The North Carolina Component of the Southern Region IPM Center
Distribution of Pest Management Information:
- Program personnel make pest management information available to program stakeholders (i.e., University personnel, U. S. Department of Agriculture, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, pest managers, growers, commodity organizations, consultants and other interested persons and groups) through newsletters (e.g., North Carolina Pest News and Pesticide Broadcast), Extension bulletins and fact sheets, research publications, presentations at national, state and county meetings, electronic mail and news groups, the Internet, and additional means of communication.
Pest Management Use Data Collection and Reporting:
- The North Carolina Pest Management Program provides leadership in the production of crop profiles for North Carolina agricultural crops. The program leader provides pest management and pesticide use data to the Extension specialists and researchers developing crop profiles for individual commodities, and reviews and edits completed crop profiles before they are submitted to USDA's Office of Pest Management Policy. Also, a national database of crop profiles has been developed and is being maintained at North Carolina State University.
- The North Carolina Pest Management Program supports the production of pest management strategic plans for agricultural crops produced in North Carolina and the Southeastern U. S. The program leader assists in establishing workshops for the development of pest management strategic plans, provides pest management and pesticide use data to workshop participants (university scientists and stakeholders), and reviews and/or edits completed pest management strategic plans before they are submitted to USDA's Office of Pest Management Policy. Also, a national database of pest management strategic plans has been developed and is being maintained at North Carolina State University.
- Timely pest management and pesticide use information is provided to the Southern Region Region Integrated Pest Management Center (North Carolina State University) and stakeholders upon request of the Center and federal regulatory agencies (i.e., U. S. Department of Agriculture, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency). The program leader collects the requested information from University scientists and pest management stakeholders in North Carolina.
Monitoring of Pest Management Needs in North Carolina:
- The North Carolina Pest Management Information Program serves as an information resource for the Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center and stakeholders on current pest management practices, problems and issues in North Carolina. The program leader remains informed of current pest management and crop production practices in North Carolina through attendance and participation in national, state and county meetings with growers and agricultural commodity groups.
- An advisory committee composed of program stakeholders is maintained to provide direction for the North Carolina Pest Management Information Program and help to develop state priorities for Extension and research activities relating to integrated pest management in the State.
- The program leader works in cooperation with national and state IR-4 (Minor Crop Pest Control), Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and Pesticide Safety Education personnel to identify and address pest management problems in North Carolina. Linkages are established with county Extension agents, commodity organizations, pesticide dealers and industry representatives, agricultural consultants, the North Carolina Farm Bureau, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, and others to identify pest control needs.