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Southern IPM Center Partnership

Investigators
LaForest, Joe; VanKirk, Jim; Fadamiro, Henry; Carley, Danesha
Institutions
North Carolina State University
Start date
2014
End date
2016
Objective

This report addresses both the core project - Southern IPM Center Partnership - and the IPM Information System supplement.The Southern IPM Center (SIPMC), is one of four regional IPM Centers. SIPMC goals reflect broader goals of IPM as expressed in the National IPM Roadmap: to sustain and enhance environmental, economic and human health by applying IPM in all appropriate settings.

The Southern IPM Center's role in the context of these grand global goals include:
  • To increase coordination and improve efficiency of IPM research and extension efforts by organizing timely responses to emerging issues of regional importance;
  • To facilitate collaboration by acting as a focal point and facilitator of communications thatpromote sound IPM-related decisions;
  • To promote further development and adoption of IPM through regional information networks, collaborative team building and broad-based stakeholder participation;
  • To document the impacts and value of IPM strategies, techniques, programs and projects, building support for IPM among the general public and public policymakers.

The IPM Information System (IPM IS) project is funded as a supplement to the core project. To paraphrase National IPM Roadmap, our goal is to develop and implement IPM in ways that preserve and enhance environmental quality, economic profitability, and human health in all settings. This project addresses a small but important part of that grand goal: to provide information systems (IS) support to the USDA's IPM program portfolio through development, implementation and maintenance of useful tools and processes that provide ready access to important information, enhance networking, and facilitate effective collaboration across the IPM stakeholder community.(a) State of the art delivery of IPM information: This project will maintain, enhance and expand the cohort of products that delivers state of the art IPM information to a wide variety of stakeholders and customers. Components include: information currently located at www.ipm.gov and www.ipmcenters.org; the online IPM eAcademy, a forum for presentations addressing timely and important IPM issues (new); information about and presented at Regional IPM Roundtables (new) and the tri-annual International IPM Symposium; a national iteration of the NEIMPC's IPM Resources database; enhancement of a tick management smartphone app (new); and online instruction in use of reporting and visualization tools for IPM (new).(b) Impact information and logic model tools: SIPMC will continue to collect and synthesize impact information from NIFA-supported projects for incorporation into the interagency IPM Project Database. We will maintain and work with RIPMC partners to enhance the PPMS tool that feeds content - records - to that database. We will maintain the existing Logic Model website, updating content when it is provided to us. We will manage and contribute to the national IPM success story area of the new national website.(c) Web-based networking tools for IPM research and extension personnel: SIPMC will facilitate networking among the National IPM Centers, NIFA IPM staff and other stakeholders through traditional methods (email, teleconference) as well as newer online methods (Basecamp©, GoToMeeting©, GoToWebinar©.) We will continue to facilitate the National IPM Centers IT subcommittee, and to serve the online content of the National IPM Symposium website.(d) Reference and information support tool for setting IPM program priorities. This project will continue to serve as a reference and decision support tool for setting IPM program priorities through continued support of the IPM Documents databases. We will maintain and (working with RIPMC partners) enhance the PPMS tool used by RIPMCs to manage grant competitions. We will manage and maintain the existing IPM documents database. We will complete development of, release and then enhance the CLD tool to modernize use of CP and PMSP information.

More information

NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: This is an RCP regional IPM center project for the southern region. Its goal is to build regional IPM information networks and encourage collaboration and broad-based stakeholder participation to improve efficiency of IPM research and extension efforts and promote IPM adoption. SIPMC serves as a focal point for communication and collaboration. It also provides and regional coordination and leadership of impact and program evaluation to refine the vision of what is most needed and what efforts are most effective. To accomplish these goals, SIPMC includes the following approaches. SIPMC will engage a large and diverse stakeholder community. We will convene two regional IPM Roundtables to increase interaction among HATCH committees, CPPM PDs, and other IPM stakeholders in the region. We will continue to implement the regional Regulatory Information Network to address regulatory issues. We will launch the national IPM eAcademy, providing online presentations highlighting current IPM research, extension, education and policy issues. This project will implement four Signature Programs to enhance food security. Facilitation of Innovation Through Technology, or FITT, optimizes development and implementation of technological tools to address IPM priorities. Two competitive grants programs will address critical and emerging issues, support collaborative efforts, and support new solutions for new and existing problems. A working group will bring a regional perspective to the pollinator protection issue. We will expand a framework for real-time IPM decision support via the new Cotton IPM Decision Support System. This proposal includes an optional supplement for development of the IPM Information System. This project will maintain and make minor improvements to systems already in use (Logic model website, PPMS, IPM Documents database, Interagency IPM Projects Database, IPM Symposium websites.) Combining with projects previously funded by the EIPMDSS program, it will also complete and maintain projects now in development (National IPM websites, Component Level Database). New tools and processes to enhance the effectiveness of the NIFA-supported IPM portfolio will be developed (online IPM eAcademy; Regional IPM Roundtables; a national IPM Resources database; enhanced tick management smartphone app; online instruction in use of reporting and visualization tools for IPM). We will facilitate the RIPMC IT committee using traditional (teleconference) and contemporary (online project management, networking and presentation software) methods.

Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
NC09263
Accession number
1004247
Categories
Education and Training
Food Defense and Integrity
Policy and Planning