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Pesticide News Story: EPA Solicits Regional Agriculture IPM Grants Proposals for 2013

For Release: May 15, 2013

The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting proposals for new Regional Agricultural IPM Grants totaling $422,000 for projects that support Integrated Pest Management approaches to reduce pesticide risk in agriculture. The agency anticipates funding approximately three projects, with a maximum funding level of $170,000 per project.

Assistance under this competition is available to the 50 states, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, any agency or instrumentality of a state including state universities, and all federally recognized Indian tribal governments to implement IPM in agricultural settings in the United States. Applications must be submitted on or before July 1, 2013.

The goal of these grants is to increase the adoption of IPM in order to reduce the risks associated with the use of pesticides in agriculture. These grants will help formalize and expand public-private stewardship and collaborative pesticide risk reduction efforts in agriculture.

Integrated Pest Management is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of easy-to-implement, common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property and the environment.  IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides.

For more information regarding the Regional Agriculture IPM Grants and the Request for Proposals, visit: www.epa.gov/pestwise/grants/regionalaggrants.html.

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