The Western Front is published three times a year by the Western IPM Center. The first issue was published February 2005.

Fall 2013 (PDF) 

  • Western IPM Center urban and community IPM programs
  • Invasive Species signature project
  • Director’s Perspective – Roof rats bring IPM message home
  • 2013 grant recipients announced
  • Changes to 2014 grant categories
  • Online toolkit for IPM impact assessment
  • New IPM and pest guides
  • Mark Your Calendar – Upcoming meetings

Summer 2013 (PDF) 

  • Protecting water resources from pesticides – A Western IPM Center signature program
  • Guide to Western IPM Center funding
  • Director’s Perspective – Comment Coodinators
  • Pacific and State Briefs: Guam, Utah & California
  • Highlights of Western IPM Center research:
    • Battling invasive weeds in an urban environment
    • Planting guide for pollinators in New Mexico
    • Developing a sex pheromone to combat the Prionus beetle in hops
  • New communications plan for the Western IPM Center
  • Mark Your Calendar – Upcoming meetings

February 2013 (PDF)

  • Director’s Comments: Communication is our most important component
  • Six Regional IPM Grants Awarded in Western Region
  • Five Lead the Western IPM Center
  • State Brief: Arizona
  • Steering and Advisory Committees Guide the Western IPM Center
  • Highlights of Western IPM Center Grants Programs:
    • Illustrated Field Guide to the Pests of Bivalve Aquaculture in Washington and Oregon
    • Improving IPM of Mosquitoes by Addressing Scientific Uncertainty and Public Concerns
    • Adopting IPM on Oregon’s School Landscapes
    • Developing an Education Program on a Semiochemical-based IPM Method for Weevil Pests on Guam
  • IPM and Water Quality Training Modules Completed
  • Mark Your Calendar

October 2012 (PDF* 943K)

  • Director’s Comments: Thanks to previous WIPMC leadership; new funding for WIPMC; new leadership for WIPMC; recent meetings; upcoming RFP for WIPMC-funded projects; thanks for stakeholder support of Regional IPM Centers
  • An IPM Educational Program for Vineyards and Orchards to Prevent and Manage Glyphosate-resistant Weeds
  • PMSP Update
  • European Grapevine Moth, Lobesia botrana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) Eradication Program in California
  • Western IPM Center Develops Two New Signature Programs, Continues a Third
  • Update: 2011–2012 Signature Programs
  • State Brief: Utah
  • Mark Your Calendar


June 2012 (PDF* 1.04MB)

  • Director’s Comments: Rick Melnicoe and Linda Herbst retiring July 1; Kassim Al-Khatib to direct WIPMC beginning July 1; new proposal submitted to share Center leadership among three western universities; future funding of Centers
  • Protecting Beneficials in Hawai‘i and the American Pacific: A Workshop on the Conservation of Pollinators and Other Beneficial Species
  • WIPMC 2012 Funded Projects
  • Thank You, Rick and Linda!
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Profile: Frank Zalom

February 2012 (PDF* 939K)

  • Director’s Comments: WIPMC receives 17 grant applications; RIPM proposals due February 29; Regional IPM Centers funded for 1 year in 2012 agriculture budget; highlights of WIPMC grants programs; work under way on three WIPMC signature programs; Regional IPM Centers at International IPM Symposium
  • California Oaks Threatened by Invading Wood Borer
  • Three New Signature Programs in the West
  • Highlights of WIPMC Grants Programs
  • PMSP Update
  • Profile: Dawn Gouge
  • Mark Your Calendar

October 2011 (PDF* 1,284K)

  • Director’s Comments: Possible last year of Center funding; Center leadership transition July 2012; three new WIPMC signature programs; need for continued stakeholder support for Centers; WIPMC releases new RFA; Center Directors head to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development international workshop in Berlin in October; WIPMC at the 7th International IPM Symposium in March 2012
  • Highlights of IPM Activities in the West: Accomplishments, Outcomes, Impacts, and Plans — Part II
  • Seven Regional IPM Grants Awarded in Western Region, Totaling $658,066
  • PMSP Update
  • Profile: Paul Jepson
  • The Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) Invades Kona, Hawaii: How Can Growers Live with CBB?
  • Protecting Pollinators: How the Small Hive Beetle is Impacting Producers in Hawaii and What Can Be Done to Safeguard Honeybees
  • IPM Advocates Program for Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers Launched in California
  • Mark Your Calendar

June 2011 (PDF* 1,225K)

  • Director’s comments: Federal budget and Regional IPM Centers; thank you to supporters; looming issues for programs relying on federal funding; court decisions on endangered species and water quality; legislated pesticide registration; WERA-069 state/territory reports; proposed session at International IPM Symposium in Memphis; Roger Beachy leaves NIFA
  • Highlights of IPM Activities in the West: Accomplishments, Outcomes, Impacts, and Plans
  • More than $16 Million Leveraged from WIPMC Grants
  • Profile: Thomas Holtzer
  • Journal of Integrated Pest Management
  • Sustainable Places Information Network (SPIN)
  • PMSP Update
  • Spotted Wing Drosophila: Recent Invader of Western Region
  • Alaska Potato IPM Scouting Manual in English and Russian
  • Mark Your Calendar

February 2011 (PDF* 1,161K)

  • Director’s comments: Fate of the Regional IPM Centers after September 2012; Western IPM Center funds projects for 2011; Webinar on planning and managing systems-based transdisciplinary projects for USDA-NIFA; 2011 Regional IPM Grants Program — Western Region applications reviewed; Important upcoming meetings
  • Understanding Thousand Cankers Disease: Center-Funded Project Contributes Findings on Invasive Disease of Walnut Trees in the West
  • Western IPM Center 2011 Funded Projects
  • Profile: Ronda Hirnyck
  • PMSP Update
  • Highlights of Western IPM Center Grants Programs
  • Mark Your Calendar

October 2010 (PDF* 1,039K)

  • Director’s Comments: Letter to Dr. Deborah Sheely, Deputy Administrator of the Competitive Programs Unit at USDA-NIFA
  • The Benefits and Impacts of Regionality and the Role of the Western IPM Center
  • Profile: Carla Thomas, Associate Director, Western Plant Diagnostic Network
  • State Briefs
  • IPM Programs in Public Housing
  • PMSP Update
  • WIPMC Advisory and Steering Committees Gathered in June for Last Face-to-Face Meeting
  • Center Highlights
  • Seven Regional IPM Grants Awarded in Western Region, Totaling $658,066
  • Mark Your Calendar

June 2010 (PDF* 1,020K)

  • Director’s Comments: The future of funding for the IPM Centers; strengths, role, and projects of the WIPMC; Pest Management Alternatives Program update; WIPMC’s next RFA; HUD-IPM Centers collaboration; Dr. Sheryl Kunickis appointed Director of USDA Office of Pest Management Policy
  • Symposium on IPM and Water Quality Yields Exciting New Ideas for Collaboration in the West
  • More than $11.8 million leveraged from WIPMC Grants
  • Profile: Rebecca Sicso
  • State Briefs
  • University of Hawaii Honeybee/Varroa Mite Project
  • PMSP Update
  • IPM Programs on Tribal Lands
  • Mark Your Calendar

February 2010 (PDF* 1,248K)

  • Director’s Comments: Forty-eight applications submitted in response to WIPMC annual RFA; other current RFAs; 32 applications accepted for RIPM; Congress passes agriculture budget; National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) establishes new priorities
  • Highlights of Western IPM Center Grants Programs
  • Western IPM Center 2009 Funded Projects
  • State Briefs: Utah, California
  • PMSP Update
  • Profile: Steve Ela, Operations Manager and Partner, Ela Family Farms
  • IPM and Water Quality Symposium
  • Mark Your Calendar

October 2009 (PDF* 657K)

  • Director’s Comments: Record number of applications in response to WIPMC annual RFA; information networks no longer funded; EIPM and RIPM RFAs to be released soon; WIPMC role in Legume ipmPIPE; WIPMC participates in agricultural tours, Pesticide Applicator Certification and Safety Education workshop; best wishes to Sandra McDonald upon her retirement
  • Seven Western Region RIPM Grants Awarded
  • Profile: H. Michael Harrington
  • “Biodiversity Working for Farmers” Tour
  • Increasing the Capacity for Spinach Seed Production in the United States
  • Organic Potato PMSP Yields Funding and More
  • State Briefs: Arizona, Idaho, Utah
  • Mark Your Calendar

June 2009 (PDF* 1,164K)

  • Director’s Comments: IPM hit hard by funding issues; CSREES transferred to new National Institute of Food and Agriculture; WIPMC RFAs released in June; regional IPM and water quality conference planned; WIPMC work groups highlighted in this issue
  • Work Group Highlight: Snails and Slugs
  • UC IPM Update
  • Work Group Highlight: Urban Ants
  • Work Group Highlight: Invasive Plants
  • PMSP Update
  • Profile: Sherry Glick
  • Work Group Highlight: Weather Systems
  • Bugwood Network
  • Work Group Highlight: Orchard Spray Application Efficiency
  • Mark Your Calendar

February 2009 (PDF* 740K)

  • Director’s Comments: 2008 Farm Bill changes Smith-Lever 3(d) IPM funds distribution and 406 Integrated Activities programs eligibility; WIPMC funds three “Addressing Western IPM Issues” projects and four Work Groups
  • Pyrethroids in California’s Urban Creeks
  • Alaska’s Kids are Extraordinary Weed Pullers
  • PMSP Update
  • Western IPM Center 2008 Funded Projects
  • Highlights of Western IPM Center Grants Programs
  • IPM in Schools PMSP Issued
  • Two Organic Potato Field Days are Outgrowth of Organic Potato Production PMSP
  • Profile: Lori Berger
  • Mark Your Calendar

October 2008 (PDF* 1053K)

  • Director’s Comments: WIPMC Suite of Funding Opportunities; legumePIPE; Focus on States
  • The Future of Urban IPM
  • Profile: Al Fournier
  • PMSP Update
  • IPM Contracting Tool Kit
  • Alaska Invasive Plant Educational Outreach
  • Standardizing Resistance Management
  • Water Quality and IPM Collaboration Proposed
  • State Briefs
  • Mark Your Calendar

June 2008 (PDF* 998K)

  • Director’s Comments: Recent WIPMC Activities
  • Legume ipmPIPE Available Online
  • WIPMC 2008 Funded Projects
  • Promoting School IPM in the West and Beyond: School IPM Work Group
  • PMSP Update
  • Profile: Carrie Foss
  • Bee Specialist Eric Mussen Fingers Prime Suspects in “BSI: The Case of the Disappearing Bees”
  • State Briefs
  • Mark Your Calendar

February 2008 (PDF* 868K)

  • Director’s Comments: Promoting IPM to policymakers, Western IPM Center grants funded, RIPM grants reviewed, WSARE sub-regional conferences
  • Western Region SARE Sub-Regional Conference Held on Guam
  • Pest Management Strategic Plan Update
  • Farewell to Lisa Downey Blecker
  • Highlights of Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program
  • Profile: Todd Scholz
  • Introducing Focus on Soybean: PMN’s Newest Online Resource and Webcast Site
  • Western IPM Center Funding Update
  • State Briefs
  • Mark Your Calendar

October 2007 (PDF* 775K)

  • Director’s Comments: WIPMC RFAs, Progress in IPM Research and Extension, IPM Centers Enter Cooperative Arrangements, National Meetings with Industry and Government Agencies
  • Regional Workshop on Conservation Biological Control Leads to New Work Group Proposal
  • Two More PMSPs Completed: Potato (Revised) and Forages
  • Summit on Clean Water through Residential IPM Sparks Outreach Ideas
  • iSNAP Water Quality Education Project Impact Evaluation
  • Western IPM Center Funding Update
  • Profile: Byron Phillips, IPM Consultant, Columbia Fruit Packers, Inc.
  • Oregon’s Integrated Plant Protection Center Seeks to Improve Agricultural Sustainability and Food Security
  • Two Sustainability Meetings Held: “Food Industry Stewardship: Industry/Public Agency Summit” and “Communications in IPM — Food Production Industry: Opportunities and Challenges”
  • Center Funding for Curly Top Virus Work Group Yields Additional Grant
  • State Briefs
  • Mark Your Calendar

June 2007 (PDF* 944K)

  • Director’s Comments: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Grant Submissions
  • Pacific Northwest Fruits Work Group Collaboration Yields Additional Funding
  • Three More PMSPs Completed: Garlic, Hazelnut, and Pulse Crops (Revised)
  • Western IPM Center Hosts SYSCO Sustainable/IPM Conference
  • Profile: Barry Brennan
  • Scientists Share Research Findings at Second International Lygus Symposium
  • IPM PIPE Online Warning System Saves Farmers Millions
  • New Weed Atlas for Guam
  • State Briefs
  • Mark Your Calendar

January 2007 (PDF* 822K)

  • Director’s Comments: IPM Challenges and Opportunities in 2007, Congressional Funding Update, Funding Opportunities Managed by WIPMC
  • A Pest Management Strategic Plan (PMSP) for IPM in Schools
  • Addressing Western IPM Issues: Interim Project Results
  • Profile: Jennifer Miller
  • Soybean Rust Monitoring in the West – An Update
  • From Peaches to Peas: Ponderings of a Comment Coordinator
  • State Briefs
  • Mark Your Calendar

October 2006 (PDF* 495K)

  • Director’s Comments: 2007 Budget for Regional IPM Centers, New RFAs Released, Western IPM Center Strategic Plan, Soybean Rust
  • Diane Clarke Joins Western IPM Center as Writer
  • 2006 Special Issues Projects
  • National IPM in Schools Pest Management Plan Proposed
  • Arizona Holds Statewide Pest Management Summit
  • Full Belly Farm’s Paul Muller Wins National Sustainable Agriculture Award
  • Mesa Public School District Earns IPM STAR Award
  • Western Region IPM Grants: Seven Projects Funded
  • State Briefs
  • Profile: V. Philip Rasmussen
  • Mark Your Calendar

June 2006 (PDF* 380K)

  • Director’s Comments: Grants and Mid-term Review Reflect Commitment to Pest Management
  • WIPMC Confirms 2006 Competitive Funded Projects
  • WIPMC Joins Water Quality Discussions
  • “OnePlan” Conservation Planning Tool to Deliver Information
  • The UC IPM Program Partners with NRCS
  • Mid-Term Review of Integrated Pest Management Centers
    • National Recommendations
  • Organizations Form National IPM Interagency Group
  • EPA Honors Entomologist with Environmental Achievement Award
  • 5th National IPM Symposium Honors IPM Champions
  • State Briefs
  • PMSP Update
  • WIPMC Names 2006 Funded Workgroup Projects
    • 2006 Pacific Northwest Workgroup on Agricultural IPM Issues
    • The Western Region Structural Pest IPM Workgroup
    • Western IPM Center Workgroup on Weather Systems
  • Profile: Steve Balling
  • Mark Your Calendar

January 2006 (PDF* 700K)

  • Director’s Comments: Collaborations, Mid-Term Review, Grants
  • Fifth National IPM Symposium Offers Forum to Share Ideas
  • Team Evaluates Impact of IPM and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Participants at Regional Water Symposium Identify Priorities for the West
  • IPM Systems: Tools and Techniques to Consider How Systems Behave
  • Making Sense of Acronyms: Smile When You Say Them
  • New Green Manure Project is Direct Outcome of Sugarbeet PMSP
  • Company Grateful for Special Uses Grant
  • Employee Offers Computer Training for New Information Requests Tool
  • Profile: Sally O’Neal Coates
  • Review Panel Approves Funding for Projects
  • Learn to Translate Pesticide Terms (note that the correct address is
  • Western IPM Reginal Grants Program Review Panel Considers Proposals
  • Weather Workgroup Members Foster Teamwork
  • Mark Your Calendar

September 2005 (PDF* 616K)

  • Director’s Comments: Budget Plans, Grants, and Water Symposium Draw Attention
  • Diverse Group Attends WIPMC Symposium
  • Pest Alert for West Nile Virus
  • Four More PMSPs Finished: Potato, Snap Beans, Sugarbeets, Watercress
  • Codling Moth Research of Western Region Scientists Drawing Accolades
  • State Briefs
  • WERA-069 on the Move
  • WIPMC Grant to Help iSNAP Expand Scope to Growers
  • New Macadamia Nut Pest Found in Hawaii
  • Profiles: Joe DeFranceso and Lisa Downey
  • Workgroup Updates
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Coming up in January

May 2005 (PDF* 508K)

  • Director’s Comments: Don’t Change a Program That’s Working
  • Water, Wildlife, and Pesticides: Western IPM Symposium Targets Environmental Problems
  • Western Region IPM Grants: 8 Funded
  • WIPMC Advisory, Steering Committees Discuss Federal Budget Proposal, Grants
  • She Serves a Diverse, Unique Area: Cathy Tarutani, API Comment Coordinator
    • API Territory Spread from Hawaii to Palau
  • Way to Go, Jane! (Jane Thomas, Pacific Northwest Commentator)
  • What the WIPMC Work Groups Do
  • WERA-069 Participants ‘Connect’ with IPM Practice, Strategies
  • Pest Alerts
  • Hawaii Ag Corp. Owner Calls 406 Centers ‘Invaluable’
  • State Briefs: Washington, Idaho, Mountain West (Colorado and Wyoming), and California
  • Mark Your Calendar

February 2005 (PDF* 540K)

  • Director’s Comments: Communication Is Our Most Important Component
  • Center Scope
  • What Does the Center Do?
  • Pest Watch
  • WIPMC to Provide Priorities for PMAP
  • Water, Wildlife, and Pesticide Issues to Set Theme for WIPMC Symposium
  • Western Region Completes 34 PMSPs; 8 Pending in 2005
    • Eight More PMSPs in 2005
  • At the Helm: Three Lead the Western IPM Center
  • WIPMC Administering Western Region Competitive Grants Program
    • WIPMC Grants Deadline: Feb. 18
  • WIPMC Funds 19 Projects in Competitive Grants Program
  • Jane Thomas, Pacific Northwest Comment Coordinator: Her Job Is to Answer Questions
    • From Nuclear Industry to Pesticides
    • Replies to Information Requests Posted on WIPMC Web Site
  • Western IPM Center Information on World Wide Web
  • Web Visits Increase by Nearly 40 Percent Over Last Year
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Coming up in May

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Director, Western Integrated Pest Management Center
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Phone: (530) 754-8378
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The Western Front banner images: Wheat field, Rick Melnicoe, WIPMC; Seattle skyscrapers, Denny Fleenor, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.; and creek in foothills, Suzanne Paisley, ANR Communication Services, UC Davis.

The Western IPM Center is headquartered in the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Building at 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618.