Stakeholders from the 13 Western states and Pacific Island territories identify priorities for the Western IPM Center. Because of the vast geographic, climatic, and host diversity in the Western Region - as well as the constant threat posed by invasive and emerging pest species - our stakeholders have determined that a single list of priority pests, crops or issues is not practicable.
Therefore, Western IPM Center priorities fall into two categories:
- Invasive, resistant or emerging pest problems that are disrupting effective IPM programs in agriculture, natural lands or community settings.
- Pest issues and concerns previously identified as priorities by stakeholder groups in the West. Sources of stakeholder-identified priorities include:
- National IPM Roadmap
- Pest Management Strategic Plans
- Priorities established by the IR-4 Food Use Workshop
- Recommendations from Western Extension, Research and Academic (WERA) groups under the umbrella of the Western Association of Agriculture Experiment Station Directors
- Reports from program advisory committees, such as the advisory committees for state IPM or extension programs
- Reports or research priorities published by stakeholder groups, such as pest-management priorities listed in commodity-commission-funded grant programs