IPM Engagement and Implementation

Program Lead: Katie Murray, IPPC, Oregon State University

To encourage widespread adoption of IPM and sustainable agricultural practices, a fully functional and connected agricultural system is needed. Agricultural extension is an important part of this system, building participatory processes that engage and connect farming groups with others (researchers, educators, regulators, etc.) to create an efficient and adaptive system. The “IPM Engagement and Implementation” program at IPPC seeks to further develop and strengthen this system by ensuring that local agricultural needs are identified, and that knowledge, education, technologies, and other supports are developed in response to these needs that can then be operationalized and implemented.

The “IPM Engagement and Implementation” program includes several projects: Integrated Pest Management Strategic Plans (IPMSPs), Pest Losses Impact Assessment, and Pacific Northwest IPM Communication Network Coordination.

The overall goals of this program include:

  • The development of models for agricultural stakeholder engagement that can lead to accurate assessment of IPM needs and challenges, and facilitate better collaboration on meeting these to increase the adoption of IPM and sustainable practices.
  • Facilitation of processes that identify the political, social, environmental, and institutional barriers to agricultural progress and sustainable management, and the development of strategies for overcoming these using democratic and socially just participatory approaches.
  • Coordination of local, regional, statewide, national, and international networks of cooperators to maximize communication, adoption, and impacts associated with new methods and models for engagement and IPM adoption.
  • Documentation of changes in adoption of resiliency behaviors among stakeholders.
  • Tracking and monitoring of the economic impacts of pests and pest management practices over time for a wide range of Pacific Northwest crop industries.
  • Encouraging agricultural policies that enable sustainable social-ecological systems.

The current projects operating within this program are:

The “Integrated Pest Management Strategic Plan” (IPMSP) project:

  • The IPMSP is a model of stakeholder assessment and priority setting that has become an important part of Oregon’s statewide IPM program. The IPMSP project builds on our former Pest Management Strategic Planning (PMSP) program to create more IPM-focused PMSPs, to better understand IPM critical needs, and to develop strong feedback pathways and greater agricultural network connectivity within Oregon and the Pacific Northwest in order to meet the needs and increase IPM adoption.
  • Data gathered from the process supports targeted extension education in collaboration with our Adult Education and Capacity Building program as well as Oregon’s statewide extension agents. The IPMSP project aims to build resiliency and improve IPM adoption with a refined focus on decision-support and risk-management. For more information about IPMSPs, visit the IPMSP Program page.

The “Pest Losses Impact Assessment” project:

  • The CPLIA project incorporates an economic assessment of pest management practices and pest impacts to the IPM engagement and implementation program. The assessment is a detailed and comprehensive survey that aims to develop and track “real world” data on the impacts of specific pests and management practices on crop yields, production costs, and profitability. This project collaborates on the survey method with the Arizona Pest Management Center. Visit the CPLIA Program page for more information.

Pacific Northwest IPM Communication Network:

  • This program houses the Pacific Northwest EPA Comment Coordinator for the Western IPM Center. This coordination involves the development and maintenance of a valuable network for gathering information from agricultural stakeholders on current practices, pesticide usage patterns, and potential impacts of regulatory decisions among PNW stakeholders. This information is sent to EPA to assist in regulatory decision-making. For more about this program, visit the EPA Comment Coordination Program

Program Impacts:

  • IPMSPs have been developed for four Pacific Northwest industries, onion, cranberry, cherry, and hazelnut, with plans and support in place to continue this work in mint, grass seed, pear, and potato.
  • Crop Pest Losses Impact Assessments have been conducted for three Pacific Northwest industries: potato, onion, and cranberry
  • Targeted Extension education has been designed and carried out in collaboration with our lead Extension agents, based on stakeholder-identified education needs.
  • Leveraged funds of up to $22 per $1 invested are created by pest management strategic planning, which support targeted research and extension education to address critical IPM challenges in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Documented IPM improvements have taken place based on successful solutions to stakeholder-cited pest management needs.
  • Well-researched and detailed comments to EPA on PNW usage of various chemicals, as well as pollinator concerns and mitigations, have supported more informed regulatory decision-making.