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Funding and Management

The Arid Southwest Integrated Pest Management (ASIPM) Network is funded by a grant from the Western Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center. Network management and coordination is a function of the Arizona Pest Management Center at the University of Arizona.


Background and Purpose

The Arid Southwest IPM Network represents partner organizations throughout the low desert regions of Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico. This region is characterized by areas of low rainfall, high solar radiation, intensive irrigated agriculture, large urban centers with burgeoning populations, and fragile natural ecosystems.

The pest spectrum confronted by our clientele is at times unique to our environment. This network is comprised of a small group of scientists and educators, including Extension Specialists, Research Scientists, Professors, County Agents and Farm Advisors, and Program Coordinators. We serve a distinct clientele with specialized needs defined, in part, by our unique desert environment. IPM tactics must be homegrown and delivered in a manner sensitive to our unique environmental, production, and natural resource needs.

The purpose of the Arid Southwest IPM Network is to enhance pest management communication and cooperation among partner organizations and to serve as a primary information source for pest, pesticide, and pest management inquiries generated at the state, regional, and federal levels. By maintaining an inventory of IPM projects and sharing information about mutual pest management issues, the Arid Southwest IPM Network facilitates collaboration and sharing of resources to enhance our effectiveness and reduce costs to individual partners.


Network Objectives

  1. In collaboration with scientists and stakeholders throughout the arid southwest (AZ, NM, NV, and southern CA), we will serve as the primary and timely information source for USDA, EPA, and other state, regional, and federal interests regarding pest, pesticide and pest management issues in our multi-state area.

  2. In concert with the Arizona Pest Management Center, we will use this new structure to assemble diverse interests in IPM to identify critical issues facing our clientele and prioritize programs of response.

  3. In co-sponsorship with the Western IPM Center, the Arizona Pest Management Center will also serve as host and co-sponsor for a multi-disciplinary web site for the ASIPMN to address the specific needs of this network, to respond quickly to state, regional, and federal inquiries, and to inventory APMC and ASIPM Network projects, personnel contacts, and other matters of interest to our stakeholders.

  4. With this infrastructure established and through our membership, we will facilitate and participate in Western Region objectives and priorities including the development of IPM surveys, crop profiles, and Pest Management Strategic Plans (PMSPs).

Progress Report to the Western IPM Center (August 24, 2007) (PDF, 164KB)





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