About the Western Integrated Pest Management Center

The Western IPM Center promotes integrated pest management, a science-based process to identify and reduce risks from pests using the most economical and environmentally responsible means.

Who We Are
The Western Integrated Pest Management Center is one of four regional centers funded by the USDA to promote IPM practices. We serve as the hub of a multi-state partnership and a communication network linking a diverse audience that includes researchers, growers, extension educators, commodity organizations, regulators, environmental groups, pest control professionals, government agencies and others.

From our office headquartered at UC Davis, we serve 13 Western states and the Pacific island territories.

What We Do
The Western IPM Center promotes the adoption of IPM practices to solve pest-management problems in agriculture, urban areas and public lands throughout the West. We encourage this science-based approach to pest management using pest biology, environmental information and all available technology to reduce pest damage to acceptable levels by the most economical means, while reducing the risk to people, property, resources and the environment.

Our goal is to bring the right people together with the necessary resources to solve emerging and important pest problems.

How We Do It
The Western IPM Center connects people across states, disciplines and purposes in order to increase the understanding of pest issues and expand the use of IPM practices in the West.

We listen to our stakeholders to identify problems and set priorities for IPM research and outreach, and we support solutions by funding multi-state work groups, Pest Management Strategic Plans, IPM research, IPM implementation efforts, and outreach and publication projects. We publish a quarterly newsletter, annual report and this website.

The Western IPM Center has active Advisory and Steering Committees that represent the diverse interests and most of the states in the Western Region. Committee members include growers and processors; environmental organizations; land-grant university groups like the Cooperative Extension System, Western Plant Diagnostic Network and Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education; federal agencies including USDA and EPA; crop protection firms; and IPM researchers throughout the West.

Stakeholder Priorities
The Western IPM Center promotes the adoption of IPM practices in agriculture, communities and natural areas throughout the West to reduce pest damage to acceptable levels by the most economical means, while reducing the risk to people, property, resources and the environment.

Our stakeholders, who are from the 13 Western states and Pacific Island territories that make up the Region, identify priorities for the Western IPM Center. Because of the vast geographic, climatic, and host diversity in the Western Region - as well as the constant threat posed by new invasive and emerging pest species - our stakeholders have determined that a single list of priority pests, crops or issues is not practicable. Therefore, Western IPM Center priorities fall into two categories:

  1. Invasive, resistant or emerging pest problems that are disrupting established and effective IPM programs in agriculture, natural lands or community settings.
  2. Pest issues and concerns previously identified as priorities by stakeholder groups in the West. Sources of published and available stakeholder-identified priorities include:

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Steering Committee

Dr. Daniel Sonke (2016)
Manager, Agriculture Sustainability Programs
Campbell Soup Company
Dr. Jennifer Miller (2015)
Sustainable Agriculture Associate
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides
Dr. Andy Jensen (2016)
Northwest Potato Research Commission
Dr. Teryl R. Roper (2017)
Professor and Director of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (WSARE)
Utah State University
Dr. H. Michael Harrington (2016)
Executive Director, Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors
Colorado State University
Mr. Scott Ockey (2016)
Field Development Manager, Western U.S.
Certis USA


Advisory Committee

Mr. Greg Sprawls (2016)
Colorado River Indian Tribes Farm
Ms. Peg Perrault (2016)
Environmental Specialist
EPA Region 8
Mr. Steve Ela (2015)
Partner and Operations Manager
Ela Family Farms
Dr. Anil Shrestha (2017)
Professor of Weed Science, Department of Plant Science
California State University, Fresno
Dr. Dawn Gouge (2015)
Associate Professor and Associate Specialist - Urban Entomology
University of Arizona
Ms. Rebecca (Becky) Sisco (2016)
Regional Field Coordinator
Western Region IR-4
Dr. Doug Walsh (2016)
Professor and Entomologist, Department of Entomology
Washington State University
Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center
Dr. Richard Bostock (2017)
Director, Western Plant Diagnostic Network; Professor of Plant Biology University of California, Davis


Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Herb Bolton
National Program Leader, Division of Plant Systems-Protection
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Dr. David Epstein
USDA, Office of Pest Management Policy


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