IPM Success Stories

IPM is good for people, the environment, and the pocketbook

Since 2000, we’ve fostered the development and adoption of integrated pest management, supporting projects that focus on important pest problems and provide economic, environmental, and human health benefits to our region. Read on to learn about the impacts of projects we’ve funded and about the work of our partners nationwide.

February 26, 2010
Thriving on IPM

Fresh ideas and strong relationships keep farm vibrant. Family farmer Don Dzen is convinced that expanding his use of IPM was a smart decision: “Each year there’s been something that paid for itself, something we were missing before.”

February 26, 2010
Tomato Seed Treatment Prevents Bacterial Canker

Five years ago, bacterial canker was a growing threat to New Jersey's $28 million fresh market tomato industry. IPM researchers have introduced growers to a seed heat treatment that eliminates seed as the primary inoculum source.

February 26, 2010
Beetles v. Purple Loosestrife

Can these natural enemies slow the invasion? IPM programs in the Northeast have enlisted the help of two beetle species to slow the spread of purple loosestrife, and they find that these insects can significantly inhibit the weed’s growth.

October 1, 2009
Advancing on Apple Pests

Researchers, educators, consultants, and growers are working to synthesize current knowledge and create an advanced IPM system that could enhance profits and sustainability.

October 1, 2009
Rice Is Nice

... especially when locally grown. Rice production is alluring both to locavores and to growers seeking ways to get production from marginal lands.

July 15, 2009
School IPM Pilot Projects Take Flight

Schools embrace IPM for all the right reasons: Children are more vulnerable than adults to both pests and pesticides, either of which can trigger asthma, the leading chronic illness in U.S. children.

July 15, 2009
New Tomato Hybrids on the Way

Seed companies put IPM researchers’ findings to use: Growers now have access to new tomato varieties that resist some of the most threatening tomato diseases and can be grown in ways that are gentler to the environment.

July 15, 2009
IPM Saves Maine Potato Growers $17 Million

Maine’s Potato IPM Program made great strides in 2008, saving growers $17 million while minimizing pesticide usage. This is big news in a state where potatoes are the top agricultural commodity, valued at more than $500 million.

February 1, 2009
Living the Green Dream

Northeastern golf courses put IPM to work: Turf managers need strategies to comply with new mandates, lessen environmental impacts, and continue to attract players in a competitive industry.

February 1, 2009
Smarter Lawn Care, Cleaner Water

The Green-Blue Grants Program disbursed $12,500 to promote clean water through residential IPM. Nearly 1,000 homeowners and lawn care professionals in six states received direct training through this program.