"The IPM Toolbox" Webinar Series

The IPM Toolbox

Got an IPM question? Need to know the latest IPM information? The Northeastern IPM Center has the answers with our webinar series, “The IPM Toolbox.” We’ve asked the experts to join us online for an hour of dialogue about an effective IPM practice, method, or effort.

It can be challenging to know how to implement IPM, whether for the beginner or advanced gardener, grower, or commercial operator. The IPM Toolbox webinar series will share IPM tools that improve environmental and social health and maintain profitability.

See upcoming webinars below, or find recordings on our archive page.

Planting Wildflowers for Pollinator Habitat

September 18, 2018 — View recording

What You Need to Know about the Spotted Lanternfly – A New Invasive Insect

Wednesday, September 19, 2018. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Julie Urban

Julie Urban, Senior Research Associate, Dept. of Entomology, Penn State

Heather Leach

Heather Leach, Spotted Lanternfly Extension Associate, Dept. of Entomology, Penn State

Dave Jackson

Dave Jackson, Extension Educator, Forest Resources, Penn State

Julie Urban, Heather Leach, and Dave Jackson, Pennsylvania State University


Spotted lanternfly is a new invasive insect found in southeastern Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, and western New Jersey. It is a voracious insect that can feed on over 75 plants, including economically important crops like grapes, hops, apples, and other tree fruit. It also feeds heavily on deciduous trees like black walnut, maple, and poplar, having potentially significant impacts to the timber industry. Its preferred host is an invasive plant, tree-of-heaven, that is currently being targeted for spotted lanternfly control and monitoring throughout the northeast region. Penn State Extension educators and researchers will provide an update on the status of spotted lanternfly, answer questions about how to remove and treat tree-of-heaven, and provide an update on ongoing research at Penn State and elsewhere.

About the Presenters

Julie Urban is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Entomology at Pennsylvania State University. Julie uses molecular tools such as gene barcoding to study microbes important to spotted lanternfly and other planthoppers.

Heather Leach is the Spotted Lanternfly Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Pennsylvania State University. Heather is responsible for coordinating the Extension efforts related to education, research, and regulatory activities on spotted lanternfly.

Dave Jackson is an Extension Educator in Forest Resources with Penn State Extension. Dave has expertise on forest health, timber production, and invasive species, including tree-of-heaven.

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Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming Program: Decision Tools and Practices

Thursday, September 20, 2018. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Allison Chatrchyan

Allison Chatrchyan, Director, Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions; Senior Research Associate, Departments of Development Sociology and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University

Allison Morrill Chatrchyan, Director, Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions; Senior Research Associate, Departments of Development Sociology and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University


The Cornell Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Program (climatesmartfarming.org) brings together world-class researchers, resources, and highly-trained extension specialists to help farmers in New York and the Northeast respond to the challenges of increased extreme weather and changing climatic conditions. The goals of the program are to increase farm resiliency to extreme weather and climate variability through adoption of best management practices for climate change adaptation; reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production through adoption BMPs, increased energy efficiency, and use of renewable energy; and increase agricultural productivity and farming incomes sustainably.

The CSF website provides powerful, free, and user-friendly decision tools, resources, and videos. The CSF decision tools combine historical climate data with weather and climate projections and agricultural models to give the farmer a sense of how crops are responding to the changing climate. These practical decision tools help farmers make more informed decisions about their production systems and reduce risks. The CSF website also includes links to information and guidelines on increasing resiliency on their farm (for example, by improving soil health and utilizing cover crops), as well as links to the Climate Smart Farming Extension team in New York. By using these tools, farmers around the Northeast will be better prepared to handle climate-related risks, and able to take advantage of new opportunities in the future.

About the Presenter

Allison Chatrchyan’s work focuses at the interface between social, environmental, and agricultural systems. She works to facilitate interdisciplinary research and Cooperative Extension teams that are developing resources and tools for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Trained as a social scientist, her research focuses on assessing stakeholder beliefs and actions, climate change adaptation policies and local climate action plans, and the effectiveness of climate change policies and governance mechanisms.

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Pest Management in No-Till Corn Silage Systems – With an Introduction to Northeast SARE Funding Programs and Resources

Tuesday, September 25, 2018. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

John Tooker

John Tooker, Associate Professor of Entomology, Penn State

Heather Leach

Debra Heleba, Regional Communications Specialist, Northeast SARE

John Tooker, Pennsylvania State University
Debra Heleba, Regional Communications Specialist, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program


While no-till farming provides important soil health benefits, management of insects and weeds in no-till can be challenging. With increased adoption of no-till corn silage systems, use of neonicotinoids as preventative seed coatings has grown rapidly. The entomology research team at the Pennsylvania State University, led by Dr. John Tooker, has been studying the effects of neonicotinoid seed treatments (NSTs) used in no-till corn silage systems. Ongoing research has revealed that NSTs are exacerbating slug populations in no-till crop fields by disrupting biological control. This issue is important because slugs are among the most challenging crop pests faced by mid-Atlantic and northeastern field crop growers. Therefore, the team has been researching viable strategies to manage this invertebrate pest in no-till systems. This research has been funded by Northeast SARE.

Debra will share information about Northeast SARE’s IPM resources and their grant program, including the Farmer Grant program that provides IPM research funding to commercial farmers.

About the Presenters

John Tooker is an Associate Professor of Entomology at the Pennsylvania State University. His areas of expertise include insect ecology, plant-insect interactions, and conservation biological control. He has worked with no-till farms for more than 15 years. John and his graduate students have conducted several research projects with funding from Northeast SARE to better understand the role of insecticidal seed treatments in no-till corn silage systems.

Debra Heleba is the Regional Communications Specialist with Northeast SARE, a regional competitive grants and sustainable agriculture education program funded by USDA NIFA.

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