In September 2000, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) established four Regional Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Centers, the Northeast, North Central, Southern, and Western, as a means of strengthening its connection with stakeholders and research and extension programs throughout the United States. Although centers are regionally based, inter-regional collaboration is an important component of the program's success. The centers function as a national pest management information network designed to respond quickly to information needs in both the public and private sectors. Regional IPM Centers help NIFA and its partner institutions identify, prioritize, and coordinate national pest management research, extension, and education programs.
The Regional IPM Centers Assist with?
Who Benefits From the Regional IPM Centers?
Commercial Agricultural and Urban Production Systems Personnel - Each Regional IPM Center collaborates with the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA Forest Service, National Plant Health Board, Master Gardeners’ Program, and the land-grant universities (LGUs) to address new and emerging pest management issues through regional and national educational efforts.
Consumers – Regional IPM Centers support efforts to ensure that food production systems, landscaping techniques, parks management, school systems, and homeowners are employing the best management practices for pest management.
Regulators - Regional IPM Centers promote informed regulatory decision making and play a key role in linking state and federal regulatory agencies to university-based IPM expertise.
Extension and Research Personnel - Regional IPM Centers share information on funding opportunities with Land Grant University extension and research personnel and collaborate with the Land Grant University system to disseminate their current research results and IPM recommendations.