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We Invite You . . .

The New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program is an important part of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s agricultural focus. And what do we offer? For producers, IPM means knowing the correct identification of a pest—then knowing, too, all the options for control. For a dairy farmer plagued by alfalfa weevils, it may mean using cultural controls: harvesting early while the crop has its highest nutritional value. For strawberry growers, it could mean using mechanical controls: new cultivating equipment that knocks back weeds early. For growers of nursery stock, it may mean scouting for fungal diseases, then trying the new biologically-derived fungicides.

Greenhouse growers, vegetable farmers, orchardists—producers from Niagara to Montauk Point who are faced with insect pests, diseases, and weeds can save thousands of dollars over the course of a season. Not only that, but crop quality is maintained—and we minimize environmental risk.

Yet profits aren’t the whole story. How did New York’s IPM Program get where it is today? Through innovative research and education in cooperation with many others. Each year dozens of collaborating farmers and crop consultants around the state team up with IPM-funded researchers and Extension staff to find out which potential new methods work—and which don’t. Other growers host workshops and demonstrations that draw many participants. Still others participate in scouting and forecasting networks that tell farmers which pests may pose a risk in their region. And IPM guidelines help them determine if and how to respond.

We invite you to take a closer look at the potential and the promise of IPM.

photo of Michael Hoffmann

photo of Nathan Rudgers

Michael P. Hoffmann, Director, NYS IPM Program

Ten years ago, when I joined the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, I was glad I had one of the country’s top Integrated Pest Management Programs to tap into. This past November I had the honor of becoming director of that IPM Program. This is an exciting time of change and innovation, with limitless opportunities for new discoveries as well as for new partnerships within Cornell Cooperative Extension and among researchers and producers statewide. I’m glad to be part of it.

Nathan L. Rudgers, Commissioner, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

In 1999, I was honored to be appointed by Governor George E. Pataki as Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets. My experience growing up on a dairy and cash crop farm in Wyoming County, working in agribusiness, and serving in the Department since 1995 has provided me with an appreciation of the diversity and importance of agriculture in the state. To sustain and promote agricultural growth into the next century, it is critical that we foster the development of integrated pest management strategies that are practical, cost effective, and based upon environmentally sustainable methods and technologies. The New York State IPM Program is a vital and necessary component in achieving this goal.