IPM Voice Newsletter                                                                                                                       June 2013

IPM Centers Authorized in the Senate Farm Bill 

On Monday, June 10th the Senate passed its version of the 2013 Farm Bill. Similarly to last year's Senate version, Section 7308 of the bill contains explicit authorization for the USDA Regional IPM Centers. Authorization within the Farm Bill would ensure ongoing support for the Centers, which were established in 2000 and have had a very successful record operating programs and managing grants that connect public and private IPM stakeholders to provide effective pest management solutions. Authorization language for the Centers was included in the set of Farm Bill initiatives drafted last year by IPM Voice legislative representative Jim Cubie with the help of IPM Voice members and IPM stakeholders.


The full House of Representatives is debating their version of the Farm Bill this week. Once the House passes its Farm Bill, a conference committee will meet to reconcile differences between the Senate and House versions, proposing a bill to be passed by the full Congress.

House Subcommittee Includes Crop Protection Program in FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee has approved their FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations bill which provides funding for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and other agencies. The Subcommittee restored many NIFA accounts that were reduced by the FY 2013 sequester (across-the-board budget cuts) and agreed to the proposal within the President's FY 2014 budget request to consolidate several core IPM programs in one funding line. This consolidated Crop Protection Program, which includes the Expert IPM Decision Support System, IPM and Biological Control, Pest Management Alternatives, Smith-Lever 3(d) Pest Management and the Regional Pest Management Centers, would be funded at $17.143 million, the same amount requested by the President.


The bill now heads to the House floor for approval. Before the FY 2014 bill is finalized and becomes law, the Senate needs to complete the same process and the House and Senate bills will need to be reconciled.  

IPM Reads for Summer 

Looking for valuable, up-to-date agriculture and school IPM information? Check out the following resources! 


Subscribe to IPMnet NEWS for a free electronic source for global IPM news.   This publication is released every six weeks and features notices of IPM-related events, publications, materials, and processes and short articles describing research and other IPM information.   IPMnet is a is a collaboration with the Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) at Oregon State University, underwritten by the U.S. Agency for International Development's IPM-Collaborative Research Support Program and the Integrated Pest Management Information Platform for Extension and Education.


The  IPM Practitioner focuses on pest management alternatives, featuring articles on recent research, conferences and articles from scientific journals. The IPM Practitioner also publishes book reviews and letters to the editor.  This publication is available to members of the non-profit Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC); samples of the publication are available at the BIRC website .


The Connection is the newsletter published by the North Central IPM Center and includes articles on IPM funding, research, and links to helpful online resources.

The Northeastern IPM Center's
IPM Insights features research results, success stories, new resources, and funding opportunities with a focus on IPM in the Northeastern region.   

The Western Front, published by the Western IPM Center, is released three times a year and highlights Western IPM Center-funded projects, IPM events and IPM efforts in the Western region. The Western Center's blog, IPM West, features up-to-date postings on similar information.

The Southern IPM Center's blog, IPM in the South, contains thoughts, editorials and information on current research and extension activities in IPM, covering topics from invasive species to urban IPM to agriculture. The blog provides a space for readers to discuss their thoughts on current developments in IPM.


The School IPM 2015 electronic newsletter, published by the IPM Institute of North America,highlights real-life examples of school IPM in practice, providing helpful information for school facility managers and others.

Upcoming IPM-Related Meetings and Conferences

July 13-17, 2013: Aquatic Plant Management Society Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX.

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.
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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