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Progress through sharing: Learn how growers and advisors are benefiting from early pest activity alerts

A new free monthly newsletter is now available, with updates on a unique program that growers, crop consultants, Extension and others are using to share actionable information on pest status.

As of 2018, the Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) has supported 28 programs that team up Extension professionals with undergraduate student interns to incentivize sharing pest observation information. Growers, consultants, Extension and others can submit observations on target endemic and emerging pests by providing tools and information for timely management decisions. Data collected from past iPiPE interns shows that students hoping for a career in agriculture before their internship found their participation in an iPiPE crop-pest program a useful stepping stone on the path to achieving that ambition.

Newsletter content focuses on increasing awareness and interest in the benefits provided to users by the iPiPE platform. Content will interest both advanced iPiPE users and readers who are new to iPiPE. In addition to monthly newsletters, iPiPE plans three free webinars for those who join the mailing list.

Subscribe to the mailing list now by filling out the subscription form: http://eepurl.com/dz2XCr. Here’s a preview of the October edition:

iPiPE Interns Benefit from a Variety of Field Experiences

David sees many potential applications for drone imaging in agriculture, commenting “we’ve only scratched the surface of possibilities this technology can provide. It’s exciting work and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

IPM Elements: Communicating Best Practices to Reduce Risks and Costs

Growers can click through the IPM Elements online, selecting the practices they have in place and learning about other recommended practices they could implement. Elements link to additional resources for many of the practices.

Virginia-Carolina Peanut iPiPE: Data Sharing to Improve Disease Risk Models

Initial results suggest that the current models may overestimate disease risk in some cases, perhaps related to variability in varietal susceptibility or field history

About iPiPE:

iPiPE provides an infrastructure of online tools, information products and expert commentary for detection and management of pests that threaten U.S. crops, and has recently expanded beyond pests to collect data on beneficial insects as well. By coordinating researchers, Extension professionals, students and stakeholders, it enables collecting and sharing pest and beneficial insect observations while protecting privacy of individuals, companies, and government agencies. Within the context of promoting a new culture in U.S. agriculture of sharing plant pest observations and information products derived from these data, the iPiPE mission is to:

  1. Contribute to our nation’s infrastructure for food security
  2. Build local/regional capacity to respond to food security problems involving crop pests
  3. Reduce adverse environmental effects from pest management practices
  4. Enhance farm profitability

Contact details:

For information about iPiPE CAP contact:


For information about how to participate in the iPiPE contact:


For information about the website contact:


Scott Isard

Professor of Aerobiology

Penn State University

Email: sai10@psu.edu

Julie Golod

National iPiPE Coordinator

Penn State University

Email: yjg1@psu.edu,

Annalisa Ariatti

iPiPE Website Developer and Administrator

Penn State University

Email: aua15@psu.edu

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