IPM Planning

The following documents and tools help agencies and IPM practitioners identify real-world needs, set research and extension priorities, plan for and implement IPM strategies, and evaluate the impacts:

IPM Guidelines

These guidelines (also known as IPM elements, protocols, checklists, definitions, and standards) help growers identify ways of managing pests that pose the fewest risks to human health, economics, and the environment. When followed and documented, they indicate that a grower has implemented specific practices.

Crop Profiles

Compiled by state and commodity, crop profiles describe current production and pest management methods and recommendations. These documents can be used to identify gaps and help us to better understand where future research efforts should lead.

Pest Management Strategic Plans (PMSPs)

Building on crop profiles, PMSPs identify current and emerging pest management tactics and prioritize the research, education, and regulatory needs required to properly manage pests. PMSPs may be written for nonagricultural settings, such as municipal buildings and health care facilities.

Evaluating Impacts

Logic models and IPM guidelines are tools that help us measure the extent to which IPM is being practiced, and whether projects are having an impact on the economy, human health, and the environment.