Geneva, NY. January 21, 2016: Dale-Ila Riggs, president of the New York Berry Growers Association, knew well the danger when SWD (aka spotted wing drosophila) blew into New York in 2012. This tiny new pest ravished millions of dollars worth of raspberries and blueberries. Now, for her leadership and resolve on behalf of an industry worth $15 million and growing, Riggs has received an Excellence in IPM award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell University.
Geneva, NY. January 20, 2016: Farmers, legislators, researchers — apple grower Peter Ten Eyck is in touch with them all. His dedication to both Cornell’s research arm and New York’s apple industry are virtually unequaled. Now, for a lifetime of stewardship and decades promoting IPM’s role in sustainable farming, Ten Eyck has earned an Excellence in IPM award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM).
Since the first European colonists set foot in Manhattan in the 1600s, New York City has been losing the war on rats. A recent estimate put the number of rats at around 2 million, about a quarter of the city’s human population, and any efforts to prune that population down have seen limited success.