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IPM projects promote sound, sensible pest solutions

Contact: Jennifer Grant 315 787 2209;

by Mary Woodsen

IPM projects promote sound, sensible pest solutions

Geneva, NY: Programs that teach sound, simple solutions for household, lawn, and garden problems -- and could cut back steeply on insecticide and herbicide use. Research to find least-toxic ways to deal with a new, invasive lawn pest. New ways of assessing landscape plans so that expensive trees stay healthy, reducing pesticide use. After-school projects that help children learn the problem-solving approach that's at the heart of dealing with pests the right way.

The New York State Integrated Pest Management (NYS IPM) Program at Cornell University announces twelve new grants for 2007 that will help New Yorkers learn and practice sensible, least-toxic approaches to tackling pest problems, whether in their homes, yards, offices, schools, or professions.

"We've provided $50,000 for a dozen projects that, all put together, could influence how tens of thousands of people deal with pest problems in their communities," says Jennifer Grant, the NYS IPM Program's community coordinator. "These are all creative, effective projects with a strong take-home message -- that you can be a good steward of the environment and stay on top of pest problems, too."

Thousands of pesticides are registered for homeowner use in New York. Nearly 70 percent of New Yorkers use pesticides and about a third of them do so routinely. IPM has the potential to cut pesticide use by 50 to 90 percent in many instances while still providing protection from pests.