SIPMC Regulatory Information Network

The Regulatory Information Network (RIN) 

The primary function of the RIN is to address regulatory decisions regarding IPM, most often involving pesticide registrations. The RIN has functioned in various forms since the inception of SIPMC in 2003. Dr. Seth Carley will lead the group, serve as our primary contact with USDA-OPMP and EPA, and lead development of regional summaries when appropriate.

SIPMC used a selection process to identify new RIN liaisons on Jan. 1, 2015. SIPMC directors released an RFA, and new liaisons were selected from those applications by a committee including SIPMC leadership and other members of the Steering Committee.

The program offers up to $7,000 per state (or territory) per year to address these core functions:

  • Respond appropriately for each state/territory whenever an EPA/OPMP question comes – answer the call, distribute the question to appropriate experts and stakeholders, gather and compile responses, and submit through SIPMC in a timely fashion. Deal appropriately with surveys designed to address these questions.
  • Participate in a regional work group consisting of all such liaisons led by Seth Carley to discuss, plan, and address issues effectively and, if possible, proactively.
  • Produce and maintain a comprehensive and robust stakeholder contact database for important settings in the state including key Land-grant faculty (1862 and 1890), key growers, grower associations, and consultants.

Liaisons need to commit to responsibility for multiple states and territories, but are required to show support from the IPM Coordinator and other key programs such as 1890s contacts, IR-4, applicator training and pesticide stewardship. They are expected to develop and confer routinely with their own advisory committees comprising those supporters (IPM Coordinators, 1890s contacts, etc.) appropriately distributed among the states and territories addressed.

Drs. Fadamiro, LaForest and Seth Carley serve as liaisons for AL, GA and NC, respectively. Dr. Seth Carley also serves this role for Mississippi. 

Members of the RINLG

ALABAMA
Henry Fadamiro
Auburn University
E-mail Henry Fadamiro

334-844-5098

ARKANSAS
Glenn Studebaker
University of Arkansas
E-mail Glenn Studebaker

870.526.2199 ext.114

FLORIDA
Norm Leppla
University of Florida
E-mail Norm Leppla
352-392-2484

GEORGIA
Joseph LaForest
University of Georgia
E-mail Joseph LaForest
229-386-3298

KENTUCKY
Patty Lucas
University of Kentucky
E-mail Patty Lucas
270-365-7541 ext. 218

LOUISIANA
Clayton Hollier
Louisiana State University
E-mail Clayton Hollier
225-578-2186

MISSISSIPPI
M. Eugene Merkl
E-mail Eugene Merkl
662-325-5829

NORTH CAROLINA
Danesha Seth Carley
NC State University
E-mail Danesha Seth Carley
919-513-8189

PUERTO RICO
Wanda Almodóvar
University of Puerto Rico
E-mail Wanda Almodóvar
787-833-7007

SOUTH CAROLINA
Kelly Gilkerson
Clemson University
E-mail Kelly Gilkerson
864-656-5057

TENNESSEE
Darrell Hensley
University of Tennessee
E-mail Darrell Hensley
865-974-7958

TEXAS & OKLAHOMA
Mark Matocha
Texas A&M University
E-mail Mark Matocha
979-845-3789

VIRGINIA
Michael Weaver
Virginia Polytecnic Institute and State University
E-mail Mike Weaver
540-231-6543

VIRGIN ISLANDS
Joe Williamson
University of the Virgin Islands
E-mail Joe Williamson
340-692-4052
 

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