Professional Development

New for 2015: Pre- and Post-Symposium Professional Development Sessions

Advance registration is requested for these workshops. The registration fee is $45 USD per workshop. You can register for the workshops when you register for the symposium.

“Novel Applications of Geo-Technologies in Agriculture and Non-Agriculture IPM Decision Support”

Monday, March 23 - 3:00-6:00 PM

Spatial thinking in pest management has been receiving increased attention over the last decade. One reason could be the rapid expansion of geo-technologies to the IPM (agriculture and non-agriculture) communities. Another reason is greater emphasis on applying integrated approaches to provide sustainable pest solutions. Without spatial thinking, the complex pest issues in ever increasing global commerce and rapidly changing climate facing our world cannot be effectively and completely dealt with.

This workshop will help create a platform and add value to professional IPM communities where government, community (IPM academia, research, practitioners, statisticians), and industry (GIS groups and software developers) understand common elements of every information system. These elements include standard attributes for IPM data, database designs, GIS applications to pest control programs, and costs in developing effective, efficient, economical and viable on-line, cloud based, and mobile solutions for spatial monitoring, mapping, data sharing at scale, and IPM decision making which may benefit various IPM projects throughout the world. Together participants can explore a range of benefits, challenges, and options, and work towards developing standards. Through this professional development session, like-minded people will be able to network and learn from others, integrate their knowledge and experience, and accommodate new perspectives towards this subject.

The workshop will discuss three projects:
The Bugwood Center’s Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System
Joseph LaForest and G. Keith Douce, Ph.D., University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Department of Entomology, Tifton, Georgia USA
An effective program for managing invasive species or other agricultural pests needs to quickly and easily identify the pest distribution so that a response plan can be created and enacted. Many of the species affect multiple environments and therefore require the engagement of many different agencies and stakeholder groups to coordinate detection, monitoring and response activities. The Bugwood Center has created a system that can be used as a central platform for coordinating invasive species and wide-area pest management through the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS). This session will showcase the tools that are available and demonstrate several use cases for setting up a new monitoring program, integrating the tools with an existing management effort, and future enhancements that are currently in development.

European Union Models for Area-wide IPM: EU PURE and ENDURE
Graham S Begg, Ph.D., and Nick Birch, Ph.D., The James Hutton Institute, Scotland UK
The area-wide approach to IPM is gaining popularity in Europe, a response to the growing recognition of the spatial processes that play out across the agricultural landscape and the impact of these on pest population dynamics, the evolution of resistance, and other aspects important to pest regulation. A number of schemes that incorporate area-wide principles have been deployed in Europe, for example to control Medfly populations in citrus orchards; to sustainably manage cultivar resistance to diseases; or to establish refugia areas for the management of insect resistance to Bt maize. These strategies rely on spatial modelling and GIS based technologies to inform their design and implementation. Despite this there are no “off-the shelf” geo-technology tools or products yet available for the European IPM manager to use. Here we provide a brief overview of the current status of area-wide and other regional scale pest management strategies and underpinning research in Europe and examine the role played by geo-technology, now and in the future.

Florida Citrus Health Management Areas (CHMAs) Sectional Mapping Program
Matthew Albritton, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, Gainesville, Florida USA
Citrus Health Management Areas (CHMAs) are assemblages of neighboring commercial citrus groves where Florida growers work cooperatively to manage the Asian citrus psyllid, vector of the bacterium that causes citrus greening. The CHMA initiative uses geospatial technologies incorporated from partnering state and federal agencies to place vital pest management information into the hands of growers, researchers, industry leaders and regulators. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry creates up-to-date maps of each CHMA, indicating the results of scouting for psyllids, insecticide spraying and release of parasitoids. The primary use for this information is to coordinate the timing and rotation of insecticides, ensuring the most effective psyllid control while minimizing the development of insecticide resistance. Geospatial data provided through the CHMA website supports coordination, evaluation and extension of current citrus pest management practices.

"Evaluation and Assessment of IPM Programs"

Friday, March 27 - 8:00 AM - 12:00 noon

The workshop is based on a highly successful self-paced course, "A Toolkit for Assessing IPM Outcomes and Impacts". Following an interactive welcome session using evaluation software, the course instructors, who also helped develop the Toolkit website, will lend their expertise to several sessions on evaluation methods and reporting. The instructors are Al Fournier, PhD, Associate Specialist, IPM Assessment, University of Arizona, Maricopa Agricultural Center; Peter B. Goodell, PhD, Cooperative Extension Advisor, Integrated Pest Management UC Statewide IPM Program, University of California Cooperative Extension; Neil McRoberts, PhD, Quantitative Biology & Epidemiology Lab, Plant Pathology Department, UC Davis; Deborah J. Young , PhD, Integrated Pest Management in Communities and Director of the Colorado IPM Center, Colorado State University. Click here to see the agenda.
This professional development session will cover some basic assessment methods, as well as those designed specifically for IPM projects:
Evaluation plans. If you are applying for a USDA-NIFA, U.S. EPA, or any other publicly funded grant, you will need a mechanism for measuring the impacts of your project. No longer is it acceptable just to evaluate knowledge gained; funding sources want to know if your audience has changed a behavior, improved their IPM skills, or adopted an IPM practice.
o Course instructors will give a brief presentation on what should be included in a logic model.
o Course participants are encouraged to bring their logic models to this event for review by the instructors.
Evaluation methods. Designing the methods that you will use for your evaluation can seem quite daunting, but it need not be complicated or challenging. What is important is that the methods and tools you use are appropriate for your evaluation questions. The approach you take will, to a large extent, be determined by the aims and objectives of your evaluation. Quantitative and qualitative methods represent different ways data can be collected and used to inform your evaluation.
o Quantitative approaches give numerical results. Quantitative methods are most often used to assess a project's outcome.
o Qualitative approaches use narrative or descriptive data rather than numbers. Qualitative methods are most often used in a formative evaluation to aid a project's planning stage and when assessing participants' needs.
o Course participants are encouraged to bring their questions about evaluation methods and how they can be incorporated into their IPM program.
Periodic and final reports. Plan ahead to make sure that you have the documentation you need for the periodic and final reports. The evaluation plan used in your initial narrative must be incorporated into a final report.
o Course participants are encouraged to bring materials so the instructors can help them outline a final report for a current, past or future project.
This professional development session is especially designed for researchers and Extension specialists who are required to measure impacts of their programs to obtain funding and prepare required reports. IPM impact assessments can be in agricultural, structural, urban, or natural settings. Even if you are a seasoned veteran of IPM assessment, this workshop will provide insight into new ways of measuring the impact of your work.