Community IPM Program Progress Report
One quarter of the counties in New York have some type of IPM policy for county facilities and have made progress in implementing IPM practices at these facilities. What has hampered them in adopting more IPM practices is the lack of knowledge and the lack of time to learn more.
The Community IPM Program, through local county Extension offices, is trying to deliver the knowledge, but is limited by resources. The Program would like to expand its educational outreach to schools, pest control operators, municipalities, golf courses, and other community settings. If more funds were available, the Community IPM Program would be able to put into effect the following:
- Develop and improve IPM programs for New York schools
- Design a process and educational program to assist county and municipal governments in the adoption and implementation of IPM practices
- Demonstrate and implement IPM methods with landscape professionals and homeowners
- Demonstrate IPM concepts for management of golf course turfgrass
- Train Master Gardeners and homeowners
- Develop an IPM curriculum that students and teachers can use
An improved grants program would provide supplemental funding at the local level, through Cornell Cooperative Extension, for demonstrations of IPM methods and educational workshops. Such a program would also support the development of new knowledge and technology. In addition, a strong grants program would foster implementation of IPM methods and evaluation of impacts.
Identifying pest problems is a difficult task, even for professionals. Support will be required for diagnostic laboratories in key county Extension facilities and at Cornell for pest identification. Funds to improve diagnostic capabilities, especially through electronic technology, are necessary.
Applied Research and Development
Developing new IPM methods and strategies is a critical component of a Community IPM program. Support for an assistant professor with research and extension responsibilities in the Department of Entomology—Ithaca is integral to a team effort. Extension staff have specifically requested help with the biological control components of their demonstrations, a task that could be addressed by this professional.
Production of Resource Materials
We have begun to network with other states with the goal of sharing knowledge and resources. To ensure sound educational outreach for New Yorkers, Extension educators will need brochures, fact sheets, videotapes, computer training programs, curricula, and other educational materials that can be used to teach a range of audiences.