Each plan focuses on commodity production in a particular state or region. The plans take a pest-by-pest approach to identifying the current management practices (chemical and non-chemical) and those under development. Plans also state the commodity's priorities for research, regulatory activity, and education/training programs needed for transition to alternative pest management practices. More details on Pest Management Strategic Plans can be found at the National Website for the Regional IPM Centers
There are currently over 140 PMSPs and 3,134 Summary Priorities, plus 6982 pest-specific priorities currently abstracted. These priorities are separated into Research, Education and Regulatory foci. They provide a major source for justification of needs-based research at Land-Grant Universities. However, until now there has been no overall assessment of these priorities. Because there were far too many specific priorities, we needed to create priority categories to look at trends, major areas of concern, and differences among regions, crop groups, and types of pests.
This project is the result of a grant from USDA/NIFA/IPM Extension to Russ Mizell, Professor of Entomology, University of Florida, entitled "A PEST MANAGEMENT STRATEGIC PLAN DATABASE: COMPLETION, ANALYSES AND PUBLICATION". He was assisted in data entry and programming by Ms. Margaret Rotstein and Professor Emeritus Ronald Stinner, NCSU Center for IPM.
Questions and comments should be directed to Russ Mizell firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are links to various explanations of our efforts at analysis. The menu on the left links to the PMSPs and individual priorities for each PMSP, a text search for individual terms within PMSP priorities, and a series of Summary Tables of the Priority categories.
-- Priority Categories
-- Crop Groups Used
-- Recurring Themes