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The 1996 IPM Innovators Awards

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The 1996 Awardees are:

The Community Environmental Council Incorporated is a nonprofit organization in Santa Barbara, founded in 1970, focusing on reducing environmental contamination with educational programs on reduced risk pest management and reduced pesticide use. Contact: Karen Feeney, 805/963-0583, ext 152.

The San Diego County - Countywide IPM Program has established a countywide policy on the use of IPM on all county-owned lands - the first of its kind in California. Contact: Kathleen A. Thuner, 619/694-2741.

The Placer Hills Union School District, located in Meadow Vista, Placer County, has developed innovative approaches to pest management designed specifically to stimulate student and community awareness and understanding of their role in maintaining a safe and pleasant school environment. Contact: Ken Poulson, 916/878-2606.

The New Haven Unified School District, located in Union City, Alameda County, has a strong preventive program designed to decrease both the number of pesticide applications, as well as the rate of application, with emphasis on professional training for principals and administrative staff. Contact: Maureen Perry, 510/471-1100, ext. 2310.

The San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG) is a nonprofit group formed to support community gardens. Their activities include demonstration gardens that show good IPM practices, school field trips to visit their gardens, and workshops for the public on pest management. Contact: Odin Zackman, 415/285-7584.

The University of California (UC), Berkeley, Campus Pest Management Program was established in 1973. Its goal is to consider architectural and landscape design and other factors in an effort to continuously upgrade IPM services on the UC Berkeley campus. Contact: Jesus Mena, 510/642-3734.

The Artichoke Research Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Station, was formed by growers in 1973 to develop pest control strategies specific to artichokes and problem pests. The association has developed pheromone traps, monitoring programs, and other IPM strategies that have helped reduce annual crop losses from 30 percent to less than 5 percent. Insecticide use has been cut by as much as 20 percent. Contact: Mohammad A. Bari, Ph. D., 408/755-2871.

The Campbell Soup Company has been a leader and innovator in disease forecasting, adopting an innovative pesticide control program working "hands-on" in cooperation with growers. Beginning in 1989, Campbell developed and implemented strategies that reduced the use of synthetic insecticides and fungicides in tomatoes and celery; and significantly reduced the need for soil fumigation for carrots. Contact: Robert K. Curtis, 916/395-5086.

Del Monte Foods is responsible for risk reduction efforts for 17 crops grown by 3,000 farmers on 200,000 acres, with production of canned fruits and vegetables worth $1.4 billion. These efforts include the development of disease- and insect resistant vegetable crops; biological controls for diseases; processing equipment that removes insects; and new pest monitoring techniques. Contact: Steven S. Balling, 510/944-7377.

Sun-Maid Growers of California is a cooperative owned by 1200 raisin grape growers from Kern County north to Livingston in Fresno County. The goal of Sun-Maid’s IPM program is to improve chemical selectivity, reduce pesticide usage, eliminate the use of harsher pesticides, improve worker safety, improve raisin yields per acre, and ultimately improve grower profit margins. Contact: Joe Kretsch, 209/897-6356.

The Yolo County Resource Conservation District (RCD) is the lead agency for integrated resource management assessment for the 131,000-acre Willow Slough watershed in western Yolo County. The RCD works closely with farmers to restore native habitats and farm area biodiversity while reducing the use of pesticides and their associated costs. Contact: Katy Pye, 916/662-2037.

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