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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Since the 1990s, the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Areawide Pest Management Program has supported projects that address critical pest issues across a large geographic region. This areawide approach is based on traditional integrated pest management and involves researchers, businesses, and stakeholders at local, regional, and national levels. The outcomes of areawide pest management program (AWPM) projects often result in increased knowledge and improved collaboration that enhance pest control and provide models for implementation elsewhere. For more information, see the recently developed AWPM website: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/5cabc9203b4443e9bf2a1778bf486bc6

Currently, there are six active AWPM projects addressing insects, diseases, and weeds in crop and non-crop settings across the United States. The project directors who are leading these are all from ARS and will be giving an update during the 2021 Areawide Pest Management Project Update Meeting, which will take place on November 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (EST). The meeting will be virtual and is open to anyone with an internet connection. No registration is required, and the meeting can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1604782079#success

The agenda for the meeting will include an introduction and opening remarks and then each speaker will take 20 minutes to provide an update on their project. The meeting will end with a Q&A for addressing any questions asked by audience members. The following speakers (in order of appearance) will be participating:

  • Dr. William Turechek, Subtropical Plant Pathology Research Laboratory, Fort Pierce, FL
  • Dr. Melissa Smith, Invasive Plant Research Laboratory, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Dr. Steven Mirsky, Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory, Beltsville, MD
  • Dr. Frank Martin, Crop Improvement and Protection Research Laboratory, Salinas, CA
  • Dr. Jana Lee, Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory, Corvallis, OR
  • Dr. Rodney Cooper, Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research Laboratory, Wapato, WA

The 2021 Areawide Pest Management Project Update Meeting will provide useful information for those who are working on pests or who want to know more about their management.

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