Integrated Pest Management Program
The primary aim of a pest management program is to protect crops form significant damage while minimizing pesticide use. This process requires the application of cultural, biological, genetic and chemical methods which are ecologically and economically acceptable to both the grower and consumer.
Available techniques include predators, parasites, cultural methods, pest-resistant cultivars and pest control products. Pesticides are utilized only when pest populations exceed economically acceptable thresholds.
The benefits of IPM touch all facets of society. Growers benefit from reduced production costs, decreased risk form pest and decreased exposure to pesticides. Pesticide companies benefit by having a longer useful life for their products, as the development of resistance can be slowed. The general public benefits by the reduction in contamination of the environment and the development of a more sustainable agri-food system.