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North Central IPM Center Signature Programs 2018 - 2020

NCIPMC Signature Programs are based on regional and national priorities supporting sustainability and food security. Through leadership of Signature Programs, the NCIPMC will foster development and adoption of IPM within each focus area. In the North Central region, focus areas are those that pose the greatest threats and opportunities to food production.

Invasive Species and Re-Emerging Pests

Every year invasive species challenge IPM practitioners by disrupting successful IPM programs, increasing pesticide use and threatening our food supply. Re-emerging pests can also become a problem with changes in weather patterns, general farm management practices and pest species genetics. Appropriately, all four Regional Centers have selected Invasive Species as one of their Signature Programs, which will allow us to better meet regional needs through collaborative efforts. The NCIPMC will contribute to this project through developing and promoting an Invasive Species Response Kit (ISRK), by encourage working group to address invasive species, and by developing and distributing Pest Alerts.

Pest Resistance Management

Resistance to pesticides (herbicides, fungicides and insecticides) is a barrier to many effective IPM programs and continues to be one of the largest threats to food security in the North Central region. Pest resistance reduces effectiveness of important management tools and, in some cases, leaves people with very few economically feasible pest management strategies. Identification of pest resistance is complicated as timely and simple tests for pest resistance are not available, potentially creating further barriers to adoption of mitigating practices. The NCIPMC works with researchers and extension personnel to address pesticide resistance via WGs and critical issues grants.

Pollinator and Monarch Conservation

Maintaining pollinator populations is necessary for stable food production systems. IPM practices that reduce the use of unnecessary pesticides are an important component of conservation efforts. Current awareness and interest in the preservation of pollinating insects and monarch butterflies provides the NCIPMC with an opportunity to promote IPM practices with non-traditional audiences.

Advanced Genetic Tools and IPM

The rapid pace of change that technology has brought to our lives is having a profound change on IPM. Advances in plant breeding have made plants themselves resistant to pests, which fundamentally changes the IPM programs around those pests. In recent years, technology has reduced the time required for resistance breeding efforts, and it is likely that improvements in this technology will continue. It is vital that IPM educators and practitioners understand how these advances can be successfully incorporated into IPM programs.