Biological Control & Pollinator Health


Biological Control & Pollinator Health

IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy of pest management, which is dependent upon and supportive of biological control agents.  Many pests have natural enemies — predators, parasites, pathogens, and competitors — whose activities can assist in your pest management efforts.  By creating habitat for these agents and through the selective use of pesticides, biological controls can become a key part of IPM implementation.  Principles applicable to the maintenance of biological control agents are similarly useful in maintaining healthy pollinator populations.  Learn more about these two new signature programs below.

Program Goals

Our new signature programs will focus on providing you with information needed for the successful implementation of biological control agents and the protection of pollinators.  By collaborating with researchers focusing on biological control implementation and pollinator health, we ensure the quick dissemination of current techniques and information.

Stay tuned for upcoming workshops and online and in-person learning content to increase your knowledge about how to implement biological control in your operation, and manage pests with minimal impacts on pollinator populations.





Pollinator Protection

Below are videos produced as part of our project, "IPM for Western Managed Pollinator Protection Plans (MP3)", a collaboration between the Oregon IPM Center, New Mexico State University (NMSU) Agricultural Science Center, Las Lunas and Oregon State University Extension, with support from Western IPM Center through USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). 

Find more at this program's YouTube Page.

Creating Agricultural Diversity
Find videos created for the 2022 Agricultural Diversity on Western Farms Virtual Conference, covering how to create and maintain habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects on your farm.
Find them all the program's YouTube page.
  • Creating on-farm beneficial insect habitat
  • Benefits of mature hedgerows with Gwendolyn Ellen
  • Creating hedgerows for beneficial insects with Rowan Steele
  • Benefits of cover crops in hazelnuts
  • Creating beneficial habitat with Peter Kenagy