RISE Awards Grant to IPM Program

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) has awarded the Southwest Technical Resource Center (SWTRC) for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) a grant for $5,000 to continue their School IPM Pride Award program for the third consecutive year.

SWTRC was established in 2001 through a grant from the EPA to promote awareness of pest management techniques and provide technical support to schools and childcare facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The IPM Pride Award, given annually by the center, recognizes public school districts for outstanding pest management efforts in their attention to student and faculty safety, health and proper methods of pest control. The grant from RISE enables first, second, and third place cash awards to be given to schools practicing exemplary IPM techniques.

RISE President Allen James says the grant not only encourages schools to practice IPM, but also promotes IPM’s true definition, which includes the safe and responsible use of pest control products.

“IPM is defined by federal law as a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools in a way that minimizes health and environmental risks,” James said. “Some pest problems can be handled by caulking entry points and properly storing food while other problems like fire ant mounts on school grounds and wasp nests in hallways may warrant the responsible use of pesticides to keep children safe,” he explained.

“IPM is critical to schools for balancing prevention, sanitation, and maintenance by using a variety of pest control approaches,” Janet Hurley, school IPM program coordinator for the SWTRC said. “We are thrilled to partner with RISE again this year. Our combined goal is to provide information schools can use to establish a safe, attractive and efficiently-run place for children to learn and grow.”

RISE is a national trade association representing the manufacturers, formulators, and distributors of fertilizers and pest control products used in and around homes, businesses and public areas that promotes the safe and responsible use of these products.

To learn more about the award program and School IPM, visit http://schoolipm.tamu.edu or www.pestfacts.org.

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