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Integrated Pest Management

EPA Awards Department of Defense for Innovative IPM Practices

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized the Department of Defense (DOD), Pest Management Program with a fourth Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) Champion Award. The Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB earned the award for its innovative Integrated Pest Management (IPM) activities and the military pest management programs of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force.

The EPA credited NIFA and land-grant universities for providing IPM technical assistance to the Army's installation pest management program. The U.S. Army Environmental Center (USAEC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, and the NIFA plant sciences section signed an interagency agreement in 2000 to assist U.S. Army installations with current IPM technology and best management practices relevant to military installations IPM programs. Herb Bolton, NIFA national program leader for Army environmental programs provides IPM and related environmental technical support to Army installations on recommendations for Army installation pest management plans, current IPM information from research at land-rant universities and demonstration projects conducted with in cooperation with land-rant partners on Army installations.

Land-grant universities participation has been critical to the partnership’s success. Examples include:

Clemson University provided leadership for a demonstration project at Fort Jackson, SC, on the integrated control of imported red fire ants and presented a workshop for Army and DOD installation pest management personnel on new technologies for fire ant control.

Cornell University assisted Army installations with biological control agents for invasive species and conducted two workshops for the Army on procedures for the release and monitoring of biological control agents.

The University of California, Davis conducted a demonstration project at Fort Hunter Liggett, CA, on the integrated control of yellow starthistle on Army training ranges.

Speakers from the University of Florida, University of Georgia, and University of Maryland have presented pest management research data and extension recommendations at Army training sessions and DOD pest management workshops.

 

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