The North Central IPM Center is tasked with improving health, environmental and economic conditions in the north central region through leadership and cooperation with diverse stakeholders to facilitate the development and adoption of integrated pest management solutions.
Who We Are
The North Central IPM Center is one of four regional centers funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to promote and facilitate the adoption of effective integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. The center serves as the hub for multi-state partnerships and communication networks that link researchers, farmers, extension educators, commodity organizations, environmental groups, pest control professionals, government agencies and others from the 12-state north central region of the continental United States. The NCIPM Center is currently housed at Michigan State University and Iowa State University.
What We Do
We encourage a science-based approach to pest management in order to reduce risks to people, food supply and the environment. By using pest biology, environmental information and all other available technologies, we strive to reduce pest damage to tolerable levels, through the most economical means. Our goal is to bring people together and provide the necessary resources to solve the North Central region's important pest problems.
How We Do It
The North Central IPM Center works to increase the adoption of IPM practices in our region by funding IPM activities through working group, and critical issues grants, facilitating communication and collaboration within our region (stakeholders, practitioners, researchers and the general public) and nationally (other IPM Centers, intra-regional working groups and research, USDA-NIFA), and by administering several signature programs supporting sustainability and food security. The North Central IPM Center is one of four regional centers across the country.
The goal of the IPM Road Map is to increase nationwide communication and efficiency in IPM practices through information exchanges among federal and non-federal IPM practitioners and service providers including land managers, growers, structural pest managers, and public and wildlife health officials. The IPM Road Map is a living document that will evolve over time, being periodically updated as the science and strategy of IPM evolves, with continuous input from numerous IPM experts, practitioners, and stakeholders.
The Road Map for the National IPM Program identifies strategic directions for IPM research, implementation, and measurement for pests in all settings throughout the Nation. This includes pest management for a broad range of areas including agricultural, structural, ornamental, turf, museums, and all pests including public and wildlife health pests, terrestrial, and aquatic invasive species.
The North Central IPM Center’s priorities are identified through broad, regional stakeholder input and undergo annual stakeholder review to ensure the priorities continue to support the needs of the North Central region’s IPM community. These priorities help direct the Center's goals and funding opportunities.