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2012 Regional Agricultural IPM Grants

On September 17, 2012, the Office of Pesticide Programs announced the first six of 15 projects across the agency's regional offices to support Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to pesticide risk reduction in agriculture. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of easy to implement practices.

The goal of these 15 grants, which total $742,527, is to increase use of IPM in agriculture. The grants were developed to help formalize and expand public-private stewardship.  Additionally, they aim to increase collaborative pesticide risk reduction efforts in agriculture. The Regional Agricultural IPM Grants are one of many grants that the agency issues to further the adoption of promising technologies and practices that reduce pesticide risk in various sectors.

The first six projects, totaling $297,372, are:

  • Region 1 - Assessing the Needs and Promoting the Adoption of IPM for Dodder Control in Cranberry Production, University of Massachusetts - $48,899
    This project will bring together researchers, industry representatives, and growers to assess the current state of dodder management in cranberry, identify strengths and weaknesses in achieving adequate pest control, produce educational materials, utilize multi-criteria analysis, and formulate both short-term and long-term research and extension objectives to address knowledge deficiencies that prevent successful management.

  • Region 2 - A Webinar Series and Interactive Grower Outreach for Pesticide Resistance Management in Greenhouses, Cornell University - $50,000
    Through an interactive webinar series and accompanying online materials, this project will reach growers and extension educators with resistance management IPM technique leading to pesticide use reduction.

  • Region 5 - Rapid Response to Spotted Wing Drosphila Threat to Berry Crops, Michigan State University - $48,558
    Michigan State University will determine optimal spotted wing Drosophila monitoring and fruit sampling programs for the Great Lakes Region, 2) evaluate controls under regional conditions, 3) determine the implications of postharvest insecticide sprays, and 4) deliver an educational program on IPM.

  • Region 6 - Development of a Real-Time Mexican Rice Borer Population Monitoring Program and Refinement of Management Recommendations as the Pest Invades Rice and Sugarcane, Louisiana State University - $49,956
    The project will expand the Mexican rice borer monitoring, validate the use of pheromone trap-assisted scouting; build a real-time regional trap reporting program, and develop an educational program on rice borer IPM tactics to reduce the unnecessary application of pyrethroid insecticides.

  • Region 8 - Reducing Pesticide Use in Potatoes by Use of Green Manure Crops, Sustainable Crop Rotations, and Resistant Cultivars, Colorado State University - $49,959
    Trials will be conducted to determine the effectiveness of potatoes cultivar resistance to Pectobacterium carotovora,  improving the chances for a low disease, higher quality product, and reduction in pesticide use through effective IPM programs.

  • Region 9 - R9 PURE-eIPM: An Online Interactive System to Advance IPM Adoption, University of California Davis - $50,000
    Enhance the utility of the Pesticide Use Risk Evaluation (PURE) model, by integrating current IPM knowledge, pesticide risks to pollinators (honeybees), and pesticide mode of action information (to avoid resistance development) into a simple and user-friendly website to advance IPM adoption by California growers.

Additional information on the remaining nine projects will be released following the completion of the award process.

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