State and Local Safeguarding
At the State level, CIPM facilitates the coordination of integrated pest management (IPM) programs through the NC-IPM Coordinator and engages most faculty in entomology, plant pathology and weed science that have state-wide extension and research appointments with IPM outcomes. The State IPM Program engages stakeholders to identify and address priority pest issues and translates research-based information to equip extension agents, growers and other partners to implement IPM practices that reduce negative pest impacts.
State IPM Coordination
Description: The State coordinated IPM program has five program areas: IPM Implementation in Agronomic Crops, IPM Implementation in Animal Agriculture, IPM Implementation in Specialty Crops, IPM Training and Implementation in Housing, and IPM Training and Implementation in Schools. The State IPM Coordinator (Steve Toth) is housed in CIPM and interfaces with CIPM personnel. The Extension IPM program involves Extension faculty and county agents in IPM activities, communicates program successes, and maintains stakeholder input via an established Advisory Committee and seven IPM working groups (field crops, fruit and vegetable crops, ornamental and nursery crops, poultry and livestock, small farms and organic specialty crops, and children’s environment). CIPM is exploring the potential role the Center should play in facilitating state-based IPM programming and coordination in addition to the excellent leadership provided by engaged faculty and partners.
Impact: This program provides a cohesive IPM program in North Carolina that involves Extension and research faculty and county Extension agents in conducting and communicating IPM programs in the state, actively engages stakeholders, and provides growers, consultants, pest management professionals and other stakeholders with the information and training needed to adopt IPM in various crops and settings.
Risk Mapping, Analysis and Data Collaboration Project
Description: This project aims to provide surveyors and state plant health regulatory officials with a tool to determine the relative risk of different pathways and aid in assessing the relative importance of various risk factors, such as transport modes, industries etc. in the likelihood of exotic pest establishment at the zip code spatial scale (local and county levels).
Impact: This tool will provide State and county comparative risk assessments and exotic pathway assessment tools for CPHST-PERAL stakeholders. Additional work is needed pending funding.