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Virginia Specialty Crops at Risk Program (SCARP)

We are actively involved in the collection, analysis, reporting, and distribution of data on the use of pesticides in Virginia. We focus most of our efforts on establishing the importance of various pest management strategies to Virginia agriculture. We are actively developing crop pest management profiles, pest management strategic plans, and IPM Elements documents to support the continued availability of viable pest management tools for agriculture and specialty uses.

 

SCARP is funded by the Southern IPM Center and supports the USDA - Office of Pest Management Policy. A previous name for the program was Virginia Pest Management Information Program and it was originally part of the National Agricultural Pesticide Impact Assessment Program (PIAP) established in 1977 to collect pesticide benefit use data for EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs. PIAP was a joint effort of USDA and the state Land-Grant University - Agricultural Experiment Stations and Cooperative Extension Services.

 

IPM Elements

IPM Elements are concise lists of IPM and related best management practices.

These are crop and region-specific, and very efficient resources for determining which practices are recommended by land-grant university scientists for your crop.

 

These lists are typically created by a broad stakeholder group including Extension, growers, crop advisors and others.  They often include both IPM and other Best Management Practices that can impact pest management and conservation, including water, soil and nutrient management.

 

There is great potential for IPM Elements, if adopted widely, to standardize pest management practices throughout an industry. This can lead to:

  • higher profits for growers and sellers
  • enhanced marketing of crops to buyers
  • enhanced education and preparation of students for workforce
  • industry standards for adoption by associations and grower groups
  • improved research and outreach programs
  • qualification of crop acreage for conservation and water quality best management practices
  • inclusion of crop acreage and low input technology in tax incentives
  • enhanced public relations when using elements as a public education tool
  • branding of crops based on adoption of IPM
  • enhanced IPM programs
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