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The Funding Cycle

Each year the New York State IPM Program provides funds either for projects that will demonstrate IPM concepts to agricultural producers on their farms or for projects that need one or two years of funding to validate new IPM knowledge and technology. In the fall the Program issues a request for proposals (RFP) for applied research projects and on-farm demonstration projects. The RFP contains a list of crop and pest priorities developed by the IPM Commodity Working Groups. Proposals are usually due in late January.

IPM grant proposals are first evaluated by the IPM Commodity Working Groups, who rank them and advise the IPM Executive Committee on funding. The IPM Executive Committee makes final decisions on which proposals to fund based on the priorities outlined in the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program Strategic Long-Range Plan .

Project leaders are notified of funding decisions in April, and projects usually begin activity then. The funding cycle for the grants program is completed when the project leaders file reports on the projects with the IPM Program office in December. Table 2 lists the numbers of funded demonstration and research projects for the years 1990-1996.

Table 2. Projects Funded through IPM Grants

Year

Demonstration

Research

Total

1990

31

49

80

1991

24

33

57

1992

25

28

53

1993

17

28

45

1994

18

27

45

1995

21

25

46

1996

21

23

44

Funds in 1996

The New York State legislature appropriated $837,000 again for the IPM Program in 1996. State funding has remained at this level since 1994. Table 3 shows the allocation of these funds in 1996.

In addition, because state IPM funds have been used to initiate practical approaches to IPM, the Cornell research and extension community was able to successfully compete for funds in the amount of $642,700 from federal IPM programs in 1996.

Table 3. 1996 Allocation of State Funds for IPM

On-farm Demonstrations

$433,354

Research and Development

$250,769

Grape Entomologist

$ 50,000

Public Awareness

$ 42,957

Computers

$ 35,125

Weather-related Programs

$ 24,975

Total:

 $837,000