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Extension Integrated Pest Management - Coordination and Support Program

Investigators
MacRae, Ian; Durgan, Beverly
Institutions
University of Minnesota
Start date
2010
End date
2014
Objective
The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (UMN EFANS) is a national leader in Integrated Pest Management, developing low-risk, effective approaches in all areas of pest management including agricultural, natural resources, post harvest and food safety and public and private structures. UMN IPM programs are effective, relevant and responsive and greatly impact Minnesota's and the nation's economy, environment and health. With this EIPM Coordination and Support application, UMN IPM proposes to advance its IPM program coordination, support and development in the following areas: IPM Implementation for Agronomic Crops, to improve the safety, profitability and sustainability of corn, soybean, and small grain production; IPM Implementation for Specialty Crops, to improve the safety, profitability and sustainability of sugarbeet and potatoes; IPM Education for Pesticide Applicators, includes Pesticide Applicator Training and the development and administration of an IPM Adoption Survey; and IPM Training and Implementation in Schools, an innovative new model for IPM in schools. The UMN IPM Program is a major participant in a well established, coordinated core of programming delivered by UMN Extension and integrated across disciplines and regions. Its extensive communication network and strong working relationships with stakeholders, including institutions, individuals, commodity groups, state agencies and collaborators across state boundaries, will serve to insure successful implementation of this EIPM proposal. The UMN IPM team strongly believes its proposed and continued efforts in each of these program areas will greatly benefit Minnesota and supports all three goals of the National IPM Road Map.
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NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY:
IPM research and extension programming crosses disciplines and is conducted by approximately 80 faculty and staff and is facilitated by the UMN IPM Program. Significant collaboration and coordination occurs in this organization; the UMN EFANS IPM Program has developed an extensive communication network and strong working relationships with its stakeholder groups. We recognize that in order for IPM programs to remain relevant, they require flexibility and responsiveness to new pressures including emerging and changing pest populations, sustainability of pest management systems, governmental regulations, and health and safety of applicators and the public. UMN EFANS IPM Program will respond to these challenges and advance its IPM program coordination, support and development in the following areas: IPM Implementation for Agronomic Crops, IPM Implementation for Specialty Crops, IPM Education for Pesticide Applicators, and IPM Training and Implementation in Schools. The UMN IPM team's efforts in each of these program areas will greatly benefit Minnesota and support all of the goals of the National IPM Road Map: i) to improve the cost benefit analyses of adopting IPM practices; ii) to reduce potential human health risks from pests and related pest management practices; and iii) to minimize adverse environmental effects from pests and related pest management practices. APPROACH: A coordinated core of programming delivered by UMN Extension addressing problems across disciplines and regions. We will make use of a variety of extensive communication networks and strong working relationships with stakeholders, including institutions, individuals, commodity groups, state agencies and collaborators across state boundaries. An extensive series of educational activities organized by the UMN EFANS at which pest management information plays a central role include the Ag. Professional Field Schools, Pesticide Applicator Training, Forage days, Small Grain Updates, Agricultural Professional Updates and the Crop Pest Management Short Course. Other extension events are held throughout the year which address specific and developing pest management issues and are also developed and delivered by REEs and IPM Specialists. Extension programs require supporting data, research, the generating of which is also conducted by members of the UMN IPM Program. IPM Specialists conduct multi-discipline, cooperative research efforts with faculty and staff from a variety of universities and other public and private research organizations. An IPM Adoption survey, conducted annually at pesticide applicator training events, will be used to evaluate the success and impact of eIPM goals.

PROGRESS: 2012/09 TO 2013/08
Target Audience: Agricultural professionals (consultants, elevator/cooperative personnel, agrochemical/industry personnel, independent applicators, etc), commodity groups soybean, corn, small grains, and sugarbeet), growers, agricultural financial personnel, government personnel (NRCS, school districts, etc) Changes/Problems: One IPM Specialists retired in 2011 (Dr. Carlyle Holen). We have modified the program to include a number of Regional Extnsion Educators, already involved in MN IPM activities. This has provided the program with wider geographic representation, strengthened some areas of expertise and provided more flexibility to the program as a whole. These changes were implemented in the 2012 grant year. In additin, a new position will be created in the upcoming year. We will have 1 FTE dedciated to developing, disseminating and coordinating digitally based IPM information developed by participants and cooperators. What opportunities for training and professional development has the project provided? In 2009, IPM Adoption Surveys of independent growers indicated they rely on professional crop advisors and University resources for pest management information. In 2011, the UMN Extension IPM Program continued to focus on delivering education to Agricultural Professionals to act as message multipliers, incorporating newsletters and other electronic and digital outreach publications directed to both professional and grower audiences to educate growers. These efforts were supplemented with face to face meetings and field demonstration projects. In 2012, over 30 extension event meetings targeted to agricultural professionals, over 80 event meetings targeting growers, over 40 research and demonstration plot locations were conducted. Educational programs were the result of the collaborative efforts of 8 state faculty specialists, 27 UMN Extension personnel, 8 multistate collaborative research/extension efforts, and collaborations with industry personnel. In 2012, personnel from the IPM Program participated in programming and delivering content in multi-day Field Schools for Ag Professionals at 1 location; The Annual Crop Pest Management Short Course (1320 attendees), The Annual Agricultural Professional Update at 6 locations across the state (>350 individuals); Commercial, Noncommercial and Structural Pesticide Recertification Workshops at >25 locations across Minnesota; Winter Crops Days at multiple locations, and ~35 other events targeted at Agricultural Professionals throughout Minnesota. How have the results been disseminated to communities of interest? The IPM program supported 3 regional newsletters and 3 websites providing current IPM information and management recommendations: Cropping Issues in NW MN reports on developing IPM issues in northwest MN, SW MN IPM does the same for the SW, and Crop Connection the SE MN Regional Ag Newsletter. In 2012, the results from all cropping regional research and demonstration trials conducted by UMN Extension personnel in southern Minnesota were made available in a single report ("2012 Southern Minnesota Regional Research & Demonstration Trials"). UMN-IPM personnel helped develop and produce this report which includes methods, results, and full-color photos of most plots. To ensure an extension program effectively reaches its audience, some form of program evaluation is necessary. At annual pesticide applicator recertification meetings, we conduct an IPM Adoption Survey assessing the success of our educational efforts. Results are also presetned at events targeted at agricultural professionals (as above) and producers. IPM Personnel were involved in programming and delivering content at over 70 grower targeted events throughout the year in Minnesota and collaborating neighboring states, including Prairies Grains and Best of the Best events covering small grains and soybeans; Barriers to Bushels covering soybeans and corn; Sugarbeet Research & Education Board Annual Research Reporting Sessions, sugarbeet growers seminars and the International Sugarbeet Institute; Twilight Tour and Plot Days for potato and seed potato industries; and numerous grower events, plot and field tours, and Industry meetings throughout the growing season across Minnesota and neighboring collaborating states. What do you plan to do during the next reporting period to accomplish the goals? The Agricultural Professional Updates, the Crop Pest management Short Course and Pesticide Applicator Training sessions will be held through the winter extension season, as will numerous other UMN Extension events. The websites, blogs, newsletters and other publications will be continued. In addition, we will be establishing a new position with the responsibilities of coordinating IPM information disseminated in digital formats (web, video, social media, Vine and other digital formats). The participants will continue to meet the goals of this project.

PROGRESS: 2011/09/01 TO 2012/08/31
OUTPUTS: In 2009, IPM Adoption Surveys of independent growers indicated they rely on professional crop advisors and University resources for pest management information. In 2011, the UMN Extension IPM Program continued to focus on delivering education to Agricultural Professionals to act as message multipliers, incorporating newsletters and other electronic and digital outreach publications directed to both professional and grower audiences to educate growers. These efforts were supplemented with face to face meetings and field demonstration projects. In 2011, over 35 extension event meetings targeted to agricultural professionals, over 70 event meetings targeting growers, over 50 research and demonstration plot locations were conducted. Educational programs were the result of the collaborative efforts of 12 state faculty specialists, 27 UMN Extension personnel, 8 multistate collaborative research/extension efforts, and collaborations with industry personnel. In 2011, personnel from the IPM Program participated in programming and delivering content in multi-day Field Schools for Ag Professionals at 2 locations; The Annual Crop Pest Management Short Course (1276 attendees), The Annual Agricultural Professional Update at 6 locations across the state (385 individuals); Commercial, Noncommercial and Structural Pesticide Recertification Workshops at 27 locations across Minnesota; Winter Crops Days at multiple locations, and ~35 other events targeted at Agricultural Professionals throughout Minnesota. In addition, IPM Personnel were involved in programming and delivering content at over 70 grower targeted events throughout the year in Minnesota and collaborating neighboring states, including Soybean College (an intensive on-campus event held at UMN Crookston), Prairies Grains and Best of the Best events covering small grains and soybeans; Barriers to Bushels covering soybeans and corn; Sugarbeet Research & Education Board Annual Research Reporting Sessions, sugarbeet growers seminars and the International Sugarbeet Institute; Twilight Tour and Plot Days for potato and seed potato industries; and numerous grower events, plot and field tours, and Industry meetings throughout the growing season across Minnesota and neighboring collaborating states. The IPM program also supported 3 regional newsletters and 2 websites providing current IPM information and management recommendations: Cropping Issues in NW MN reports on developing IPM issues in northwest MN, SW MN IPM does the same for the SW, and Crop Connection the SE MN Regional Ag Newsletter. In 2011, the results from all cropping regional research and demonstration trials conducted by UMN Extension personnel in southern Minnesota were made available in a single report ("2011 Southern Minnesota Regional Research & Demonstration Trials"). UMN-IPM personnel helped develop and produce this report which includes methods, results, and full-color photos of most plots. To ensure an extension program effectively reaches its audience, some form of program evaluation is necessary. At annual pesticide applicator recertification meetings, we conduct an IPM Adoption Survey assessing the success of our educational efforts. PARTICIPANTS: Dr. Beverly Durgan, Dean of Extension and Dir. UMN Expt. Station Dr. Ian MacRae, Dept. of Entomology, Extension State Specialist and Extension IPM Coordinator Bruce Potter, UMN Extension, Dept. of Entomology, IPM Specialist Fritz Breitenbach, UMN Extension, Dept. of Entomology, IPM Specialist Dr. Carlyle Holen (retired 2011) UMN Extension, Dept. of Entomology, IPM Specialist Dr. David Ragsdale, formerly UMN Dept. of Entomology, Extension State Specialist Dr. Stephen Kells, UMN Dept. of Entomology, Extension State Specialist Dr. Dean Malvick, UMN Dept. Plant Pathology, Extension State Specialist Lisa Behnkin, UMN Extension Regional Extension Educator (collaborator) Ryan Miller, UMN Extension Regional Extension Educator (collaborator) David Nicolai, UMN Extension Regional Extension Educator (collaborator) Phillip Glogoza, UMN Extension Regional Extension Educator (collaborator) Douglas Holen, UMN Extension Regional Extension Educator (collaborator) Russell Severson, UMN Extension Regional Extension Educator (collaborator) Elizabeth Stahl, UMN Extension, Regional Extension Educator (collaborator) Dr. Nick David, formerly UMN Extension, NDSU Dept. of Plant Science (collaborator) Dr. Carol Windels, UMN Plant Pathology (collaborator) Dr. Mark Boetel, NDSU Entomology (collaborator) TARGET AUDIENCES: Agricultural professionals (consultants, elevator/cooperative personnel, agrochemical/industry personnel, independent applicators, etc), commodity groups soybean, corn, small grains, and sugarbeet), growers, agricultural financial personnel, government personnel (NRCS, school districts, etc) PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: One IPM Specialists retired in 2011 (Dr. Carlyle Holen). We have modified the program to include a number of Regional Extnsion Educators, already involved in MN IPM activities. This has provided the program with wider geographic representation, strengthened some areas of expertise and provided more flexibility to the program as a whole. These changes will be implemented in the 2012 grant year.

PROGRESS: 2010/09/01 TO 2011/08/31
OUTPUTS: In 2009 and 2010 IPM Adoption Surveys of independent growers, most reported relying on both Elevator/Cooperative resources and University resources, newsletters and websites for the majority of their pest management information. Consequently, in 2010, the UMN IPM Program continued to focus on delivering education to Agricultural Professionals to act as message multipliers and incorporate newsletters and other electronic and digital outreach publications directed to both professional and grower audiences educate growers. These efforts were heavily supplemented with meetings and demonstration projects. . In 2010, we also began to develop a pilot program to provide quick updates on developing pest problems to crop consultants. This program, called Heads-Up Network will provide text messages to crop consultants by region and crop system interests. In 2010, personnel from the IPM Program participated in programming and delivering content in multi-day Field Schools for Ag Professionals at 2 locations; The Annual Crop Pest Management Short Course held in conjunction with The Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association (~1500 attendees), The Annual Agricultural Professional Update at 6 locations across the state; Commercial, Noncommercial and Structural Pesticide Recertification Workshops at 29 locations across Minnesota; Winter Crops Days at multiple locations, and ~35 other events targeted at Agricultural Professionals throughout Minnesota. In addition, IPM Personnel were involved in programming and delivering content at over 100 grower targeted events throughout the year in Minnesota and in collaborating neighboring states, including Prairies Grains and Best of the Best events covering small grains and soybeans; Barriers to Bushels covering soybeans and corn; Sugarbeet Research & Education Board Annual Research Reporting Sessions, Sugarbeet Growers Seminar and the International Sugarbeet Institute; Twilight Tour and Plot Days covering potato and seed potato industries; and numerous grower events, plot and field tours, and Industry meetings throughout the growing season across Minnesota and neighboring collaborating states. The IPM program also supported 3 regional newsletters and 2 websites providing current IPM information and management recommendations: Cropping Issues in NW MN and the website Red River IPM reports on developing IPM issues in northwest MN, SW MN IPM does the same for the SW, and Crop Connection the SE MN Regional Ag Newsletter. In 2010, the results from all cropping regional research and demonstration trials conducted by UMN Extension personnel in southern Minnesota were made available in a single report ("2010 Southern Minnesota Regional Research & Demonstration Trials"). UMN-IPM personnel helped develop and produce this report which includes methods, results, and full-color photos of most plots. To ensure an extension program effectively reaches its audience, some form of program evaluation is necessary. At annual pesticide applicator recertification meetings, we conduct an IPM Adoption Survey assessing the success of our educational efforts PARTICIPANTS: Dr. Beverly Durgan, Dean of Extension and Dir. UMN Expt. Station. Dr. Ian MacRae, Dept. of Entomology, Extension State Specialist and Extension IPM Coordinator. Bruce Potter, UMN Extension, Dept. of Entomology, IPM Specialist. Fritz Breitenbach, UMN Extension, Dept. of Entomology, IPM Specialist. Dr. Carlyle Holen (retired 2011) UMN Extension, Dept. of Entomology, IPM Specialist. Dr. David Ragsdale, formerly UMN Dept. of Entomology, Extension State Specialist. Dr. Stephen Kells, UMN Dept. of Entomology, Extension State Specialist. Dr. Dean Malvick, UMN Dept. Plant Pathology, Extension State Specialist. Lisa Behnkin, UMN Extension Regional Extension Educator (collaborator). Ryan Miller, UMN Extension Regional Extension Educator (collaborator). David Nicolai, UMN Extension Regional Extension Educator (collaborator). Phillip Glogoza, UMN Extension Regional Extension Educator (collaborator). Douglas Holen, UMN Extension Regional Extension Educator (collaborator). Russell Severson, UMN Extension Regional Extension Educator (collaborator). Elizabeth Stahl, UMN Extension, Regional Extension Educator (collaborator). Dr. Nick David, formerly UMN Extension, NDSU Dept. of Plant Science (collaborator). Dr. Carol Windels, UMN Plant Pathology (collaborator) Dr. Mark Boetel, NDSU Entomology (collaborator). Professional Development IPM Specialists attended The UMN Extension Annual Conference, other professional conferences and professional organization meetings in 2010. TARGET AUDIENCES: Agricultural professionals (consultants, elevator/cooperative personnel, agrochemical/industry personnel, independent applicators, etc), commodity groups soybean, corn, small grains, and sugarbeet), growers, agricultural financial personnel, government personnel (NRCS, school districts, etc), PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: One IPM Specialists retired in 2011 resulting in some budgetary savings but this position will be replaced as soon as possible. One IPM Specialist was on extended health leave for half of 2010 but has since returned to fulltime status.

Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
MIN-17-E03
Accession number
223786
Categories
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