Here, in no particular order, are some of the top takeaways from the speakers or discussions at the National IPM Coordinating Committee meeting in October in Washington, D.C.
- Public health, sustainable agriculture and invasive species are challenges worldwide, and IPM is critical to addressing all of them.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is trying to slow the development of resistance by including more resistance-management information on pesticide labels, and issuing non-binding guidance about product use and training to increase resistance management.
- To expand adoption of IPM, it’s necessary to show obvious economic benefits.
- The appeal and understanding of IPM needs to extend beyond insects.
- The most effective way to advocate – for IPM or anything - is with one voice.
- IPM needs a unified message and meaningful common measures to document its impact.
- In developing a unified voice or vision, focus on issues where people already broadly agree instead of the areas where they disagree.
- It’s easier to advocate for fewer, larger budget lines that collapse several programs into a single line-item, but then agency implementation of those programs becomes critical.
- There is no new money on Capitol Hill.