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Norm Leppla, UF, IFAS, IPM Florida, Dan Sonke, Protected Harvest & Tom Green, IPM Institute of North America. Increasing Adoption of IPM in the Production of Woody Ornamentals.

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Norm Leppla, UF, IFAS, IPM Florida, Dan Sonke, Protected Harvest & Tom Green, IPM Institute of North America

Increasing Adoption of IPM in the Production of Woody Ornamentals


IPM Florida provides statewide, interdisciplinary and inter-unit coordination and assistance for UF, IFAS integrated pest management research, extension and education faculty


Organization of Project

  • History of project-Cherry Lake, IFAS, IPM Inst. N. America, EPA (11/07/02)

  • Market-driven- Customers for IPM plants

  • Voluntary- Market niche

  • Working Group- Growers, IFAS, IPM Institute, EPA, FDACS, FNGA, others

  • Timetable- Two years

  • Florida Application- Regional, national


Site Visit


Land Grant Role in

IPM Certification

“The Land Grand Universities have a responsibility to be involved in facilitator, educator, and expert roles in developing IPM guidelines but not in any certification role” (Indianapolis, IN, April 23-24, 1997)


Tactics of IPM

Sustainability

Cultural Practices

Biological Control

Chemical Control

Physical Methods


Aspects of IPM


Objective:to create a measurable increase in the number of producers of woody ornamentals using reduced risk practices and products by creating a credible IPM certification program.


Credible!


Eco-labeling Components

3rd Party

Auditor

Certification

Eco-Label

Chain of

Custody

Standards

Education &

Outreach

Marketing


Eco-labeling Goals

Standards

Pesticide Risk Reduction

Bio-IPM Adoption

Fair Return to Growers

Transparency

Soil & Water Conservation

Under

Consideration

Social and Energy


Eccounting System

Principle:Pesticide Risk Reduction

Criteria:Pesticide Toxicity by Land Area

Standard:1200 Toxicity Units per Acre

Metric:Toxicity Units


Distribution of Toxicity Score (90 Growers)

10%

Better Toxicity Score


Woody Ornamentals Workgroup


Tasks at Hand…

  • Create a multi-stakeholder working group to provide oversight and direction.

  • Draft region-specific guidelines or standards.

  • Draft quantitative evaluation criteria specific to woody ornamentals in Florida.

  • Provide incentives for reduced-risk options.

  • Train independent inspectors to evaluate applicants.

  • Create educational materials to inform consumers about IPM and accomplishments of certified producers.


Ecolabeling Steps & Responsibilities

CERTIFICATION

3rd Party Certifier

STANDARDS

CHAIN OF CUSTODY

  • Working Group

  • (Growers)

  • Growers

  • Shippers

  • Retailers

  • Landscapers

MARKETING

Growers

Marketing Consultants


Reduce Pesticide Use and Risk Through IPM

  • Biological Knowledge

  • Monitoring and Inspection

  • Act to Control Pests When Necessary

  • Choose Least-Risk Options

  • Long-Term, Preventative Practices

  • Evaluation and Records

  • Pesticide Management

  • Continual Improvement


Protect Soil and Water

  • Nutrient Management

  • Irrigation Management


Increasing Adoption of IPM in the Production of Woody Ornamentals

  • Cherry Lake landscape architects course

  • Evaluation of IPM practices in urban turfgrass

  • Florida Nurserymen, Growers and Landscape Association certification

  • UF, IFAS Doctor of Plant Medicine students

  • Ornamental Outlook and Extension pub’s


Increasing Adoption of IPM in the Production of Woody Ornamentals


Ecolabeling Costs and Benefits

EVALUATION

SAVE $ ON PRODUCTION

EDUCATION

HIGHER VALUE COMMODITY

LIABILITY PROTECTION

IMPLEMENTATION

QUALITY ASSURANCE

ENVIRON. STEWARDSHIP


Eco-Labels


http://ipm.ifas.ufl.edu


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