit the web site: http://www.ag.auburn.edu/nsdl/sctcsa/.

On the Road to Sustainable Agriculture national conference, hosted by Southern Region SARE, will be held in and around Raleigh, North Carolina from October 23 - 26, 2002. The base location of the conference will be the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park. Proposals for presentations are being solicited until October 29, 2001. For details, see www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/OTR/otr.pdf. To receive conference information by mail, contact the Southern Region SARE office at 770-412-4787.

Miscellanea

Other News

The Global IPM Facility  (Note: new web site http://www.fao.org/ag/agp/agpp/IPM/gipmf/home.htm) at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome has started an electronic discussion group, Global-IPM-L. It is a moderated list, the goal of which is to provide a forum for the exchange of information on integrated pest management (IPM), and integrated production and pest management (IPPM) topics. It is seen as a means of strengthening the links between IPM/IPPM practitioners in both governmental and non-governmental institutions. Interested individuals who would like to join the listserv should follow the instructions at web site, http://www.fao.org/Mailnews/econflis.htm. To post messages on the Global-IPM-L list, send them to: . Managers of the list are K. Gallagher <Kevin.Gallagher@fao.org> and E. Tagliati <Elisabetta.Tagliati@fao.org>.
(---thanks to source: Allan Deutsch)

Position Announcements

Horticultural Inspectors/Trainees - New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets.
Locations: Brooklyn (2), Queens (1), Suffolk (3) and Nassau (1) Counties
The Division of Plant Industry is seeking to fill 7 Horticultural Inspector or Horticultural Inspector Trainee positions to assist in its Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) eradication program. The incumbents of these positions will be involved in the areas of field surveys, regulatory compliance and public outreach/media information in this multi-phase program designed to contain and eradicate this outbreak of the ALB. Duties of the incumbents will include: participation in intensive, delimited, biometric and/or high-risk site surveys of infected areas; assisting with carrying out various regulatory activities with cooperative businesses, property owners and contractors; and assisting in education and public outreach programs.

Minimum Qualifications:
Inspector Level: Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree in horticulture, forestry, plant pathology, botany, entomology, environmental studies/plant science or a biological science primarily related to the scientific study of plants or animals OR satisfactory completion of 60 college credit hours which included or was supplemented by 24 credit hours in horticulture, forestry, plant pathology, botany, entomology, environmental studies/plant science or a biological science primarily related to the scientific study of plants or animals AND one year of qualifying professional horticultural experience in a nursery or greenhouse, as a plant pest or disease control specialist, as a landscaper involved in site development or as a fruit and vegetable farm products grading inspector.

Trainee Level: Candidates must have 60 college credit hours which included or was supplemented by 24 credit hours in horticulture, forestry, plant pathology, botany, entomology, environmental studies/plant science or a biological science primarily related to the scientific study of plants or animals. One year of qualifying professional experience as outlined above can be substituted for up to 12 of the 24 specialized credit hours, with each six months of experience equaling 6 credit hours.

Current Salary Range: Inspector: $29,802-37,982*
Trainee: $25,111**
Provisional appointments pending examination
*Appointees in each of the counties listed will receive an additional $1100 annual location differential.
**As a Horticultural Inspector Trainee, you would serve a one-year traineeship. Upon satisfactory completion of this traineeship, you would advance to the position of Horticultural Inspector. Trainee will also receive $1100 annual location differential.

Application Deadline: Send letter of interest and resume by January 31, 2002 to:
Mr. Victor Artale
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Division of Human Resources Management
1 Winners Circle
Albany, NY 12235
Fax (518) 457-8852
E-Mail: vic.artale@agmkt.state.ny.us
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Horticultural Crops Entomologist - Asst./Assoc. Professor level, University of Georgia, Department of Entomology, Tifton, GA.
Qualifications: Must have an earned doctorate in Entomology. Experience in integrated pest management programs for vegetable production is highly desirable.
Closing Date: February 2, 2002

NOTE: For a listing of previously posted positions that are still available, please see the archived December Newsletter at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/archives.html or http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/archives.html.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu


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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

December 2001

Issue 6


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Featured Web Sites
    • Other news
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

Seasons Greetings!

Funding Opportunities

Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains information on and links to several grant programs.

EPA's Office of Environmental Justice has announced that $1.5 million is available for the FY 2002 Environmental Justice Small Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to eligible community groups (i.e. community based/grassroots organizations, churches or other nonprofit organizations with a focus on community-based issues) and federally recognized tribal governments working on environmental justice issues. The grant program provides funding for a full range of activities that promote protection of human health and the environment. In the past, it has proven to be a good source of funding for efforts relating to pesticide safety and risk reduction. The average grant award is $15,000 and EPA plans to award 100 grants.

Grant applications are due by February 22, 2002. For more information on the FY 2002 EJ Small Grant Program, including instructions for preparing proposals and a summary of projects funded in the past, visit EPA's web site at : http://www.epa.gov/oeca/main/ej/index.html.

The SC Tobacco Board has released a request for proposals for FY 2002-2003. Details of the RFP can be found in the '2002 Tobacco RFP memo' which is available on the H drive in the 'Everyone' folder within a folder titled 'Tobacco Research'. Located in the same folder is the application form for the proposal. Necessary Sponsored Program forms are available at http://virtual.clemson.edu/groups/sponprog.

Proposal packages (including Sponsored Program forms with all necessary signatures) must be submitted to Rachel Hawkins in 111 Poole Ag Center no later than 4:30 PM on Friday, January 11, 2002.

Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program has six distinct grant programs that it administers. Two of these programs, On-Farm Research Projects and Sustainable Community Innovation Projects, are new this year and the due dates for proposals are January 25, 2002 and November 2, 2001, respectively. For details on these grants, as well as the remaining four grants administered by SARE, check our web page, http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/funding.htm .

CSREES National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program - The FY 2002 solicitation for applications for the CSREES National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program was published in the Federal Register on August 16. The solicitation invites applications for competitive grant awards in agricultural, forest, and related environmental sciences.

Deadlines for submitting proposals for funding vary from November 15, 2001, through February 15, 2002, depending on the program (see individual program submission deadlines below). See the Federal Register notice for applicable deadlines. For full details, visit http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/frcont01.html. Click on "Thursday, August 16, 2001"; then scroll down to Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.

Meetings

The 25th Annual Southern Conservation Tillage Conference for Sustainable Agriculture will be held June 24-26, 2002 at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center at Auburn University in Alabama. The theme for the conference is "Making Conservation Tillage Conventional : Building a Future on 25 Years of Research". In conjunction with the conference, the 2002 Conservation Tillage Field Day will be held at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter, Alabama ( approximately 25 miles from the Dixon Conference center) on June 26. For details on the conference program and the field day, visit the web site: http://www.ag.auburn.edu/nsdl/sctcsa/.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)/National Toxicology Program (NTP) workshop on the "Assessment of the Allergenic Potential of Genetically Modified Foods" is rescheduled for December 10-12, 2001 at the Sheraton in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This workshop was previously scheduled to be held on September 24-26, 2001 in Durham, North Carolina, but was postponed. For further details about this meeting and information about registration please visit the NTP web site: http://ntp-server.niehs.nih.gov/htdocs/Liason/GMFoodWorkshopFR.html.

Looking at Genetic Engineering Through the Lens of Sustainability, the Seventh Annual Southern Region SARE Professional Development Program Workshop, will be held January 24 - 25, 2002 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Anyone interested in sustainable agriculture is welcome. For details, see http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/.

The International IPM Conference: Exploring New Frontiers in Integrated Pest Management will be held March 24 to 26, 2002 in Ontario. For more information, visit the conference web site at: http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/ipmconference.

Presenters Sought For 3rd National Small Farm Conference In 2002 - The 3rd National Small Farm Conference will take place September 17-20, 2002, in Albuquerque, NM. Speakers are needed in the areas of marketing, risk management, beginning farmer programs, small farm specific research, and innovative programs and equipment that help small farmers and ranchers remain economically viable. A panel will review recommendations and select presenters and topics that best fit the focus of the conference.

The conference will continue the groundwork laid at the 1st and 2nd National Small Farm Conferences to build partnerships among organizations serving small farmers and ranchers who have not previously collaborated, to increase the economic viability of the nation's small farmers and ranchers.

Registration materials and a block of hotel rooms will be released fall 2001, as will solicitations for exhibits and poster sessions. Speaker recommendations and questions can be directed to Denis Ebodaghe, CSREES National Small Farm Program Leader (phone: 202-205-0467) or Nelson Escobar, CSREES Small Farm Program Specialist (phone: 202-401-4900).
(---thanks to source: Dave McAllister (Public Affairs Specialist; Communications, Technology, and Distance Education; e-mail: dmcallister@reeusda.gov; phone: 202-720-7185))

On the Road to Sustainable Agriculture national conference, hosted by Southern Region SARE, will be held in and around Raleigh, North Carolina from October 23 - 26, 2002. The base location of the conference will be the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park. Proposals for presentations are being solicited until October 29, 2001. For details, see www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/OTR/otr.pdf. To receive conference information by mail, contact the Southern Region SARE office at 770-412-4787.

Miscellanea

Featured Web Sites

National Organic Program (NOP) - As the time nears for the implementation of new regulations concerning the labelling of products as "Organic", the National Organic Program (http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop) web site serves as an excellent resource. It contains information about the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990, the formation of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and the resulting production of the NOP Proposed Rule of 2000. The site includes the NOP Final Rule (including Japanese and Spanish translations), transcripts from NOSB meetings, and a 'Frequently Asked Questions' page. For the not-so-frequently asked questions, contact information is easily located. For anyone interested in organic food, whether as a producer, certifier or consumer, this site is definitely worth exploring.

Other News

Genetically Modified Crops: What Do the Scientists Say? is a collection of essays by thirteen plant biologists. The essays were commissioned by the American Society of Plant Biologists and were originally published in the journal Plant Physiology between May 2000 and May 2001. For those interested in learning more about genetically modified crops from the perspective of scientists as opposed to the perspective of the popular press, these articles should be added to your reading list. Individual essays can be read on-line at http://www.aspb.org/publications/plantphys/gmcpub.cfm. Information on the purchase of the collection of essays can be obtained via the same web page.

Microbial Pest Control by Sushil K. Khetan (Marcel Dekker, 2000, 320 pages) provides an overview of microbial pesticides with approximately a third of this reference covering various aspects of Bacillus thuringiensis. Also covered are viral insecticides, biofungicides, bioherbicides, mycoinsecticides, integrated use of biopesticides, commercialization of biopesticides, and integrated use of biopesticides with synthetic pesticides. For more information, see the Dekker web site: http://www.dekker.com.

The Global IPM Facility (http://www.fao.org/ag/agp/agpp/IPM/gipmf/home.htm) at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome has started an electronic discussion group, Global-IPM-L. It is a moderated list, the goal of which is to provide a forum for the exchange of information on integrated pest management (IPM), and integrated production and pest management (IPPM) topics. It is seen as a means of strengthening the links between IPM/IPPM practitioners in both governmental and non-governmental institutions. Interested individuals who would like to join the listserv should follow the instructions at web site, http://www.fao.org/Mailnews/econflis.htm. To post messages on the Global-IPM-L list, send them to: . Managers of the list are K. Gallagher <Kevin.Gallagher@fao.org> and E. Tagliati <Elisabetta.Tagliati@fao.org>. (---thanks to source: Allan Deutsch)

Position Announcements

Graduate Assistantship - The Fruit and Vegetable IPM Program in the Department of Entomology at Purdue University is offering a Graduate Research Assistantship for an MS student to study the management of insects and mites in organic apple production systems.

For further information contact: Rick Foster, Department of Entomology, 1158 Smith Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1158.

Greenhouse Assistant III/Plant Care Specialist (Position ID: PB1TW-GA2) - The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is seeking a greenhouse assistant/plant care specialist who can use good horticultural and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques, including pesticide applications, to maintain healthy plants in the greenhouse and growth chambers of the Noble Foundation research greenhouse.

For details of this position, see their web site: http://www.noble.org/Jobs/PB_GHPlantCare-TW0501.htm or contact:
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.
Human Resources
Position number PB1TW-GA2
PO Box 2180
Ardmore, OK 73402
Toll Free Telephone: (866)223-5810
NFHR@noble.org (If e-mailing, please include the position number.)
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Entomologist, GS-414, Grade 11/12, Asian Longhorned Beetle Project, Amityville, New York.
The USDA Forest Service will soon publish a vacancy announcement for an entomologist position to be located in Amityville, New York. This is a full-time term position, not to exceed two years in duration. The person selected for this position will be responsible for coordinating Forest Service activities related to the New York Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) program. The incumbent will serve as the Forest Service liaison with city, state, and federal agencies involved with ALB and will provide agencies and non-profit organizations with technical assistance to detect and eradicate the insect. In addition, the incumbent will work closely with entomologists, quarantine inspectors, and technicians from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and New York Department of Agriculture and Markets.
This position requires:

  • Knowledge of forest entomology and basic plant sciences.
  • Knowledge of forest and urban tree health monitoring, pesticide use, and integrated pest management.
  • Skill at developing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with diverse people and groups.
  • Ability to resolve differences among individuals and groups with competing goals.
  • Skill at oral, written, and/or visual communication including the ability to conduct effective briefings and presentations.
Salary range: $45,716 to $71,224
The vacancy announcement including instructions on how to apply will soon be listed on the web site: www.usajobs.opm.gov
All interested applicants or those desiring further information should contact Bernard Raimo at the address below.
Mr. Bernard J. Raimo
Group Leader, Forest Health Protection
USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry
271 Mast Road
Durham, NH 03824
(603)868-7708
FAX (603)868-7604
e-mail: braimo@fs.fed.us
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Director, University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program - Davis, California.
Qualifications: A Ph.D. in a pest management discipline (entomology, nematology, plant pathology, vertebrate pest control, weed science, and agricultural/biological engineering), or a related field and at least five years post graduate experience in applied pest management are required. Must have an outstanding academic record in IPM research and extension/outreach activities. Broad, general knowledge of crop and pest management principles, including an understanding of crop production methodology, cultural and biological controls, and pesticide use and current issues involving the use of pesticides are required.

For detailed information about this position, see http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/IPMPROJECT/director.html.
Application deadline: January 11, 2002

Senior Pest Management Specialist, Quality Assurance and Compliance Unit - The Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Network (ESSD) of the World Bank
The selected candidate will help strengthen the ability of World Bank staff and borrowers to apply Bank's social safeguard policies to environmental assessment for projects involving pest management.
Requires: (1) advanced degree in agro-ecology, biology, crop protection, field ecology, sustainable agriculture, toxicology, or related discipline and/or a demonstrated record of post-graduate operational experience in applied pest management programs; (2) minimum 10 years experience in pest and pesticide management, including implementation of farmer-based IPM; (3) experience in developing countries and/or those in economic transition; (4) experience in outreach and training activities; (5) strong oral and written skills in English; (6) knowledge of additional languages, especially French and/or Spanish, highly desirable.

For complete details of this position, see web site: http://www.worldbank.org/careers and click on "Bank Careers."
Closing date: December 31, 2001
Interested candidates should send their detailed resume or C.V. via e-mail to <LMillett@worldbank.org> or by fax to (202) 473-0901.
Contact: L. Millett, Recruitment Unit, World Bank, 1818 H St., N.W., Washington, DC 20433, USA.
(---thanks to source: Allan Deutsch)

Professor, Department of Entomology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
This is a tenure track position with the rank open (Assistant/Associate/Full). Responsibilities include: RESEARCH (65%): Conduct innovative research on biology and management of vector and/or pest arthropods associated with animals and livestock in confinement and pasture/field situations compatible with IPM and sustainable agricultural goals. Develop a nationally recognized interdisciplinary research program with colleagues in Entomology, and in other departments or colleges. Active involvement in mentoring graduate students is expected. EXTENSION (35%): Communicate with stakeholders, maintain an extension education program and provide expertise to other extension and outreach programs involving animal agriculture and sustainable agriculture including rural/urban interface issues. Laboratory space, field research facilities, and significant start up funds will be provided.
Qualifications: An earned doctorate in Entomology or related life sciences. Research emphasis in support of IPM may include population/community ecology, epidemiology of vector borne diseases affecting animals, vector ecology, microbial-vector interactions, chemical ecology, biological control, or toxicology. Strong communication, interpersonal skills and the ability to successfully compete for extramural grant support are also required.
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with background and level of experience. An attractive benefits package is available.

Application: Applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, academic transcripts, a statement of research interests, and the names and addresses of five professional references to:
Dr. Gary Felton, Head
Department of Entomology
Box IPM
501 ASI Building,
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA. 16802
Closing date: January 31, 2002 or until a qualified candidate is identified.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

NOTE: For a listing of previously posted positions that are still available, please see the archived November Newsletter at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/archives.html or http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/archives.html.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu


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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

November 2001

Issue 5


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • Free Books for 2001 - 2002 IPM Grant Applicants
    • Final Grant Project Reports Due November 16, 2001
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Featured Web Sites
    • Other news
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

Free Books for 2001 - 2002 IPM Grant Applicants

In the August CUIPM/SA Newsletter (Issue 2), the new IPM book, IPM in Practice: Principles and Methods of Integrated Pest Management, produced by the University of California Statewide IPM Project, was offered as a bonus to each individual who submitted a grant proposal in response to the Clemson University Integrated Pest Management Program's request for proposals. The books have finally arrived and will be sent out over the next two weeks to each project leader. Initial inspection of the manual indicates that it is both comprehensive and practical.

Final Grant Project Reports Due November 16, 2001

In an effort to clear up some questions that have arisen, this notice is a friendly reminder to project leaders of 2000 - 2001 CUIPM grants that final project reports are due November 16, 2001. As indicated in the CUIPM Request For Proposals, a final report is required of each project leader who receives funding under the CUIPM Program. A project leader whose grant has ended needs to submit a final report by November 16, 2001. If a project leader has applied for and received additional funding to continue her/his project for FY 2001 - 2002, a final report is not required at this time.

The final reports will be included in the CUIPM Program's Annual Report publication. Our annual report is an opportunity to showcase CUIPM projects, as well as to promote integrated pest management to people in the state of South Carolina and elsewhere. The publication will be sent to key legislators, growers, industry personnel, CUIPM project leaders, and IPM program coordinators of other states as well as to other interested persons.

Funding Opportunities

Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains information on and links to several grant programs.

Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program has six distinct grant programs that it administers. Two of these programs, On-Farm Research Projects and Sustainable Community Innovation Projects, are new this year and the due dates for proposals are January 25, 2002 and November 2, 2001, respectively. For details on these grants, as well as the remaining four grants administered by SARE, check our web page, http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/funding.htm .

CSREES National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program - The FY 2002 solicitation for applications for the CSREES National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program was published in the Federal Register on August 16. The solicitation invites applications for competitive grant awards in agricultural, forest, and related environmental sciences.

Deadlines for submitting proposals for funding vary from November 15, 2001, through February 15, 2002, depending on the program (see individual program submission deadlines below). See the Federal Register notice for applicable deadlines. For full details, visit http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/frcont01.html. Click on "Thursday, August 16, 2001"; then scroll down to Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.

Meetings

American Farmland Trust's National Conference - Farming on the Edge - is being held November 12 - 14, 2001 at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. For more details about the conference, as well a a downloadable registration form, see http://farmland.org/events/conference2001.htm.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)/National Toxicology Program (NTP) workshop on the "Assessment of the Allergenic Potential of Genetically Modified Foods" is rescheduled for December 10-12, 2001 at the Sheraton in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This workshop was previously scheduled to be held on September 24-26, 2001 in Durham, North Carolina, but was postponed. For further details about this meeting and information about registration please visit the NTP web site: http://ntp-server.niehs.nih.gov/htdocs/Liason/GMFoodWorkshopFR.html.

Looking at Genetic Engineering Through the Lens of Sustainability, the Seventh Annual Southern Region SARE Professional Development Program Workshop, will be held January 24 - 25, 2002 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Anyone interested in sustainable agriculture is welcome. For details, see http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/.

The International IPM Conference: Exploring New Frontiers in Integrated Pest Management will be held March 24 to 26, 2002 in Ontario. For more information, visit the conference web site at: http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/ipmconference.

Presenters Sought For 3rd National Small Farm Conference In 2002 - The 3rd National Small Farm Conference will take place September 17-20, 2002, in Albuquerque, NM. Speakers are needed in the areas of marketing, risk management, beginning farmer programs, small farm specific research, and innovative programs and equipment that help small farmers and ranchers remain economically viable. A panel will review recommendations and select presenters and topics that best fit the focus of the conference.

The conference will continue the groundwork laid at the 1st and 2nd National Small Farm Conferences to build partnerships among organizations serving small farmers and ranchers who have not previously collaborated, to increase the economic viability of the nation's small farmers and ranchers.

Registration materials and a block of hotel rooms will be released fall 2001, as will solicitations for exhibits and poster sessions. Speaker recommendations and questions can be directed to Denis Ebodaghe, CSREES National Small Farm Program Leader (phone: 202-205-0467) or Nelson Escobar, CSREES Small Farm Program Specialist (phone: 202-401-4900).
(---thanks to source: Dave McAllister (Public Affairs Specialist; Communications, Technology, and Distance Education; e-mail: dmcallister@reeusda.gov; phone: 202-720-7185))

On the Road to Sustainable Agriculture national conference, hosted by Southern Region SARE, will be held in and around Raleigh, North Carolina from October 23 - 26, 2002. The base location of the conference will be the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park. Proposals for presentations are being solicited until October 29, 2001. For details, see www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/OTR/otr.pdf. To receive conference information by mail, contact the Southern Region SARE office at 770-412-4787.

Miscellanea

Featured Web Sites

USDA-ARS's web site: Research Q & A: Bt Corn and Monarch Butterflies (http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/br/btcorn/) - There has been significant controversy over the potential risk that pollen from Bt corn presents to monarch butterflies. In response to this concern, the USDA-Agricultural Research Service coordinated the research efforts of a group of scientists who attempted to determine how significant this risk was under field conditions. Their research results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (http://www.pnas.org/content/vol98/issue21/#AGRICULTURAL_SCIENCES). The conclusion they reached was that there is no significant risk to monarch butterflies from exposure to Bt under field conditions. USDA-ARS's web site contains an explanation of how this controversy began as well as links to the full research articles that were generated by this research.

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is a non-profit association whose membership is made up of North Carolina and South Carolina farmers, gardeners, and consumers who are "dedicated to ecological farming methods and the development of a healthful, sustainable agriculture." Membership is open to all. For more information on CFSA, the benefits of membership, available educational opportunities, and sources of organic food in the Carolinas, see their web site: (http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org).

The CFSA held its 16th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference November 2 - 4, 2001 in Rock Hill, SC. For information on how the Conference went, see 'Other News' below.

Protected Harvest is a non-profit organization that independently certifies produce grown under stringent environmental standards. It is a collaboration of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (http://www.potatowis.org), the World Wildlife Fund (http://www.wwf.org) and the University of Wisconsin (http://ipcm.wisc.edu/bioipm). Wisconsin potatoes are the first products to be certified under the Protected Harvest label. They are being marketed under the "Healthy Grown" brand. To learn more about this collaboration, the certification process, and the standards that growers must meet, see http://www.protectedharvest.org.

Other News

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's Sixteenth Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference was held in Rock Hill, South Carolina from November 2 - 4, 2001. For those of you who were unable to attend, you missed an exciting and informative conference. The conference opened on Friday with a Panel Discussion on Organic Agriculture and the National Organic Program. On Saturday there were nine workshop tracks with three workshops in each track. The subjects of the tracks included Beginning Organic Production, Advanced Organic Production, Transitional Farmer, Home Gardening, Sustainable Living, Livestock, Value Added/After Market, Organic Research Results, and Marketing. The conference finished on Sunday with two workshop series with a choice of ten workshops in each. If you have an interest in sustainable agriculture, you should definitely make plans to attend the 17th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference next year.

Position Announcements

Three Tenure Track Faculty Positions - Agroecologists - at U. Wisconsin-Madison to help establish the University as a center for interdisciplinary research and education in agroecology. Two ecologists are being sought to study (1) landscape-level interactions among pest insects in agroecosystems, and (2) how managed grasslands can support livestock production, biodiversity, and ecosystem services, and one sociologist or economist is being sought to study social structures and ecological dynamics of agriculture. Tenure homes in appropriate departments; joint appointments encouraged.
Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent required.
For more details, see www.cals.wisc.edu/AgroecologyPositions.
Send letter, CV, and letters from three references to:
Agroecology Initiative Search Committee
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison
140 Agricultural Hall, 1450 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706.
Deadline: November 26, 2001 or until suitable applicants are found.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Executive Director - Protected Harvest is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of sustainable agriculture and protection and enhancement of wildlife and our environment. The Directors of Protected Harvest are in need of an Executive Director to lead this dynamic, innovative organization. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.
For details on this position, see: http://www.protectedharvest.org/career.htm.
(---thanks to source: Ed Rajotte)

Research Specialist in Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Position: A full-time academic, non-tenure track position conducting research on insects. Employment after August 20, 2002 is contingent on continuation of funding.
Responsibilities: Sampling soybean aphids and their natural enemies in soybean fields and in buckthorn. Design and organize damage assessment field studies. Perform aphid growth studies in the lab. Search for literature in the library. Enter data into appropriate spreadsheet and statistical software. Perform linear regression and other simple statistical analyses of entomological data. Qualifications: M.S. degree in Entomology or related discipline. Must have valid Illinois driver's license. One year of experience with field studies of insects is preferred.
Starting Date: This position will be available November 21, 2001 or when a suitable candidate is available.
Salary: Starting salary will be commensurate with education and qualifications.
Applications: To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 12, 2001. Reference Job # 8018 in your application. Applicants should submit a resume and transcripts, with the name of three references to:
Linda Kemplin
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
N-511 Turner Hall
1102 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-1484 FAX: (217) 244-3219
Contact Dr. David Onstad for more information: 217-333-6820, onstad@uiuc.edu
(--- thanks to source: E.J. Rajotte)

Tenure-track Teaching and Research Position in Crop Protection, California State University, Chico.
This position includes the expectation that the incumbent will be engaged in sponsored research consistent with his or her teaching assignment.
PhD in Crop Protection, Pest Management or closely related field, and demonstrated success in undergraduate teaching and applied research are required. Experience with a variety of integrated pest management practices and a broad range of practical experience in a diversity of crops and cropping methods are desirable. Teaching assignments are dependent upon the needs of the College and qualifications of the individual.
As a university that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value a diverse faculty and staff. CSU, Chico welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a cross-cultural learning environment.
Review of applications begins January 15, 2002. Applications received after that date may be considered. Please submit letter of application, current C.V., 3 letters of recommendation, philosophy of teaching and research interests, and transcripts to:
Chair of the Plant Science Search Committee
College of Agriculture
California State University
Chico, CA 95929-0310
(http://www.csuchico.edu/agr)
For disability-related accommodations, call 530-898-6192, or TDD 530-898-4666. EOE/AA/ADA. CSUC only employs individuals lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.
(--- thanks to source: E.J. Rajotte)

Assistant Professor of Soil Insect Ecology/Turf Entomology, Cornell University/New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, New York.
Interested candidates are asked to apply for this 12-month tenure-track position (80% research; 20% extension) to develop a nationally recognized research program on the ecology and management of soil-dwelling insect pests of horticultural crops and of insects attacking turfgrass. Research should contribute to a general understanding of the ecology and population biology of soil insects, but much of the research should be driven by the need to solve relevant, real-world insect management problems. Participation in and leadership of collaborative projects will be important. Extension component will consist of educational programs that contribute to an interdisciplinary turf extension program. Ability to secure external funding is required. A Ph. D. in a biological science with training and experience in entomology, and research experience in a relevant area of specialization is required.
By 3/2/02, submit resume, transcripts, statement of research interests, and names and addresses of three references to:
Dr. Jan Nyrop, Chair, Search Committee
Cornell University/NYSAES
Department of Entomology
Barton Laboratory
Geneva, NY 14456
Further information may be viewed at website: http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ent
(--- thanks to source: E.J. Rajotte)

Assistant Professor, Biocontrol of Weeds and Insects - tenure track appointment, Department of Entomology (http://entomology.montana.edu) at Montana State University. Appointment is 80% research, 20% teaching.
Facilities: The Department of Entomology has research and office space located in several buildings on campus. Specialized facilities include the Plant Growth Center, the MSU Biocontainment Laboratory, Montana Entomology Collection and the insect diagnostic clinic. The Plant Growth Center is a 60,000 square foot facility providing research and teaching greenhouses, classrooms, environmental chambers and houses the Biocontainment Lab (insect level 3-P, plant pathology BL4-P) for the importation and research of biological control agents and other exotic insects. The Biocontrol of Weeds Lab is a well-equipped facility, dedicated to this position with a variety of molecular, optical, and environmental equipment. MSU has eight research centers statewide where field research may be conducted.
Opportunities for field work in rangeland, forests, riparian areas, and cultivated lands at altitudes ranging from 3,000 to 11,000 feet are located within an hour's drive.
Responsibilities:

  • Research emphasis will be on biocontrol of weeds using insects and includes the development of a dynamic, innovative, externally funded research program leading to biological-based weed management solutions in Montana.
  • Teach an upper level undergraduate course in biological control, share team teaching of IPM and develop a graduate course in the area of specialization.
  • Research areas may include but are not limited to: genetics, plant-insect interactions, population biology, molecular ecology and mathematical modeling.
  • Serve as a resource for biological control outreach programs.
  • Build collaborative research relationships with other universities, as well as state and federal agencies.
Required Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate in entomology or closely related field
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and conduct innovative, biological control research on weed and/or insect pests
  • Commitment to or demonstration of excellence in teaching
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Strong record of scholarly achievement
  • Potential ability to guide graduate research
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Potential to provide effective state, regional and national leadership in the area of biological control
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Expertise in molecular biological techniques
  • Commitment to or demonstrated ability to procure extramural competitive funding
  • Understanding of the Land Grant mission including the ability to participate in Extension/outreach activities
  • Experience in obtaining extramural grant funding
Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience. TIAA-CREF retirement, group health and life insurance plans, wellness program, sick and annual leave.
To apply: Screening of applications begins on Jan 15, 2002 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send 1) a letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications, 2) brief statement of research/teaching interests, 3) curriculum vitae, 4) copies of academic transcripts 5) copies of 2 relevant publications and 6) 3 letters of reference, and names, addresses and phone numbers of 3 additional references to:
Dr. Sue Blodgett, Search Committee Chair
Department of Entomology
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173020
Bozeman, MT 59717-3020
e-mail: blodgett@montana.edu
phone: (406) 994-3861; fax: (406) 994-6029
ADA/EO/AAVETERANS PREFERENCE: In compliance with Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. MSU makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee's ability to perform the duties of the job. To claim veteran's preference or request accommodation, contact Human Resources/Affirmative Action, Montana Hall, MSU, Bozeman, MT 597172430; 406-994-2042 (TDD: 406-994-4191).
(--- thanks to source: E.J. Rajotte)

NOTE: For a listing of previously posted positions that are still available, please see the archived October Newsletter at: http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/archives.html or http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/archives.html.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu


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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

October 2001

Issue 4


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • 2001 - 2002 IPM Grants Awarded
    • Sustainable Agriculture Program Web Site
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Featured Web Sites
    • Other news
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

2001 - 2002 IPM Grants Awarded

It has been a busy few weeks, but the Clemson University IPM Program is pleased to announce that the 2001 - 2002 IPM grant proposals have been reviewed and grants awarded. We would like to thank our Advisory Committee (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/aboutcuipm.html#advisory) for their time and effort spent reviewing the proposals, as well as for the day spent meeting to discuss the awarding of grants. Twenty-eight proposals were submitted. We were able to fund 19 of them for a total of $105,883.00 (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/awards.htm).

Sustainable Agriculture Program Web Site

The Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program's web site (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag) is now on-line. In addition to other items of interest, the site includes links to grants available through the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Reasearch and Education (SARE) Program, as well as a page on developments of the sustainable agriculture portion of the Calhoun Field Laboratory.

Funding Opportunities

Each of our web sites (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag) and (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains information on and links to several grant programs.

Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program has six distinct grant programs that it administers. Two of these programs, On-Farm Research Projects and Sustainable Community Innovation Projects, are new this year and the due dates for proposals are January 25, 2002 and November 2, 2001, respectively. For details on these grants, as well as the remaining four grants administered by SARE, check our web page, http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag/funding.htm .

CSREES National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program - The FY 2002 solicitation for applications for the CSREES National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program was published in the Federal Register on August 16. The solicitation invites applications for competitive grant awards in agricultural, forest, and related environmental sciences.

Funding Categories for FY 2002 and available funds in each include: Natural Resources and the Environment ($16.3 million); Nutrition, Food Quality, and Health ($16.7 million); Plant Systems ($32.3 million); Animal Systems ($22.9 million); Markets, Trade, and Policy ($3.6 million); and New Products and Processes ($6.5 million).

Deadlines for submitting proposals for funding vary from November 15, 2001, through February 15, 2002, depending on the program (see individual program submission deadlines below). See the Federal Register notice for applicable deadlines. For full details, visit http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/frcont01.html. Click on "Thursday, August 16, 2001"; then scroll down to Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.

FY 2002 NRI Programs and Submission Deadlines

November 15
  • 22.1 Plant Responses to the Environment
  • 23.1 Managed Ecosystems
  • 25.0 Soils and Soil Biology
  • 26.0 Watershed Processes and Water Resources
  • 31.0 Improving Human Nutrition for Optimal Health
  • 51.9 Biology of Weedy and Invasive Plants
December 15
  • 52.2 Plant Genetic Mechanisms
  • 53.0 Plant Growth and Development
  • 61.0 Markets and Trade
  • 62.0 Rural Development
  • 71.1 Food Characterization/Process/Product Research
  • 71.2 Non-Food Characterization/Process/Product Research
January 15
  • 32.0 Food Safety
  • 32.1 Epidemiological Approaches for Food Safety
  • 41.0 Animal Reproduction
  • 44.0 Animal Health and Well-Being
  • 51.2 Entomology and Nematology
  • 51.7 Biological Control
  • 51.8 Biology of Plant-Microbe Associations
February 15
  • 42.0 Animal Growth and Nutrient Utilization
  • 43.0 Animal Genome and Genetic Mechanisms
  • 54.3 Plant Biochemistry

Meetings

Sixteenth Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference will be held at the Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina from November 2 - 4, 2001. The conference is open to gardeners, farmers, consumers, researchers and businesses interested in learning more about sustainable food production, marketing, etc. For more information, contact ed@carolinafarmstewards.org.

Looking at Genetic Engineering Through the Lens of Sustainability, the Seventh Annual Southern Region SARE Professional Development Program Workshop, will be held January 24 - 25, 2002 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Anyone interested in sustainable agriculture is welcome. For details, see http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/.

On the Road to Sustainable Agriculture national conference, hosted by Southern Region SARE, will be held in and around Raleigh, North Carolina from October 23 - 26, 2002. The base location of the conference will be the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park. Proposals for presentations are being solicited until October 29, 2001. For details, see www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/OTR/otr.pdf. To receive conference information by mail, contact the Southern Region SARE office at 770-412-4787.

The International IPM Conference: Exploring New Frontiers in Integrated Pest Management will be held March 24 to 26, 2002 in Ontario. For more information, visit the conference web site at: http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/ipmconference.

Miscellanea

Featured Web Sites

Two new web sites reflect EPA partnerships to advance the causes of pesticide risk reduction and integrated pest management. The first site, Public-Private Partnerships for Reducing Pesticide Risk (http://www.epa.gov/oppbppd1/partnerships/), highlights how EPA partners are working to develop alternatives to conventional pesticides and includes links to some of their success stories. It also explains how to become an EPA partner. The second site, Integrated Pest Management (http://www.epa.gov/oppbppd1/ipm/), explains the concept of IPM, as well as providing links to IPM as concerns agriculture, food, non-agricultural situations (i.e. homes, gardens and workplace), and schools.
(---thanks to source, Will Smith)

International Parasitic Plant Society has organized with an aim of studying and understanding parasitic plants so that ultimately they can be controlled. They recently sponsored the 7th International Parasitic Weed Symposium which was held in France. For more information, visit their web site: http://www.ppws.vt.edu/IPPS/ .

Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) and Its Use as a Wood Preservative is a new EPA web site (http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/citizens/1file.htm). It provides background information on chromated copper arsenate (CCA), which is a chemical mixture consisting of arsenic, chromium, and copper. CCA is registered for wood preservative uses. The site provides links to recent press releases, consumer resource documents, a question and answer section, and related links.

Other News

The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), an independent and nonpartisan agency that studies expenditures of the federal government, has been evaluating U.S. IPM programming for more than one year and has recently published its report. It can be found at http://www.gao.gov. Look for report GAO-01-815. The abstract of the 36-page report is quoted in its entirety below:

Agricultural Pesticides: Management Improvements Needed to Further Promote Integrated Pest Management, GAO-01-815, August 17, 2001.

"Chemical pesticides play an important role in allowing Americans to enjoy an abundant and inexpensive food supply. However, these chemicals can have adverse effects on human health and the environment, and their long-term effectiveness will be increasingly limited as pests continue to develop resistance to them. Consequently, it has become clear that sustainable and effective agricultural pest management will require continued development and increased use of alternative pest management strategies such as integrated pest management (IPM). Some IPM practices yield significant environmental and economic benefits in certain crops, and IPM can lead to better long-term pest management than chemical control alone. However, the federal commitment to IPM has waned over the years. The IPM initiative is missing several management elements identified in the Government Performance and Results Act that are essential for successful implementation of any federal effort. Specifically, no one is effectively in charge of federal IPM efforts; coordination of IPM efforts is lacking among federal agencies and with the private sector; the intended results of these efforts have not been clearly articulated or prioritized; and methods for measuring IPM's environmental and economic results have not been developed. Until these shortcomings are effectively addressed, the full range of potential benefits that IPM can yield for producers, the public, and the environment is unlikely to be realized."

New Entomology Reference Published - A Dictionary of Entomology by G. Gordh and D.H. Headrick is 1056 pages and contains approximately 28,000 terms, names, and phrases used in entomology as well as approximately 43,000 definitions. It is published by CABI Publishing, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 8DE, UK. E-mail: . Fax: 44-0-1491-829292. Phone: 44-0-1491-832111. Website: http://www.cabi.org.

Presenters Sought For 3rd National Small Farm Conference In 2002 - The 3rd National Small Farm Conference will take place September 17-20, 2002, in Albuquerque, NM. Speakers are needed in the areas of marketing, risk management, beginning farmer programs, small farm specific research, and innovative programs and equipment that help small farmers and ranchers remain economically viable. A panel will review recommendations and select presenters and topics that best fit the focus of the conference.

The conference will continue the groundwork laid at the 1st and 2nd National Small Farm Conferences to build partnerships among organizations serving small farmers and ranchers who have not previously collaborated, to increase the economic viability of the nation's small farmers and ranchers.

Registration materials and a block of hotel rooms will be released fall 2001, as will solicitations for exhibits and poster sessions. Speaker recommendations and questions can be directed to Denis Ebodaghe, CSREES National Small Farm Program Leader (phone: 202-205-0467) or Nelson Escobar, CSREES Small Farm Program Specialist (phone: 202-401-4900).   
(---thanks to Dave McAllister (Public Affairs Specialist; Communications, Technology, and Distance Education; e-mail: dmcallister@reeusda.gov; phone: 202-720-7185) for information)

Position Announcements

Post-Doctoral Research Entomologist, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USDA Invasive Plant Research Laboratory
The incumbent will be a member of a weed biological control research team that conducts field- and laboratory-based assessments of introduced natural enemies attacking the invasive tree, Melaleuca quinquenervia in south Florida.
Qualifications: Recent PhD in entomology, ecology or related discipline is required.
For details, see: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/divisions/hrd/hrdhomepage/vacancy/01076.htm
(---thanks to Daniel Sonke for notification of this position)


IPM/Ecology Post-Doctorate Position, Ohio State University
Qualifications: A doctoral degree in entomology, formal training and practical experience in crop protection and applied ecology, excellent quantitative skills, project management and organizational skills, and both verbal and written communication skills. Experience with vegetable or horticultural crops is desirable. Additional training and skills in quantitative aspects of population, behavioral, and landscape ecology are desirable.
Annual salary: $28,000-30,000/year for a 2-year, renewable position.
Applications will be accepted immediately and until a suitable candidate is found. Send an application letter; curriculum vitae; names, postal address, email address and telephone numbers for 3 professional references, and reprints of published work to:
Dr. Casey W. Hoy, Dept. of Entomology, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691. (330) 263-3611, Fax (330) 263-3686, email: hoy.1@osu.edu
(--- thanks to E.J. Rajotte for notification of this position)


Post-Doctorate Research Position, Applied Insect Ecology and Small Fruit IPM, Michigan State University, funded for two years, dependent on annual performance review.
Qualifications: PhD in entomology or related subject with formal training in crop protection and practical experience in IPM.
Application: Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, reprints of published work, and arrange for three professional referees to send letters of recommendation to:
Dr. Rufus Isaacs, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University. (517) 355-6619. E-mail: isaacsr@msu.edu.
Screening of applications will begin October 19, 2001 and continue until a suitable applicant is found.
Information on MSU Entomology can be viewed at http://www.ent.msu.edu.
(--- thanks to E.J. Rajotte for notification of this position)


Post-Doctorate position, University of Florida, for implementation of biological control programs against agricultural pests in Florida
Position location: USDA, ARS Subtropical Horticulture Research Station, Miami
Qualifications: PhD in Entomology with emphasis in biological control with field experience
Availability: Immediate
For more details: http://biocontrol.ifas.ufl.edu/materials/Position.announcement.Postdoc.Oct2001.pdf
(---thanks to Daniel Sonke for notification of this position)


Technician, University of Florida, for implementation of biological control programs against agricultural pests in Florida
Position location: USDA, ARS Subtropical Horticulture Research Station, Miami
Qualifications: B.S. in entomology, pest management, and/or related fields preferred. Experience will be considered.
Availability: Immediate
For more details: http://biocontrol.ifas.ufl.edu/materials/Position.announcement.Technician.Oct2001.pdf
(---thanks to Daniel Sonke for notification of this position)


Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, Honolulu, HI
Qualifications: PhD in Entomology, Plant Pathology, or closely related field. Requires research experience in insect vectored disease management emphasizing modern and sustainable strategies. Post-doctoral research experience in entomology or in insect pest management. Teaching experience at the university level.
Closing Date: December 31, 2001


Homeowner/Greenhouse Integrated Pest Management Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
A regular, full-time non-tenure track faculty position, contingent upon funding and successful job performance. Funding secured for two years. This individual will design and implement a plan of work that addresses priorities in Pest Management as well as develop, coordinate and manage the PMO Greenhouse and Homeowner IPM Programs.
Requirements: PhD required in entomology, plant pathology or related fields. Significant experience and demonstrated ability to work with IPM and pesticide education issues.
Salary: Commensurate with training, experience.
Review of applications begins November 2, 2001.
Additional qualifications both required and preferred are listed in a complete job description available from Sandra Vaillancourt at 5741 Libby Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5741, 1-800-287-0274 (in-state), 207/581-3191, 207/581-3325 (fax), email sandyv@umext.maine.edu or on the UMaine web page at http://www.umaine.edu/hr/jobs/umce.
(--- thanks to E.J. Rajotte for notification of this position)



If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu

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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

September 2001

Issue 3


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • Sustainable Agriculture Program Web Site
    • Additions of Cultural and Biological Controls to the Pest Management Handbook
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Other news
    • Position Announcements

News from CUIPM/SA

Sustainable Agriculture Program Web Site

The Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program's web site (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag)will be on-line by September 7. In addition to other items of interest, the site will include a page on developments of the sustainable agriculture portion of the Calhoun Fields Laboratory.

Additions of Cultural and Biological Controls to the Pest Management Handbook

As mentioned in a previous newsletter, we feel that one role of the Clemson University IPM Program is to help increase the quantity of electronic IPM information that is available at Clemson University. To help meet this goal, we recently met with Dr. Mac Horton to discuss adding cultural and biological control recommendations to the Pest Management Handbook (PMH). Dr. Horton has endorsed this plan.

To facilitate the implementation of this project and to minimize the impact on specialists who are responsible for various portions of the PMH, we have hired Maha Alkhazindar on a part-time basis. Maha is a visiting scientist who is working in Dr. Jim Faust's and Dr. Bill Rhodes' labs. She will be contacting specialists to find out what, if any, cultural or biological controls are recommended for specific pests. For those pests for which recommendations are available, Maha will format the recommendations, as well as write a description of the pest, damage, symptoms, etc., as appropriate, which she will return to the appropriate specialist for approval. The specialist will be able to cut and paste the information into the template for posting to the electronic version of the PMH. Needless to say, this will be a long-term project and we would appreciate any help that specialists can provide Maha.

Funding Opportunities

Our IPM web site (http://www.clemson.edu/sustainableag) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains information on and links to several grant programs.

CSREES National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program - The FY 2002 solicitation for applications for the CSREES National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program was published in the Federal Register on August 16. The solicitation invites applications for competitive grant awards in agricultural, forest, and related environmental sciences.

Funding Categories for FY 2002 and available funds in each include: Natural Resources and the Environment ($16.3 million); Nutrition, Food Quality, and Health ($16.7 million); Plant Systems ($32.3 million); Animal Systems ($22.9 million); Markets, Trade, and Policy ($3.6 million); and New Products and Processes ($6.5 million).

Deadlines for submitting proposals for funding vary from November 15, 2001, through February 15, 2002, depending on the program (see individual program submission deadlines below). See the Federal Register notice for applicable deadlines. For full details, visit http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/frcont01.html. Click on "Thursday, August 16, 2001"; then scroll down to Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.

FY 2002 NRI Programs and Submission Deadlines

November 15
  • 22.1 Plant Responses to the Environment
  • 23.1 Managed Ecosystems
  • 25.0 Soils and Soil Biology
  • 26.0 Watershed Processes and Water Resources
  • 31.0 Improving Human Nutrition for Optimal Health
  • 51.9 Biology of Weedy and Invasive Plants
December 15
  • 52.2 Plant Genetic Mechanisms
  • 53.0 Plant Growth and Development
  • 61.0 Markets and Trade
  • 62.0 Rural Development
  • 71.1 Food Characterization/Process/Product Research
  • 71.2 Non-Food Characterization/Process/Product Research
January 15
  • 32.0 Food Safety
  • 32.1 Epidemiological Approaches for Food Safety
  • 41.0 Animal Reproduction
  • 44.0 Animal Health and Well-Being
  • 51.2 Entomology and Nematology
  • 51.7 Biological Control
  • 51.8 Biology of Plant-Microbe Associations
February 15
  • 42.0 Animal Growth and Nutrient Utilization
  • 43.0 Animal Genome and Genetic Mechanisms
  • 54.3 Plant Biochemistry

Meetings

Second Annual SC Organic Growers School will be held on September 22, 2001 at Lakeview Education Center in West Columbia, South Carolina. The school is sponsored by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Clemson University Extension Service and SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) Program. Registration is due by September 15, 2001. For more information, contact Karrie Joseph at (803) 929-0333 or via e-mail at scgrower2000@yahoo.com.

Sixteenth Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference will be held at the Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina from November 2 - 4, 2001. The conference is open to gardeners, farmers, consumers, researchers and businesses interested in learning more about sustainable food production, marketing, etc. We will provide more information as we receive it or you can contact ed@carolinafarmstewards.org.

Eighth Annual International Research Conference on Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Emissions Reduction will be held in San Diego, CA - November 5-8, 2001. Deadline for poster/oral presentation summaries is September 3, 2001. Registration can be done on the Conference web site: www.mbao.org

Wildland-Urban Interface: Sustaining Forests in a Changing Landscape Conference will be held November 5-8 in Gainesville, FL. It will provide current information and tools to enhance natural resource management, planning, and policy-making at the wildland-urban interface with four main highlighted areas: planning and managing growth, human dimensions, conserving and managing forests for ecological services and benefits, and conserving and managing forests under different ownership. See http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/

The 7th Annual Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program Workshop will be held January 24 - 25, 2002 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We will make further information available as we receive it.

The International IPM Conference: Exploring New Frontiers in Integrated Pest Management will be held March 24 to 26, 2002 in Ontario. For more information, visit the conference web site at: http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/ipmconference.

Miscellanea

Other News

To read a comparison of apple production systems (i.e., organic vs. integrated vs. conventional methods), see the article, "Sustainability of three apple production systems," published in Nature Vol. 410, April 19, 2001. Washington State University researchers compared apple production in organic orchards to that in integrated and conventional orchards from 1994 to 1999. Their results run counter to the often held belief that organic production systems are less productive and less efficient. In the three systems that they studied, apple yields were similar, but taste appeal, profitability, energy efficiency and sustainability were greatest with the organic system. In addition, there were no observable differences in damage resulting from pest, disease or physiological disorders between the three systems.

Northeast SARE-PDP funded video, 'Farmers and their Ecological Sweet Corn Production Practices,' is available. The 42-minute video features 10 farmers from 5 northeastern states describing in their own words how they grow high quality sweet corn while stewarding resources and minimizing inputs.

Topics covered in the video are: Hairy Vetch as a Cover Crop, Organic Soil Fertility, Soil Heat Monitor, Pre-Sidedress Nitrate Test, Floating Row Cover, Scouting for European Corn Borer, Getting Good Spray Coverage, Mechanical Cultivation for Weed Control, Spraying Bt for European Corn Borer, Banded Herbicide Application, Mapping Fields for P and K Fertilization, Pesticide Mixing and Loading Facility, Crop Consultant, Trichogramma ostriniae for Corn Borer, and 'Zea-Later' Oil Applicator for Corn Earworm.

The video costs $15, postage-paid within the continental US. Bulk discounts available. To order, contact the University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture at (802) 656-5459 or susagctr@zoo.uvm.edu.

Two other SARE-PDP funded videos are also available: 'Vegetable Farmers and their Weed Control Machines' and 'Farmers and their Diversified Horticultural Marketing Strategies'. For cost, contact as per above information.   (Thanks to Vern Grubinger (PDP Coordinator, Vegetable and Berry Specialist, University of Vermont Extension (802) 257-7967 ext. 13 vernon.grubinger@uvm.edu) for information. )

Presenters Sought For 3rd National Small Farm Conference In 2002 - The 3rd National Small Farm Conference will take place September 17-20, 2002, in Albuquerque, NM. Speakers are needed in the areas of marketing, risk management, beginning farmer programs, small farm specific research, and innovative programs and equipment that help small farmers and ranchers remain economically viable. A panel will review recommendations and select presenters and topics that best fit the focus of the conference.

The conference will continue the groundwork laid at the 1st and 2nd National Small Farm Conferences to build partnerships among organizations serving small farmers and ranchers who have not previously collaborated, to increase the economic viability of the nation's small farmers and ranchers.

Registration materials and a block of hotel rooms will be released fall 2001, as will solicitations for exhibits and poster sessions. Speaker recommendations and questions can be directed to Denis Ebodaghe, CSREES National Small Farm Program Leader (phone: 202-205-0467) or Nelson Escobar, CSREES Small Farm Program Specialist (phone: 202-401-4900).   (Thanks to Dave McAllister (Public Affairs Specialist; Communications, Technology, and Distance Education; e-mail: dmcallister@reeusda.gov; phone: 202-720-7185) for information.)

Position Announcements

Pesticide and IPM Coordinator, Kansas State University, Department of Entomology, Manhattan, KS
Qualifications: M.S. or Ph.D. in Entomology or related discipline. Training or experience in pesticide use, regulatory issues, IPM principles and structural/household entomology.
Closing Date: September 15, 2001

IPM Coordinator, E. Lansing, MI, USA.
Collaborate with research and extension specialists to foster development of balanced programs that help reduce reliance on targeted pesticides and increase use of alternatives; supervise staff in the IPM Program; help generate strategic planning documents and proposals; represent Michigan State Univ. (MSU) at regional and national meetings; 75% extension, 25% research.
Requires: PhD in crop protection discipline; five years (minimum) research and outreach experience; administrative experience; demonstrated leadership; ability to interact affirmatively with faculty, staff, and statewide clientele.
Contact: P. Hart, Ctr. for Integrated Plant Systems, MSU, E. Lansing, MI 48824, USA.
E-mail: <HartL@msu.edu>. Phone: 1-517-353-9428.
Website: www.cips.msu.edu/cips/docs/IPMcoordinatorposition.html


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu

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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

August 2001

Issue 2


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • IPM Web Site Update
    • Free IPM Book to CUIPM Grant Applicants
    • Calhoun Fields Site (a.k.a. "The Bottoms")
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Featured Web Sites
    • Position Announcements
    • Graduate Assistantships

News from CUIPM/SA

IPM Web Site Update

Be sure to check out the Clemson University IPM Program's updated web site (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm)). In addition to other items of interest, we have posted our 2001 - 2002 request for proposals (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/rfp2001.html). Please note that fire ant projects are eligible for funding this year and that the deadline for proposals is September 3.

Information on USDA's Southern Region Integrated Pest Management (SRIPM) Program's final RFP (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm/calendar.html) has been added to the site. Note that the pre-proposal deadline has been moved up to August 15, 2001.

Free IPM Book to CUIPM Grant Applicants

The new IPM book, IPM in Practice: Principles and Methods of Integrated Pest Management, produced by the University of California Statewide IPM Project, will be provided to each individual who submits a grant proposal in response to the Clemson University Integrated Pest Management Program request for proposals (submission deadline: September 3, 2001). This book is "the first comprehensive, practical field guide ever developed for setting up and carrying out an IPM program in any type of crop or landscape." - U. of California Ag and Natural Resources Publication catalog

Calhoun Fields Site (a.k.a. "The Bottoms")

The Calhoun Fields site, also known as "The Bottoms", is a unique open space within the Clemson University campus. It is the only property within the main campus that remains in agricultural production, having been farmed since the days of John C. Calhoun and Thomas Green Clemson.

In October 2000, a concept plan for Calhoun Fields was developed. This intensive effort involved staff from several academic departments, primarily within the College of Agriculture and personnel from the Campus Planning Office with assistance from a landscape architectural firm. This effort not only revealed the historical importance of Calhoun Fields, but also the significant potential the site could play in the future of the university. This study showed that a reuse concept for the site would benefit students, faculty and the general public. The site could showcase the research, teaching and demonstration efforts of multiple departments within the College of Agriculture, and with assistance from the University's Parks, Recreation & Tourism Institute, the site could be programmed for visitation by the general public.

If the Conceptual Master Plan for Calhoun Fields is approved, the approximately 20 acres fronting Perimeter Road will become a "Public Display/Working Gardens area. Sub-sections of this area could include sustainable agriculture demonstration plantings, heritage plantings, organic vegetables and gardens, native plantings, aroma (herb) gardens, heirloom flowers and vegetables, and medicinal plants.

While waiting to see what grants could be secured to help fund this project, work began on the sustainable agriculture demonstration plantings at Calhoun Fields last spring. Four demonstration plots containing cover crops, and four raised beds containing herbs, native plants and a butterfly garden were planted. An eye-catching sunflower meadow was also planted. Later, the cover crop, buckwheat, was tilled into the soil as per standard sustainable agriculture practices, and pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloupes and squash were planted in its place. The plans are that at the end of August other cover crops will be tilled under and fall vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli and collards will be planted. In addition and perhaps more importantly, by the end of August we should know how much funding has been secured to support this project. That information will obviously affect the long-term plans for the site.

Funding Opportunities

Our web site (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that contains details of the following grant programs as well as several others.

The USDA's Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has announced calls for proposals for their (a) Research and Education Program and (b) Professional Development Program. Briefly, the SARE Research and Education Program primarily funds research-based projects with an outreach component. There are two categories: Planning and Full. Planning projects are for those who have an idea but need to organize a team and develop a game plan for the project. The R&E Program has the following emphasis areas:

  1. Limited Resource Farmers
  2. Organic Farming Systems
  3. Environmentally Sound Practices/Ag Ecosystems
  4. Marketing/Economic Development
  5. Emerging Issues

The SARE Professional Development Program is a train-the-trainer program to provide training in sustainable agriculture to agents, educators, USDA NRCS and other government agency personnel, and also farmers who may serve as trainers.

Pre-proposals are due August 31, 2001. Complete information about the program and application instructions can be found at http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare.

The USDA's Southern Region Integrated Pest Management (SRIPM) program request for proposals has been published and is available at http://dobson.ca.uky.edu/ipm/ipm2002.pdf. The submission deadline for pre-proposals (3-page maximum) is August 15, 2001. Full proposals selected for development from the pool of pre-proposals are due October 29, 2001.

Meetings

Eighth Annual International Research Conference on Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Emissions Reduction will be held in San Diego, CA - November 5-8, 2001. Deadline for poster/oral presentation summaries is September 3, 2001. Registration can be done on the Conference web site: www.mbao.org

Wildland-Urban Interface: Sustaining Forests in a Changing Landscape Conference will be held November 5-8 in Gainesville, FL. It will provide current information and tools to enhance natural resource management, planning, and policy-making at the wildland-urban interface with four main highlighted areas: planning and managing growth, human dimensions, conserving and managing forests for ecological services and benefits, and conserving and managing forests under different ownership. See http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/

The 7th Annual Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program Workshop will be held January 24 - 25, 2002 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We will make further information available as we receive it.

The International IPM Conference: Exploring New Frontiers in Integrated Pest Management will be held March 24 to 26, 2002 in Ontario. For more information, visit the conference web site at: http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/ipmconference.

Miscellanea

Featured Websites

Information on CSREES budget appropriations that affect IPM-related funding programs for FY 2002 can be found at the following web sites:

Printed copies of the FY 2002 Agricultural Appropriation House Committee Report and Bill are available from the Government Printing Office (GPO) by going to their web site at http://www.gpo.gov and searching under the section What's Available: Legislative. To obtain a copy of the House Committee Report select Congressional Reports and search for "107-116". For a copy of the accompanying bill language select Congressional Bills and search for "H. R. 2330". The GPO site provides good printed copies of the documents. However, copies of the report and bill are also available on the Library of Congress Thomas website at http://thomas.loc.gov/.

The CSREES Budget Homepage has been updated to reflect recent House Committee action and can be accessed by going to http://www.reeusda.gov/budget/webfund.htm.

Land-Grants Receive USDA Grant - Agricultural Marketing Resource Center

USDA has announced a $5 million multi-state grant administered through the Rural Business-Cooperative Service to establish the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, a strategically aligned consortium of four universities: Iowa State University, Kansas State University, the University of California and Oklahoma State University. The center's mission will be to provide agricultural producers and value-added processors with knowledge-based resources and other assistance to better compete and grow in the global marketplace. Iowa State University Extension will provide administrative leadership to the center and lead research and outreach teams in developing program goals and objectives. Kansas State University and the University of California will provide expertise in research/outreach and commodity specific content. Oklahoma State University will offer specialized services in food processing and proprietary data analysis. See http://www.usda.gov/news/releases/2001/07/0122.htm.

The Sustainable Agriculture Network, the national communications arm of the USDA-CSREES Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, has recently released a book profiling innovative agricultural producers. The New American Farmer, a collection of in-depth interviews with farmers and ranchers, describes operations around the country and details the effects of their practices on farm profitability, quality of life, rural communities and the environment. By publicizing their stories, SARE demonstrates that sustainable farms and ranches are no longer few and far between. Instead, they are viable throughout American agriculture. The book will be accompanied by a web site, which will include additional profiles from other sources, and a CD-ROM version, so that the user can easily search for a type of farm, and print just those profiles of interest. See www.sare.org/newfarmer/ for more information. The SARE regions continue to innovate in their competitive grants programs. For details, see the regional SARE web sites at www.reeusda.gov/ecs/sustag.htm. Contact: Jill Auburn, jauburn@reeusda.gov or 202-720-5384.

Position Announcements

IPM Coordinator, E. Lansing, MI, USA.
Collaborate with research and extension specialists to foster development of balanced programs that help reduce reliance on targeted pesticides and increase use of alternatives; supervise staff in the IPM Program; help generate strategic planning documents and proposals; represent Michigan State Univ. (MSU) at regional and national meetings; 75% extension, 25% research.
Requires: PhD in crop protection discipline; five years (minimum) research and outreach experience; administrative experience; demonstrated leadership; ability to interact affirmatively with faculty, staff, and statewide clientele.
Contact: P. Hart, Ctr. for Integrated Plant Systems, MSU, E. Lansing, MI 48824, USA. E-mail: . Phone: 1-517-353-9428. Website:

Assistant Professor of Entomology, Penn State, Dept. of Entomology, University Park, PA
Qualifications: Ph.D. in entomology, ecology or related field. An integrative scientist who uses a variety of approaches to study the impact of agricultural pest management practices on sustainability, biodiversity and agroecosystem issues. Effectiveness in communication and the use of modern extension and resident education methods is expected. Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills required for interaction on research and extension teams.
Closing Date: August 15, 2001

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Agent (#11325) - Penn State, Erie County Cooperative Extension Service, Erie, PA
Qualifications: Master's degree preferred. All candidates should have at least one degree in Entomology or Plant Pathology. Two or more years of relevant work experience is desired. Individual should have an understanding of biology, IPM, experimental design and analysis, and production agriculture; familiar with regulations related to IPM, including pesticide-related issues and FQPA. Candidates should possess teaching, program development and evaluation skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Closing Date: August 31, 2001

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Entomology at Oregon State University has a graduate research assistantship for M.S. or Ph.D. available fall 2001 for studies in behavioral ecology/plant-insect interactions/IPM/biological control.
For further information contact Dr. Sujaya Rao at 541-737-9038 or sujaya@bcc.orst.edu.
Applications must meet requirements of the Department of Entomology (http://www/ent.orst.edu/entomology) and the Graduate School (http://www.oregonstate.edu/colleges) for acceptance to the degree program in Entomology. Superior scholarship and communication skills are desired.


If anyone has announcements in the areas of integrated pest management or sustainable agriculture that they would like included in this newsletter, please forward them to Janet McLeod Scott at the following e-mail: jscott@clemson.edu

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CUIPM/SA Newsletter

July 2001

Issue 1


CONTENTS

  1. News from CUIPM/SA
    • Our IPM Web Site Now On-line
    • An Offer from Clemson University IPM Program
  2. Funding Opportunities
  3. Meetings
  4. Miscellanea
    • Featured Web Sites
    • IPM Training Modules
    • Position Announcement

(NOTE - This newsletter is also sent out via e-mail to anyone who requests it.)

News from CUIPM/SA

Our IPM Web Site Now On-line

As of July 1, 2001, the Clemson University IPM Program web site is on-line. The URL is http://www.clemson.edu/ipm. We expect that there will be many additions to the site over the next month, so be sure to check back regularly.

One of our goals for the CUIPM web site is to provide links to all electronic IPM information that is currently available at Clemson University (as well as links to other state, national and international IPM sites, of course). As such, we invite anyone at Clemson who is working in the area of IPM and who has IPM information on the web to which they would like us to link to contact me via e-mail.

An Offer from Clemson University IPM Program

We feel that one role of the Clemson University IPM Program is to help increase the quantity of electronic IPM information that is available at Clemson University. To help meet this goal, we will be hiring a work-study student in the fall to convert IPM documents to HTML for anyone at Clemson University who has IPM documents that need conversion. Anyone wishing to avail themselves of this offer can contact me. The conversions will be done on a first-come-first-served basis.

Funding Opportunities

Our new web site (http://www.clemson.edu/ipm) has a Funding Opportunities page that is presently under construction, but which we anticipate will be on-line by July 16, 2001.

The USDA's Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has announced calls for proposals for their (a) Research and Education Program and (b) Professional Development Program. Briefly, the SARE Research and Education Program primarily funds research-based projects with an outreach component. There are two categories: Planning and Full. Planning projects are for those who have an idea but need to organize a team and develop a game plan for the project. The R&E Program has the following emphasis areas:

  1. Limited Resource Farmers
  2. Organic Farming Systems
  3. Environmentally Sound Practices/Ag Ecosystems
  4. Marketing/Economic Development
  5. Emerging Issues

The SARE Professional Development Program is a train-the-trainer program to provide training in sustainable agriculture to agents, educators, USDA NRCS and other government agency personnel, and also farmers who may serve as trainers.

Pre-proposals are due August 31, 2001. Complete information about the program and application instructions can be found at http://www.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare.

The USDA's Southern Region Integrated Pest Management (SRIPM) program request for proposals has been published and is available at http://dobson.ca.uky.edu/ipm/ipm2002.pdf. The submission deadline for pre-proposals (3-page maximum) is August 31, 2001. Full proposals selected for development from the pool of pre-proposals are due October 29, 2001.

Meetings

The First International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods will be held September 17 - 21, 2001 at the Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. The registration fee is due by July 17, 2001. No credit cards accepted and no on-site registrations permitted. Visit the web site http://www.isbca.ucr.edu for more information.

The 7th Annual Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program Workshop will be held January 24 - 25, 2002 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We will make further information available as we receive it.

The International IPM Conference: Exploring New Frontiers in Integrated Pest Management will be held March 24 to 26, 2002 in Ontario. For more information, visit the conference web site at: http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/ipmconference.

Miscellanea

Featured Websites

Those of you interested in learning more about sustainable agriculture success stories should check out the following web site: http://www.sare.org/highlight/2001/index.htm

This link showcases research findings that have resulted from projects funded by USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Individual project topics include:

  • Water Quality
  • Pest Management
  • Livestock Systems
  • Marketing
  • Farm Diversification
  • Organic Production
  • Agroforestry
  • Range Management

The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) at the National Agricultural Library has recently made available a web-based information resource entitled "List of Alternative Crops & Enterprises for Small Farm Diversification. It can be seen on the following web site (http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/AFSIC_pubs/altlist.htm) or a print version is available free by contacting the AFSIC office (afsic@nal.usda.gov).

UNIQUE IPM TRAINING MODULES OFFERED

The Northeast IPM Program (USA) has prepared a 15-module series of information-packed IPM teaching lesson kits said to be the first such resource of its kind. The information, available for free downloading from http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ipmnet/sare.mod/ can be used as a stand-alone source, or complemented with localized materials. The information has been prepared by experts and is presented in a conversational style. Modules, beginning with several devoted to concepts and progressing though specific crops and pests to designing in-field experiments, are thoughtfully organized. Basic concepts for each topic are accompanied by suggested activities, a list of handouts, suggestions, other resources, and related topics for further information. The modules can be used separately, or as a unified series.

M.M. Woodsen,
NYS IPM Program, CCE
Box 28 Kennedy Hall
Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.
E-mail:
Fax: 1-607-255-0770
Phone: 1-607-255-7783

Thanks to E.G. Rajotte for information.

Position Announcement

NOTICE OF VACANCY (#86107)
TITLE
Small Farms Outreach Extension Coordinator

APPOINTMENT STATUS
Administrative/Professional, 100%, Full time, Permanent (12 months), 80% Extension, 20% Research
ORGANIZATION AND LOCATION
Small Farms Program, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University (WSU) Research and Extension Center, Puyallup, Washington. Puyallup is 35 miles south of Seattle.
DESCRIPTION
The Small Farms Outreach Extension Coordinator will work with Dr. Marcia Ostrom, the Extension Leader for Small Scale and Urban Agriculture, to develop and implement a statewide small farms education and research program. The Outreach Coordinator will be expected to have strong communications skills, as well as grant-writing experience.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
  1. Develop a web site, publicity materials, and mailing list in order to communicate the mission, goals, and activities of the WSU Small Farms Program to the general public.
  2. Identify sources of grant funding and write grant proposals for the Small Farms Program.
  3. Develop and deliver research and educational programs for farmers and consumers related to small farm profitability, environmental sustainability, community food systems, farmland preservation, and urban agriculture.
  4. Coordinate and focus resources within the WSU system related to research and education on small-scale agriculture and local food systems.
QUALIFICATIONS
Required:
  1. Bachelor's degree with at least two years work experience.
  2. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with diverse audiences.
  3. Experience using electronic communications tools, basic computer software programs, and the Internet.
Desired:
  1. Master's degree or equivalent experience in an area related to sustainable agriculture, agricultural production, agricultural economics, agricultural marketing, rural sociology, land use policy, environmental science, food and nutrition, or communications.
  2. Experience in writing, obtaining, and managing grants.
  3. Knowledge of how to design and maintain web pages.
  4. Knowledge and understanding of small-scale farming.
  5. Understanding of sustainable agricultural principles and practices, agricultural issues in urbanizing areas, agricultural marketing alternatives, and food systems.
  6. Experience writing publications for the general public; such as short articles, newsletters, and brochures.
  7. Ability to co-author academic papers and reports.
  8. Ability to plan, organize and deliver effective educational programs.
  9. Experience with public speaking and group facilitation.
  10. Experience working with farmers and grassroots, community organizations.
  11. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
JOB EXPECTATIONS
Understand and carry out the principles and specific requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Affirmative Action Plan, and all pertinent rules and regulations. The successful candidate will be required to work flexible hours that include some evenings and weekends as needed. There is an expectation of travel year-round. If using a private vehicle for official business (mileage reimbursed), the successful candidate must have current automobile liability insurance (meeting the requirements described in RCW 46.30.020 and RCW 46.29.090) and will possess a valid driver's license.
SALARY
Salary is commensurate with the candidate's academic training and professional qualifications within the salary range $30,000 to $45,000. APPLICATION PROCESS
Screening of application materials begins on July 9, 2001 and continues until the position is filled. Please send a letter of application, a writing sample (article, newsletter, fact sheet, etc.), vita, transcripts, and three current professional letters of reference to:

Jeri Ayala
Washington State University
7612 Pioneer Way E.
Puyallup, WA 98371-4998
e-mail: jayala@wsu.edu
FAX: 253-445-4671
Phone: 253-445-4552

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer. Women, ethnic minorities, Vietnam-era or disabled veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU employs only US citizens and lawfully authorized non-US citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service. Accommodations for applicants who qualify under the American with Disabilities Act are available upon request.


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