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Agriculture

Integrated pest management is essential for modern agriculture.

IPM improves profitability while reducing the impact of pest management on the environment and human health. Moreover, federal and state laws and regulations favor the use of integrated pest management. For instance, the Food Quality Protection Act greatly restricts the use of pesticides while promoting IPM practices.

Regardless of your agricultural philosophy, whether conventional, sustainable, or organic, IPM provides appropriate solutions to manage insects, diseases, weeds and vertebrates.

IPM practices and strategies have been developed for every agricultural crop.

For some crops, seasonal pest information is available by telephone by calling 1-800-PENN IPM.

Agricultural economics originally apply the principles of economics to the production of crops and livestock — a discipline known as agronomics. Agronomics is a branch of economics that specifically dealt with land usage, focusing on maximizing the yield of crops while maintaining a good soil ecosystem.

Greenhouse production in Pennsylvania is a diverse enterprise. Greenhouse businesses range from small family run operations to very large greenhouse operations that have several acres under glass or plastic. Moreover, both food and non-food crops are produced in greenhouses in the state. The non-food production is part of the green industry. Food crop production primarily consists of the production of vegetables and herbs.

Funding and support for the manual was from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Penn state and EPA Region 3.

These videos describe the importance of native pollinators in Pennsylvania.

The new Farm Bill and a new Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have supported the better alignment of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) communities and NRCS incentive programs in support of IPM practice adoption, especially in specialty crops.

Tree fruit is a $70 million a year industry in Pennsylvania, with the majority of the fruit being grown in the southern part of the state.

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