Thursday, April 28, 2011

IPM Coordinator Receives Important Award

At a recent School IPM Workshop, Chris Mills, IPM Coordinator for Union County Schools, received an award from the National Steering Committee and the Southern Region School IPM workgroup for his participation in the school IPM coalition project, supported by the US EPA’s Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act grant. The award was given to Chris for all the hard work he has done to promote IPM in NC and for implementing a top-notch school IPM program in NC.

Patty Alder from NCSU presents Chris Mills his award.
Thanks Chris for all your hard work! 

School IPM Workshops Underway!

With the October 2011 deadline for implementing IPM in Schools coming up so quickly, we have been traveling across NC to offer 3-hour workshops for IPM Coordinators and maintenance personnel. The primary purpose of the workshops is to distribute IPM kits for the school systems to use to conduct their own in-house training and information sessions about school IPM for staff, teachers, parents, and other interested parties.

Each IPM kit contains:

A collection of common insect pests:


A CD of Powerpoint presentations and scripts for use in training and a DVD on School IPM (produced by Dr. Godfrey Nalyanya before he left NCSU):


     A set of identification guides and CDs donated by Syngenta:

The topics for the workshops include instructions on how to use the training materials for promoting IPM in schools, as well as discussion of suggested protocol for bed bugs found in schools. In addition, Chris Mills, IPM Coordinator for Union County Schools, has been sharing his experiences with school IPM, from start to implementation, including problems and solutions he has encountered along the way.

Currently, we've scheduled the workshops listed below. We are working on scheduling workshops for the eastern part of NC and will let you know as soon as those are scheduled.
Wednesday, May 4th, 1:00pm - 4:15pm
Cumberland County Cooperative Extension
301 E Mountain Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28306

Wednesday, May 11th, 1:00pm - 4:15pm
Caldwell County Cooperative Extension
120 Hospital Avenue NE, Suite 1
Lenoir, NC 28645

Thursday, May 12th, 1:00pm - 4:15pm
Macon County Cooperative Extension
193 Thomas Heights Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Please contact Patty Alder at if you plan on attending a workshop so that we will have enough materials to distribute. 
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