Eshenaur Is New IPM Ornamental Educator in New York State

Brian Eshenaur, M.S., has been hired as the western New York ornamental IPM educator with the New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program. Eshenaur, a former educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Monroe County, led a horticulture program with a long-standing reputation for excellence. He built his reputation on accurate diagnoses—the lab processes about 30 a week—that identified not just run-of-the-mill disease pests but the oddball cases that stump most practitioners. But his outreach to dozens of nursery and landscape care professionals throughout Monroe County’s heavily populated cities and suburbs sealed it.

“Brian has provided us with a wealth of information,” says Jody Mills, diagnostic horticulturist at Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care in Rochester, New York, noting that Cooperative Extension’s services have been “absolutely essential” in keeping a solid IPM focus in all of Broccolo’s 2,800 client properties. “I’m always amazed at the knowledge he has.”

Eshenaur joins the program, which also recently hired ornamentals coordinator Elizabeth Lamb, on May 16, 2006. “Our educators and the ornamental industry are excited for us to be back up to full IPM staffing,” says Grant.

Integrated Pest Management promotes least-risk ways to manage pests, whether on the farm or in the community. Find out more about the New York State IPM Program at www.nysipm.cornell.edu.

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