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North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (NCIPMC): A Regional Approach to Pest Management Implementation FY11


NCIPMC Goals: 1) Improve economic benefits of adopting IPM practices, 2) Reduce potential risks to human health, and 3) Reduce potential risks to the environment.<P> Proposal Objectives: 1. Establish and Maintain Information Networks, 2. Build Partnerships to Address Challenges and Opportunities 3. Develop Signature Global Food Security Programs and Foster Their Sustainability, 4. Review and Evaluate Impacts of IPM Implementation and Communicate Successes, and 5. Manage Funding Resources Effectively.<P> Milestones (M) and Expected Outcomes (EO): (M) Coordination of regional and national educational outreach programs. (EO) Collaborative responses to pest management issues. (M) Share information on pest issues in the NCIPMC Connection Newsletter, the NCIPMC web site and other mechanisms. (EO) Dissemination of IPM-related information of regional and national importance. (M) Annual review of strategic plan by NCIPMC Stakeholder Panel. (EO) Address IPM priorities of regional relevance in NCIPMC programs. (M) Maintain information networks between national, regional and state stakeholders. (EO) Engage stakeholders and gather their input on pest management decisions of local relevance. (M) Conduct a forum to identify areas of collaboration between the 1994 Tribal Colleges, Native American Nations, the 1862 Land-Grant Universities, and IPM programs in the NC region. (EO) A plan for research, teaching and extension programming partnerships between 1862 and 1994 land grant institutions. (M) Conduct a training teleconference to assist county Extension directors' market distance education opportunities to their clientele. (EO) Broader dissemination of educational programs delivered by regional experts at the local county level. (M) Conduct annual face-to-face Stakeholder Panel meeting and teleconferences. (EO) Guidance and input on regional needs and identification of NCIPMC priorities. (M) Annual management of NCRIPM and NCIPMC Working Group Grants Programs. (EO) Dispersal of funds to regionally important research and extension projects. (M) Participate as members of IPM-related regional and national committees. (EO) Effective coordination of responses to IPM activities and development of new partnerships. (M) Collaborate with APHIS on invasive species issues. (EO) Effective and efficient rapid responses to pests of environmental, economical and human health importance.

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Non-Technical Summary: <BR>The mission of the North Central IPM Center (NCIPMC) is to provide leadership and cooperate with our partners in promoting and improving the economic, environmental and human health benefits of IPM adoption. The NCIPMC goals are to: 1) Improve economic benefits of adopting IPM practices, 2) Reduce potential risks to human health, and 3) Reduce potential risks to the environment. As articulated in our NCIPMC Strategic Plan, developed by the Stakeholder Panel, we have identified strategies and core activities to achieve these goals. The objectives for the NCIPMC are 1) establish new and maintain existing information networks, 2) continue to build partnerships to address IPM challenges and opportunities, 3) develop signature global food security programs and foster their sustainability, 4) review and evaluate impacts of IPM implementation and communicate successes, and 5) manage funding resources effectively. While our Center will have a regional focus on pest priorities, we will continue to increase interregional, national and international collaboration and communication to ensure coordination of pest management efforts effectively and efficiently. The NCIPMC will serve as a catalyst for promoting and reporting IPM accomplishments achieved by our broad-based clientele to increase accountability. Our Center will actively respond to the goals of the National Roadmap for IPM to ensure coordination of efforts and resources to enhance IPM development and adoption for production agriculture, natural resources and recreational environments, and residential and public areas in cooperation with the Federal IPM Coordinating Committee. The NCIPMC's signature programs include Tribal IPM programs, IPM education and outreach, IPM impact assessment, IPM issue-focused working groups and pest management strategic plans. These programs will engage broad representation of our region's stakeholders including our 1994 and 1890 sister institutions, as well as other underserved audiences. Many of our signature programs receive supplemental funding from additional grant awards obtained by NCIPMC personnel. <P> Approach: <BR> Objective 1. Establish and Maintain Information Networks. We propose to maintain and enhance our interactive information networks that cross traditional institutional, disciplinary, programmatic and geographic boundaries to address regional IPM priorities, as well as novel approaches to improve communication and to develop and share educational information with new partners. Our information networks include our state contacts who assist with regulatory questions from EPA and the Office of Pest Management Policy, the NCIPMC competitively funded working groups, our quarterly NCIPMC Connection newsletter and our NCIPMC website. Objective 2. Build Partnerships to Address Challenges and Opportunities. One of the roles of the regional IPM Centers is to bring people, programs and resources together and we propose to do this by facilitating collaboration and coordination through improved communication within the North Central region in the area of IPM programming. In addition to engaging regional stakeholders, we provide national support for IPM programs including the IPM Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (ipmPIPE) and the new application for an eXtension IPM Community of Practice. We serve as members of the NCERA-201 IPM Coordinating Committee and as part of this committee we are engaging with Lincoln University's newly developed IPM program (1890 institution). Objective 3. Develop Signature Global Food Security Programs and Foster Their Sustainability. The NCIPMC will continue several of its signature programs that enhance the Global Food Security priority and will add a new impact assessment program to evaluate the success of our funded programs beginning with our working groups. We have conducted other aspects of IPM evaluation in the region, but now that the NCIPMC funded projects have matured we are well positioned to evaluate their impacts. Our existing signature programs include: A) Tribal IPM Programs, B) Education and Outreach Efforts, C) Invasive Species Management, D) NCIPMC Working Groups Grants Program, E) Pest Management Strategic Plans, and F) Impact Assessment (NCIPMC funded projects). Objective 4. Review and Evaluate Impacts of IPM Implementation and Communicate Successes. The NCIPMC supports evaluation and measurement efforts in order to document the impacts of IPM implementation throughout the region. We propose to continue our efforts to aggregate and synthesize existing information using survey data from NASS and NRCS, obtain new data in collaboration with NCIPMC Working Group surveys, and communicate program successes to key stakeholders, funding organizations and policy makers. Objective 5. Manage Funding Resources Effectively. NCIPMC personnel have extensive grants management experience including solicitation of regional priorities, preparation and dissemination of Requests of Applications, selection of peer review panels, grant review coordination and project reporting. During the current grant project, the NCIPMC has collaborated with NIFA to develop a sub-award process to facilitate the distribution of grant program funds.

Ratcliffe, Susan
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
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