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Crop Protection and Pest Management Listening Session

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USDA NIFA is hosting a listening session to obtain feedback on the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) program, which addresses high-priority issues related to pests (including insects, nematodes, pathogens, and weeds) and their management using integrated pest management (IPM) approaches at the state, regional and national levels. 

The CPPM program includes three program areas: 

1) Applied Research and Development Program Area (ARDP) that funds projects for the development of new IPM tactics, technologies, practices and strategies. 

2) Extension Implementation Program Area (EIP) which funds projects based on combinations of primary and secondary priorities intended to increase IPM implementation among the clientele served. 

3) Regional Coordination Program Area (RCP), which provides funds to increase coordination and improve efficiency of IPM research and Extension efforts through the Regional IPM Centers. 

The main objective of this virtual listening session is to solicit stakeholder input with regards to all the three components of the CPPM program. 

During the session, stakeholders are expected to verbally share their thoughts regarding the structure and priorities of the current CPPM program and suggestions for changes/improvements (time limited to three minutes per person/organization). Additionally, written comments may be submitted via email until 5 p.m. ET Aug. 9, 2023.

Participation: Please use this form to submit your preferred type of participation during the CPPM listening session. 

Program Contact: Vijay Nandula at and Emmanuel Byamukama at

Provide Written Comments via Email: Vijay Nandula at and Emmanuel Byamukama at


Reasonable Accommodation Statement: If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this webinar, please contact Vijay Nandula at no later than July 19. Language access services, such as interpretation or translation of vital information, will be provided free of charge to limited English proficient individuals upon request.

Servicios de traducción al español: Esta sesión de escucha se traducirá en vivo al español. Si desea acceder a los servicios de traducción al español, comuníquese con Lois Tuttle, especialista en igualdad de oportunidades, en o 443-386-9488 para obtener instrucciones específicas sobre el acceso.

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