IPM Voice Newsletter                                                                                                                       August 1, 2013

Farm Bill Update

Three weeks ago the House proposed and passed a split version of the 2013 Farm Bill. The split bill followed the House's failure to pass a complete Farm Bill in early July. The failure was largely credited to the GOP move to cut spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program. The split bill passed without SNAP provisions in the House on July 10.


In June, the Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill. The Senate's 2013 Farm Bill Section 7308 contained funding for USDA Regional IPM Centers.  The Bill would secure continuing support for the Centers and organize the Centers into a larger network of IPM programs. The House and Senate must now convene a committee to finalize the bill. 

Update on Senate Agriculture Appropriations for FY 2014

In early June, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The House's Ag Appropriations consolidated several IPM Programs to fall under a single Crop Protection funding program following the President's recommendation.


Late in June the Senate released its Agriculture Appropriations bill. The Senate Ag Appropriations followed the lead of the House and included IPM program consolidation. Funding levels for IPM were comparable between the House and the Senate, with the House budgeting $17.143 million and the Senate budgeting $17.835 million for Crop Protection programs in 2014. This represents a budget increase of approximately $1 million from the 2013 appropriations of $16.476 million for IPM programs. Both the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations FY 2014 bills can be viewed here.


The IR-4 crop protection programs will be funded separately from IPM crop protection programs for the first time in 2014. The IR-4 programs are proposed to be funded at $11.913 million in both the House and Senate appropriations. This is also a proposed increase in funding from the 2013 appropriations of $11.006 million. 

Rural Village of Japu, India, Adopts Integrated Pest Management

On July 6, the Indian village of Japu, Nagaland, hosted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) informational training session for local farm workers. IPM practices in Japu will be applied through the entire growing seasons for maize as well as rice, which is grown regionally in paddy fields. Adoption of IPM practices in rural locations such as Japu, population 700, reflects the expansion and effectiveness of IPM approaches to global pest problems. The Nagaland Post article on the training event can be found here.

Upcoming IPM-Related Meetings and Conferences

August 11-14, 2013: Planning and Implementing Sustainable IPM Systems. Corvallis, OR. 

August 14-17, 2013: Second International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy.
State College, PA.
October 22-25, 2013PestWorld 2013. Phoenix, AZ.
November 10-13, 2013: Entomological Society of America 61st Annual Meeting. Austin, TX,

Mark your calendars!  The 8th International IPM Symposium will be held March 23-26, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah 

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