What Is IPM
Integrated Pest Management (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 (mechanical, biological, cultural, chemical) in order to maintain pest populations below an economic threshold.
Georgia IPM Program
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. Integrated pest management (IPM) is a systems-based approach, and therefore successful IPM programs require cooperation and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. As such, we work in collaboration with specialists from many disciplines including Entomology, Plant Pathology, Weed Science, Crop and Soil Sciences, and Forestry and Natural Resources. 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.
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 human health and environmental risks associated with pest management and improve the cost-benefit of IPM practices for producers. The IPM program works to achieve this goal through:
- development of new pest management strategies through research and innovation
- provide education to both public and private entities
- promote implementation and adoption of these practices through Extension
- effective communication with growers, commodity groups, and regional and national IPM centers.
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.