Lynnae Jess

Lynnae Jess
Telephone: 517-432-1702

Department of Entomology

Extension Specialist

Natural Science Bldg
288 Farm Lane, Rm 132
East Lansing, MI 48824


MS - Michigan State University (1994)
BS - Iowa State University (1982)


I work in the North Central region with IPM Coordinators and others on various IPM Outreach programs. We have 16 working groups that pull together Extension and research, consultants, government agencies, non-government agencies, growers and others to work on IPM issues. These working groups have members from all over the US and internationally. The working groups work on projects that help growers and consumers with their IPM issues. I work with EPA and USDA on pesticide registrations/issues that may impact growers with pesticide availability in the future.

Current assignment: Academic Specialist 100%

Program Description

I am the Co-Director of the North Central IPM Center. I coordinate the NC IPM Center State Contact Network and information requests from USDA and EPA; provide assistance for NCIPMC activities and grants management; coordinate the development and facilitation of Pest Management Strategic Plans throughout the North Central region, review completed plans and

post them on the web site; serve as the Center liaison to the NCIPMC Working Groups and attend their annual meetings and participate in conference calls; coordinate and maintain the web-based grant reporting and annual progress report database; contribute articles and updates to the NC IPM Center Connection on-line newsletter; facilitate Crop Profile development in the region; serve on the Center Stakeholder Panel and Steering Committee; assist in the coordination of writing and publishing Regional and National Pest Alerts; assist in new research committee development (NC-500 Committees); and serve as co-chair for the 9th International IPM Symposium. The Regional IPM Centers help others by:

  • Providing small- to medium-sized grants
  • Addressing critical and emerging pest issues
  • Bringing together expertise across disciplines
  • Recording production and pest-management data
  • Hosting project websites
  • Communicating to critical audiences


  • North Central IPM Center

Professional Experience

  • 2000-Present - Extension Specialist, Dept. of Entomology, Extension/NC IPM Center
  • 1997-2000 - Extension Associate, MSU Extension/PIAP, Michigan State University
  • 1991-1997 - Extension Associate, MSU Extension/Pesticide Education, Michigan State University
  • 1984-1991 - Extension Agent/ Field Crops, Lapeer, St. Clair, Macomb Counties
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