One of the most important responsibilities of an agricultural advisor is to advise farmers on pest control practices. Pests are a primary concern of farmers, as pests can reduce or destroy their source of income. Often, farmer's and agricultural advisor's only response to pest problems is the application of synthetic pesticides.
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, provides an alternative to the single weapon approach and is characterized by management of pests rather than their control. It is a way to keep pest densities below the level where they 'eat' into farmer profits. IPM practitioners use a holistic approach to managing pests, integrating methods and ideas from a broad range of disciplines into a comprehensive program. Agricultural professionals and farmers who understand and use IPM have a powerful tool at their disposal.
The Introduction to IPM modules were designed to improve participants' knowledge and skills related to IPM. With the knowledge of IPM gained in this course, readers will develop a better understanding of:
The course can be used as either a simple reference tool or as part of a structured learning exercise. It is a reference in that it contains information and links to other resources dealing with IPM.
This course is designed to improve agricultural professional's knowledge of the principles and practices associated with Integrated Pest Management. It is expected that participants will have some responsibilities for working with farmers and are in a position to advise them on pest management strategies.
There are four modules in the Introduction to IPM Course:
There are also a number of simulation and reference pages that can be accessed.