I P M O K L A H O M A !
D E F I N I T I O NIntegrated Pest Management (IPM) is a sustainable approach to manage pests that combines prevention, avoidance, pest monitoring and suppression in a manner that minimizes health, economic, and environmental risk. IPM serves as a framework to provide an effective, comprehensive, low-risk approach to protect people and resources from pests.
I P M M I S S I O N S T A T E M E N T
The Oklahoma Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is diverse, highly interdisciplinary
and designed to be a first-line resource for IPM information to the rural and urban communities
P U R P O S E
The purpose of the Oklahoma IPM Program is to increase the use of economically sound IPM methods that reduce risk associated with pest management and build consumer confidence by:
- Developing and providing practical, scientifically proven, economically and environmentally responsible solutions for pest management problems to the citizens of Oklahoma.
- Assisting and supporting existing, new and expanding plant and animal industries in Oklahoma with effective pest management solutions.
- Developing effective IPM plans that can be used by non-agricultural stakeholders, such as schools, urban ecosystems, landscapes and home gardens.
The Oklahoma IPM program works closely with the Pesticide Safety Education Program to ensure that pesticides are used only as needed, and applied in a safe, environmentally responsible manner.
The Oklahoma IPM program is field oriented and encourages partnerships and collaboration with professionals in agricultural production such as; crop consultants, pest control, grain elevator, milling, retail nurseries and greenhouses, municipal and school system employees and other interested stakeholders.
The success of the OSU IPM program relies upon cooperation with individuals from many private and public organizations, and core support provided by Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station.