The Pennsylvania IPM program recently received a multi-year grant to continue its mission to reduce pesticide use in agricultural and urban settings.
The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institutes for Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA), will help Pennsylvania IPM further its extension and outreach efforts to promote integrated pest management practices that are economical and protect human health and the environment. The program will work in both rural and urban areas to provide technologies, resources and educational opportunities across the state.
For specialty crops, PA IPM will continue to build on previous projects. The program will work with high-tunnel vegetable growers in Lancaster County to incorporate beneficial insects to control pests and reduces pesticide use. PA IPM will also work with Amish and Mennonite growers about using an IPM approach to manage pests.
The Pennsylvania IPM program is a collaboration between Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, aimed at promoting integrated pest management in both agricultural and nonagricultural situations. For more information, visit paipm.org.