The Entomological Foundation is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization governed by a board of directors made up of representatives from the public and private sectors, including academic institutions, government, business and industry. The Entomological Foundation is NOT part of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The Foundation stated mission is "to build a future for entomology by educating young people about science through insects." The Entomological Foundation develops and implements a blend of programs designed to spark interest in science and insects among elementary school children and to sustain that interest through educational programs and outreach activities; offers scholarships and student awards to recognize excellence and support continued education of students in the area of entomology; and grants professional awards that recognize accomplishments in entomology and related areas. For more information about the Foundation and the fundraising campaign, see: http://www.entfdn.org.
The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for entomologists around the world, the Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) and the Board Certified Entomologist (BCE). BCE is geared toward those who are formally educated in entomology and ACE more toward those with hands-on training and professional development in the field of structural pest management. Officially, entomological certification began in 1970 as the American Registry of Certified Entomologists, which later became the American Registry of Professional Entomologists (ARPE). In 1992, ARPE was fully integrated into ESA with an elected Certification Board. In 2004, ESA and the Certification Board launched the ACE program as another option for professionals who seek additional credentials in entomology. To learn more about the benefits of being certified and the process for becoming certified, visit http://www.entocert.org/.
The Alabama Fire Ant Management Program can help deal with this imported nuisance that is now a common problem. The Alabama Fire Ant Management Program began in 1997 in order to aid in control and management of this imported pest through research, demonstrations, and educational outreach programs. The goal of the Alabama Fire Ant Management Program is to develop long-term management strategies and to educate people on current available methods of control. For more information visit: http://www.ag.auburn.edu/enpl/fireants
The impact of red imported fire ants in the state of Texas is estimated to be $1.2 billion annually. Red imported fire ants are pests of urban, agricultural and wildlife areas and can pose a serious health threat to plants and animals. The goal of the Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management Project is to find effective methods to eliminate this invasive species as a major economic and medical pest. For more information, visit The Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management Project website.
The mission of the Alabama School IPM Program is to provide the schools of Alabama with the programs, support, resources and training tools that are needed to reduce unnecessary pesticide usage. For more information, visit The Alabama School IPM website.