Southern Nursery IPM Working Group receives award for innovations

An app and an e-book that have saved nursery growers over $2 million since their release earned a regional working group a Friends of Southern IPM Bright Idea award. They received the award at the Southern Nursery Association trade show and research conference July 23 in Atlanta.

The Southern IPM Center’s Friends of Southern IPM Award recognizes professionals for outstanding work in IPM. There are six categories, including Bright Idea, plus two awards for graduate students. The Bright Idea award is given to an individual or group who has introduced an idea or product that has improved or has the potential for improving pest management in the field. Southern IPM Center Associate Director Henry Fadamiro from Auburn University presented the award at the Southern Nursery Association awards luncheon on July 23.

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2014 Friends of Southern IPM Winners

Two graduate students and five seasoned IPM professional individuals or groups will receive recognition for being Friends of Southern IPM this year. This year’s contest yielded competition in every category that received nominations. 

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SIPMC Funds 11 IPM Enhancement Grants this year

Home gardeners, farmers and others will have new tools and educational opportunities thanks to 11 projects recently funded by the Southern IPM Center. Out of a total of 20 proposals, these 11 projects, totaling $300,000 in funding, will provide new crop profiles on turfgrass, ornamentals and agricultural crops; delve into complex pest issues with avocadoes, sorghum and other crops; and provide information for home gardeners on how to use IPM in small vegetable gardens.

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