This project was initiated in 2016 with a USDA/NIFA grant award under the Applied Research and Development Program (ARDP) to create the “Integrated Pest Management Strategic Plan” (IPMSP) process and develop it into a model for stakeholder assessment and priority setting that will be become an important part of Oregon’s statewide, and other regional and national IPM programs.
The IPMSP project connects US Regional IPM Center-developed consultative processes with local IPM extension programming to achieve a more integrated research and extension system. We are developing a model for agricultural stakeholder engagement and follow-up on critical IPM challenges that combines Pest Management Strategic Planning (PMSP), Crop Pest-Losses Impact Assessments (CPLIAs) and participatory extension education.
The CPLIA is an economic assessment of pest impacts developed by our colleagues at the Arizona Pest Management Center (AMPC). In collaboration with AMPC, we are refining this assessment process for use in Pacific Northwest commodities. Visit the CPLIA project page for more information.
The IPMSP program builds on our former PMSP program to create more IPM-focused PMSPs, to better understand IPM critical needs, and to develop stronger feedback pathways and greater agricultural network connectivity within Oregon and the Pacific Northwest in order to meet IPM needs and increase adoption.
The IPMSP program seeks to understand the current practices and critical pest management needs of Pacific Northwest farmers, and build strong communication pathways for sharing and meeting these critical needs with innovative, collaborative solutions. The IPMSP program fosters collaboration and consensus among industry stakeholders, including farmers, researchers, and regulators.
Currently, eight Pacific Northwest industries are engaged in our IPMSP program: onion, cranberry, sweet cherry, hazelnut, potato, grass seed, mint, and pear.
For each industry, an IPMSP document is created in collaboration with a representative group of farmers, researchers, extension agents, crop consultants, regulators, and other relevant stakeholders. Detailed information is obtained from this group regarding the pest management activities and strategies conducted during each of the crop stages. Stakeholders are consulted on critical pest management needs in research, regulation, and education, as well as broad needs related to IPM. The resulting document describes the pests, challenges, and critical needs in detail.
A key feature of IPMSPs is that they will be revised on a 2-3 year cycle, with more explicit assessments of impacts over time, and changes in IPM adoption and practices that occur between consultations. The IPMSP working group effectively forms an advisory group that partners with extension to provide capacity for industry-wide, adaptive improvements in IPM. The process will run on 2-3 year cycle, to provide a mechanism for monitoring status and trends, and to maintain engagement with the commodity advisory group.
In collaboration with our center’s Adult Education Program, and our expertise in IPM program design and pesticide risk management, extension education events are developed with agents that act upon the critical IPM needs identified from stakeholders through the IPMSP process. We will also conduct pesticide risk assessments and provide information about application management, pollinator and natural enemy protection and agro-ecology to support local extension IPM programing.
IPMSP-style methods of assessment will also be applied to areas that lie beyond food and farming, including statewide agencies engaged with pest management associated with wild and protected areas, rights-of-way, parks and the corrections service, to expand the adoption of IPM across the state and the region.
The IPMSP serves as an effective conduit for communication between farmers and other pest managers to regulators, policymakers, researchers, and other interested constituencies. The process and resulting document offers a strategic plan for the industry as a whole, to help focus where time, money, and energy should be spent on pest management issues. The IPMSP also provides granting organizations with evidence of stakeholder input on pest management priorities, and may enable researchers to be more successful in obtaining federal grant funds to work pest management priorities for the industry.
The EPA and other regulatory agencies look to IPMSPs to better understand current production and pest management practices within an industry when they review and evaluate the merits and needs for a new pesticide registration or re-registration.
IPMSPs help industries, especially minor crops, in obtaining or retaining conventional, biological, and organic pesticide registrations, all of which are needed to manage pests and produce high quality crops that enter the food chain, and help growers to remain economically viable.
Data gathered from the IPMSP is used to create more targeted extension education programs in collaboration with extension agents. This program builds resiliency and improves IPM adoption with a refined focus on decision-support and risk-management.
Malheur County Onion Growers Association