New IPM Video Now Available

December 04, 1998

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Why are more and more agricultural producers adopting Integrated Pest Management, or IPM? You can find the answer in a new video produced by the Pennsylvania IPM program, a collaboration between Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

"Why IPM?" explains that Integrated Pest Management is playing an increasingly important role for Pennsylvania's agricultural industry due to the loss of key pesticides, heightened awareness of worker safety and enactment of the consumer- and environment-driven Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. The video focuses on IPM as an environmentally friendly, economically viable pest management program that reduces risk while improving crop consistency, yield and quality.

"Why IPM?" features testimonials from farmers and growers, including Dennis Spangler of New Berlin, Brooks Way of Way Fruit Farm and Steve Layser of Layser Greenhouses, as well as representatives of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.

The video can be obtained by contacting any county office of Penn State Cooperative Extension, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at (717) 772-5204 or the Pennsylvania IPM Program at (800) PENN-IPM.

IPM is an approach to managing pests such as insects, diseases, weeds and animals by integrating appropriate physical, biological and chemical tactics that are safe, profitable and environmentally compatible. The Pennsylvania IPM program is a collaboration between Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture aimed at promoting integrated pest management in both agricultural and nonagricultural situations.

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EDITORS: For more information, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at (717) 772-5204 or the Pennsylvania IPM Program at (800) PENN-IPM.

Contacts: Chuck Gill cdg5@psu.edu 814-863-2713 814-865-1068 fax

Kristie Auman kma147@psu.edu 814-863-1815

Last Updated March 19, 2009