<ol> <LI>Establish and maintain information networks that engage Extension IPM programs and other IPM-related programs and expertise operating at the national, state, and local levels (IPM coordinators, PSEP, IR-4, SARE, Regional Water Quality, EPA Regional Agricultural Initiative program, eXtension Communities of Practice, etc.). <LI>Build Partnerships to Address Challenges and Opportunities: Involve stakeholders in identifying needs and priorities for IPM in serving agriculture, food, and natural resource systems and focus resources on addressing the identified priority needs.<LI> Evaluate and Communicate Successes: Support assessment and evaluation efforts to document the impacts of IPM implementation throughout the region and communicate positive outcomes to key stakeholders, funding organizations, and policy makers.
Non-Technical Summary: IPM needs for agriculture, natural and urban areas will be addressed. The structure of the WIPMC with its stakeholder involvement and partnerships assures success in completing goals. Goals of the Western IPM Center (WIPMC) are to increase economic benefits of adopting IPM, reduce environmental and human health risks associated with managing pests, and evaluate progress of towards these goals. <P> Approach: 1. Provide leadership for the WIPMC to ensure accountability and responsiveness to stakeholder needs throughout the western region. 2. Develop and issue RFAs for information networks, work groups, western IPM issues, PMSPs and emerging issues. 3. Facilitate communication and cooperation with existing regional and national pest management programs. 4. Continue active participation with state lead agencies throughout the region. 5. Encourage individuals in states to join work groups representing their needs. 6. Provide leadership within the western region on a collaborative effort with other federal agencies to provide IPM education/training workshops. 7. Respond to questions from USDA and other stakeholders in a timely manner. 8. Promote collaboration to minimize duplication of effort. 9. Continue integration of Extension IPM (i.e., 3(d) supported) and IPM Center programs as much as possible at the state and regional levels. 10. Aggregate measurable indicators from projects that can contribute to the assessment of the impact of IPM throughout the region. 11. Promote and improve access to IPM information through targeted use of the Internet and printed material (e.g., newsletters and bulletins). 12. Manage regionally focused IPM grants program (funds remain at CSREES for distribution). 13. Recommend regional priorities for inclusion in the Pest Management Alternatives Program (PMAP).