Demonstrating Integrated Pest Management to South Dakota Schools

Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension
Iowa State University

Extension Lead(s)
(name, position, counties served, contact information)

Mark H. Shour, Ph.D., Extension Program Specialist, Campus-based., 515-294-5963; 10 Insectary Bldg, Ames, IA 50011-3140

Your Position

­­­­­_____ Field
___X_ Campus
_____ Both

POW # and Team

 ­­­­­_____100 Corn and Soybean Production and Protection
­­­­­_____ 110 Dairy
­­­­­_____ 120 Farm and Business Management
­­­­­_____ 130 Horticulture: Commercial and Consumer             
­­­­­_____ 140 Iowa Beef Center                                                     
­­­­­_____ 150 Iowa Pork Industry Center
­­­­­___ __ 160 Natural Resources and Stewardship
__x___Pesticide Applicator Training
_____Other ANR Programs

ANR Priority (select all that apply)

­­­­­_____Global Food Security and Hunger
­­­­­_____Regional Food Systems
­­­­­_____Natural Resources & Environmental Stewardship
­­­­­_____Food Safety
­­­­­_____Sustainable Energy – Biofuels & Biobased Products
­­­­­_____Climate Change
­­­­­__X__ Other

Title of Success Story

Demonstrating Integrated Pest Management to South Dakota Schools

Continuing Story

_____ No                __X___  Yes (If continuing, what story?)
School Integrated Pest Management in the North Central Region (2009)

Knowledge Areas: (USDA categories)

[Not Applicable]

Desired Changes

For school staff to learn about pest organisms and how to control these safely.
For school districts to put integrated pest management into action by passing Policy Statements. 
For the improvement of conditions in school buildings and on school grounds to by reducing pesticide use and therefore making them safer for children and staff.

(Why is it important to address this issue with education?  What are the desired changes?)

School staffs are conditioned to receive information about school building maintenance and food & environmental safety through spoken, written, and hands-on educational methods. It is desired that school staff will make behavioral changes to achieve better pest control with fewer pesticide inputs.

(Outputs: activities, numbers reached, publications, products)

In-depth facility assessments were conducted 5 times at each school during the study. A Demonstration Day was held for schools in that area of South Dakota, involving 18 people. Four school IPM newsletters were printed and distributed to all school staff (525 people). A teacher in-service was held at each district presenting IPM principles for 305 teachers and school administrators.

RESULTS (Outcomes:  specific changes that occurred in Learning, Actions, Conditions; how outcomes were measured)

Both school districts instituted formal school IPM policies. Custodial staff showed use of new paperwork recording pest incidence. Brookings School District had improved IPM scores (3-8%) and Flandreau School District had 8-9% improvement over initial assessment scores. Data from exit evaluations showed expressed desire to reduce pesticide use at work and home (79%); to tell others about IPM (83%); and to do more reading on the topic (88%).

Public Value (now or future)
(Impact:  Who benefits beyond participants and how?  What conditions changed?)

The benefits from this demonstration program will ripple through the two school systems (2700 students & 400 staff in Brookings; 615 students & 125 staff in Flandreau) as well as in both communities.  Decreased pesticide use (100% in both districts) was shown during the program, which greatly reduces or eliminates unintended and unnecessary pesticide exposure to people.

Major Partners or Collaborators

Iowa State University Extension, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, South Dakota State University, IPM Institute of North America

Where story took place
(Region, campus, multi-regional)

Region:  Brookings and Flandreau public schools in Brookings and Flandreau, respectively, South Dakota

Fiscal Year


Multi-state or Integrated (Ext + Research)

Multi-State: Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska

Funding Source

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency PRIA2 grant through the IPM Institute of North America


School IPM, South Dakota, Decreased Pesticide Use, Indoor Pests



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