Presentation on theme: "Implementing NRCS Pest Management Posting No Spray Zone signs in all environmentally sensitive areas!"— Presentation transcript:
Implementing NRCS Pest Management Posting No Spray Zone signs in all environmentally sensitive areas!
Targeting Pest Management l High Priority Areas –Environmental Monitoring l USGS, State Agencies, Agrichemical Companies –Modeling l NAPRA –Regulatory Requirements l TMDL l SMP l SDWA
Targeting Pest Management l The scope of NRCS pest management activities will vary widely across the country l Variance based on: –natural resource needs –agency resources available –state or local regulations
Targeting Pest Management l Environmental Monitoring l Modeling Results l Vulnerable/Sensitive Resources l Special Use Resources l Rarity of Resource l District Priorities l State Technical Committee Priorities l State Government Programs
Targeting Pest Management l Cost Share or Incentive Programs l Availability of Technical Assistance l Areas of Low IPM Adoption l Pest Outbreaks l Expanding Commodities l Commodity Group Support l Crop Protection Industry Support
Partnerships l We cannot succeed alone. We need to develop and maintain very close ties to: –Extension –Crop Consultants –State Agricultural Agencies –Commodity Groups –Agrichemical Dealers –Anyone else who influences recommendations
Partnerships l They focus on Efficacy and Economics. l We focus on Environmental risks and appropriate mitigation strategies. l But all three of these must be integrated into final pest management decisions. l Together, we must deliver an integrated message and provide appropriate incentives for implementing reduced risk alternatives.
Pest Management Certification (NRCS) l Anyone can develop the pest management component of a conservation plan. l Certification is only required to approve the pest management component of a conservation plan. l NRCS certification is for Conservation Planners not Pest Advisors, although there may be some overlapping requirements.