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.

Western IPM Center Logos
Please use these logo as acknowledgements in Center-funded publications.

Steering Committe

Dr. Daniel Sonke
Manager, Agriculture Sustainability Programs
Campbell Soup Company
Dr. Jennifer Miller
Sustainable Agriculture Associate
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides
Ms. Sherry Glick
National Pesticides and Schools Coordinator
Dr. V. Philip Rasmussen
Professor and Director of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (WSARE)
Utah State University
Dr. H. Michael Harrington 
Executive Director, Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors 
Colorado State University

Advisory Committee

Dr. Lori Berger
Executive Director
California Specialty Crops Council
Ms. Peg Perrault
Environmental Specialist
EPA Region 8
Mr. Steve Ela
Partner and Operations Manager
Ela Family Farms
Dr. Jennifer Ryder Fox
Dean, College of Agriculture
California State University, Chico
Dr. Dawn Gouge
Associate Professor and Associate Specialist— Urban Entomology
University of Arizona
Ms. Rebecca (Becky) Sisco
Regional Field Coordinator
Western Region IR-4
Dr. Tom Holtzer
Department Head and Professor, Dept. of Bioagricultural Sciences & Pest Management
Colorado State University
Dr. Doug Walsh
Professor and Entomologist, Department of Entomology
Washington State University
Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center

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