Pesticide News Story: Partnership Grants Demonstrate Integrated Pest Management
For Release: January 20, 2010
EPA has awarded grants totaling nearly $1 million for projects that promote agricultural and community-based Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to pesticide risk-reduction. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. The grants will support a number of diverse activities, including: research, demonstration of innovative IPM practices, technologies, training of new IPM coaches, outreach, and multilingual education programs. In selecting grant awards, EPA emphasized projects that address:
- alternatives to soil fumigants and azinphos methyl, a pesticide used on orchard fruit, nuts and other crops
- IPM strategies for watersheds with pesticides in surface waters
- IPM in schools, daycare, hospitals, and urban residences
- adoption of biopesticides or reduced-risk pesticides
- methods for measuring IPM adoption or the reduction of risks associated with pesticide use
- business cases for implementing IPM
The funding for these grants was authorized by the Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act. Grants were awarded by the Office of Pesticide Programs, Biopesticide and Pollution Prevention Division, for a two-year period of performance to the following four organizations:
- Baltimore City Health Department (Baltimore, MD): $250,000 for "Safe Pest Management for Health: An Initiative to Reduce Community Pesticide Use, Increase IPM, and Improve Environmental Health in Baltimore through Public and Private Partnerships."
- University of California (Berkeley, CA): $249,687 for "Implementing Reduced Risk Alternatives for Management of Codling Moth in Walnuts."
- The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA): $249,770 for "Collaborative Design and Delivery of a Unified Training Platform for IPM In Buildings."
- University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI): $202, 027 for "Expanding and Improving the Use of IPM in Midwest Fruit Production."
For more information about these grants, please visit the PRIA2 Partnership Grants Web site.