IPM Voice Newsletter                                                                                                                     November 2013

Farm Bill Update

The farm bill is set to expire at the end of next month. Ongoing obstacles to Congress passing a new farm bill have been disagreements over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and commodity titles. A committee of representatives from the House and Senate are expected to meet this week to discuss reconciling the bill before year-end. Congress will begin its winter recess on December 13.


The path forward is uncertain if a new farm bill is not passed. Congress may vote to extend the 2008 bill, as it did in 2012, or the farm bill from 1949 will take effect. In that case, permanent programs such as crop insurance and SNAP would be unaffected. IPM programs are funded by annual appropriations and are not guaranteed under the 1949 bill. 


As reported in our September newsletter, the work of IPM Voice and other advocates helped secure language in the farm bill which calls for continued legislative authority for the four Regional IPM Centers. In addition to the farm bill authorization, the Agriculture Appropriations for IPM programs in 2014 were similarly matched in the House and the Senate. For more information, read our September newsletter.
Educating Tomorrow's Consumers and Taxpayers about IPM

Teachers now have a growing collection of curriculum tools focused on educating young people about IPM. For example, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension's Pest Private Eye and the Case of IPM in Schools (Pest PI) is a free educational video game that teaches kids about pests and IPM. IPM Super Sleuth from the IPM Institute of North America includes quizzes, virtual house inspections, word searches, crosswords and word matching games for grades 1-7.


Maine's School IPM Program maintains several resources for educators including a brochure describing the benefits of teaching IPM, and an IPM Literacy Plan for K-12 Education. The D.B. Pest Game from Penn State Extension leads children on a virtual chase through a home to answer pesticide safety questions. It is designed for kindergarten through fourth grades.  Pennsylvania has established academic standards requiring IPM instruction in school.


This month the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting in Austin incorporated a workshop session targeting K-12 educators. A bed bug session, hosted by Rebecca Baldwin of the University of Florida, focused on the Bed Bugs and Book Bags program. The Bed Bugs and Book Bags curriculum is available for download and instructs both teachers and students about bed bug identification and prevention, including IPM practices. 

Revised IPM Roadmap Released

A revised IPM Roadmap was released last month, updating the original written in 2004. Additions include references to invasive plant, disease and insect pests, climate change as a pest management stressor and bed bugs, a pest that garnered little attention in 2004. The revised Roadmap can be viewed at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture website. A comparison document showing revisions from the 2004 Roadmap has been posted on the IPM Voice website.

Upcoming IPM-Related Meetings and Conferences

December 12, 2013. Ag Retailers Leading Improvements in Resource Management for Water Quality. Toledo, Ohio. Registration due December 3.

February 18-19, 2014. 2014 Integrated Pest Management Academy (IPMA14). Okemos, Michigan.  

April 1-3,20132014 Women in Agriculture Educators National Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana.

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

IPM Voice is an independent, non-profit organization advocating for integrated pest management (IPM) that is genuinely progressive and seeks continuous improvement of environmental, social and economic conditions through application of accepted scientific principles.  IPM Voice was formed in 2010 by more than 35 professionals working to expand the benefits IPM has provided to agriculture and communities for more than 40 years.

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