Western IPM Center Projects

 

2014 Grants

 

2002 - 2013 Grants


Western IPM Center Project Websites

 

Project Report Form (Fillable Form - MS Word)

U.S. Interagency IPM Projects Database
Information on our funded projects feeds into the U.S. Interagency IPM Projects database, a national system for IPM projects across the country.


Work Groups


2004 Work Groups


IPM Consequences of Herbicide Tolerant and Insect Resistant Crops (1 year)

Objectives: Organize a work group of western agricultural professionals in the areas of herbicide tolerant and/or insect resistant crops. Initiate a series of video conferences for the work group in late spring 2004. Develop a set of priorities for research and information needs and a strategy for addressing them. Develop a prototype web site that will provide coordinated access to herbicide tolerant and insect resistant (HTIR) information resources.

Outcomes: Improved communication and collaboration within the region among workers concerned with HTIR crops. A prototype web site providing access to information resources. A coordinated approach for developing additional information resources.

Progress Report (PDF*)
Final Report (PDF*, MS Word)


Curly Top Virus Biology, Transmission, Ecology, and Management Work Group (2 years)

Objectives: Assemble a work group that will include university, government, extension, and commodity-based individuals to assess the current status of curly top and set priorities for research on beet curly top virus. Organize research:

Outcomes: Assess status of current research and prioritize required research into curly top virus genetics, vector biology and genetics, weed ecology, and disease management. Develop an action plan to determine who will accomplish which aspects of the research, including who will work together to seek funding for the highest priority research. Coordinate research to provide preliminary information needed to secure further grant funding.

Final Report (PDF*, MS Word)


Crop Insect Losses and Impact Assessment Work Group (2 years)

Objectives: Collaborate with scientists and stakeholders throughout the low desert areas of Arizona and southern California. Serve as a forum to discuss and develop crop insect loss and impact assessment for key economic crops, starting with cotton, leafy vegetables, and melons. Periodically assemble diverse sources of information and perspective to evaluate crop losses and the associated causes and underlying costs.

Outcomes: Assess in detail the role of insects and insecticides in the production of cotton, melons and leafy vegetables (key low desert crops). Provide ready access to pest management data (what is sprayed on crops, the intent or target of those sprays, and other information), for economists, entomologists, other pest managers, regulators, policymakers, and other state, regional, and federal officials. Provide interested parties with specific information about crop loss, insects, and other factors to guide new and existing research, implementation, and IPM outreach efforts.

Progress Report (PDF*, MS Word)
Final Report (PDF*)


The Western Region Urban Residential and Institutional IPM Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: Establish a multistate, multiorganization work group to enhance communication and collaborations regarding urban residential and institutional IPM (schools, daycares, hospitals, residences, business, etc.). Identify the needs and obstacles to shifting to IPM practices encountered by people servicing accounts in urban residential and institutional pest control. Identify the needs and obstacles for consumers, institutions, and businesses in receiving IPM practices. Develop a regional plan, including funding, for moving toward short-term and long-term goals.

Outcomes: Enhanced communication through conference calls, face-to-face meetings, and emails. Report findings on obstacles and needs and possible projects to overcome obstacles and meet needs (short- and long-term). Report findings on educational resources and possible projects (short- and long-term). Report on potential funding sources for each element of the plan.

Progress Report (PDF*, MS Word)
Final Report (PDF*, MS Word)


Incorporation of IPM Guidelines in NRCS Conservation Planning (1 year)

Objectives: Facilitate a team of pest management experts to design a methodology and process for collaborating with NRCS. Identify or design a process/system for incorporating IPM guidelines into NRCS Conservation Plans. Identify additional funding sources to build an IPM Planner that would satisfy NRCS planning requirements. Facilitate relationships with multiple government agencies to promote collaboration and reduce duplication of efforts.

Outcomes: A final report describing the work group's recommended NRCS process and system.

Final Report (PDF*, MS Word)


Pacific Northwest Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: Collaborate regionally with other state principal investigators to develop intra/interstate crop profiles and pest management strategic plans (PMSPs), to rank and prioritize emerging issues, and to develop regional publications. Participate in "alignment to the IPM Roadmap" development projects developed by other regional principal investigators.

Outcomes: Collaborative meetings between regional principal investigators leading to priority setting and future project assignments and collaborations for the region in support of the Western IPM Center's priority A (Building IPM Information and Resources).

Final Report (PDF*, MS Word)


Work Group on Weather Systems (2 years)

Objectives: Develop a technical workgroup that will discuss and refine standards and protocols for the collection, analysis, and web delivery of weather data for IPM purposes. Increase awareness of, access to, and use of forecasting and epidemiological models in IPM that exploit high quality weather data. Coordinate application for regional, federal, and state-based grants that support the use of weather data and modeling tools in IPM. Publish reports, technical documents, and refereed articles that help to advance the use of weather data and modeling tools in IPM.

Outcomes: Facilitated access to expertise and data sources for weather-based information, through the WIPMC web site, and the workgroup web link, and also through participation in meetings run by the workgroup. Prioritization of needs in technical areas associated with weather data acquisition and use for IPM purposes. Development of new partnerships and collaborations that lead to successful grant applications that involve stakeholders and end users.

Final Report (PDF*, MS Word)


Oregon and Washington Small Fruits Work Group (2 years)

Objectives: Create a Pacific Northwest Small Fruits Work Group to identify IPM needs and resources and make recommendations. Identify and prioritize IPM research projects. Develop, coordinate, and disseminate a funding database and elicit research proposals.

Outcomes: Involve all aspects of the caneberry community—growers, field workers, processors, and researchers. Serve as the nucleus to gather and disseminate information concerning IPM needs and caneberry research projects. Encourage and support IPM research, and enlarge IPM's role for small fruits to help ameliorate the environment. Focus on IPM research and reduce duplication of effort by uniting organizations and small fruits professionals (many are already working on various aspects of IPM), for a single collaborative effort in the Pacific Northwest.

Progress Report (PDF*, MS Word)



2005 Work Groups


IPM Consequences of Herbicide Tolerant and Insect Resistant Crops (1 year)

Objectives: Continue to expand work group, in particular seeking private sector participants. Continue holding video conferences among subsets of work group members. Encourage attendance at regional meetings relevant to the work group goal. Develop set of priorities for research and information needs, and a strategy for addressing them. Enhance information content of web site established with first year funding.

Outcomes: Improved communication and collaboration within the region among workers concerned with HTIR crops. An attractive and useful web site providing access to information resources on HTIR issues. A coordinated approach for developing additional information resources.

Progress Report (PDF*)
Final Report (PDF*, MS Word)


Pacific Northwest Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: Collaborate regionally with other state principal investigators to develop intra/interstate crop profiles and pest management strategic plans (PMSPs), to rank and prioritize emerging issues, and to develop regional publications. Participate in "alignment to the IPM Roadmap" development projects developed by other regional principal investigators.

Outcomes: Collaborative meetings between regional principal investigators leading to priority setting and future project assignments and collaborations for the region in support of the Western IPM Center's priority A (Building IPM Information and Resources).

Final Report (PDF*, MS Word)


OnePlan IPM Planner Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: Facilitate a team of pest management and farm planning experts to develop and design the IPM planner. Incorporate IPM guidelines and decision tools into NRCS Conservation Plans. Collaborate with NRCS to develop user incentives for IPM adoption reflecting reduced risks to human health and the environment. Facilitate relationships with multiple government agencies and promote multi-organizational collaborations to reduce duplication of effort.

Outcomes: Beta version of the OnePlan IPM Planner. IPM approaches developed and promoted that will reduce pesticide risks to the environment and human health and improve farm profitability and sustainability. Reduced duplication of effort. Incentives promoted for producers to adopt IPM practices.

Final Report (PDF*, MS Word)



2006 Work Groups


Pacific Northwest Work Group on Agricultural IPM Issues (1 year)

Objectives: Continue a regularly scheduled meeting format that allows for timely prioritization of regional issues and PMSPs, group discussion on joint projects of interest, and methods through which to further the IPM Roadmap among PNW member states. Interact with other states engaged in IPM programming. Attend IPM symposia or meetings for the purpose of professional development, organized discussion of projects with other IPM professionals, and active group planning of IPM projects we propose to submit to funding agencies. Establish linkages between PNW work group members and other groups that can influence IPM adoption..

Outcomes: Maintenance of the PNW work group structure. Continued collaboration via three teleconferences during 2006. Planning meeting (in-person) during 2006 with work group members and other IPM professionals. Prioritization of regional needs and critical issues. Active participation in the development of regional publications (e.g., PMSPs). Increased regional collaboration that results in IPM tools for growers and better information given to EPA in support of minor crop production.

Progress Report (PDF*)
Poster (PDF*, PowerPoint)


Crop Insect Losses and Impact Assessment Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: Collaborate with scientists and stakeholders throughout the low desert areas of Arizona and southern California. Serve as a forum to discuss and develop crop insect loss and impact assessment for key economic crops, starting with cotton, leafy vegetables, and melons. Periodically assemble diverse sources of information and perspective to evaluate crop losses and the associated causes and underlying costs.

Outcomes: Assess in detail the role of insects and insecticides in the production of cotton, melons and leafy vegetables (key low desert crops). Provide ready access to pest management data (what is sprayed on crops, the intent or target of those sprays, and other information), for economists, entomologists, other pest managers, regulators, policymakers, and other state, regional, and federal officials. Provide interested parties with specific information about crop loss, insects, and other factors to guide new and existing research, implementation, and IPM outreach efforts.

Progress Report (PDF*, MS Word)


Western Region Structural Pest IPM Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: Develop the Structural Pest IPM Program and 2007 IPM Curriculum and prioritize research projects to be conducted at the Structural Pest Research and Demonstration Facility at Washington State University, Puyallup. Enhance communication and collaborations regarding structural pest IPM in urban residences and schools through a work group with representatives from multiple states in the western region, including university specialists, state regulatory staff, pest management professionals and structural pest inspectors, realtors, and professional association members. Assess regional priorities for demonstration workshops and training programs at the Puyallup facility. Develop a detailed education plan for the Structural Pest IPM Program. Prioritize regional research needs related to Structural Pest IPM and identify potential funding sources.

Outcomes: Establishment of a Structural Pest IPM Program and 2007 IPM Curriculum and identification of critical structural pest IPM research projects. Provision of a forum and funding to increase regional communication and collaboration among structural pest inspection and management stakeholders. Resulting educational programs and research projects will lead to reduced numbers of inaccurate inspections and reduced potential health risks from unnecessary pesticide applications.

Final Report (PDF*)
Final Report Attachment 1
Final Report Attachment 2


Work Group on Weather Systems (1 year)

Objectives: Assemble experts in the areas of climatology, meteorology, information technology, precision agriculture, extension, and insect and plant pathogen epidemiology and modeling with information providers and producers to further develop a road map for the utilization of weather-based management tools. Further develop the conceptual, research, and implementation framework for a weather and climate-based system to enhance management decisions for IPM and other agricultural and societal purposes. Increase awareness of, access to, and use of forecasting and epidemiological models in IPM that exploit high quality weather data. Engage user groups including individual producers, crop consultants, and commodity groups in determining the value and needs of a weather and climate-based decision support system. Coordinate application for federal, regional, and state-based grants that support the collection and use of weather data and modeling tools in IPM. Publish reports, technical documents, and refereed articles that help to advance the use of weather data and modeling tools in IPM.

Outcomes: Prioritization of needs in technical areas associated with weather data acquisition and use for IPM purposes. Development of new partnerships and collaborations that lead to successful grant applications that involve stakeholders and end users. Facilitated access to expertise and data sources for weather-based information through the AIMS web site, the work group web link, and through participation in meetings run by the work group.

Progress Report 2006 (PDF*, MS Word)
Progress Report 2007 (PDF*, MS Word)


Oregon and Washington Small Fruits Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: Continue to serve as the communication center for the Small Fruits Work Group. Continue to identify IPM research needs and resources and update and add to the current insect/disease searchable databases and the research database on the nwipm.info web site. Develop a coordinated method for setting research priorities and elicit and coordinate research proposals.

Outcomes: Work group will continue to reflect all regions of the Pacific Northwest as well as public and private interests. Matrix of small fruits research priorities to be use by the regional funding agencies. Creation of the matrix will allow investigators to complete work on a searchable database of research projects, which will help minimize duplication of research efforts.

Final Report (PDF*, MS Word)



2007 Work Groups


Pacific Northwest Work Group on Agricultural IPM Issues (1 year)

Objectives: Continue a regularly scheduled meeting format that allows for timely prioritization of regional issues and PMSPs, group discussion on joint projects of interest, and methods through which to further the IPM Roadmap among PNW member states. Continue to interact with other states engaged in IPM programming. Attend IPM symposia or meetings for the purpose of professional development, organized discussion of projects with other IPM professionals, and active group planning of IPM projects we propose to submit to funding agencies. Continue to establish linkages between PNW work group members and other groups that can influence IPM adoption..

Outcomes: Maintenance of the PNW work group structure. Continued collaboration via two teleconferences during 2007. Two planning meetings (in-person) during 2007 with work group members and other IPM professionals. Prioritization of regional needs and critical issues. Active participation in the development of regional publications (e.g., PMSPs). Increased regional collaboration that results in IPM tools for growers and better information given to EPA in support of minor crop production.

Final Report (PDF*)

Crop Insect Losses and Impact Assessment Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: Collaborate with scientists and stakeholders throughout the low desert areas of Arizona and southern California. Serve as a forum to discuss and develop crop insect loss and impact assessment for key economic crops, including cotton, lettuce, melons (watermelon and cantaloupe), and alfalfa. Periodically assemble diverse sources of information and perspective to evaluate crop losses and the associated causes and underlying costs. Serve as a clearinghouse for developed information and metrics on crop insect loss and impact assessment. Address all federal, state, and local requests for information on the impacts of insects or insecticides in our key crops. Assist others in the extension of this process as a model for development of additional stakeholder-derived data. Post summarized data to a dedicated web page.

Outcomes: Assessment in detail of the role of insects and insecticides in the production of cotton, lettuce, melons, and alfalfa (key low desert crops). Stakeholders engaged in workshops for these four crops. Provision of ready access to pest management data (what is sprayed on crops, the intent or target of those sprays, and other information), for economists, entomologists, other pest managers, regulators, policymakers, and other state, regional, and federal officials. Crop insect losses data (2003 forward) available online. Provision of specific information about crop loss, insects, and other factors to guide new and existing research, implementation, and IPM outreach efforts.

Progress Report (PDF*)


Western Region School IPM Implementation and Assessment Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: Establish a work group to facilitate efficient, sustainable implementation of school IPM across the western United States. Document existing western school IPM programs and implementation obstacles (e.g., funding). Identify region's stakeholder needs and determine how work group can address them. Discuss potential for developing standards for school IPM practices. Assess five existing school IPM implementation tools previously developed by University of Arizona urban IPM staff.

Outcomes: Promotion of collaboration and sharing of resources and information among virtually all active school IPM programs in the western region. Provision of a conduit for two-way communication between stakeholders and multiple government agencies with IPM interests. Promotion of efficient use of limited resources through identification and sharing of existing resources. Stakeholders engaged at the local level. Identification of emerging regional needs related to school IPM and funding to support future implementation efforts. Development of general recommendations on school IPM standards. Production of evaluation data on five school IPM implementation tools to make them as practical as possible for end-users.

Progress Report (PDF*)


Work Group on Weather Systems (1 year)

Objectives: Assemble experts in the areas of climatology, meteorology, information technology, precision agriculture, extension, and insect and plant pathogen epidemiology and modeling with information providers and producers to further develop a road map for the utilization of weather-based management tools. Further develop the conceptual, research, and implementation framework for a weather and climate-based system to enhance management decisions for IPM and other agriculture and societal purposes. Increase awareness of, access to, and use of forecasting and epidemiological models in IPM that exploit high quality weather data. Engage user groups including individual producers, crop consultants, and commodity groups in determining the value and needs of a weather and climate-based decision support system. Coordinate application for regional, federal, and state-based grants that support the collection and use of weather data and modeling tools in IPM. Publish reports, technical documents, and refereed articles that help to advance the use of weather data and modeling tools in IPM.

Outcomes: Prioritization of needs in technical areas associated with weather data acquisition and use for IPM purposes. Development of new partnerships and collaborations that lead to successful grant applications that involve stakeholders and end users. Facilitated access to expertise and data sources for weather-based information through the AIMS web site, the work group web link, and through participation in meetings run by the work group.

Progress Report (PDF*, MS Word)



2008 Work Groups


Pacific Northwest Work Group on Agricultural IPM Issues (2 years)

Objectives: Continue a regularly scheduled meeting format that allows for timely prioritization of regional issues and PMSPs, group discussion on joint projects of interest, and methods through which we can further the IPM Roadmap among Pacific Northwest member states. Continue to interact with other states engaged in IPM programming. The purpose of this meeting format is to identify areas of common interest with other states or regions so as to increase synergy. The quickest and most proven method to accomplish this is attendance at IPM symposia or meetings for the purpose of professional development, organized discussion of projects with other IPM professionals, and active group planning of IPM projects we propose to submit to funding agencies. Continue to establish linkages between Pacific Northwest work group members and other groups that can influence IPM adoption.

Outcomes: Maintenance of the Pacific Northwest Work Group structure. Continued collaboration via teleconferences during 2008 and 2009. Two planning meetings (in-person) in 2008 and 2009 with work group members and other IPM professionals. Prioritization of regional needs and critical issues.

Final Report (PDF*)

Western Region Conservation Biological Control Work Group (2 years)

Objectives: To foster collaborative research in conservation biological control -- including the conservation of native pollinators -- with researchers, farmers, conservationists, and land managers by the following methods: 1) conduct stakeholder and researcher needs assessments. The needs assessment meetings will be held on farms in each representative state and include stakeholders and researchers; 2) produce the results of the needs assessments as document(s); 3) create a database/electronic mailing list appropriate to the needs of the Conservation Biological Control work group; 4) hold a symposium specifically to share research methods and project designs; and 5) prepare collaborative grant proposals.

Outcomes: Two conservation biological control work group meetings and an independently funded western region conservation biological control symposium. Four needs assessment meetings, one each in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and California. Published prioritized conservation biological control needs assessment lists for each state. A conservation biological control electronic mailing list. Collaborative grant proposals.

Progress Report (PDF* 314K)
Final Report (PDF* 491K) - Photos (PDF* 625K)

Crop Insect Losses and Impact Assessment Work Group (2 years)

Objectives: In collaboration with scientists and stakeholders throughout the low desert areas of Arizona and California, the work group will serve as the forum for discussion and development of crop pest loss and impact assessment in key economic crops of the region, including cotton, lettuce, melons, and alfalfa. Expand data collection efforts to include weeds, plant pathogens, and nematodes as appropriate and relevant to each specific crop. Serve as a clearinghouse for developed information and metrics on crop pest losses and impact assessments, addressing all federal, state, and local requests for information on the impact of pests or pesticides and other pest management practices in key crops. Assist others in the extension of this process as a model for development of additional stakeholder-derived data as requested. Summarize data on crop pest losses on a dedicated Web page, making the data available worldwide.

Outcomes: Detailed assessments of the role of insects, other pests, and pesticides in the production of four key low desert crops. Provision of ready access to a rich set of data to economists, entomologists, other pest managers, regulators, policymakers, and other state, regional, and federal interests. This data parses not only what is "sprayed" on a crop, but also what was the "intent" or target of those sprays and other pest management inputs. Provision to interested parties of specific information about crop loss and how it is associated with specific pests and other factors. Crop pest losses data collection process that will serve as a model for development of similar data in other cropping systems and additional western states. Additional outcomes in the form of insights into program impact are incalculable, but should help to guide new and existing research, implementation, and outreach efforts in IPM.

Progress Report (PDF*, MS Word)
Final Report (PDF*)


Western Region School IPM Implementation and Assessment Work Group (2 years)

Objectives: Expand the work group by inviting appropriate representatives from Hawaii, Alaska, New Mexico, and Idaho. Expand assessment of school IPM programs and activities in western states to include all additional states that join the work group in the coming term. Conduct a national assessment of school IPM implementation tools through the eXtension Web site. Identify regional and national networking opportunities and promote work group involvement on emerging projects that support awareness, implementation, and assessment of school IPM. Promote work group objectives, members, activities, and resource findings to a national audience.

Outcomes: Establishment of at least one state partner in each western state, improving knowledge and awareness of regional and national school IPM funding and resource opportunities and directly benefiting local programs. Posting of expanded state-by-state inventory of school IPM status, resources, and contacts on Arizona Pest Management Center Web site, raising public awareness of school IPM status throughout the West. Suite of school IPM "tools" on eXtension Web site will benefit implementers and end users/adopters of school IPM nationally. These tools will ultimately be made available on the IPM Institute of North America's Web site and referenced in the National School IPM PMSP. Networking opportunities created by the work group will benefit all participants. Leveraging of external resources will have increased impacts within each state involved. Easily accessed, centralized information on the work group's activities and resources will establish an interface between work group activities and local stakeholders, promote collaboration with regional and national entities, and reduce redundant efforts through sharing of all available resources.

Progress Report (PDF*)
Final Report (PDF*) Photos (PDF*)


Western Region IPM for Spanish-Speaking Landscape Workers Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: Establish a work group to enhance communication and collaborations for the education of Spanish-speaking landscape workers, having representatives from multiple states in the western region and including university specialists, state regulatory and training staff, and landscape professionals. Many of the work group participants will have some ability to speak Spanish. Assess the training priorities for Spanish-speaking landscape workers. Identify learning styles and training techniques to implement in the development of a curriculum suitable for all literacy levels. Develop a one-day IPM curriculum for workshops to be conducted in Spanish across the region. Plan and conduct a one-day pilot IPM training for Spanish-speaking landscape workers.

Outcomes: Establishment of the work group and development of an IPM curriculum in Spanish. Increased regional communication and collaboration among stakeholders. Education programs and opportunities that result from the project will help promote IPM in the landscape as well as educate an underserved and ever-growing workforce: the Spanish-speaking landscape worker. This in turn will help reduce unnecessary pesticide applications and potential environmental and human health risks.

Final Report (PDF*, MS Word)

Western IPM Center Work Group on Weather Systems (1 year)

Objectives: Assemble experts in climatology, meteorology, information technology, precision agriculture, extension, and insect and plant pathogen epidemiology and modeling with information providers and producers to further develop the conceptual and technical directions for the development and utilization of weather-based management tools. Further develop the conceptual, research, and implementation framework for a weather and climate-based system to enhance management decisions for IPM and other agriculture and societal purposes. Increase awareness of, access to, and use of forecasting and epidemiological models in IPM that exploit high quality weather data. Engage user groups including individual producers, crop consultants, and commodity groups in determining the value and needs of a weather and climate-based decision support system. Coordinate application for regional, federal, and state-based grants that support the collection and use of weather data and modeling tools in IPM. Publish reports, technical documents, and refereed articles that help to advance the use of weather data and modeling tools in IPM.

Outcomes: Standards and guidelines for weather-driven IPM. Tools for weather data and forecast interpolation. Methods for estimating parameters needed for pest models. Grant proposals.

Progress Report (PDF*, MS Word)


Integrated Pest Management of Ants of Urban Importance in the Western Region (1 year)

Objectives: Develop pest management strategies that reduce the amount of insecticide applied around structures to control pest ants. Develop strategies that reduce the frequency of insecticide applications. Develop strategies that will reduce potential insecticide runoff into urban watersheds. Demonstrate cost-effective control measures utilizing low-impact IPM programs to control ants.

Outcomes: The work group will meet at a two-day workshop at the University of California, Riverside to prepare a comprehensive research proposal to develop low-impact IPM strategies to control pest ants in urban environments. The proposal will be submitted to various USDA programs, California Department of Pesticide Regulation, University of California IPM, and the California Pest Control Board.

Progress Report (PDF*, MS Word)



2009 Work Groups


Invasive Plants in Natural Areas: Connecting Regional Centers Across the United States (1 year)

Objectives: To hold a two-day meeting of eight regional invasive plant centers to consider establishment of a national network of organizations focusing on invasive terrestrial and aquatic plants in non-crop areas. Through these meetings investigators aim to identify programs in which attendees might collaborate, explore options for network funding, and establish a formalized communication process among the attendees.

Outcomes: Working together, these organizations have the potential to offer more comprehensive services more efficiently. The meeting will be a forum to explore ideas and come to consensus on concrete actions to build an efficient, information-sharing network and possibly collaborate on multi-regional or national projects.

Final Report (PDF* 184K) - Attachments (PDF* 148K)


Western IPM Center Work Group on Weather Systems (1 year)

Objectives: To continue to assemble experts in climatology, meteorology, information technology, precision agriculture, extension, and insect and plant pathogen epidemiology and modeling with information providers and producers to further develop the conceptual and technical directions for the development and utilization of weather-based management tools. Further develop the conceptual, research, and implementation framework for a weather and climate-based system to enhance management decisions for IPM and other agriculture and societal purposes. Increase awareness of, access to, and use of forecasting and epidemiological models in IPM that exploit high quality weather data. Engage user groups including individual producers, crop consultants, and commodity groups in determining the value and needs of a weather and climate-based decision support system. Coordinate application for regional, federal, and state-based grants that support the collection and use of weather data and modeling tools in IPM. Publish reports, technical documents, and refereed articles that help to advance the use of weather data and modeling tools in IPM.

Outcomes: Standards and guidelines for weather-driven IPM. Tools for weather data and forecast interpolation. Methods for estimating parameters needed for pest models. Grant proposals.

Final Report (PDF*) Photos (PDF*)

Increasing Regional Communication to Improve Orchard Spray Application Efficiency (1 year)

Objectives: 1) To improve communication among researchers, extension personnel, growers, fruit and nut industries, state and federal regulators, equipment manufacturers, pesticide manufacturers, and agricultural chemical distributors on the topic of improving pesticide deposition efficiency and uniformity. This communication will increase the awareness of existing research results and facilitate the development of cooperative research; and 2) to inform growers of current and recent research developments in application technology using popular press, newsletter articles, and narrated PowerPoint presentations.

Outcomes: Improved applicatin efficiency and uniformity. Reduced grower application costs. Improved pest control. Reduced off-farm movement of pesticides.

Progress Report (PDF* 181K)


Snail and Slug Management in Ornamental Crop Production Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: Since research on the biology and management of these mollusks is conducted by few researchers, and these researchers are generally located distant from each other in the western United States, the primary objective is to convene a work group to meet and discuss current projects and priorities for future research and outreach.

Outcomes: Increased collaboration and communication among stakeholders throughout the western United States, including federal and state researchers and regulatory scientists, growers, and commercial product developers and distributors. Other outcomes of each work group meeting will be the identification and prioritization of IPM projects, identification of potential funding sources, and identification of how to accomplish goals set at each meeting.

Final Report (PDF*) Photos (PDF*)


2010 Work Groups


Crop Pest Losses and Impact Assessment Work Group (2 years)

Objectives: Facilitate interaction among stakeholders to measure pesticide use patterns, pest-related losses and control costs, and other IPM impacts on crop production. Conduct face-to-face stakeholder interactions to develop real-world data for major desert crops (cotton, melons, lettuce, and alfalfa) in Arizona and portions of California. Serve as clearinghouse for crop pest losses information.

Outcomes: Valuable new economic and pesticide use information to aid in measuring adoption and impact of IPM in major desert crops. Expanded stakeholder involvement in identifying and formulating responses to emerging pests. Leveraged funding through additional grants. Accurate and detailed responses to information requests at all levels.

Progress Report (PDF*) Photo (JPEG)
Final Report (PDF*) Photo (JPEG)


Southeastern Arizona-Southwestern New Mexico Noxious Weed Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: 1) Hold a research/education field tour; 2) hold an annual stakeholder meeting that includes key personnel and agency representatives from both states to share research updates, progress on action plans, and weed management implementation efforts; 3) hold two action plan subgroup meetings to work on specific tasks; and 4) continue online communication, including list server, Google Docs, social network, and work group Web site hosted by the Arizona Pest Management Center.

Outcomes: Enhanced communication and collaboration across state borders. Stakeholder relations strengthened by face-to-face meetings and field tour. Local community awareness of noxious weeds and local control efforts. Improved early detection and rapid response, reducing overall cost and ecological damage from noxious weeds. In longer-term, impact on biodiversity and ecological stability and monetary savings for growers, ranchers, and other land managers through preventive management.


Development of Integrated Vegetation Management Research and Demonstration Projects on Western Rights-of-Way Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: Develop integrated vegetation management (IVM) research and demonstration projects on utility rights-of-way throughout the Western United States. Develop work group to identify potential project sites, potential project partners, and research requirements. Educate land managers throughout the West on the benefits of IVM and influence them to allow its implementation.

Expected Outcomes: Multi-disciplinary work group to oversee and guide IVM research throughout the western United States. Identification of potential partners and issues that can be addressed through utility IVM and partnership development. Prioritized list of research projects located throughout the western states and identified funding sources. Work plan to conduct multiple IVM research and demonstration projects throughout the West.

Final Report (PDF*)


2011 Work Groups


Western Region Functional Agricultural Biodiversity Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: 1) Share the results of Work Group events and collaborations at an annual regional meeting; 2) Conduct a 2011 Third Annual Biodiversity Working for Farmers Tour/Short Course; 3) Develop a group proposal for a competitive grant to support multiple, functional agricultural biodiversity member mini-project proposals.

Outcomes: Enhanced collaboration among field consultants, researchers, NRCS personnel, and conservationists. Better educated policymakers and others who attended two functional agricultural biodiversity on-farm tours/short courses sponsored by group. Ability to instantaneously share news and projects via list server created by group. Pesticide use reduction and positive effect on regional populations of beneficials. New successful collaborative proposals and projects amounting to more than $500,000.

Final Report (PDF) Photos (PDF)


Southeastern Arizona-Southwestern New Mexico Noxious Weed Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: 1) Develop and implement Rapid Response Team training in 10 out of the 24 local communities identified in the action plan; 2) hold a research/education field tour; 3) hold an annual stakeholder meeting including key personnel and agency representatives from both states, to share research updates, progress on action plans and weed management implementation efforts; 4) hold two action plan sub-group meetings to work on specific tasks; and 5) continue online communication, including list server, Google Docs, social network, and the work group Web site hosted by the Arizona Pest Management Center.

Outcomes: Enhanced communication and collaboration across state borders. Stakeholder relations strengthened by face-to-face meetings and field tour. Improved local community awareness of noxious weeds and local control efforts. Improved early detection and rapid response, reducing overall cost and ecological damage from noxious weeds. In longer-term, impact on biodiversity and ecological stability and monetary savings for growers, ranchers, and other land managers through preventive management.


Western Region Choke Disease Management Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: To bring together knowledge and expertise of stakeholders, IPM practitioners, and researchers from universities, USDA, and industry to develop IPM priorities and an integrated research strategy for management of choke. Develop research projects focused on examination of interactions of the choke pathogen with its host grass and other organisms, potential plant resistance, and manipulation of cultivation practices for development of management strategies for suppression of choke disease.

Expected Outcomes: Increased collaboration between researchers and extension personnel with choke-related experience. Prioritization of research and extension needs related to choke over the next 3 years. Development of a research proposal on choke that addresses these priorities.

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Western Region School IPM Implementation and Assessment Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: 1) Maintain and expand the work group to facilitate communication and sharing of resources throughout the West; 2) invite stakeholder input and conduct state-by-state assessments to identify western school IPM needs and priorities; and 3) conduct school IPM outreach to support local implementation and build local support networks.

Outcomes: Increased collaboration among key stakeholders in the West. Increased understanding of barriers and challenges to full adoption of IPM practices in schools. Thorough inventory of school IPM programs and resources in the Western Region. Ability to define progress using extensive data sets. Improved awareness and knowledge of IPM among local school personnel and pest management providers. Improved IPM knowledge and training skills for change agents and work group participants. Improved local support for school IPM implementation through peer networks.

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2012 Work Groups


Western Region Functional Agricultural Biodiversity Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: 1) Share the results of work group events and collaborations at an annual regional meeting; 2) Conduct a 2012 Fourth Annual Biodiversity Working for Farmers Tour/Short Course; 3) Serve as the network base for a multi-state, multi-year program in agricultural biodiversity.

Expected Outcomes: Enhanced collaboration among field consultants, researchers, NRCS personnel, and conservationists. Better educated policymakers and others who attended three functional agricultural biodiversity on-farm tours/short courses sponsored by group. Ability to instantaneously share news and projects via list server created by group. Pesticide use reduction and positive effect on regional populations of beneficials.


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Western Region School lPM Implementation and Assessment Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: 1) Maintain work group to facilitate communication and sharing of resources throughout the West; 2) Create curriculum for IPM on school grounds (landscape and turf) and conduct a pilot training for school grounds maintenance employees; 3) Conduct a train-the-trainer class for Extension educators using the school IPM curriculum and workbook developed.

Expected Outcomes: Improved awareness, improved efficiency of efforts, and increased collaboration. Regional collaboration and IPM implementation efforts in all 13 states. Improved pest management for turf and grounds areas of schools, resulting in reduced risk to health and the environment at the school districts attending the pilot training. Improved IPM implementation on school grounds and reduced risks from pesticides in all 13 western states. Extension educators will provide additional school outdoor IPM trainings for school maintenance personnel during 2013. Increased IPM implementation on school grounds in western states, minimizing the risks from pests and pesticides in the school outdoor environment.

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Crop Pest Losses and Impact Assessment Work Group (1 year)

Objectives: 1) Engage agricultural stakeholders in Arizona and California to develop Crop Pest Losses (CPL) data for key desert crops (cotton, head lettuce, watermelons, and cantaloupe), including relevant pest groups (insects, weeds, diseases) for each crop; 2) Serve as a clearinghouse for information and metrics on crop pest losses and IPM impact assessments; 3) Conduct outreach, presenting CPL data analysis to agricultural stakeholders and colleagues locally, regionally, and nationally; 4) Develop online survey forms and a searchable online database, making CPL surveys and data available to stakeholders nationally.

Expected Outcomes: Data serve as a teaching tool and will promote further adoption of IPM. Economists, entomologists, other pest managers, regulators, policy-makers, and others will have easy access to a rich dataset that parses out not only what is "sprayed" on a crop, but also the "intent" or target pest. This provides unique insights into the decision-making experience of the pest manager -- insights that will help guide existing and new programs of research, implementation, and IPM outreach. Data are central to evaluation of IPM programs and changes over time and allow quick responses to the changing needs of grower communities. The power of these data for tracking the impact of adoption of IPM practices and new technology has been demonstrated. By making the survey and historical data available online, investigators anticipate new interest in the data as a tool for IPM evaluation and impact assessment. The process can serve as a model for the development of similar data in other cropping systems in additional Western states. Data provide input from stakeholders on IPM priorities and emerging needs to guide future research, implementation, and outreach efforts in IPM in the West.

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2013 Work Groups


Western Region Tribal Work Group

Objectives:This is a multi-tribal workgroup. The Kashia have already contacted several tribes and research institutions concerning their willingness to participate in the Western Regional Tribal Workgroup and several are eager to provide their support. The group will: 1) Plan and orchestrate up to four workgroup meetings in a one year period, in areas that best enable tribal communities to attend. 2) Invite a diverse, comprehensive group of participants from the tribes, research institutions and overnment agencies. 3) Update and educate workgroup members on the current management, biology and the importance of invasive species, IPM and the affected resources to tribes. 4) Identify issues, key players, potential future projects and funding sources. 5) Broaden the network of tribal members and forest and human health specialists in the Western Regional Area.

Expected Outcomes:The expected outcomes of these workgroup meetings are: 1. An increase in knowledge of the pest issues by all participants. 2. Behavior changes to protect natural resources (such as increased sanitation); 3. Stronger partnerships built on mutual understanding; 4. A dedicated workgroup with participants committed to working together to protect natural and cultural resources.


IPM Adoption and Impacts Assessment Work Group

Objectives: 1. Develop a technical workgroup comprising socio-economic scientists from multiple states that will discuss and refine standards and protocols for the collection, analysis and delivery of IPM adoption assessment systems.
2. Coordinate application for regional, federal and state-based grants that support the development and use of tools for measurement and assessment of adoption of IPM practices and the analysis of factors which determine adoption dynamics.
3. Across the western region, increase awareness of, access to, and use of, multiple existing and new, rigorous IPM adoption assessment approaches, using appropriate communication methods.

Expected Outcomes: This workgroup will coordinate expertise in one of the most challenging areas of IPM under the auspices of the WRIPMC. Its deliberations and output will be of national significance, and they will directly serve the purpose of the WRIPMC in promoting regional activity, application for multi-state grants and interaction with key stakeholders throughout the region. Outcomes are expected in several areas:


Kuskokwim River Tribal Work Group

Objectives:The Kuskokwim River Data Collection Work Group will be developed to network with tribes and outline its goals, data collection, and a work plan to mitigate or prevent potential impacts to subsistence resource areas and wildlife habitat.

Expected Outcomes: The working group will become familiar with the Regional and/or State of Alaska Invasive Species Networks and/or Western Region centers and identify programs and educational resources to share with stakeholders and other entities. A strategic plan will be developed by the Work Group, and will be provided to the Western Invasive Pest Management Center. Encourage tribes to use management strategies to provide healthy environment for native plants, ecology and the least possible impact to the environment and cultural practices. The goal is to encourage tribal Work Group members to work with their respective tribe and neighboring tribes in tailoring the plan or collaboration that will identify invasive plants and work with KRWC to prevent, reduce or eliminate pests.

 

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