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Letter from the Commissioner

The 1998 Annual Report of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program marks the twelfth consecutive year of public support of the statewide effort. The IPM program provides agricultural producers with pertinent information obtained from research, demonstration and implementation projects addressing priority pest problems identified in the Long-Range Plan and by the IPM Working Groups and the Statewide IPM Grower Advisory Committee. Agricultural producers are encouraged to raise crops and animals using a combination of alternative control strategies that reduce or replace the application of pesticides. The assistance provided to New York producers through the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell (CALS) has become of even greater significance with the enactment of the Food Quality Protection Act, which will undoubtedly influence the future availability of a number of agricultural pesticides. The ability of CALS to research and develop needed biological alternatives and new strategies will continue to be enhanced through the funds provided by the New York State Legislature.

The 1998 report provides an in-depth review of several crop teams and highlights the accomplishments achieved in the four major commodity areas of emphasis in the past year: Fruit, Livestock and Field Crops, Ornamentals and Vegetables. Approximately 60 different projects received program support in the past year, with work occurring in all but six counties across the state. The increasing voluntary adoption of IPM practices by growers testifies to the continued cost effectiveness of IPM.

Under Article 11, the express purpose of the State's Integrated Pest Management Program is to integrate crop management, cultural practices, field scouting, economics, and chemical and biological controls. The 1998 report demonstrates how this directive has been implemented to encourage and promote research, support and delivery systems to serve the producers of this state.

It is with great satisfaction that I present the 1998 Annual Report.

Sincerely,

Donald R. Davidsen, D.V.M.
Commissioner

1 Winners Circle
Albany, New York 12235
Phone: (518) 457-4188
Fax: (518) 457-3087