Welcome to the Texas IPM Foundation.

Reduced risk.

  Environmental risk reduction.
  IPM helps to ensure that pesticide risks are minimal.

"The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing that all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become...." Lady Bird Johnson, 1967.

Pesticides are critical tools for food and fiber production, and for protecting the urban public from pest invasions. Pesticide risks are real but can be carefully managed to minimize adverse impacts. Much progress has been made to reduce pesticide risks, including many new reduced-risk products and proven mitigation strategies, and ready access to this information helps to reduce adverse impacts and improve environmental stewardship.

Through implementation of proven IPM concepts and principles, we help to preserve our environment for future generations. The efficient and safe application of chemical pesticides translates into a reduction in environmental risk. IPM results in substantial improvements in both water and air quality by reducing off-site pesticide movement through leaching, solution runoff, adsorbed runoff, airborne drift and volatilization.

The incorporation and use of a variety of pest management tools helps us to ensure that pesticides are used sparingly and only when necessary. And using a variety of pest control methods reduces the need to rely on one tool, which prolongs its effectiveness. Using several methods operating together ... in a proper mix ... reduce our reliance on chemical pesticides, and make for a more stable and predictable management system.

The less pesticides released into the environment aids us in our efforts to maintain the quality of our valuable natural resources. The incorporation of IPM concepts into our efforts to control economically damaging pests helps to protect our native plants and animals, and preserves our quality of life.

Reducing risk.  
Reducing pesticide risk is everyone's responsibility.  

In a survey of Texas growers who use IPM methods in their farming operations, risk reduction was cited as the most important factor in implementing new IPM approaches. The Texas IPM program helps growers attain this goal by demonstrating the value of IPM practices, testing new technologies, educating farmers and others about IPM, and training people to practice better IPM.

Production agriculture in Texas has suffered from depressed economic conditions due to low commodity prices, unfavorable weather conditions and high production costs. In order to keep agriculture healthy, it is critical that growers maximize net profits. Maximizing net profits, protecting the environment and reducing pesticide risk are goals of IPM that have been successfully achieved in Texas.

Without a doubt, partnerships have been the key to success of the Texas IPM program. IPM partners will continue to work together to solve Texans' pest problems. This partnership helps to provide a cleaner and healthier environment ... for today and for our tomorrows.



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