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$27.6 million awarded for 77 IPM projects

Money comes for USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced grants to bring safer, more effective pest management approaches to farms and communities.

“Insects, weeds, and diseases are ever-evolving challenges for U.S. agriculture,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “NIFA is making investments to develop sound scientific approaches to increase production and provide continued food security in the face of these threats.”

These grants are awarded through three NIFA pest management programs. The Crop Protection and Pest Management program supports research and extension projects that address critical state, regional, and national pest management challenges and help ensure food security. The Minor Crop Pest Management (IR-4) program supports pest management solutions primarily for specialty crops, such as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and nursery crops (including floriculture). The Methyl Bromide Transition program supports research for new, effective pesticides and approaches to managing pests that can replace methyl bromide, an older, ozone-depleting treatment used in farming, storage, shipment, and quarantine.

Among the newly awarded projects is a Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University project that will evaluate the potential of vacuum and steam treatment as an alternative to methyl bromide fumigation of hardwood and softwood logs. Fumigation of imported and exported whole logs accounts for nearly a quarter of all methyl bromide use. At Michigan State University, more than 75 Extension educators and specialists will share integrated pest management (IPM) and pollinator research to help growers adopt IPM practices and reduce pesticide use. 

In fiscal year 2017, 77 awards totaling $27.6 million were made by the following programs to support IPM projects. The awards were selected based on a competitive peer review panel process. 

Crop Protection and Pest Management Program/Applied Research and Development Program Area:

  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, $279,043
  • Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, $323,493
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, $195,456
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, $324,449
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, $325,000
  • University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, Kentucky, $324,992
  • The Curators of the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, $321,957
  • Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, $199,997
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, $324,997
  • Board of Regents, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, $325,000
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, $199,966
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, $199,532
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, $325,000
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, $324,999
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, $195,711
  • More information on these projects is available on the NIFA website.

Crop Protection and Pest Management Program/Extension Implementation Program Area

  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, $150,129
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, $271,827
  • University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Little Rock, Arkansas, $179,445
  • Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, $255,000
  • The Regents of the University of California, Davis, California, $180,000
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, $150,471
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, $179,940
  • University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, $164,468
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, $164,008
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida, $124,500
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, $180,000
  • University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam, $67,800
  • University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, $94,500
  • Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Ames, Iowa, $273,000
  • The Regents of the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, $179,092
  • Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, $179,942
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, $268,565
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, $246,146
  • University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, Kentucky, $128,889
  • Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, $354,000
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, $270,542
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, $273,000
  • University of Maine, Orono, Maine, $171,413
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan,$190,500
  • The Regents of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, $183,000
  • The Curators of the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, $163,582
  • Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, $146,738
  • Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, $273,000
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, $272,995
  • North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, $172,134
  • Board of Regents, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska, $187,484
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, $130,948
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey, $351,000
  • The Regents of New Mexico State University Las Cruces, New Mexico, $196,071
  • Board of Regents, University of Nevada Reno, Nevada, $203,999
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, $254,919
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, $237,306
  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, $99,807
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, $272,217
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, $221,077
  • Puerto Rico Agricultural Extension Service, San Juan, Puerto Rico, $171,263
  • University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, $116,132
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, $172,125
  • South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, $358,000
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, $182,067
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, $180,000
  • Utah State University, Logan, Utah, $113,622
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, $180,000
  • University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, Burlington, Vermont, $254,195
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, $272,998
  • The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, Madison, Wisconsin, $225,000
  • West Virginia University Research Corporation, Morgantown, West Virginia, $82,916
  • University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, $150,690
  • More information on these projects is available on the NIFA website.

Minor Crop Pest Management Program (IR-4)

  • The Regents of the University of California, Davis, California, $3,191,910
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, $2,320,413
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, $1,978,284
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey, $2,780,635
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey, $799,046
  • More information on these projects is available on the NIFA website and IR-4 website.

Methyl Bromide Transition Program

  • The Regents of the University of California, Davis, California, $499,749
  • The Regents of the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, $499,998
  • Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, $498,387
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, $393,049 
  • More information on these projects is available on the NIFA website.

Source: USDA NIFA

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