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Integrated Pest Management

Pennsylvania IPM Program

Pennsylvania State University’s Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program has funded environmentally-sound pest management projects for the past four years. Project recipients include Pennsylvania farmers, rural and urban pest managers, and homeowners/renters. The Pennsylvania IPM program (PAIPM), a collaboration between Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, promotes integrated pest management in both agricultural and nonagricultural situations.

PAIPM recently awarded three grants to Penn State Extension educators under its IPM mini-grants program. The program annually selects a number of proposed projects through a competitive process that develop and promote practical, locally-based IPM programs. The 2006 recipients are:

  • Greenhouse IPM for Old Order Plain People in Berks County
    Project Leaders: Mena Hautau, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Berks County; Warren Goll, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Delaware County; and Cathy Thomas, PAIPM project cooperator. The project takes the successful Greenhouse IPM program developed for Lancaster County plain people and expands it into Berks County. Growers in the area will learn about IPM and biological control in a greenhouse.

  • Integration of Alternative and Conventional Strategies for Management of Grape Berry Moth in Severe Risk Vineyards - Project Leaders: Andy Muza, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Erie County; Time Weigle, area IPM senior extension educator, Corell Vineyard Laboratory; and John Mason, Mason Farms, Bill Byham, and Ted Byham, project cooperators, Byham Farms. This funding continues a successful project that started during the 2004 growing season. It establishes a new grape berry moth management program for severe and high-risk vineyards and to establish adoption of alternative strategies to reduce the use of conventional insecticides in the Lake Erie Grape Belt.

  • Management of Soil-Borne Organisms and Pathogens Causing Yield Reduction of Greenhouse and High Tunnel Tomatoes - Project Leader: Jeffrey Mizer, Penn State Cooperative Extension. The project will determine if growing cover crops, and using a bio-fumigant in greenhouse and high tunnel tomato operations will result in significant decreases in soil diseases and insect pests, thus increasing the income of small farmers.

 

The program is supported through NIFA 3(d) Smith-Lever formula grants earmarked for IPM program development.

 

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