Pest Management Strategic Plans (PMSPs)
Project Description

The Pest Management Strategic Plan program has been active within the IPPC since 2002. Begun by Joe DeFrancesco, who was joined in 2007 by Katie Murray, the PMSP program at the IPPC has led to the development/revision of 17 PMSPs [jump down to links] for 15 different Pacific Northwest crop industries, ranging from blueberries to Christmas trees to bivalves. Many original PMSPs have been revised and updated as pest management challenges and needs have changed. Completed PMSPs for all crops and regions nationally can be viewed through the IPM Database of the Regional IPM Centers.

The PMSP program seeks to understand the current practices and critical pest management needs of Pacific Northwest farmers, and build strong communication pathways for sharing and meeting these critical needs with innovative, collaborative solutions. The PMSP program strengthens agricultural network connectivity throughout the Pacific Northwest by fostering collaboration and consensus among industry stakeholders, including farmers, researchers, and regulators.

The PMSP serves as an effective conduit for communication between farmers and other pest managers to regulators, policymakers, researchers, and other interested constituencies. The process and resulting document offers a strategic plan for the industry as a whole, to help focus where time, money, and energy should be spent on pest management issues. The PMSP also provides granting organizations evidence of stakeholder input on pest management priorities, and may enable researchers to more successful obtain federal grant funds to work on pest management issues cited as important to the industry.

The EPA and other regulatory agencies look to PMSPs to better understand current production and pest management issues within an industry when they review and evaluate the merits and needs of a new pesticide registration or re-registration. A PMSP can also be helpful to an industry, especially minor crop industries, in obtaining or retaining conventional, biological, and organic pesticide registrations, which are needed to manage pests and produce a high quality crop, helping growers remain economically viable.

Project Aims:
  • Encourage communication, collaboration, and consensus between various crop industry stakeholders, including farmers, university representatives, and regulatory agencies, on key pest management challenges and needs.
  • Obtain detailed information on the pests and pest management strategies, field activities, and critical pest management needs (e.g., research, regulatory, and educational) of a particular crop industry.
  • Document and strategize innovative solutions to pest management issues.
  • Develop a strategic plan for achieving pest management goals.
Key Activities:

IPPC Partners
Blueberry Commissions of Oregon and Washington Oregon Wine Research Institute
Hop Commissions of Oregon and Washington Oregon Wine Board
Hop Research Council Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association
Food Alliance Pesticide Registrants
Mint Industry Research Council Salmon Safe
OSU Statewide Extension Agents US-EPA
Oregon Department of Agriculture University of Idaho
Oregon Hazelnut Commission Washington Blueberry Commission
Oregon Hop Commission Washington Hop Commission
Oregon State University Researchers (Hort; BPP; CSS; AES) Washington State University
Oregon State University Statewide Extension Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission
Oregon/Washington/Idaho Christmas Tree Growers Western IPM Center
Oregon/Washington/Idaho Onion Growers Western Region IR-4 Program

Project Overview

Type: Legacy Programs
Theme: IPM Engagement and Implementation
Start year: 2002
Status: Complete
Project Leads

Joe DeFrancesco
Katie Murray
Project Teams