The University of Wisconsin-Madison Pesticide Use and Risk Reduction project is awarding grants totaling $151,254 for nine research projects on alternatives to pesticides used on Wisconsin crops.
Located in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Pesticide Use and Risk Reduction project addresses the impacts of the U.S. Food Quality Protection Act on Wisconsin commodities and producers. The act requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish new health based standards for pesticides. These new standards may result in the withdrawal of many pesticides commonly used by Wisconsin farmers.
The Pesticide Use and Risk Reduction project identifies pesticides targeted under FQPA and develops working teams of farmers, farm organizations and researchers to identify profitable options, says Margaret Krome, who chairs the project”s steering committee.
In this, the second of a three-year program, the grant titles and lead investigators are:
Grower education and adoption of biologically based pest management – developing outreach materials. Deana Sexson and Jeff Wyman. $12,107.
Integrated pest management program development in cultivated ginseng. Mike Drillias. $12,988.
Implementation of mating disruption of blackheaded fireworm in cranberry. Dan Mahr. $15,000.
Investigation of potential to breed Wisconsin strawberries resistant to tarnished plant bug injury. Brian Smith. $9,900.
Feasibility of compost use in Wisconsin”s commercial strawberry industry. Brian Smith. $8,500.
Reducing the risk of pesticide use on cranberry in Wisconsin. Teryl Roper. Patricia McManus and Dan Mahr. $22,788.
Fresh market fruit and vegetable growers survey. Pete Nowak. $10,000.
Improving communication of critical FQPA and pest management information to Wisconsin agricultural consultants and farmers. Larry Binning, Roger Schmidt and Kit Schmidt. $49,971.
Reduced rate herbicide bulletin update, and expansion and the creation of a weed biology bulletin. Jerry Doll and Chris Boerboom. $10,000.
State farm groups collaborating as project partners selected the grants. The 14 partners represent the broad diversity of Wisconsin commodity and general farm organizations. For more information about the program and collaborating farm groups, visit the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and click on the Pesticide Use and Risk Reduction project.
The Pesticide Use and Risk Reduction project is funded by pesticide overcharge funds administered by the Wisconsin Department of Justice with matching funds from collaborating farm organizations and the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, which is home for the project.