IPM Achievement Awards

The 8th International IPM Symposium is pleased to announce its awards program winners: International IPM Awards of Excellence
Muck Crops IPM Program
Okanagan-Kootenay Sterile Insect Release (OKSIR) Program
International IPM Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. George W. Norton
International IPM Awards of Recognition
Ms. Carrie Foss
StopBMSB Program
StopPests in Housing Program

International IPM Awards of Excellence
The International IPM Awards of Excellence recipients are individuals or teams who were ranked highest for achieving exceptional accomplishments relating to economic benefits of IPM adoption, reducing potential human health risks, and demonstrating minimal adverse environmental effects. Their nomination packages were exemplary and reflected true champion recognition.
The Muck Crops IPM program is a true IPM program contributing to economically and environmentally sustainable vegetable production. The program incorporates regular scheduled scouting and forecasting, different cultural and biological controls, reduced-risk pesticides, host resistance and most recently, aerial surveillance to manage pests.
The Muck Crops IPM Program is awarded the IPM Award for Excellence for their excellence in delivery and development of pest management tools/strategies that contributes to the sustainability and success of vegetable production in the Holland Marsh, and for innovation in IPM methods. The pioneer of this outstanding program, Prof. Mary Ruth McDonald from the University of Guelph, is especially recognized by the nominators for her sustained commitment and support of the program. The program has been in operation for the last 11 years, in the Holland Marsh region of Ontario, Canada, a region of intensive vegetable production of about 7000 acres. Prof. McDonald has been instrumental in developing and implementing the program, with cooperation from the provincial extension service, the local growers cooperative and the local growers association. The program receives funding from individual growers, industry sponsors and various granting agencies. A regional picture of pest pressure and risk is posted on the program web site (www.uoguelph.ca/muckcrop) twice a week and is available to the public. This information is also used to allow the work group to update research priorities, and research results, such as new monitoring methods, or thresholds are quickly incorporated into the IPM program.
The Okanagan-Kootenay Sterile Insect Release (OKSIR) Program (http://www.oksir.org/) is a successful regional IPM program for codling moth (Cydia pomonella) in apple and pear orchards of British Columbia, Canada. First established in 1991 as a jointly supported federal and provincial initiative, the program is an effective collaboration among regional governments, industry stakeholders and the general public. The OKSIR delivers an integrated program for suppression of codling moth in the pome fruit orchards through sterile insect technique (SIT), supplemented with some mating disruption on about 3,416 hectares in the Okanagan, Similkameen, and Shuswap Valleys, where residences and orchards are intermingled.
The OKSIR Program is recognized for its excellent leadership in establishing and sustaining a successful long-term, area-wide IPM program through effective partnerships with local governments, industry, residents, & researchers, and promoting its adoption in other national and international regions.
As part of the integrated approach, the program also delivers monitoring, enforcement, and education services for growers, urban tree owners, and residents. Over the last 20 years, OKSIR has reduced the volume of pesticides being used for codling moth control by 90%, thus lowering human health risks and minimizing adverse environmental effects. The area-wide structure improves the economic benefits of IPM adoption by delivering a more effective and less expensive IPM program than individual growers could run on their own. Additionally, the program has positioned the region for a potential low pest prevalence designation and opening new markets that might not otherwise be available.
“The greatest success of the program is the 94% reduction in wild codling moths coupled with the 96% reduction in the amount of pesticides used per acre to control the pest,” says Dr. Cezarina Kora, Senior Strategy Coordinator in Pest Management at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “Critical to the program is stakeholder collaboration, tireless efforts by a dedicated and long-serving core of staff, and importantly, the use of an area-wide approach.”

Lifetime Achievement in IPM Award
Our 2015 winner of the Lifetime Achievement in IPM Award is Dr. George W. Norton from Virginia Tech University, who has been documenting IPM impacts for 32 years. His work has resulted in improved knowledge of the economic benefits of IPM, documented economic and health impacts of IPM, and increased public support for IPM programs in over 14 countries. An agricultural economist by specialization, one of Dr. Norton’s most important research contributions is the measurement of IPM’s economic impacts. While the benefits of IPM to farmers have been well-documented, Dr. Norton’s research has highlighted the additional and equally important consumer and environmental health benefits of IPM.
Norton’s research built the tools to measure consumer benefits when production costs and food prices drop as a result of IPM. Also, Norton’s tools are able to assess the economic value of human and environmental health impacts that result when IPM practices replace indiscriminate pesticide-based control.
Dr. Norton has been instrumental in the development and activities of the IPM Innovation Lab since 1993, which has implemented and supported numerous IPM projects in diverse crop and pest situations both within and outside of the United States. These projects have fostered collaborations among a range of scientists and stakeholders. Under Dr. Norton’s leadership, the IPM Innovation lab has served to expand the international scope of IPM, leading to the successful institutionalization of research-based IPM programs in many countries.
In addition to measuring the economic impacts of IPM programs and their benefits to stakeholders, his research has also identified traits of successful IPM programs that achieve high levels of adoption by stakeholders. Throughout his career, Dr. Norton has maintained a persistent focus on institution-building, participatory research, multidisciplinary respect, and training the next generation of IPM scientists and practitioners. In his modest and low-key manner, this outstanding IPM scientist has shown us how to design and develop IPM projects with a high probability of success and to garner public financial support that enables and ensures the sustainability of future IPM projects.

International IPM Awards of Recognition
The International IPM Awards of Recognition recipients are individuals or teams who have demonstrated their role in enhancing IPM in the area of implementation, team building, and integration across pests, systems & disciplines in a local or regional effort. This group of awardees is devoted to IPM and deserves special recognition.
Ms. Carrie Foss serves as the Urban IPM Director based at Puyallup Research and Extension Center of Washington State University (WSU). She manages the WSU Urban IPM Program in western Washington which includes the WSU IPM Certification Program for Landscape and Turf Professionals, and the Structural Pest Research and Demonstration Facility. Washington State has the largest number of IPM STAR certified schools, largely due to Ms. Foss's efforts. Ms. Foss serves on several significant committees working to facilitate IPM efforts in her state, as part of a Western Region School IPM and Western Region Housing IPM effort, as well as using a team approach to build a national infrastructure and support system. Ms. Foss has been very successful in developing partnerships with industry, state, tribal and federal agencies, as well as broad teams of stakeholders pertinent to the effort. Washington State was selected by the U.S. EPA coordinated team of IPM experts to pilot a statewide school IPM implementation effort that will have national benefits. They were chosen largely due to the strong team Ms. Foss had established and the novel and innovative approaches used in Washington resulting in long-term sustainable success. Ms. Carrie Foss was nominated by a national team consisting of members from the Land Grant Institutions, state governments, industry associations, and IPM advocacy agencies.
The StopBMSB Program began in 2009 with a small working group funded by the Northeastern IPM Center that focused on an emerging insect pest, known as the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). Since then, this group has developed into a national program (StopBMSB) that directly involves more than 80 individuals and has received extramural grants from the USDA-NIFA-SCRI totaling $11.1 million. In addition, related projects including a NIFA-OREI project, former regional ‘RIPM’ projects, and commodity group funding sources also contributed to the development of strategies by program participants for dealing with this invasive pest. “The goals of StopBMSB are to develop economically and environmentally sustainable pest management practices for the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) in a wide variety of cropping systems, including specialty crops, and to implement a coordinated, rapid delivery system to disseminate critical information generated from the program to end-users and stakeholders,” says Dr. Steve Young, Director of Northeastern IPM Center. The development of a small group of individuals into a national team in a relatively short period of time to address an emerging pest with significant potential for damage is the greatest success of StopBMSB.
The StopBMSB has grown into a national multidisciplinary team that has brought expertise from a wide range of research and extension subject areas. The awareness about the BMSB and science-based information generated by StopBMSB has led to multiple benefits for growers that will result in effective and long-term management of this serious invasive pest.
The StopBMSB is a model for cross collaboration between agencies, institutions, and growers that began with a group of interested, proactive and engaged individuals. Dr. Tracy Leskey, Entomologist with the USDA-ARS at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, WV, leads the national team.
Since its inception in 2007, the StopPests in Housing Program has contributed substantially towards addressing housing conditions that threaten human health, reducing allergens in housing units and thereby lowering asthma in children living in these units. The program was developed by the Northeastern IPM Center with funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (HUD-OHHLHC) and the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). The program is implemented through an extensive network of individuals and strong partnerships with several organizations built by its original coordinator, Ms. Allison Taisey, BCE.
This collaboration has improved pest control in affordable housing by training people to use IPM with both in-person and through networked resources at www.stoppests.org. StopPests works with HUD-subsidized housing providers to arrange free training sessions across the country; provide pre- and post-training technical assistance to housing authorities who implement IPM; and gather data needed to assess a return on investment. The program also published guides and developed an extensive, data-rich website.
As part of the technical assistance offered, StopPests works with housing providers to create or improve bed bug management plans, and provide pest management solutions to affordable housing that will make bed bug remediation costs more sustainable. Results supported these efforts as a recent survey indicated that both the cost and number of infestations were reduced by 26.3% in the year following the implementation of a proactive bed bug management program. The StopPests Program was selected for the IPM Award of Recognition, because it met a critical need in structural pest management and helped housing authorities take charge of their pest management program.


The Awards will be presented at a special ceremony during the International IPM Symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah March 23-26, 2015.

For more information, contact Janet Hurley (ja-hurley@tamu.edu), Co-Chair, International IPM Symposium Awards Committee.

2012 Award Recipients

Click on each name to see a pdf file of the application that tells of their outstanding IPM work.

International Awards of Excellence:

Soybean Rust PIPE Project
Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage Team
Dr. Alexandre Latchininsky
Regional IPM Centers, United States
"Eco Apple"
Spring Independent School District, Houston, TX

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Walter Bentley

International Awards of Recognition:

Dr. Thomas Green
Mr. Ashraf Saber Alhawamdeh
Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC), Oregon State University
Sherry Glick

2009 Award Recipients

International IPM Excellence Awards:

IPM CRSP Funded by USAID at Virginia Tech
SYSCO Corporation and Participating Branded Suppliers and Growers
GREEN SHIELD CERTIFIED Program of The IPM Institute of North America
Dr. Zeyaur R. Khan, Nairobi, Kenya
Salt Lake City School District, Utah

Lifetime International IPM Achievement Award:

Bio-Integral Resource Center of California

International Award of Recognition:

Santa Clara County, California
Grower Incentives for IPM Team Project
International Team for Sustainable Adoption of Eggplant IPM in South Asia

2006 Award Recipients

IPM Achievement Awards:

Glades Crop Care, Inc.
Hawaii Area-Wide Fruit Fly Integrated Pest Management Program
Integrated Pest Management Program City & County of San Francisco, California
Dr. Marc Lame
Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association