NIPMCC Releases Whitepapers Backing IPM Support, Investment
New issue papers discuss role of IPM in combating resistance and invasive species, safeguarding food supply, and minimizing economic losses
The National Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinating Committee (NIPMCC) has released a series of whitepapers explaining how pests threaten the security of the U.S. food supply, how an IPM approach offers the most effective means of managing pests, and why ongoing investment in IPM research and extension is critical to keeping pace with the ever-evolving nature of these threats.
- U.S. Agriculture Is Vulnerable to Weeds, Diseases, Insects and Other Pest Threats: An overview of both the importance and fragility of American agriculture, its economic significance, and its specific vulnerability to pests.
- The Growing Threat of Pests Resistant to Pesticides and Other Management Tactics: An explanation of pest resistance and how it develops, why traditional management methods are vulnerable to resistance, and how IPM undercuts the mechanisms by which resistance develops while offering alternate methods to control already-resistant pests.
- Invasive Pests: A $120 Billion-a-Year Threat to America’s Farms and Lands: A primer on invasive pests and the unique management challenges they pose—and the economic damage they cause—by enjoying free rein in novel environments that lack the natural control agents often present in their native habitats.
About the NIPMCC
The National Integrated Pest Management Coordinating Committee (NIPMCC) is a committee of the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy (ESCOP) and the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) within the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) governing structure.
It assists in development of reports and strategic plans on pest management issues and pursues activities that facilitate coordination and collaboration nationally among and between IPM research and extension at the land-grant universities, and between the land-grants and federal agencies involved in IPM.
Learn more at http://escop.info/committee/nipmcc/.