The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy took place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Feb. 20-21. The program served newcomers to agriculture, growers who have yet to adopt IPM or those interested in a refresher course.
Dr. Barry Jacobsen, keynote speaker from the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology at Montana State University with an extensive background in IPM and member of the Board of Directors of the IPM Institute of North America, discussed the philosophy of IPM and explained the reasoning behind the management strategies that have revolutionized agricultural production.
The first day of the academy included Dr. Jacobsen’s address and also covered the principals of IPM with topics such as entomology, plant pathology and pest assessment. On the second day, participants chose two concurrent half-day sessions to learn about IPM strategies in various crop systems areas.
Led by Michigan State University Extension educator Erin Lizotte, Extension educators and specialists who focus on various project areas pooled their collective knowledge and expertise to put on a successful academy with more than 100 participants.
This was the first run of this new program, and it was a huge success. Congratulations to Erin Lizotte and the members of the team that made this possible.