- The Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) program aims to address high-priority issues related to pests and their management using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches.
- The program focuses on increasing food security and responding to major societal challenges with economically viable, ecologically prudent, and human health-safe IPM practices.
- CPPM supports projects in three main areas: Applied Research and Development, Extension Implementation, and Regional Coordination.
- The program aims to develop new IPM tactics, technologies, practices, and strategies and facilitate their adoption and implementation.
- The investment aims to produce effective, affordable, environmentally sound IPM practices supporting more vital communities.
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced a $19.6 million investment in the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) program. This program addresses high-priority issues related to pests, including insects, nematodes, pathogens, and weeds, using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches at state, regional, and national levels.
A Comprehensive Approach
The CPPM program focuses on increasing food security and responding to major societal challenges effectively. It aims to develop comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, ecologically prudent, and safe for human health. The program also addresses pest management challenges with new and emerging technologies.
Three Program Areas
The CPPM program provides support in three main areas:
- Applied Research and Development Program Area (ARDP): This area funds projects to develop new IPM tactics, technologies, practices, and strategies. It also supports IPM adoption through research-led projects and IPM implementation through Extension-led projects.
- Extension Implementation Program Area (EIP): This area funds projects to increase IPM implementation among the clientele served. Activities in EIP should implement new IPM strategies and improve the implementation of known IPM strategies.
- Regional Coordination Program Area (RCP): This area funds projects to increase coordination and improve the efficiency of IPM research and Extension efforts. It aims to facilitate collaboration across states, disciplines, and purposes and promote further development and adoption of IPM.
Positive Outcomes for Society
These three program areas represent a comprehensive approach to developing IPM practices and strategies. They aim to implement this new knowledge across various environments through a coordinated national network. The desired result is the broader implementation of research findings, leading to effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices that support more vital communities.