IPM in Alabama honored during commemorative event

The Alabama IPM Program was one of four collaborations highlighted last week during the Joint Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Land-Grant Act.

Led by Henry Fadamiro, entomologist and IPM Coordinator at Auburn University, the Alabama IPM Program is a collaboration among Auburn University, Alabama A&M University and Tuskegee University. The other collaborators are Cathy Sabota from Alabama A&M and Franklin Quarcoo from Tuskegee University. Specialists at each university serve a different audience. Auburn University supports conventional and organic growers as well as IPM in non-agricultural settings such as schools. Alabama A&M University supports farmers practicing non-conventional agriculture such as high tunnels, while Tuskegee University assists farmers with small-acreage farms. Together, the three universities cover the state’s agricultural and non-agricultural pest management needs.

The U.S. land-grant university system was established under two Congressional Acts sponsored by Vermont Senator Justin Morrill. The 1862 Morrill Act funded land for an educational institution in each state with a technical and agricultural focus. In 1890, the second Morrill Act designated separate institutions in Confederate states for African Americans.

During the event, Dr. Fadamiro explained some of the basics of IPM and highlighted the IPM program’s key activities, outputs and impacts since the beginning of the collaboration. Administrators, faculty and students from all three institutions took part in the event.

Other programs highlighted were the Alabama Agriculture Land-Grant Alliance, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Broadband Technology Opportunities program.

In addition to his IPM Coordinator duties, Dr. Fadamiro is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and an Associate Director of the Southern IPM Center in North Carolina.

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