Strategic Plan, 2007-2008

Southern IPM Center

Mission: We foster the development and adoption of a science-based approach to managing pests in ways that generate economic, environmental, and human health benefits. Working in partnership with stakeholders from agricultural, urban, and rural settings, we identify and address regional priorities for research, education, and outreach.


Strategies to 
Achieve Goals

Core Activities

Success Indicators, EXAMPLES TO DISCUSS

(quantifiable indicators that are key to overall goals)

Goal 1. CommunicationServe as a focal point for interactive communication about IPM in the Southern Region and share reliable information on a national scale to promote sound IPM decisions.

Finalize the Communication Plan

Promote, facilitate, and maintain the information network

  1. Communications plan is followed and activities evaluated against it routinely.
  2. Send success stories to trade publications.
  3. Send success stories and SRIPMC publications to political representatives.
  4. Encourage participation of states and territories in the Southern Region IPM Center’s IPM information network, preferably through formal arrangements (i.e., funding State Contact Projects through the IPM Enhancement Grants Program).
  5. Promote two-way communication regarding IPM between the Southern Region IPM Center and stakeholders in the states and territories in the Southern Region via the State Contacts.
  6. Re-evaluate Communications Plan annually to assure that it remains current and takes advantage of latest technology and organizations
  7. Develop and use database of key media/political contacts
  1. Indicators of Communications plan are routinely measured with acceptable levels of success.
  2. Stories are published in trade journals.
  3. Congressmen and senators have a taste of the IPM projects going on in their state.
  4. Website consistently works (few broken links, etc.) and is well used (“hits,” users, minutes per user, etc.)
  5. Southern Exposure is published and distributed on a quarterly schedule.
  6. Documentation of issue-focused methods and any results of those deliberations.
  7. Number of states and territories in the Southern Region that have an active State Contact Project.
  8. Communication activities of the State Contact Projects (from reports to the Center).
  9. Media and political staff know what IPM is and what SRIPMC does.

Goal 2. Stakeholder Priorities Involve stakeholders (ag/urban/rural) to determine and prioritize research, outreach/ (education), and regulatory needs.

Through committees, provide a conduit for stakeholders to express

Create a template on the website for "ideal" submission of priorities

Communicate with 1890s and 1862s

Phone calls and visits

  1. Develop/update PMSPs through funding from the IPM Enhancement Grants Program.
  2. Partner with stakeholders and other regional IPM Centers to develop/update PMSPs of national and multi-regional scope.
  3. Fund IPM Priorities workshops and documents
  4. Solicit and distribute priorities online
  5. Post annual state priorities sent by each State Contact
  6. Post annual regional priorities by IPM Coordinators/SERA03-IPM
  1. SRIPMC displays a current and comprehensive list or database of IPM priorities searchable at the crop/setting, state, regional and national levels as well as by priority type (research, extension, regulation)
  2. Priorities in the regional database are submitted by a diverse group of stakeholders from across the region
  3. SRIPMC produces an annual report detailing efforts made to address priorities on the list/in the database.
  4. National and multi-regional PMSPs are developed/updated.

Goal 3. SolutionsFind IPM solutions to pest problems through extension, research, and regulatory issues for the benefit of regional stakeholders and the environment.

Manage competitive processes for research and extension projects from funds


Manage PIPE and related extension programs

Maintain state-based information network
Maintain IPM information network to respond to various stakeholder groups including USDA and EPA

  1. IPM Enhancement Grants program, management of S-RIPM grants program, contribution to PMAP grants program
  2. Critical issues funding
  3. National, regional and state-level issue-focused workshops
  4. Collaboration with other IPM Centers and other partner agencies for efficiency and synergy
  5. Compilation of project reports and impacts
  6. Encourage participation of states and territories in the Southern Region IPM Center’s IPM information network, preferably through formal arrangements
  7. Provide timely and high-quality responses to information requests from regulators that represent the IPM needs of the stakeholders in the Southern Region and also the individual states and territories.
  8. Fund monitoring and related activities
  9. Respond to EPA requests
  10. Conduct surveys of stakeholder groups as requested by federal and stakeholder organizations
  1. Grants programs fund projects that address regional priorities
  2. We routinely call for, compile, evaluate, and display progress and termination reports for funded projects
  3. Number of states and territories in the Southern Region that have an active State Contact Project.
  4. Number and quality of the responses to IPM information requests .
  5. Hits on PIPE website
  6. Economic analysis of PIPE (SBR) efforts
  7. Number of EPA requests answered
  8. Number and analysis of surveys conducted

Goal 4. Emerging Issues Organize responses to emerging regional issues.

Facilitate regional identification and prioritization of emerging issues

Facilitate, manage lead and participate in appropriate In collaborative responses to critical issues

Leverage funding through partnership with other stakeholders

  1. Provide modest support to address IPM “emergencies” through “critical issues” funds
  2. Facilitate and participate in collaborative responses to critical issues such as ipmPIPE and school IPM
  3. Manage programs when requested by federal agencies
  4. Serve as an information bridge among USDA agencies (CSREES, APHIS, RMA, NRCS)
  5. Hold workshops, training sessions as needed
  6. Support research efforts for hive collapse
  1. Document responses through funding and staff inputs
  2. Document co-funded, co-sponsored programs (e.g., SPDN and SRIPMC)
  3. New collaborations exist because of workshops (e.g., 1890-1862, school IPM)

Goal 5. EfficiencyOptimize innovative IPM research, extension and regulatory activities and minimize duplication of effort in IPM programs.

IPM Roadmap

Facilitate relationships with multiple government agencies and organizations

Promote interdisciplinary and multi-organizational collaboration

  1. Collaborate in developing and maintaining interagency reporting system
  2. Participate in cross-agency evaluation database (NIPMEG)
  3. Integrate efforts with those of non-traditional partners (1890’s, USAID IPM CRSP)
  1. Using reporting system, analyze number of new technologies developed
  2. Document ability to search across programs for IPM results

Goal 6. Impact DocumentationDocument the value of IPM strategies, techniques, programs and projects and prove that IPM works.

Utilize the IPM Road Map as an organizational framework

Fund evaluation projects within the region and nationally

  • Include evaluation requirements in projects funded
  • Facilitate and utilize timely updates of “best IPM practices” definitions for IPM settings across the region.
  1. Evaluation projects are funded.
  2. Project directors submit reports at the end of their projects.

Goal 7: Generate Support Build support for IPM among public policymakers.

Communication—direct and indirect.

  1. Generate collaborations with other federal agencies.
  2. Send annual report to policymakers.
  3. Send annual reports to state contacts and IPM coordinators and ask them to send them on.

Funding increases for IPM research and extension projects.