2013 Highlights: UC IPM Annual Report
Technical service providers trained to develop IPM plans
UC IPM Advisor Pete Goodell trained 30 pest control advisers in 2013 for certification as Technical Service Providers (TSPs). TSPs work with growers on behalf of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to develop IPM Conservation Activity Plans that incorporate IPM practices. NRCS provides incentive payments to farmers who develop and implement these plans.
TSPs are registered individuals or businesses that have gone through the required training and are approved by the NRCS. Goodell’s goal is to increase IPM use and reduce environmental harm from pesticides, and developing Conservation Activity Plans that include IPM practices is one strategy he is using.
Over the past several years Goodell has worked with NRCS to develop educational products and train NRCS staff in IPM. “I believe we are only at the beginning of this successful effort to increase IPM expertise within NRCS through a partnership with TSPs,” he says. Goodell plans to support future trainings to further increase the number of certified TSPs in California.