Mark H. Shour, Extension Entomology Program Specialist
Midwest states have been slow to implement school integrated pest management (IPM) practices compared to other regions of the U.S. Most schools still rely on regular pesticide applications for pest control. When contacted by the Pest Management and Environment program of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension, Midwest extension and regulatory workers indicated they were willing to attend a train-the-trainer event on school integrated pest management. After securing a Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an in-depth, 3-day workshop was held March 22-25, 2004 at ISU; 34 people from 10 states and 2 EPA regions attended. In addition to the face-to-face interactions and hands-on activities, each participant was equipped with hardcopy and electronic resources to initiate school IPM programs in their state.
The goal of this project was to track the effectiveness of the ISU Extension train-the-trainer workshop one year after training by using a detailed email survey instrument.
ISU Extension’s School IPM Web site (launched March 2004) had 29,270 total page views from April 2004 through March 2005. Of these visits, 565 views were made for the Midwest School IPM workshop alone. Ninety-three percent of survey respondents indicated they had carefully studied IPM materials received. Eighty-seven percent had met with key persons in their state to discuss school IPM. Fifty-three percent had received funding to work on this program in their state. Eighty-seven percent indicated they had networked with workshop colleagues in other states during the year.
The following outcomes were realized from this project:
143 -- Pesticide Applicator Training