Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center

Date: 

2008

Summary: 

The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center, jointly administered by Cornell University and The Pennsylvania State University, works with New York, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the New England states. We foster the development and adoption of integrated pest management, managing pests in ways that generate economic, environmental, and human health benefits. We work in partnership with stakeholders from agricultural, urban, and rural settings to identify and address regional priorities for research, education, and outreach. Specifically, the goals of the Northeastern IPM Center are to:
• Build partnerships to address challenges and opportunities, serving real-world needs of diverse IPM stakeholders and building on existing knowledge to solve problems.
• Establish and maintain information networks that provide broad access to IPM resources and enable people to make informed decisions and reduce risks as they manage pests.
• Evaluate and communicate successes so that the benefits of IPM research, education, and outreach can be more fully understood, promoted, and valued.
• Manage funding resources effectively to ensure that stakeholders receive the greatest possible benefit from public support of IPM research, education, and outreach.

Issue: 

Pesticide use in the U.S. exceeded 1.2 billion pounds in 2001. The effects of chemical pesticides on human health, aquatic life, water supplies, and the environment in general are still being determined, but recent studies have linked certain pesticides with cancer and shown that decades of pesticide use have resulted in their widespread occurrence in streams and ground water. Non-point source pollution is now the dominant threat to water quality. To protect water and environmental quality in New York and in the rest of the Northeast Region, we need to research alternatives to chemical pesticides and educate the public about them. State IPM programs focus on local pesticide issues and specific cropping systems, but until the establishment of Regional IPM Centers in 2000, no entity existed for regional coordination of IPM activities. The Northeastern IPM Center serves as a clearinghouse for IPM resources and information, seeks federal grant dollars to address issues of importance to the region and nation, coordinates efforts among states, and functions as an IPM liaison between land grants and the federal government.

Response: 

In 2008 the Northeastern IPM Center successfully competed for continued federal dollars to carry out its mission by writing and receiving grants: IPM Training in Public Housing (Year 2); and The Northeastern IPM Center (Year 2). Some of these federal funds were channeled into our own grants programs. From 1996 to 2008, we awarded 194 grants worth $10 million to project directors in the Northeast; nearly 40% of these funds were awarded to Cornell faculty. Funds were used to create and print 700 copies of a color guide to bedbugs that describes effective management; to study guardian plants in greenhouses and explore extension of this technique for managing insects; to form regional IPM working groups for schools, communities, apple diseases, and vegetables; to produce a film on the philosophy and production of EcoApples, which enjoyed $2 million in sales in 2008; and many other successes.

Impact: 

In 2008 we created two new jobs with new funding for IPM in public housing; we also collaborated with the EPA, HUD, USDA, National Center for Healthy Housing, National Pest Management Association, and the CDC, among other entities, to create a curriculum for IPM training in public housing. We augmented or created numerous jobs in the Northeast though funded projects. We promoted Clean Water Through Residential IPM and through seven new projects to improve residential water quality in the region funded more than a dozen outreach publications and presentations. We augmented our comprehensive website, NortheastIPM.org; about 250,000 pages were viewed, and visitors spent, on average, 4 minutes at the site. Features include a searchable database of contact names, educational resources, funded research and extension projects, national data on crops and pests, scientific progress reports, news, and job and funding opportunities. We developed a new site offering explaining how to integrate IPM into Natural Resource Conservation Service programming, and we offered three on-farm workshops in three different states, eventually reaching 370 growers, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff, and Extension educators.

In addition to these impacts, we have written three news stories that summarize additional impacts:

1. Living the Green Dream: Northeastern Golf Courses Put IPM to Work
Field tests and golfer surveys show that IPM is a winning strategy for turf managers. See http://northeastipm.org/NewsAndReports/2009winter/Winter09_index.html>

2. Smarter Lawn Care, Cleaner Water
Green-Blue Grants projects are changing residential landscaping practices in six states. Link to http://northeastipm.org/NewsAndReports/2009winter/Winter09_GreenBlue.html>

3. The Honey Bee Puzzle
IPM experts look for ways to keep colonies healthy. Link to  http://northeastipm.org/newsandreports/2008jul/Jul08_index.html>

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International focus: 

  • Canada
  • United States of America

United States focus: 

  • New York