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Pesticide News Story: Partnership Grants Promote Agricultural and Community-Based Integrated Pest Management

For Release: November 8, 2011

EPA has awarded grants totaling nearly $500,000 for projects that promote agricultural and community-based Integrated Pest Management approaches to pesticide risk reduction. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. Through stewardship efforts, this grant program seeks to develop public-private partnerships focused on reducing the risks associated with the use of pesticides. These grants will help formalize and expand stewardship and collaborative pesticide risk-reduction efforts.

The funding for these grants was authorized by the Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act and is from registration application fees. The Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division of the Office of Pesticide Programs awarded 2-year grants to the following three universities:

Michigan State University: awarded $141,343 for its project, “Demonstration of Strip Cultivation to Reduce Herbicide Use in North Central and Northeastern Perennial Fruit Production.” This project intends to reduce or eliminate herbicide use in apple orchards and vineyards by using strip cultivation with cover crops. Michigan State plans to establish research and demonstration sites with cooperating apple and grape growers.

University of Georgia: awarded $109,115 for its project, “Developing an Integrated Management Program for the Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Control of Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer Amaranth in Conservation Tillage Cotton.” This project will explore the use of cover crops and herbicide banding techniques for the control of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth weed in conservation tillage cotton.

University of California (Riverside): awarded $249,193 for its project “IPM Strategies for Controlling Ants and Reducing Pesticide Runoff.” This project intends to develop residential ant control strategies that reduce pesticide use and prevent pesticide runoff into urban waterways.

For more information about these grants, please visit www.epa.gov/pestwise/pria2.

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