At the regional level, CIPM sustains the Southern IPM Center (SIPMC). SIPMC coordinates, enhances and facilitates the flow of resources and information in integrated pest management on a regional basis, including grants management, data acquisition and sharing, infrastructure development, and the documentation needed to provide accountability for resources used. CIPM provides leadership and coordination for the identification of priority IPM needs and issues through multi-state and multi-organization collaboration in the southern region. CIPM provides the infrastructure for the development and sharing of current and new pest management technologies among federal and state agencies, impacted organizations, and pest managers. coordinates its programs with state-based extension IPM implementation programs located at land-grant universities in each state including the Pesticide Safety Education Program; with existing regional pest management programs such as the multi-state IPM technical committee (SERA3-IPM), Sustainable Agricultural Research and Extension, IR-4, Southern Plant Diagnostic Network; and with USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) programs.
Southern IPM Center
Description: Hosted by NCSU and CIPM since 2003, SIPMC facilitates and enhances prioritization, development, implementation and impact evaluation of IPM in the Southern region. We are the regional contact for all IPM issues. SIPMC utilizes expert staff, competitive grant programs, online resources, working groups, workshops, and various networking approaches. SIPMC provides the foundational base from which other national support (ipmPIPE, S-RIPM competition management, EIPMDSS) can be provided.
Impact: SIPMC is a relatively large program that has existed for nearly 10 years. A few examples of impacts include:
*The Southern Region database contains 252 Crop Profiles, covering alfalfa to wheat, from 13 states and 1 territory. It contains 50 Pest Management Strategic Plans (PMSPs), covering apples to “Woody Ornamental and Landscape Plants”, for 13 states.
*Since 2005 the IPM Enhancement Grants Program has funded 101 projects with $2,909,213.
Southern Regional IPM grants
Description: The purpose of the S-RIPM grants program is to help achieve national IPM goals by increasing the supply and dissemination of IPM knowledge and by enhancing collaboration among stakeholders. The goals of SIPMC’s competition administration project are to manage the competition using fair and transparent processes, to provide USDA/NIFA with recommendations to fund projects that are well-designed with strong potential for success and that address significant IPM issues for this region.
Impact: Southern Region stakeholders are engaged in this important funding program through the RFA’s regional relevance criteria and through participation in the relevance panel. This project provides recommendations to USDA-NIFA on distribution of approximately $800,000, and 5 to 10 research, extension and combination projects are funded at our Land-grant universities each year as a result. Project Directors of 30-40 submissions annually are provided with detailed feedback.