The following are regional priorities established by the Western IPM Center Advisory Committee and stakeholders throughout the West. These priorities will guide Western IPM Center activities and direct funding decisions in our annual grant program.

The list below is alphabetical, not ranked. Explanations are to illustrate concepts and for clarity and are not designed to be all-encompassing or exclusionary.

  • Biological Control of Pests – For insects, weeds, diseases and vertebrate pests.
  • Invasive Species – Creating IPM responses to invasive pests and resurgent native pests disrupting IPM programs.
  • IPM in Changing Landscapes – Creating IPM tools and tactics for landscapes changed by natural forces, including climate and fire. 
  • IPM Culture and Capacity – Enhancing the acceptance of IPM, strengthening the networks, structures and institutions that promote it, and developing new scientists to lead it.
  • IPM and Ecosystem Services – Using IPM to protect and promote ecosystem services in managed and natural landscapes.
  • IPM for Indigenous, Insular and Isolated People – Promoting IPM for underserved communities and audiences.
  • IPM in New Places – Promoting IPM to new, challenging and changing industries, such as animal agriculture, aquaculture, chemically intensive cropping systems, urban farming, indoor production, etc.
  • IPM for Pest-Resistance Management – Developing IPM tools and techniques to reduce pest development of resistance.
  • New Technologies to Manage Pests – Developing novel and non-traditional approaches to managing insects, weeds, diseases and vertebrate pests.
  • Soil-Borne Pest Management – Developing IPM tactics to manage soil-borne pests.
  • Urban Pest Management – Promoting IPM for homes, schools and communities, including the safe use of pesticides in homes and gardens.