2018 International IPM Achievement Awards

The IPM Achievement Awards are devoted to recognizing practitioners from all areas in the work they do to achieve IPM adoption, implementation, and maintaining programs. In 2002, the USDA, along with its stakeholders, developed a national roadmap for IPM, which was revised in 2013. This roadmap has provided direction for practitioners who specialize in IPM for research, implementation of new technology, and measurement of success in management of all types of pests, including but not limited to agricultural, structural, veterinary, ornamental, forest and public health pests. The success of an IPM program depends on how well it follows the USDA NIFA IPM Roadmap, as well as how well it increases IPM adoption and implementation, and engender stakeholder support. To achieve excellence the nominees must fully support the IPM roadmap and garner stakeholders to help program implementation and team building. For each award category, the Awards Committee reviews each nomination package on

  • improving economic returns by reducing input costs and/or improving product or service quality;
  • reducing human health risks;
  • minimizing adverse environmental effects from pests or pest management activities;
  • documenting outcomes in pesticide use and hazard reduction, improved economic returns, environmental impacts, etc. vs. outputs items like fact sheets published and distributed, meetings convened and attendance, number of producers in the study, etc.
  • developing/implementing innovative strategies.
  • Most importantly what type of team did they work with – pulling people together. The Award Committee wants each applicant to illustrate how the nominees have used a team approach in the IPM process.

The following are the four areas for award categories. The Awards Committee has changed the awards slightly to allow for competition between IPM Practitioners as one category and Teams or Organizations to compete in their own categories. New this year will also be the opportunity for Award Winners to submit an article to the Journal of Integrated Pest Management for a special 9th International IPM Symposium edition at no cost. At the same time, the goal of the committee is also to allow winners to present their award-winning story during one of the many symposia sessions. Finally, winners will be presented during the opening session Monday evening, with special features of them during the entire conference. 

Consider nominating someone today! Awards nominations will be accepted between April 17, 2018 through May 31, 2018. Winners who will be invited to speak or submit articles to the Journal of IPM will be notified in August 2018.

1. Award Category: Lifetime Achievement

The Lifetime Achievement in IPM Award goes to an individual who has devoted his or her career to implementing IPM in a specific environment. The awardee must have devoted their career to enhancing integrated pest management in implementation, team building, and integration across pests, commodities, systems, and disciplines.

New for the 9th International IPM Symposium

The Lifetime Achievement winner will be invited to present his or her own success story as the closing plenary speaker.  At the same time, the winner will also be invited to publish one article on their success of their program in the Journal of IPM. 

2. Award Category:  IPM Practitioner

Candidates for the IPM Practitioner Award is for individuals deserving special recognition for their work in implementing integrated pest management practices that reduce risk from pests and the use of pest management practices in a specialized setting.  IPM users, promoters, service providers, and others that have demonstrated outstanding contributions to IPM implementation, promotion, or service, especially those having a direct and positive impact are sought. This award is intended to recognize outstanding individuals of effective IPM implementation demonstrating a positive impact on end-users. Individuals practicing or serving IPM needs in any setting including, but not limited to agriculture, veterinary, forestry, natural resources and recreation environments, and residential and public areas may be nominated.

3. Award Category:  IPM Team/Group Program/Project/Organization

The IPM Achievement Award for Team is designed for groups, projects, or organizations that deserve special recognition for their work in implementing integrated pest management practices that reduce risk from pests and the use of IPM practices. The goal of this award is to recognize efforts that have carried through to the implementation of IPM practices aimed at reducing risks and costs while minimizing negative impacts on human health, animals, environment, and natural resources.

Appropriate nominees are those whose activities have made notable contributions, to 1) improving economic benefits related to IPM adoption, 2) reducing potential human/animal health risks, and/or 3) minimizing adverse environmental & natural resources effects. Organizations, project groups, or companies practicing or serving IPM needs in any setting including, but not limited to agriculture and forestry, veterinary, natural resources and recreation environments, and residential and public areas may be nominated.

4. NEW This Year!  Award Category:  Graduate Student Award

This award recognizes graduate students with extraordinary potential to contribute to the development and implementation of research, teaching, extension & outreach, or implementation of IPM. This new award for graduate students will recognize two to four students: two in a master's program, and two in a doctoral program. Nominees in this category should have demonstrably strong potential of providing leadership in IPM as evidenced through fieldwork, data collection, experimental design, teaching, outreach, or other support for research, extension, and/or education of IPM projects.

Up to THREE masters and THREE doctoral students may be nominated from a department.

Eligibility for Student Award

Only masters and doctoral students are eligible for this award. Graduate students enrolled at a college or university located within the United States and working in IPM and related disciplines — including entomology, plant pathology, nematology and weed science — are eligible for this award.

Students will also have the opportunity in 2018 to submit posters to compete for an IPM Inspiration Award, this will be sponsored by the Symposium Poster Committee. 


The Awards will be presented at a special ceremony during the 9th International IPM Symposium March 19-22, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.

For more information, contact Janet Hurley (ja-hurley@ag.tamu.edu), or Shaku Nair (nairs@email.arizona.edu), Co-Chairs, International IPM Symposium Awards Committee.


2015 Award Recipients

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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

2012 Award Recipients

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International IPM Excellence Awards

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

International IPM Lifetime Achievement Award

Walter Bentley

International IPM 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