History of the Regional IPM Centers

2014 - Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CPPM)

Funding for several IPM-related programs including Regional IPM Centers, the Extension IPM programs (to support coordination at the state level) and the Regional IPM Grants programs (regionally-allocated competitions to support research and extension projects) were consolidated into the new CPPM program. Previous planning and funding cycles for Regional IPM Centers and existing EIPM grants were necessarily discarded. Among three proposal types, the CPPM RFA included funds for $1,000,000 annually for each of four Regional IPM Centers. Proposals were due on May 16, 2014 and funding decisions have not yet been announced.

2012 - Four-year funding cycle commenced, later abbreviated.

Nearly full funding (average of $914,592 per region annually) was restored and a competitive process used to identify four Regional IPM Centers, located as shown below. The intention was to return to a four-year planning and funding cycle. This cycle was eventually cut short to two years when the Crop and Pest Management Program replaced existing funding mechanism in 2014.

  • North Central:  University of Illinois and Michigan State University
  • Northeastern: Cornell University
  • Southern: North Carolina State University, University of Georgia and Auburn University
  • Western: University of California, Davis

2011 - Reduced funding, single year funding

In the midst of Federal budget crises, Regional IPM Centers were funded through a competitive process at the reduced rate of $712,036 per region, with an initial performance period of one year. Regional IPM Centers were located as follows:

  • North Central:  University of Illinois and Michigan State University
  • Northeastern: Cornell University and Penn State University
  • Southern: North Carolina State University
  • Western: University of California, Davis

2007 - Third funding cycle, 4 years

Anotherl four-year grant cycle was initiated using a competitive process. The Request for Applications incorporated recommendations from the 2006 external review. Funding averaged $976,541 per region annually. Regional IPM Centers were located  as follows :

  • North Central:  University of Illinois and Michigan State University
  • Northeastern: Penn State University and Cornell University
  • Southern: North Carolina State University
  • Western: University of California, Davis and Colorado State University

2006 – External Review

Regional IPM Centers participated in a program review managed by USDA-NIFA using a panel of external experts and stakeholders. The report concludes that the IPM Centers have been successful individually and as a network. The full report is available here. You can also download the recommendations summary and response, and 2 power point descriptions of a survey of Center stakeholders (Part 1 and Part 2)

2004 – National IPM Roadmap

USDA-NIFA and USDA-ARS-OPMP led engaged with stakeholders nationally to create a strategic direction for USDA, the National Roadmap for IPM, with the Regional IPM Centers as a key part of the process.  See the National IPM Roadmap.

2003 – Regional IPM Centers Created

A competitive process was used to select Centers for a four-year period, and the word “Integrated” was inserted in the titles. Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers commencing operations in September 2003. A short version of the RFA can be found here. As a result, Regional IPM Centers hosted as follows commenced, with funding of approximately $1,000,000 per region annually:

  • North Central: Michigan State University and University of Illinois
  • Northeastern: Penn State University and Cornell University
  • Southern: North Carolina State University
  • Western: University of California, Davis and Colorado State University

2000 – Regional Pest Management Centers Created

Using a competitive process that committed 3 years of funding, USDA created four Regional Pest Management Centers as follows:

  • North Central: Michigan State and University of Illinois
  • Northeastern: Penn State University and Cornell University
  • Southern: University of Florida
  • Western: University of California, Davis

USDA Deputy Secretary Richard Rominger used this USDA Press Release to announce formation of four regional Pest Management Centers. A brief explanation of the purposes and benefits of Pest Management Centers is available here.

1999 – Funding Authorized

Funding for a network of Pest Management Centers was authorized by Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998.

 

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