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School IPM Outreach and Research Activities, NYS IPM Program, 2011

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Project Leaders: Lynn Braband, Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, Jennifer Grant

Cooperators: Brian Eshenaur (NYS IPM Program). Jenny Kao-Kniffen (Department of Horticulture, Cornell University). Tom Gallagher and Chuck Schmidt (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County), David Chinery (Cornell Cooperative Extesnion of Rensselaer County). Russ Welser (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County). Julie Seghrouchni (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County). James Leach (NYS Department of Health). Curt Miller (NYS Education Department). Sandra Yorke (Tompkins-Senca-tioga BOCES). Yvette Gordon (Buffalo City Schools). Gegg Nolte (Bethlehem Central School District). Paul Alexander (Ithaca City School District). Andrew Ward (Seaford Central School District). Michael Siciliano (NYC Department of Education). Kathy Murray, (Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources). NYS Association of School Nurses. Members of the Northeast School IPM Working Group and the National School IPM Steering Committee.

Abstract: Integrated pest management in schools is needed to reduce risks to children and others from both pests and the overuse of pesticides.  The NYS IPM Program was involved in several outreach activities at and for schools in 2011. We organized and conducted on-site assessments of the pest management programs of four NYS school districts that are interested in being IPM Institute STAR certified or re-certified. We conducted an alternative-practices turf management demonstration project at an Albany-area school and organized 5 school IPM outreach workshops throughout the state. In 2011, NYS IPM Program staff organized a meeting of the Statewide School IPM Committee and had significant outreach concerning bed bugs in schools. We also began planning a repeat of the statewide survey of school pest management policies and practices and collaborated regionally and nationally toward the goal of having verifiable IPM in all of the nation’s schools by 2015.