New York State IPM Program

August 24, 2018
by Debra E. Marvin
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Nominations Sought for 2018 Excellence in IPM Awards

Since 1996, the NYS IPM Program has acknowledged Excellence in IPM with annual rewards

What are the Criteria for Nomination?

Candidates are individuals or organizations whose IPM work in New York State deserves special recognition. Excellence in IPM Awards recognize effort in:

– developing new IPM tools;

– implementing or evaluating IPM methods in their operations, businesses, or organizations;

– encouraging demonstrations and adoption of IPM;

– promoting IPM and bolstering the adoption of IPM practices; or

– educating others about IPM.

The NYS IPM Program seeks nominations of people working in agricultural IPM (fruit, vegetables, ornamentals, and livestock and field crops) and in community IPM (schools, homes, landscapes, turf, and municipalities). New Yorkers involved in communicating about IPM through the media are also eligible. Previous IPM award winners have worked with the NYS IPM Program, commodity groups, private organizations, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and in other settings to help develop and promote the use of IPM.

Are You Qualified to Nominate?

To submit a nomination, you must be either: (a) be an employee of Cornell University or Cornell Cooperative Extension, or (b) serve on a NYS IPM Program committee. Alternatively, you may co-nominate with someone who meets the above criteria. No self-nominations will be accepted. Re-nominations of people suggested in other years are welcome if the materials are updated.

What do I  Submit?

A signed letter on letterhead, not exceeding two pages, with the following information:

– Your name, title, organization, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and affiliation with the nominee.

– Nominee’s name, title, organization, address, telephone number, and e mail address.

– Reasons for the nomination, including a description of the nominee’s operation (e.g., farm, consulting firm, business) if applicable, IPM philosophy, IPM innovations, and other activities relevant to IPM. If you are nominating an organization, describe the goals, business products or services and its IPM philosophy and practices.

– Suggestions for suitable venues for presenting the award, for example the statewide Fruit and Vegetable Expo or the NYS Turf & Grounds Expo.

*Photos of the nominee practicing IPM are appreciated (but not required) at the time of submission, or later if you are notified that your nominee has won an award.

*A Word version of your letter is also appreciated (but not required) for easier quoting in press releases and articles.

Please note: Email messages are not acceptable.

  • At least two supporting letters of recommendation from people who have been positively affected by the nominee, also signed, on letterhead. (Word versions also appreciated. Email messages not acceptable.)
  • Additional supporting information (newspaper articles, letters, photographs, etc.) as appropriate. **Note: Nominating letters, and letters of support, may be seen by the award winners or be quoted in press releases or other venues. If you do NOT want the nominee to see your letter, or to have a quote attributed to you, clearly state this in your letter.

(L) 1999 Awardee Carol MacNeil

Where Do I  Submit Nominations?

Address letters to Dr. Jennifer Grant, Director, NYS IPM Program.

Submit nominations and supporting materials to:

Janet Garlick, Administrator

NYS IPM Program

630 W. North Street

Geneva, NY 14456

(questions only to

**Note: We will accept nominations and supporting letters as PDF soft copies, if the letters are signed and on letterhead. As stated above, Word versions are also appreciated and email messages are not acceptable.

What is the Deadline?

Nominations must be received at the IPM Program office on or before Monday October 1st, 2018.

How are Award Winners Determined?

The NYS IPM Program staff work with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the IPM Operating Committee to select Excellence in IPM Award winners from the nomination pool. Presentation of Awards IPM awards are traditionally presented within 12 months of winners being notified, at a professional meeting or conference appropriate to the individual’s area of expertise. Such events allow award winners to be recognized by their colleagues and friends. Your suggestions on an appropriate venue for presentation of the award to your nominee are welcome and greatly valued.

Here is an alphabetical list of our previous award winners!


March 2, 2016
by Mary M. Woodsen
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Excellence in the Berry Patch

Dale-Ila Riggs, president of the New York State Berry Growers Association, has amassed a lifetime of expertise in IPM and berry farming. Combine that with inventiveness, insatiable curiosity, and determination — tackling head-on what could be the berry growers’ worst pest ever — and it’s no surprise she earned a recent Excellence in IPM award.

Those iconic wing-tip spots are a giveaway — if you can get close enough to see them.

Those iconic wing-tip spots are a dead giveaway — if you can get close enough to see them.

That worst pest ever? That would be SWD: shorthand for “spotted wing drosophila.” This new, barely visible pest blew into New York in 2012. If you remember your biology, you know drosophila are fruit flies — useful experimental subjects in the lab. In nature most are harmless; after all, it’s fruit well past its prime that they go for.

But not SWD.

SWD, hardly bigger than this comma, sneaks in just as berries ripen. By the time you notice the damage, your crop is unsalable. Riggs wants to reverse that trend.

Late-bearing raspberries are especially hard-hit by SWD, but growing them in a fine-mesh high-tunnel — as Riggs does here — helps keep this pest out.

Late-bearing raspberries are especially hard-hit by SWD. Thanks to research conducted in high tunnels at Riggs farm, she demoed that growers using IPM methods can harvest tasty fruit into November.

So while many berry growers dug out entire plantings, Riggs dug in — aggressively seeking Cornell research collaborations and the money to support them. After all, berries are worth $15 million; the market is growing. Per capita consumption of blueberries alone is up 411 percent since 2000. Results? IPM solutions already benefiting berry growers across New York and the Northeast.


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