Insect and plant pests have shared man's world since the beginning of time. Today, some of these pests pose serious health considerations, while others inflict economic hardship, spread disease or inflict pain upon their host.
|IPM - A brighter idea.
IPM technology is based upon sound science, and incorporates the use of a variety of tools to help rural and urban Texans combat pests in the most efficient, economically feasible and environmentally friendly manner possible. IPM includes the early detection of a pest problem, assessment of the severity of the problem, and selection of the necessary and proper tool or combination of tools, including chemical, biological, and cultural mechanisms to combat unwanted pest populations.
IPM serves Texans by managing pests without relying solely on costly chemical applications. This helps to increase profits for farm producers, reduce production risks, and improve the environment in both rural and urban settings. Research and Extension efforts are complemented by those of agricultural consultants, industry personnel, partnering agencies and organizations. This partnership with nature, which employs biological controls among other methods, has provided a range of proven and practical approaches to handling pest problems not only on the farm, but also around the house, in schools and elsewhere.
Texas is the only state in the nation that maintains a proactive, public-private partnership to promote IPM program implementation in agriculture. It is now recognized that the same program guides that have been so successful on the farm, can also be successful in urban areas...in yards and playgrounds, in buildings and in public schools and childcare facilities.
The Texas IPM Program has been in existence for over four decades. We strive to for better ways to help farm growers maximize profits while following safer pest management alternatives to protect our families and the environment. In urban settings, we work with individuals and groups to address pest problems in residential, business and school settings across the state. Our focus is to help educate the general public about the advantages of using time proven IPM technologies.
The Texas IPM Foundation was founded in 2000 as a nonprofit organization to encourage and further the implementation of the principles and technologies of integrated pest management. Recognizing the importance of IPM education as a means to achieve these goals, the Foundation works with cooperators to fund programs for research, demonstration, and education to promote the use of IPM in urban and rural Texas.
The Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Pest Management Association are but a few of the many public and private cooperators working with TIPMF to promote the use of IPM program guides across the state. Together we can help provide a cleaner, healthier environment for tomorrow's generations. Please feel free to browse the site for more information about the organization, integrated pest management, and our many program efforts.
Recognizing the significant, positive impact of integrated pest management (IPM) on the environment and society, it is the mission of the Texas IPM Foundation to promote the adoption of sound IPM principles in rural, suburban and urban settings. The promotional campaign includes educating people about the benefits of IPM ... both economically and environmentally. Where practical, TIPMF will work with other organizations, groups or government agencies to encourage the use of sound IPM concepts.
The Foundation works to:
- Design and conduct educational programs for interdisciplinary training on IPM;
- Increase the visibility and acceptance of IPM principles through the dissemination of current, relevant information;
- Provide for the transfer of IPM technologies to professionals and the general public;
- Encourage and support research and demonstration in pest control management in agriculture, urban areas, structures and landscapes; and
- Promote partnerships that serve to expand the reach of IPM programs.
What is IPM?
Integrated pest management (IPM) is a concept of using the right tools at the right time to attack common insect and weed pests. Its principles include investigating an array of alternatives, rather than a focus on only one or two methods of pest control.
The IPM concept depends largely upon information about a pest or potential pest. It includes an analysis of the pest population, a survey of the of the economic severity of the pest, the surrounding environment and the various tools that are available to combat the pest population in any given situation.
The first broad based use of IPM principles began in the early 1970s as agricultural producers sought new ways to address pest problems. With an increased cost in pesticides and application, coupled with growing public concern pertaining to pesticide health risks, farm growers were anxious to support development of practices that would lessen their dependence upon farm chemicals for pest control.
In agriculture, growers scout their fields to detect possible pest problems before populations attain an economic threshold...the point at which damage becomes significant enough to cause economic harm to the farming operation. Where insect pests are the problem, the field scout also gathers information about beneficial insects in the field. This information helps professional entomologists determine whether the biological balance has shifted in favor of the pest. If it has not, existing beneficial populations may be sufficient to control the current pest outbreak.
In the event that other measures must be taken to protect the crop from damaging numbers of insects, the entomologist may suggest the application of specific pesticides. Care must be taken, however, to protect as much as possible the existing beneficial insect population. Other tools may be suggested for use, like cultural methods, or the planting of insect resistant plant varieties.
IPM continues to evolve as new tools become available, but the basic concepts remain economically and environmentally sound. IPM has significantly reduced the cost of production for thousands American farmers, and has helped to drastically reduce the risks posed by chemical pesticides.
Our IPM Partners:
Blackland Cotton and Grain Association
El Paso Cotton Growers Association
Grain Sorghum Producers Association
Plains Cotton Growers
Rolling Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.
St. Lawrence Cotton Growers, Inc.
Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association
South Texas Cotton and Grain Association
Southwestern Peanut Growers Association
Texas A&M University System
Texas AgrLife Research
Texas Nursery and Landscape Association
Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation
Texas Citrus Mutual
Texas Citrus & Vegetable Association
|Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Texas Corn Producers Board
Texas Cotton Ginners Association
Texas Cotton Producers, Inc.
Texas Department of Agriculture
Texas Peanut Growers Association
Texas Peanut Producers Board
Texas Pest Management Association
Texas Pest Management Center
Texas Produce Association
Texas Vegetable Association
Trans Pecos Cotton Association
Texas Pest Control Association
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Garden City, Texas
Cotton Center, Texas
Dr. David Kerns
Texas IPM Coordinator
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas
Texas Pest Management Association