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  • July 25, 2020 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    TickTalk webinars continue at Univ of Mass Amherst: Extinction of Deer Ticks in North America, Aug 12 12noon

    Dr. Stephen Rich will discuss a recent publication in Nature (June 2020) from the Laboratory of Medical Zoology that provides insight to the evolutionary and ecological origin of the primary Lyme disease vectors in North America


  • July 13, 2020 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    New InsectXaminer on Willow Leaf Beetle from UMass Amherst Extension

    The imported willow leaf beetle was first reported in the United States in 1911 in Staten Island, NY. This invasive insect is native to Europe and prefers willow (Salix spp.) but has also been recorded on poplar (Populus spp.)


  • July 09, 2020 6:48 PM | Anonymous

    At the July Board of Directors meeting tonight it was decided to suspend the 2020 Mike Stacy Memorial Scholarship Golf tournament.  This decision was an extremely difficult one, but understandable given the current circumstances.  As this golf tournament is the only fundraiser for our scholarship fund, we are hoping to host a fundraiser later this year.  Details to follow. 

  • July 09, 2020 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    The Department is pleased to announce that it will begin opening dates to hold exams for new exam applicants.  Individuals should be able to begin signing up for new exams beginning tomorrow.  The exams will be held at the Colonial Inn in Gardener under a covered tent. Safety precautions will be sent to the examinees ahead of time so that they can be prepared when coming to the exam site. Please be aware that space is still limited, but the Department is continuing to work on an online exam process.  Additionally, we will be adding some additional dates for the beginning of August.  I understand how frustrating this whole process has been and I appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.  Safety of examinees and Department employees has been our priority when organizing this.  I will continue to provide you with updates when we have them.  Please feel free to share this with others.  Thank you

  • July 08, 2020 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    July 13 @ 11:00 AM

    Registration link: https://www.northeastipm.org/ipm-in-action/the-ipm-toolbox/tick-ipm-3-asian-longhorned-tick-ipm/?utm_source=standalone&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tick-ipm-webinars

    The Asian longhorned tick is a threat to companion animals, livestock, and potentially also to wildlife. Join Dr. Dina Fonseca and Matt Bickerton to learn more about the biology, ecology, and vectorial capacity of this tick species.


  • July 06, 2020 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    UMass Plant Diagnostic lab has reopened

    The UMass Plant Diagnostic Laboratory has reopened for plant disease, insect pest and invasive plant/weed samples. At this time, we can only accept mail-in samples; walk-in samples cannot be accepted. Please refer to our website for instructions on sample submission and to access the submission form.


  • June 18, 2020 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    Webinars:

    Northeast IPM Center Tick IPM Toolbox Series

    The recording of the first webinar, Strategies and Barriers to the Prevention of Tick Borne Disease, is now available for listening. The second webinar in the series is June 24 at 1pm, titled What Happens When/If Reducing Source or Preventing Tick Bites has Failed, presented by Dr. Stephen Rich of UMass Amherst. The series continues through September 2020. 
  • June 12, 2020 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    UMass Extension's

    Hort Notes: Clippings from the Garden 
    June 2020, Vol. 31:4
    https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/newsletters/hort-notes/hort-notes-2020-vol-314

    A monthly e-newsletter from UMass Extension for landscapers, arborists, and other Green Industry professionals.

    IN THIS ISSUE 

    • TickReport Update
    • MA Pesticide License Info: Licenses, Study Manuals, and Exams
    • Humidity and Water Management are Critical for Lawn Disease Prevention
    • Q&A about Viburnum Leaf Beetle, Hornets, European Elm Scale, Gypsy Moth, and Euonymus Caterpillar
    • Yellow Nutsedge Management in Turf and Landscape
    • Garden Clippings Tips of the Month
    • Can Community Forests in the Northeast U.S. Keep Pace with a Changing Climate?
    • Upcoming Events


  • June 08, 2020 2:46 PM | Anonymous

    The Department is pleased to announce that it will begin holding pesticide exams during the week of June 15th.  The exams will be given in small numbers within the exam applicants vehicle. Exams will be scheduled in the order of cancellation with a focus on the Commercial Applicators License (Core) exam for the first few exams.  The applicants will be contacted with the rescheduled date via email.  The email will include a set of detailed instructions.  If an individual is not able to make the rescheduled date but would still like to take the exam, they will be placed at the end of the list for rescheduling. It is imperative that if an individual has opted to no longer take the test they notify the Department immediately.  Due to the small size of the exams every spot counts towards getting through the backlog as quickly as possible.  Once all or most of the cancelled exams have been given, the Department will open up the exam dates to allow for new exams to be offered.  I would like to note that the Department has put out a request for bids relative to an online exam proctoring service for a long term solution.  We will keep you posted as that option develops.

    Taryn LaScola-Miner, Director



  • May 28, 2020 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    https://www.northeastipm.org/about-us/publications/may-2020/

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