Who We Are
We are a collaboration of specialists from many different disciplines including Entomology, Plant Pathology, Weed Science, and Crop and Soil Sciences. Integrated pest management (IPM) is a systems-based approach, and therefore successful IPM programs require cooperation and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. The broad composition of expertise within management teams, creates a dynamic, flexible, and responsive unit that can quickly and effectively respond to pest problems and concerns that arise within a particular area. Our management teams are often focused on a particular commodity (e.g. cotton, peanuts, peaches) or area (e.g. livestock, urban settings) of pest management.
What We Do
The goal of the Georgia IPM program is to utilize a science-based decision making process to increase the implementation of IPM practices in Georgia agriculture in order to minimize environmental and economic risks from pests and pest management strategies. The IPM program works to achieve this goal through:
- development of integrated pest management plans through specialized research and innovation; and
- effective communication with growers, commodity groups, and regional and national IPM centers.
Management practices are focused on reducing human health and environmental risks associated with pest management, and improving the cost benefit of IPM practices for producers. Specifically, the IPM program works to develop new pest management strategies, provide education to both public and private entities, and to promote implementation and adoption of these practices through extension.
IPM is a systems-based approach to managing pest populations, which minimizes economic, environmental, and public health risks. IPM focuses on incorporating all management strategies (chemical, mechanical, biological, cultural) in order to maintain pest populations below an economic threshold. Extension and research personnel from the University of Georgia, in cooperation with growers, suppliers, homeowners and other stakeholder groups, have teamed up to create a comprehensive IPM program for the state of Georgia.
Where We’re Going
Through communication with our clientele, identification of emerging pest problems, and continuous evaluation of our IPM program, we are constantly adapting and refining our extension efforts to meet the pest management needs of the citizens of the state of Georgia. We aim to provide management strategies that are cost effective, minimize risks to public health, and minimize environmental impacts.