North Central IPM Center Signature Programs 2014 - 2018

Resistance Management (RM)

Resistance to pesticides is a major barrier to many effective RM and IPM programs. Even though industry is spending millions of dollars on RM, it remains a major problem. When RM practices are known, many times growers do not adopt them because of tradition, time, risk of adopting alternative tools, and increased costs. There is a major disconnect between RM strategies and knowledge and behavior change. The NCIPMC will investigate opportunities to provide a leadership role in the region.

School IPM and Indoor Air Quality

School IPM Programs have grown and expanded with many successes, but broad knowledge about IPM’s role in Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is limited. Our new Signature Program School IPM and IAQ will focus on raising awareness of the importance of school IPM to achieve IAQ goals, and create novel partnerships with EPA’s School Health Indoor Environment Leadership Development (SHIELD) Program members. In addition, we will work to ensure continued inter-regional collaborations with our School IPM partners. Many of these partners have been members of School IPM Working Groups that were funded by the Regional IPM Centers. Currently, only the NC region is providing direct funding of a regional School IPM Working Group. We will encourage members from other regions to participate in the NC School IPM WG monthly calls and support continued cooperation and collaboration to increase adoption of school IPM.

Tribal IPM Programs

NCIPMC personnel have been collaborating with Tribes and associated organizations since 2007. Susan Ratcliffe has assisted with the development of Tribal IPM priorities and facilitates additional cooperation between Tribes, as well as fostering relationships between 1994 and 1862 Land Grant institutions. She will continue to work to integrate Tribal representation into local, regional and national IPM programs. We have established a Tribal IPM Information Network that includes a listserv to share information about IPM implementation and programs.

Urban Agriculture IPM

Many cities in the North Central region have urban agriculture projects to provide quality, naturally grown local produce for city residents. These urban ag projects not only provide healthy food options to residents but also bring the community together in multiple ways. At the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group (GLVWG) annual meeting in early 2014, four of the 19 presentations focused on Urban Ag. The idea of having an Urban Ag IPM Working Group was discussed. Even though there are many programs in many cities collaboration between cities is limited. There are numerous educational programs being offered associated with Urban Ag that could be shared with others to reduce redundancy. Currently, Urban Ag settings are not experiencing major pest problems, but as the numbers of gardens increase so will pest issues. Many of the individuals coordinating the gardens don’t have strong agriculture or IPM backgrounds, so educational resources will be needed. The NCIPMC proposes to conduct a needs assessment across the NC region to identify gaps in knowledge and educational resources. A Working Group may be formed in the future to collaborate with Urban Ag IPM programs to develop and disseminate information.