Benefits of IPM

Economists and IPM researchers have worked for decades to develop methodology to assign a dollar value to the use of IPM technologies in agriculture. It has thus far been difficult to extract an exact dollar figure as to the cost savings of IPM implementation, although there has been general unanimous agreement that dollar savings are significant. Considering the cost of chemical pesticides and their application, even the reduction of one pesticide application can amount to a considerable reduction in pest control costs.

The use of IPM strategies increases yeild, improves quality and maintains a healthy environment for generations yet to come.

In addition to monetary considerations, the worth of IPM concepts to maintaining a healthy environment is undisputed. It is difficult, however, to place a value on preservation of the environment for current and future generations. It would be within reason to assume, though, that such contributions to maintaining the environment would be priceless.

Evaluation of IPM benefits has generally been obtained through pest management surveys, and analysis of pesticide use over time. In every such survey evaluation in Texas, IPM technologies have been shown to greatly reduce pesticide use and associated risks.

How has IPM benefited Texas crop producers?

Continued enhancements to IPM technologies joined with new technology have contributed to the on-going success of the Texas program. The use of IPM concepts has been endorsed and recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as contributing to decreased agricultural production costs, a reduction in the use of pesticides, and a subsequent significant lowering of risks posed by pesticide use. Whether pesticides are used in agricultural settings, public schools, or private industry, the US EPA recommends the use sound, proven of IPM practices.

The IPM approach integrates preventive and corrective measures to keep pests from causing significant problems, with minimum risk or hazard to human and desirable components of the environment. IPM is a flexible, dynamic strategy, which needs updating periodically as information is received from management practice results. IPM programs have proven track record of significantly reducing the risks and related to pesticides, while improving quality, health & welfare of environment.

Adoption of IPM strategies benefit economically due to sustained development, increased productivity and reduced pest damage. The options that IPM can offer make sole reliance upon synthetic pesticides a thing of the past. In the long-term, everyone benefits through a healthier environment.

Some of the benefits of an integrated approach are as follows:

  • Promotes sound structures and healthy plants
  • Promotes the sustainable biobased pest management alternatives.
  • Reduces the environmental risk associated with pest management by encouraging the
    adoption of more ecologically benign control tactics
  • Reduces the potential for air and ground water contamination
  • Protects the non-target species through reduced impact of pest management activities.
  • Reduces the need for pesticides by using several pest management methods
  • Reduces or eliminates issues related to pesticide residue
  • Reduces or eliminates re-entry interval restrictions
  • Decreases workers, tenants and public exposure to pesticides
  • Alleviates concern of the public about pest & pesticide related practices.
  • Maintains or increases the cost-effectiveness of pest management programs

Key IPM Program Benefits

The National Institute for Food and Agriculture lists the following as key benefits to incorporating IPM technology into crop management plans:

To Agricultural Producers:

  • Reduction in producer's economic risk by the promotion of low-cost and carefully
    targeted pest management practices.
  • Proactive avoidance of future pest management crisis; through research directed at
    potential short-, medium-, and long-term challenges.
  • Reduction of health risk to agricultural workers by fostering best management practice adoption.
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To the Environment:

  • Reduction of environmental risk associated with pest management by encouraging
    the adoption of more ecologically benign control tactics.
  • Protection of at-risk ecosystems and nontarget species through reduced impact of pest management activities.
  • Promotion of sustainable biobased pest management alternatives.

To Pest Management Professionals & Organizations:

  • Augmentation of private research development efforts to develop lower-risk pest
    control tactics and expand the use of existing low-risk tactics to specialty markets.
  • Promotion of innovative practices that improve pest management effectiveness,
    which can increase customer satisfaction and reduce the risk of customer complaints.
  • Creation of a demand for new, innovative, and marketable products and services.

To the General Public:

  • Reduction of risk to the public by promoting responsible pest management in public spaces including schools, recreational facilities, and playgrounds.
  • Promotion of lower-risk residential and community pest control through educational programs tailored to homeowners.
  • Assurance of safe, reliable, low-cost pest control through improved pest management.

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