To deliver unbiased, research-based, sustainable and timely solutions to pest problems in vegetable farms, thereby helping maximize economic returns and environmental health.
The mission of the Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) at Lincoln University Cooperative Extension (LUCE) is to:
- train farmers on the ecological benefits of implementing IPM practices
- increase the level of adoption of IPM components
- increase the effectiveness of pest management techniques
- develop science-based pest management programs that are economically and environmentally sustainable and socially appropriate
- protect human health and the environment by reducing risks associated with pesticide use
The LUCE IPM program aims at developing and promoting affordable alternative insect pest management strategies to combat insect pests of vegetable crops in Missouri. Emphasis is being made to provide underrepresented, low-income farmers with research-based information on effective and environment-friendly IPM tactics. Our main goal is that Missouri's farmers increase the level of awareness and adoption of IPM components leading to increased profits while decreasing inputs and pesticide use. Extension activities include one-on-one interactions, workshops, presentations, extension publications and on-farm demonstration trials.
Environmental responsibility is a very important aspect of our program. IPM is a comprehensive and environmentally-friendly approach to solving pest problems that rely on a combination of common-sense preventive practices. Examples include the use of resistant crop varieties, cultural practices such as sanitation, crop rotations, trap crops, and the creation of habitat for natural enemies and pollinators. Pest monitoring is a critical component of an IPM program. If needed, treatments are made using least-risk options to target the pest without negatively impacting beneficial insects and the environment.
An important goal of the LUCE IPM program is that the biologically-based, effective, and sustainable IPM technologies that we develop and promote can be transferred directly to farmers. We listen carefully to the concerns that the resource-limited, minority vegetable farmers have about preventing and solving pest problems. We respond to their needs by delivering up-to-date research-based information. When information is not available, we conduct research and communicate our results to the growers so that they can implement the new recommendations.
|The LUCE IPM program aims at inspiring teachers, students and people in general to learn about insects, their role in nature, and about IPM-based science.|