Federal IPM Programs

The Regional IPM Centers are funded primarily by USDA/NIFA as a result of a competitive process. Each of the four regional centers has established stakeholder involvement in the form of Steering Committees and Advisory Councils. Please refer to the individual centers for the make-up of their committees and region-specific related programs.

In addition, the Center Directors meet at least three times each year, and interact with a number of federal agencies and related programs with which the Centers interact through shared priorities, information exchange, and collaborative programs. Below is a list of federal partners with whom the Centers interact on a regular and maintained basis.

  • National IPM Symposia/Workshopsare held every three years.For 2003 and later, much of their content is available online. These Symposia contain many presentations and abstracts that can be downloaded.
  • USDA/NIFA NIFA advances knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities through national program leadership and federal assistance. NIFA is the key link between the federal government and the Land-Grant University system.


  • USDA/OPMP the USDA Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP) has a mandate to integrate the Department's programs and strategic planning pertaining to pest management, coordinate the Department's role in the pesticide regulatory process and related interagency affairs, primarily with the Environmental Protection Agency, and strengthen the Department's support for agriculture by helping to develop alternative pest management tools that may be needed as a result of regulatory change.


  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.


  • USDA/NASS The NASS mission is to provide timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U. S. agriculture. NASS publications cover a wide range of subjects, from traditional crops, such as corn and wheat, to specialties, such as mushrooms and flowers; from calves born to hogs slaughtered; from agricultural prices to land in farms.


  • USDA/NIFA/SARE The goals of sustainable agriculture are to provide a more profitable farm income, to promote environmental stewardship, and to enhance the quality of life for farm families and their communities. NIFA promotes sustainable agriculture through national program leadership and funding for research and extension.


  • USDA/NIFA/IR-4 IR-4 works continually with growers, scientists and commodity organizations to identify minor crop pest control needs. In response to the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), reduced risk and safer chemistry projects now account for 80% of IR-4's research.


  • National Plant Diagnostic Network The Animal & Plant Disease and Pest Surveillance & Detection Network, was established by the Secretary of Agriculture to the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (NIFA) to develop a network linking plant and animal disease diagnostic facilities across the country. The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) will focus on the plant disease and pest aspect of the program. The network is a collective of Land Grant University plant disease and pest diagnostic facilities from across the United States.


  • USDA/ARS The Agricultural Research Service is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's main in-house scientific research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to: ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products, assess the nutritional needs of Americans, sustain a competitive agricultural economy, enhance the natural resource base and the environment, and provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.


  • USDA Risk Management Agency RMA promotes, supports, and regulates sound risk management solutions to preserve and strengthen the economic stability of America's agricultural producers


  • USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service The Animal and Plant Health inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, administering the Animal Welfare Act, and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.


  • Environmental Protection Agency The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.


  • USAID IPM CRSP The IPM CRSP is a collaborative partnership among U.S. and developing country institutions with an emphasis on research, education, training and information exchange. It coordinates global research among more than 20 U.S. and foreign institutions on horticultural export crops as well as other food production systems.