Integrated (Water Quality, Methyl Bromide Transition, Organic Transition, Crop Protection/Pest Mgt, RRDCs, Food and Ag Defense Initiative) Funding | Agricultural Systems
Alaska | University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service | West Region
Workshops, webinars, trapping, identifications, conferences, and a proposed phone app are all increasing knowledge in AK about IPM
Alaska hosts thousands of visitors every year. The state also imports most of its food and many horticultural products, so it remains vulnerable to imported pests. Retail sales of plant materials contaminated with a variety of pests continue to challenge the state. Invasive weed infestation can reduce land values and agricultural productivity and negatively impact recreation, tourism and subsistence harvesting. Improving citizen, farmer and land manager ability to assess pest management practices is critical.
Agents and integrated pest management staff hosted 89 workshops and presentations and worked with producers, agencies and individuals to identify 739 insect, plant and disease specimens. Development began on a phone app individuals will be able to use to identify invasive plants. A webinar series on invasive species management issues continued with presentations on weed seedling identification, trees and bird vetch, sweetclover and knotweed control. Pest technicians placed 243 insect-monitoring traps for species of concern, including the gypsy moth and nun moths. An invasive species conference was hosted in Fairbanks.
IPM staff reported 6,624 contacts. The program serves as a proactive first detector for monitoring and outreach. No gypsy, nun, Siberian silk or rosy gypsy moths were detected with trapping efforts. The webinar series involved participants with affiliations ranging from the Department of Transportation and the Alaska Railroad to various landscape businesses, farmers and government land managers. The annual invasive species conference brought agencies and individuals together to coordinate invasive species response and research, especially regarding elodea and sweet clover. Following the Fairbanks conference, 70 percent of individuals who filled out evaluations indicated they had applied knowledge gained from past conferences. Ninety-five percent of respondents indicated they would use information gained from this conference. Continuing education credit was offered to certified pesticide applicators who attended.