From the director
In May, the UC Statewide IPM Program celebrated
its 25th anniversary with a dinner at UC
Davis. Many of our current and
past employees and participating faculty attended, and it was a great
opportunity to catch up with long-time friends and to reflect on the
enormous accomplishments of the program.
Time is a precious commodity for everyone interested in IPM. For that
reason, we are trying something new for the UC IPM annual report in this
25th year: a shorter version, focused on highlights that will offer you
the flavor of what we have accomplished in a more succinct format.
It's impossible to offer a complete picture of all that we do
or to properly acknowledge the hard work of our highly
This brief snapshot cannot fully capture the holistic nature of the IPM
Program, including how we work every day to identify new and practical
solutions to critical problems, and how the program integrates the efforts
of researchers, extension staff, writers, web producers, and programmers
into delivery of environmentally, economically, and socially sound pest
I am confident that as you read this report and peruse our Web site,
you will agree that the UC IPM Program continues to be an extremely effective
contributor to the range of pest management needs in California and has
focused on many of the most important ones.
UC Statewide IPM Program celebrates 25 years
In May, the UC Statewide IPM Program celebrated its 25th anniversary
as an organization committed to reducing pesticide use and to finding
nonchemical alternatives to keep pests in check.
Following on the heels of an Environmental Pesticide Assessment Report
by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, UC researchers
developed a proposal for a statewide integrated pest management program.
In 1979, the State Legislature funded UC to create the UC IPM Program.
Staff used a holistic, problem-solving approach, combining the talents
and insight of interdisciplinary teams of researchers to develop a comprehensive
approach to pest management.
"UC IPM is the very best example of the research and extension
continuum that we strive to instill in our programs to better serve the
public—IPM academics and staff create, develop, and deliver new
information to the public," said W. R. Gomes, UC vice president,
Agriculture and Natural Resources, at IPM ‘s 25th anniversary dinner
in May. "… UC IPM has become the model for other IPM programs
in the nation and the world."
Over the years, UC IPM has expanded its educational and research arm
beyond agriculture to include urban residents, schools, public agencies,
landscape professionals, and public health.
of the UC IPM Program
Since its inception, the mission of the IPM Program
has been to serve the people of California by:
- Reducing the pesticide risk to the environment and protecting
- Increasing the predictability and effectiveness of pest management
- Developing pest management programs that are economically
and environmentally sustainable, and socially appropriate
- Providing leadership for IPM and building coalitions and partnerships
that link with communities and public agencies
- Increasing utilization of biological and ecologically based
pest management programs