The proposed Center will operate as a major program within the NSF Center for Integrated Pest Management (CIPM) located at North Carolina State University. CIPM has been established for over 10 years and is a recognized, functioning unit within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Stinner 2003). The Center maintains its own NCSU accounting code, with grants management experience that includes over 120 projects (160+ scientists in 36 states and over $6 million). CIPM employs a full-time Director, 2 faculty Core Coordinators (a third will be named shortly), a full-time Administrative Assistant, 6 Internet application specialists (2 part-time), 3 Senior Researchers, and 15 Research Assistants (most working on invasive species issues with USDA/APHIS/CPHST). The two committees detailed below will have representatives from federal and state government programs, 1862 and 1890 land-grant institutions, and organizations representing growers, agribusiness, and environment. Although the major SRIPMC activity and coordination will occur through the committees described below, CIPM will use the relationships it has already established with its 35+ members and supporters to coordinate activities, and to aggregate and disseminate information. For example, the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants (NAICC) is involved in discussions with EPA to provide the agency with activity timelines that describe consultant activities in the field for various crops. This discussion and any resulting products are now external to the current PMC's. Because CIPM maintains the NAICC website and NAICC is a member of the CIPM Industry Advisory Board, we would propose to integrate the results of their activities within the new SRIPMC information system. The IPMC's would not even be aware of this activity without our current relationship with NAICC. We are also currently working with the Western, North Central and Northeastern Regional PMC's information technology personnel to develop Web Services for seamless sharing of all information on the national System (see Xia, et al., 2002a,b).
NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: Priorities and research are nto consistant or regionalized. The Center will manage funds for IPM on a regional basis, consistent with priorities establsihed by stakeholders.
APPROACH: Advisory Council: will determine general policies for Center operation; determine needs and set general priorities for programs based on surveys and other data based on stakeholder opinion; suggest new/innovative focus areas for center activities; and help develop and promote interaction with stakeholder organizations. The Council will consist of 25-40 members and will meet at least annually. The Council will also appoint both standing (e.g., Commodity Working Groups) and ad-hoc sub-committees (e.g., EPA targets and Focus Groups) as needed. Steering Committee: will consist of approximately twelve voting members and ten non-voting members and will meet semi-annually. The Steering Committee will provide guidance for executive decisions and administrative management, determine how to implement policies from Advisory Council, and determine the application of priorities to Center efforts through the selection of activities that promote the focus areas recommended by the Advisory Council. After the first year, we will ask the SRIPM, SRSARE, SRIPMC Project Leaders, and other Federal programs to select the representatives from their organizations. The Steering Committee will develop a list of organizations/nominees yearly, and the Advisory Committee will be asked to make the actual selection of representatives. Because of the dynamic nature of emerging critical issues and unexpected personnel changes, the IPMC Director or CSREES representative will have the authority to appoint temporary, non-voting, members to either committee, subject to approval of the Advisory Council at the next scheduled meeting. The overriding concern will be to maintain a diverse set of perspectives from all stakeholder factions on the committees. We have also strived for a wide array of commodity and focus area representation. By using representatives from both the state IPM committees and the current SRPMC stakeholder committee, together with specific commodity/focus area representatives (currently cotton, soybeans, strawberry, PCOs, and consultants), we expect to have the needed representation. However, once the Advisory Council is established, should we find key areas not represented (e.g., animal IPM or school IPM), we will work with the Advisory Council members to appoint additional members to speak for those areas. Finally, geographic diversity has been sought, not only from the Southern Region, but where appropriate, nationally. All Southern Region states with IPM Committees will be asked to name a representative from their committee. For those states without IPM committees, the SRIPMC IPM Facilitator will identify an appropriate representative and work with the state for the establishment of an IPM committee.
PROGRESS: 2003/09 TO 2008/09<BR>
OUTPUTS: The IPM Enhancement Grants program provided by this Center has funded 69 projects totaling $1,806,153. Grants were awarded to 13 universities and one NGO. State Contact programs funded through this mechanism provide connections between federal and state regulatory agencies and University experts. The program has funded 39 Special Projects including Start-UP and Capstone projects with $912,161. Information about each project can be found at http://www.sripmc.org/projects/index.cfm. We have coordinated regional responses to 90 informational requests from EPA and USDA Office of Pest Management Policy. We coordinated input on regional IPM prioties and other important stakeholder comment online, through attendance each year at the SERA03-IPM regional meeting, and through 2 meetings each year of our Advisory Council and Steering Committee. We have managed the finances for the USDA-CSREES and Land Grant program called the ipmPIPE. <BR> PARTICIPANTS: Many partner organizations have served or serve on our Advisory Council and or Steering Committee. These include SERA03-IPM, Cotton, Inc., EPA regional and national offices, USDA OPMP, NAICC, United Soybean Board, National Cotton Council, Insecticide Resistance Action Committee, Monsanto Corp., City of Austin Grow Green Program, 1890 Land Grant Research Director, North Carolina A&T, Tennessee State University, Southern Region Master Gardeners, Southern Plant Diagnostic Network, SR SARE, Center for Ag Partnerships,and Southern AgriBusiness Services LLC.<BR> TARGET AUDIENCES: Target audiences are primarily those whose mission is to develop or implement IPM, including state IPM programs, researchers, extension educators, consultants, and non-profit providers. Secondarily we promote the concept, value and use of IPM to the general public. <BR> <BR>
IMPACT: 2003/09 TO 2008/09<BR>
Twenty-two (22) pest management strategic plans (PMSPs) covering 33 distinct cropping situations in 12 states have been produce. 66 Crop Profiles covering crops in 12 states and 1 territory have been produced. These are available from the web page http://www.sripmc.org/rese profiles.cfm. IPM in the Region has been promoted through release of 21 issues of the newsletter Southern Exposure, 38 press releases and publication of 7 feature articles in the popular media. We have managed 30-41 contracts each of the last 3 years to develop and implement the ipmPIPE, which now covers 5 major components (soybean rust, soybean aphid, other legumes, pecan nut casebearer and curcurbit downy mildew). We have coordinated and submitted methyl bromide CEU applications for the region each year over the life of this project. Several publications have been produced as the result of the IPM Enhancement Grants Program and other efforts.