Southern IPM Center
Non Technical Summary
The mission of the Southern IPM Center (SIPMC) is to foster development and adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a science-based approach to managing pests in ways that generate economic, environmental and human health benefits. SIPMC's unique strengths will be leveraged through collaboration among three Southern institutions (North Carolina State University, University of Georgia, and Auburn University) in partnership with regional stakeholders in multiple sectors from agricultural, urban, and rural settings to identify and address regional priorities for research, education, and outreach. Additional support and direction has been provided so that SIPMC also manages a rich portfolio of applications and expertise that serve as the foundation for the IPM Information Supplement. Included in our current proposal are programs that not only satisfy multiple priorities of the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program, but also promote the five goals of the National IPM Roadmap. These include 1) Improved IPM Practices through the following programs: Regulatory Science Network, Facilitation of Innovation Through Technology (FITT), pollinator protection, resistance management, National IPM Database, and grant programs 2) Economical IPM Practices through FITT, invasive species, resistance management, National IPM Database, grant programs, and underserved audiences 3) Reduced Environmental Risks through FITT, invasive species, grant programs, resistance management, and underserved audiences. 4) Increased IPM Adoption: FITT, invasive species, Regulatory Science Network, grant programs, evaluation and communication, National IPM Database, Friends of Southern IPM Awards, and underserved audiences, and finally, 5) Reduced Human Health Risks through FITT, Regulatory Science Network, pollinator protection, grant programs, and underserved audiences.
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The mission of the Southern IPM Center (hereafter "the Center") is to foster the development and adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a science-based approach to managing pests in ways that generate economic, environmental and human health benefits. The Center's collaboration among three Southern institutions in partnership with regional stakeholders from agricultural, urban, and rural settings will identify and address regional priorities for research, education and outreach.The Center's goals reflect those of the National IPM Roadmap: to improve the economic benefits of adopting IPM practices and to reduce risks to human health and the environment caused by the pests themselves or by pest management practices. The Center does this by: Increasing coordination and improving efficiency of IPM research and extension efforts by organizing timely responses to emerging issues of regional importance; Facilitating collaboration by facilitating communications that promote sound IPM; Promoting further development and adoption of IPM through regional information networks, collaborative team building and broad-based stakeholder participation; Documenting the impacts and value of IPM and building support for IPM among stakeholders.The following programs satisfy the priorities of the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program and promote the five goals of the National IPM Roadmap and this Center. (For a description of each program, see below):Goal 1. ImproveIPM Practices: Regulatory Science Network, Facilitation of Innovation Through Technology (FITT), pollinator protection, resistance management, National IPM Database, and grant programs. Goal 2. Stronger Economical IPM Practices: FITT, invasive species, resistance management, National IPM Database, grant programs, and underserved audiences.Goal 3. ReduceEnvironmental Risks: FITT, invasive species, grant programs, resistance management, and underserved audiences.Goal 4. Increase IPM Adoption: FITT, invasive species, Regulatory Science Network, grant programs, evaluation and communication, National IPM Database, Friends of Southern IPM Award, and underserved audiences.Goal 5. ReduceHuman Health Risks: FITT, Regulatory Science Network, pollinator protection, grant programs, and underserved audiences.We address these needs and goals through the application of the following programs:FITT:Where appropriate, FITT provides complimentary database and related IT support for working groups and other collaborative efforts such as those funded by the Critical and Emerging Issues and IPMEP grant programs. This provides sustainability for projects with limited technology needs and allows them to allocate resources to development of content or on-the-ground implementation rather than upkeep and provisioning of IT Infrastructure. In addition to providing advice and IT infrastructure, FITT provides access and user support for applications to facilitate communication, sharing of information, and assist in common research and extension activities.Friends of Southern IPM Awards: This awards program is an important and successful communications and outreach tool and provides a mechanism to interact with groups that may otherwise be unfamiliar with IPM and to put a human "face" to extension and research in IPM. Awards are made on an annual basis to highligh professionals and students doing important work in IPM.Grant programs: A variety of RFAs are released annually, and the funds provided through these programswill help to facilitate timely responses to critical IPM needs and emerging issues, as well as providing funds to "test new strategies" and develop programs that are challenging to fund through other means. The goal is to provide researchers and Extension professionals funds to develop effective IPM solutions to Regional pest issues. Invasive species:This signature program embraces the need for collaboration and leveraging of resources. To coordinate a more effective response to invasive species, this proposal is aligned with three Regional Centers. together we will develop and promote an Invasive Species Response Kit, support Working Groups, and increase coordination and strengthen partnerships around the invasive species issue. National IPM Database:The National IPM Database, an online data base created by our in-house programmer,contains over 1000 IPM documents; of these, 275 of the Crop Profiles are 5 years old or older, and 37 of the 41 PMSPs are 5 years old or older. This program will continue to increase availability of critical IPM information through the database, and also encourage and facilitate updates for out-dated documents.Pollinator Protection: This program will ncrease coordination and research-driven information about pollinator habitat and protection through IPM through published articles, workshops, and publications.Regulatory Science Network:The primary function of the Regulatory Science Network is to gather information for regulatory decisions regarding IPM, in response to "calls for information" by Federal partners.In addition to a more rigorous approach to addressing calls for information and working actively to respond to open comment periods, staff will make a great effort to produce or update important IPM Documents such as Crop Profiles and PMSPs so that Federal partners and other interested stakeholders are able to more efficiently find necessary information within a robust database.Resistance management:Utilize the FITT program in support of projects that aim to delineate resistant pest populations or better visualize the geographic scope of known resistance. This includes the reporting of potential performance failures, coordinating individuals to troubleshoot application issues, collection of samples for confirmation of resistance, and facilitating communication between growers, extension, researchers, testing labs, and industry representatives. Underserved audiences:The Center would like to better engage specific academic audiences within these communities through a grant writing workshop and mentoring program. Federal programs identify the historically black colleges and universities (1890s) and Hispanic audiences as members of the underserved communities, and these will be th efirst priority with respect to grant opportunitties, grant writitng workshops, and other collaborative opportunitites.
Our core function is toincrease IPM Coordination, Efficiency, and Collaboration in the South. It is imperitive that we engage multiple stakholders to facilitate "change in knowledge, actions, or condition". To do this, stakeholders and partner institutions will be involved through mechanisms including multi-institutional project leadership, IPM Working Groups, our competitive grant programs, and the Friends of Southern IPM Awards program. We will do this by engaging:i. Multi-institutional leadership: Leadership of this proposed project is shared among NC State, University of Georgia, and Auburn University.ii. Working Groups: Working groups by definition involve a diverse membership of stakeholders and institutions. The Center will continue to provide support for working groups through funding, facilitation, and IT support services. The Center occasionally supports working group members by providing travel funds for individuals to travel to meetings outside of the region.The Center supports working groups through two grant programs. The Critical and Emerging Issues grants support ad hoc working groups to promptly address urgent issues. It also supports working groups that may not have been grant recipients but have self-organized and requested in-kind support and official recognition through the Centers. The IPM Enhancement Grants directly funds working groups (see below).iii. Grant Programs: The Center's two main grant programs, IPM Enhancement Grant and the Critical and Emerging Issues grants, are mechanisms to engage stakeholders and other institutions through direct funding of seed or capstone projects or working groups. Through these grants, the Center has engaged with many institutions and has the potential to engage with even more institutions in the future.iv. Friends of Southern IPM Award program: The award program attracts nominations from college deans, department heads and other administrative personnel who are not usually involved in IPM programs but may interact or supervise students or faculty who are involved in IPM research or extension. The call for graduate student nominations has been very successful and often engages university department heads for multiple years as they nominate students in their departments. Students and professional award recipients are invited to participate in future award panels to assist with selection of new winners. In addition, this program engages members of the 1890 universities who do not participate in other Center programs.We will also developand maintaininteractive Information networks. One major stakeholder group that we employ to assist in this is our Advisory Council (AC).The AC works with us to plan aspects of our proposals and Signature Programs,aids in decision making and gneralguidance. Since communication is vital to maintaining an effective netork, the Center communicates with AC members periodically; members then share that information via a variety of communication formats (emails, seminars, conversations with colleagues, etc.) with important stakeholder groups throughout the region. USDA and other federal partners are informed of stakeholder concerns and priorities as they arise.Another major initiative we use to aid stakeholders and increase efficineies, is our FITT program.Facilitating successful collaborations among diverse stakeholders is the Center's natural niche, particularly during a period of increasing need for IPM answers but decreasing public resources.As technology rapidly changes, the approach must also evolve to best meet, serve and anticipate the needs of the IPM community. Co-Director LaForest serves a valuable role for the partner programs in monitoring the technology environment, identifying tools that will be useful, bringing these tools to the attention of Center stakeholders, and facilitating their use.Through the FITT initiative, the Center facilitates and provides IT support for several working groups.FITT's support enhances communication and coordination among groups, which increases potential for synergy and limits the duplication of effort. Its Web presence is also leveraged to help highlight each group's membership, priorities, and progress toward IPM development and implementation.FITT facilitates use of the most appropriate and current technology by IPM programs and projects and ensures that existing resources are fully leveraged.A great deal of what makes our Center effective is the strong communication network we maintain, and the lengths to which we go to "get information out there".With the help of our Communications Director, we developand distributecontent (e.g., articles, press releases, etc.) that communicates positive outcomes of projects to target audiences. Components include both traditional (print) and more contemporary (online, social media) aspects. Outlets include:The blog, IPM in the South. This blog (https://ipmsouth.com) currently attracts a mainly non-scientific audience. Titles are disseminated through Twitter, and many are "re-tweeted" by followers to augment the number of people who see the headlines. This blog usually presents stories and news items about successes, general IPM news, funding opportunities and job openings.Social Media. The Center's 1,385 Twitter followers include garden centers, Land-grant university faculty and staff, Extension offices, and state Departments of Agriculture, many of whom retweet Center items. The Facebook page links to more potential stakeholders. Some news items are summarized on the Facebook page. That page also gives us an opportunity to post photos of the Center's presence at events like BugFest, A Bug's Day and major conferences.YouTube videos. During the last grant cycle, the Center developed a YouTube page for the IPM eAcademy, containing a few videos of meetings and webinars. These videos will be offered primarily to the IPM Coordinators, although other PDs who cannot accommodate a visit to their worksite or a webinar into their schedule will have the opportunity to do one of these videos as well.Traditional Media. Feature articles about IPM activities have appeared in grower magazines, online media and newspapers. Staff will continue to work with outlets, including newspaper, radio and television to place success stories in publications specifically read by growers. Staff will also work with partner universities to have success stories placed in university news or to be released to media in specific states.Outreach. For the past few years, the Center has had a presence at three North Carolina-based events. These events involve stakeholders from the general public and farming communities, two groups that the Center doesn't otherwise interact with. In addition to these events, staff will make a concerted effort to interact with members of the sustainable agriculture community. The Center has funded several IPM Enhancement projects that utilize sustainable methods of IPM, and highlighting those projects may help illustrate the similarities between IPM and sustainable agriculture and organic agriculture. Highlighting growers who use sustainable pest management methods would also be a way to tell the IPM story in a way that would invite more buy-in and help a public audience understand how Center projects ultimately benefit them.Finally, no program is complete without the appropriate evaluation component. Our Evaluation Specialist participates in the planning of all programs of the Center. Planning includes the definition of indicators (metrics) for all outputs and outcomes. In this grant period, the Evaluation Specialist will develop and administer an internal reporting system for periodic collection of those metrics from all programs.