Title: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and its Global Impacts
Speaker: Prof. George Norton, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech
Abstract: Losses to crop pests around the world are estimated at 25-40 percent. Chemical pesticide use reduces some losses but is not completely effective and can result in health and environmental costs. IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy that emphasizes prevention of pests and their damage through a combination of techniques such as pest forecasting, biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are applied only if monitoring indicates a need based to established guidelines. Examples of IPM will be presented, with an emphasis on a global IPM program managed by Virginia Tech, the IPM Innovation Lab. Methods for and results of economic assessments of IPM will be discussed.
Brief Bio: George Norton is professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech. He earned his B.S. from Cornell and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He teaches international agricultural development and trade and conducts research on agricultural development, impacts of agricultural research, and integrated pest management. Dr. Norton has assessed economic impacts of agricultural technologies and policies in numerous countries. George grew up on a dairy farm and began his career in the Peace Corps in Colombia. His most recent book, Hunger and Hope: Escaping Poverty and Achieving Food Security in Developing Countries, was written for a broad audience.
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