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The IPM Grants Program

How Funding Decisions Are Made

The New York State IPM Program provides funds every year for projects that will demonstrate IPM concepts to agricultural producers on their farms. The Program also funds projects that need one or two years of field testing to validate new IPM knowledge and technology. Each fall the Program issues a request for proposals (RFP) for both demonstration and research projects. The RFP contains a list of crop and pest priorities developed by the four IPM Commodity Working Groups and outlined in the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program Strategic Long-Range Plan. Proposals are due in late January.

After the Commodity Working Groups evaluate and rank the grant proposals, the IPM Executive Committee makes final funding decisions.

Project leaders are notified of the funding decisions in March, and work on the funded proposals usually begins immediately. The funding cycle is completed when the project leaders file reports on project outcomes with the IPM Program office in December. Table 4 lists the numbers of funded projects for each year of funding so far. Titles of the 1997 funded projects are listed on pages 40-45.

1997 Fund Allocation

The New York State governor and legislature provided $837,000 for the IPM Program in 1997. State funding has remained at this level since 1993. Table 5 shows the allocation of these funds in 1997.

The Cornell research and extension community was able to successfully compete for funds in the amount of $494,889 from federal IPM programs in 1997, making possible the completion of additional projects of significance to the future of IPM.

Table 4. Projects Funded through IPM Grants