The 2002 Farm Bill increased support for voluntary federal incentive programs like EQIP, improving options for financial assistance for implementing IPM and other environmentally sound practices.
An incentive program aimed at supporting environmentally friendly pest management and conservation projects is now available for Pennsylvania growers.
Over a quarter of $1 million has been given to fruit growers in Pennsylvania as part of an incentive program aimed at supporting environmentally friendly pest management and pesticide handling alternatives.
Pennsylvania tree fruit growers could potentially save up to one million dollars per year in pesticide applications, reduce their pesticide usage by almost one ton of active ingredient, as well as receive federal conservation payments, thanks to a predatory mite recently discovered by a Penn State researcher.
Children know what’s good. Two of their favorite fruits, apples and peaches, are high value crops in the eastern United States, exceeding a value of $500 million a year. Pests like them too, making these crops among the most difficult to manage.