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Integrated Pest Management

NIFA Integrated Competitive IPM Grants

NIFA manages a portfolio of integrated competitive IPM awards. These integrated projects are combinations of research, education, and extension activities.

The Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program (RAMP), Crops at Risk Program (CAR), and Pest Management Alternatives Program (PMAP) target long-, intermediate- and short-term pest problems. Projects funded by RAMP are long term, involving systems approaches targeted at eliminating or minimizing pesticide residues in key foods, soil, and surface water. Projects funded by CAR develop or modify multiple-tactic IPM systems and strategies focused on specific crop production systems. PMAP Projects develop replacement tactics and technologies for pesticides undergoing regulatory action where there are no effective registered alternatives.

The Methyl Bromide Transitions Program (MBT) and Integrated Organic Program (IOP) target specific pest management situations that are raised by current issues. The MBT addresses the need to develop management technologies, systems approaches, and extension delivery programs for methyl bromide uses that may be canceled. The IOP program funds the development and implementation of biologically based pest management practices that mitigate the ecological, agronomic, and economic risks associated with a transition from conventional to organic agricultural production systems based on national standards.

In addition to these nationally focused programs, NIFA provides oversight for regional IPM competitive grants that are administered through four regional centers.

 

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