This 1999 Annual Report is dedicated to IPM Program Director James P. Tette, who will retire at the end of calendar year 1999, after 26 years of dedicated service to the many stakeholders of the New York State IPM Program. "Jim" will be missed by many. From the small beginning of a one-man operation, he has put together one of the most visible, successful, and dynamic IPM programs in the country. Jim put this program together through his leadership and people skills, his vision and tenacity, and most of all his idealism, optimism, and caring nature. He should be proud of what he has accomplished and the impact he has made at Cornell as well as in the state and the nation.
Jim came to Cornell University in 1969, having completed a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry at SUNY Buffalo the previous year. He conducted research leading to the identification and synthesis of insect pheromones from 1969 to 1970 and then left Cornell to establish a pheromone research and development program for Zoecon Corporation in California.
In 1973 Jim returned to Cornell to coordinate the first New York State IPM Program. These early efforts served as the catalyst for state funding of the IPM Program in 1985. As IPM Program director Jim has been responsible for guiding and directing research and extension efforts in the development of IPM programs in fruit, vegetables, turfgrass, floriculture, field crops, and livestock. He has worked extensively with department chairs and faculty at Cornell, Cooperative Extension field staff, and the IPM Program staff. Jim has been an innovator throughout his career, as evidenced by his developing the first computerized Extension Information System in 1977 and later directing a program for Cornell Cooperative Extension on the use of electronic technology.
Leadership on IPM in nonagricultural settings, such as schools, state parks, and state office buildings, became an additional area of responsibility for Jim in 1994, when the "Urban IPM Program" (now called "Community IPM") was born out of numerous requests from government agencies for education and training in IPM methods.
Jim has worked with state agencies, legislators, and budget personnel to develop legislation, budgets, long-range plans, and annual reports. He served as the chairperson for the National Extension IPM Task Force for several years and has testified at hearings before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives. Yet, despite all his honors and responsibilities, Jim has always remained humble and given credit to those around him.
Jim, it is with great pleasure that we, the undersigned, now give credit where credit is due: to you. Best wishes in your retirement…and thanks for everything.
Robert J. Mungari, Director, Division of Plant Industry, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
Anthony M. Shelton, Assoc. Director, Office for Research, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell Univ.; Professor of Entomology, NYSAES
Russell Hahn, Chairperson, Livestock and Field Crops IPM Working Group; Assoc. Professor of Soil, Crop and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell Univ.
Michael Hoffmann, Chairperson, Vegetable IPM Working Group; Assoc. Professor of Entomology, Cornell Univ.
Eric Nelson, Chairperson, Ornamentals IPM Working Group; Assoc. Professor of Plant Pathology, Cornell Univ.
W. Harvey Reissig, Chairperson, Fruit IPM Working Group; Professor of Entomology, NYSAES
Donald Rutz, Professor of Veterinary Entomology and Chair, Cornell Univ.
Michael Villani, Chairperson, Community IPM Working Group, Assoc. Professor of Entomology, NYSAES
The Northeast Extension, Research and Academic Programs Committee for IPM
The IPM Program Staff