Scott Isard Receives Prestigious Award
Posted: September 1, 2015
The USDA AFRI Food Security Challenge Area recently awarded the Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) Cooperative Agricultural Project grant to Scott Isard. This five-year, $7 million Cooperative Agricultural Project (CAP) is aimed at promoting a new culture of sharing pest observation data. Its mission is to:
- Contribute to our nation’s infrastructure for food security;
- Build local and regional capacity to respond to food security problems involving crop pests;
- Reduce adverse environmental effects from pest management practices;
- Enhance farm profitability.
The iPiPE is comprised of diverse Crop-Pest Programs that incentivize growers and consultants to submit observations on target and endemic pests by providing tools and information that will support their timely management decision-making. Coordinated by extension professionals from across the nation, programs address a variety of crops and pests and provide undergraduate students with hands-on extension and diagnostic experiences. Risk-based research will prioritize detection efforts for target pests and direct in-field scouting for endemic pests. Observations housed in a national pest observation depository will enable future research to build on geographically extensive, multi-year databases.