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NIFA Invests $4.1 Million in IPM Regional Coordination for Crop Protection and Pest Management

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently awarded four Regional Coordination Program Area grants to provide an Integrated Pest Management Center (IPMC) in each region of the United States. IPMCs increase regional and national coordination of integrated pest management research and extension efforts that address priority pest issues impacting agricultural production, natural resources, and urban areas. IPMCs facilitate local and regional collaboration across states and disciplines to promote the development and adoption of integrated pest management practices through information networks, team building, broad-based stakeholder participation, and enhancement seed grants. These awards are a part of NIFA’s Crop Protection and Pest Management Program.

The IPM Symposium is coming – get ready

The 8th International IPM Symposium to be held March 23-26,2015 in Salt Lake City, UT is approaching.  Thank you to those of you who have already registered for the meeting.

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Crop Protection RFA is available

The Crop Protection and Pest Management Program RFA was released on Monday, May 19.

The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program addresses high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will increase food security and respond effectively to other major societal challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, environmentally sound and will help protect human health. The CPPM program addresses IPM challenges for emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns that can be addressed more effectively with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies supporting more vital communities.

Applications must be received by Grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

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President’s budget may change the way IPM programs are funded

In the proposed President’s budget for USDA-NIFA for FY2013, there are significant funding line changes being proposed.  If you receive funding directly or indirectly from NIFA, you should be aware of these proposed changes and weigh in on the discussions that will be scheduled.  NIFA is planning a series of listening sessions, the first of which will occur at the conclusion of the 7th International IPM Symposium on March 29, 2012, from 2-5 PM, in Memphis, TN.  Originally, this listening session was to discuss the E-IPM State IPM Coordinator funding, next year’s RFA and related issues.  NIFA is trying to reissue the Federal Register Notice to expand the listening session to discuss the changes proposed in the President’s FY2013 budget. If you are attending the 7th International IPM Symposium, I urge you to attend this session.  NIFA intends to have additional listening sessions at later dates and welcomes written comments, as well. The purpose of the listening sessions is to gather stakeholder input on how the new “Crop Protection” line item should be implemented.

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Why I Became a Member of IPM Voice, Harold Coble

This post contains a letter that NCSU Professor Emeritus Harold Coble wrote in support of his involvement with IPM Voice:

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Strike 2: House Ag Approps Passes on IPM Funding

According to the Cornerstone Report, key IPM programs were not restored to the budget plan by the House Ag Appropriations subcommittee:

Unfortunately, funding was not restored for three other 406 programs: Regional IPM Centers, Crops at Risk from FQPA Implementation, and FQPA Risk Mitigation Program for Major Food Crops. We are hopeful that the Senate will restore funding for these programs as well as those restored by the House.

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IPM Research Funding at Risk

An article in the June 21st issue of Delta Farm Press online explains the IPM funding situation.

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What SRIPMC Means to Our Stakeholders

The following is a comment that Ames Herbert, IPM Coordinator for Virginia, submitted to the Federal Register in response to USDA’s request for comments on AFRI:

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New Trap May Shed Light on Undetected Bed Bug Populations

Initially, dry ice, hand warmers, and chemical lures may not seem to have much in common, but according to researchers at Rutgers University, together they make a good bed bug trap. According to a 2009 refereed article published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, an effective attractant for bed bugs may help detect early infestations or confirm that populations have been eliminated.

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IPM Centers a No-Show in the President’s 2011 Budget

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.

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