The main goal of the North Central IPM Center is to build partnerships with individuals and organizations involved in implementing integrated pest management (IPM) practices in the North Central region. The Center strives to establish strong relationships with stakeholders who have the ability to utilize, impact, or endorse IPM initiatives in this area. The Center takes an active role in engaging with the following partners:

North Central State IPM Coordinators

The North Central IPM Center collaborates closely with the state IPM coordinators within the region. These contacts are also referred to as the NCERA 222 coordinators.

Please click on your state in the map below to access the contact details of the IPM coordinator and a comprehensive list of the state’s IPM resources.


Environmental Protection Agency Regional Contacts

The mission of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. The North Central region includes Regions 5, 7, and 8 of the EPA. Each region has a dedicated representative.

Region 5: Located in Chicago, IL. Serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Region 7: Located in Lenexa, KS. Serving Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

Region 8: Located in Denver, CO. Serving North Dakota and South Dakota.

North Central IR-4

The IR-4 Project is federally funded through the USDA and land-grant universities to ensure that specialty crop growers can have access to legal, registered uses of essential pest management tools such as pesticides and biopesticides. The goal of the IR-4 Project is to help to supply critical pest management tools for growers of specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, nuts and ornamentals.​

National Plant Diagnostic Network

The NPDN was established in 2002 in response to the need to enhance agricultural security through protecting health and productivity of plants in agricultural and natural ecosystems in the U.S. The specific purpose of the NPDN is to provide a cohesive, distributed system to quickly detect and identify pests and pathogens of concern. NPDN laboratories immediately report their findings to appropriate responders and decision makers. The North central region has two networks that cover the entire region, the Great Plains Network and the North Central Network.​

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) coordinators in every state and island protectorate are charged with training agriculture professionals in sustainable practices and sharing SARE project results with them. State coordinator responsibilities include professional development; promotion, networking and coordination, especially of SARE-related activities; and communication and evaluation.​ Find your SARE representative.

Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP)

EPA supports land-grant university Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs) for the education and training of certified pesticide applicators. PSEPs provide pesticide applicator training on the safe use of restricted use pesticides by applicators in agricultural, commercial and residential settings. Most states have a PSEP. Contact the PSEP in your state or territory for information on training and study materials.

Click here for more information about your state: PSEP Coordinators

Master Gardener Program

The Master Gardener program, typically offered through universities in the United States and Canada, provides intensive horticultural training to individuals who then volunteer as Master Gardeners in their communities by giving lectures, creating gardens, conducting research, and many other projects. Helping others learn to manage pests in a garden setting is an excellent opportunity to educate about IPM.

Click here to find your state’s Master Gardener program information: Master Gardeners

Regional IPM Centers

The North Central IPM Center works closely with the IPM centers from the other three regions.

The four Regional Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Centers serve as a hub for multi-state partnerships and communication networks, linking researchers, growers, extension educators, commodity organizations, environmental groups, pest control professionals, government agencies and others. 

Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to promote IPM, the Centers also coordinate, enhance, and facilitate the flow of resources and information in integrated pest management on a regional basis, including grants management, data acquisition and sharing, infrastructure development, and the documentation needed to provide accountability for resources used. Each regional center focuses on national efforts while maintaining the regional nature required for effective IPM programs. 

Serves Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Micronesia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming,and is housed in Davis, California.

Serves Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia and is housed at Cornell University.

Serves Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Virginia, and is housed North Carolina State University, University of Georgia, and Auburn University.

Other Strategic Partners

The NCIPMC partners with other leaders in IPM for knowledge exchange and strategic collaborations.