Integrated Pest Management Excellence will be recognized in 2018 at International IPM Conference

The best of the best in integrated pest management will receive awards and recognition at the 9th International IPM Symposium, March 19-22, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland. Ten professional and 2 student winners were selected out of 27 professional and 9 student nominations. Four types of awards will be presented next year: Lifetime Achievement, IPM Practitioner, International IPM Awards for Excellence, International IPM Awards for Recognition and, new next year, Graduate Student awards.

Drs. Frank Zalom and Peter Goodell from the University of California will each receive the Lifetime Achievement award. Continue reading

University of Florida exceeds school IPM implementation goal

The University of Florida proposed in 2012 to utilize an Environmental Protection Agency grant to form a consortium between the states of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama to advance the adoption of integrated pest management in schools. This project sought to start IPM programs directly impacting 200,000 students, to provide IPM training for schools and other interested parties, to complete best management practices (BMPs) for schools outsourcing pest control, and to share curriculum for continuing education credits (CEUs) with other coalitions. The project greatly exceeded its goals by implementing IPM in new districts and directly impacting over 407,000 students and nearly 50,000 staff in 585 schools across the three states. Between the new districts implementing IPM and the districts offered support through this project who were already implementing IPM, over one million children were impacted by this far-reaching project. Continue reading