WHAT IS IPM?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a sustainable approach to manage pests that uses the PAMS approach (Prevention, Avoidance, Monitoring and Suppression) in a manner that minimizes health, economic, and environmental risk. IPM is "Intelligent Pest Management"; backed by science and designed to provide safe and effective solutions that protect people and resources from pests.
IPM is an ecologically-based system that focuses on perdurable prevention of pests and their damage. Some of the key tactics of IPM include Biological, Cultural, Physical/Mechanical, Regulatory, and Chemical Control. These tactics can be combined to design an effective IPM program for any situation.
OUR M I S S I O N S T A T E M E N T
IPM OKLAHOMA! is a diverse, highly interdisciplinary program intended to be a first-line resource for IPM information to the rural and urban communities of Oklahoma.
OUR P U R P O S E
The purpose of the IPM OKLAHOMA! is to solve pest problems through the application of IPM methods outlined in the National IPM Roadmap, 2013. We do this by developing and providing IPM solutions to stakeholders that are entrusted to manage:
- Existing, new and expanding plant and animal industries in Oklahoma.
- Oklahoma's recreational and natural resources.
- Non-agricultural resources such as schools, urban communities, landscapes and home gardens.
IPM OKLAHOMA! is field oriented and we encourage collaboration with crop consultants, pest control operators, grain elevator managers, flour millers, retail nursery and greenhouse managers, natural resource managers, municipal and school system employees and other interested stakeholders.
IPM OKLAHOMA! receives core support from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture through Oklahoma State University's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station.
IPM OKLAHOMA! works closely with the Pesticide Safety Education Program, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Environmental Protection Agency in Region 6 to ensure that pesticides are used only as needed, and applied in a safe, environmentally responsible manner.