An article in the June 21st issue of Delta Farm Press online explains the IPM funding situation.
Many of the food quality and safety standards we enjoy today were initiated over a decade ago when Congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act. FQPA revamped the way EPA evaluated potential pesticide risks, especially to infants and children.
President Obama’s USDA budget for fiscal year 2011 was released early this week, and does not contain any request for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program (Section 406). This program, often abbreviated as “Section 406″, has been the funding source for several major IPM programs, including Regional IPM Centers, Crops at Risk (CAR), Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program (RAMP), and the Methyl Bromide Transitions (MBT) program.