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Grant Opportunities

Strategic Agricultural Initiative (SAI) SAI grants support the development of pest management practices and products that are safe, effective and appropriate for the implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA). EPA regions offer SAI grants to: Increase the adoption of sustainable agricultural production practices in partnership with producers, commodity groups, and other stakeholders by …

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Definition Acronyms

DEFINITIONS Biointensive IPMA systems approach to pest management based on an understanding of biological processes to minimize risk from pests. EcolabelLabel used on food to show consumers that the product has been grown with a certain environmentally conscious method. Integrated Pest ManagementA strategy generally viewed as a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, …

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Virginia – VIRGINIA BEACH CITYCitywide program – Formed in 1995 – researched by Suzanne Heflin OVERVIEW – Virginia Beach is the only city in the United States that operates a significant agricultural easement program. And although it is the largest city in Virginia, with a population exceeding 400,000, Virginia Beach also encompasses in its borders a …

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Performance Measures

Performance Measure Requirements Other IPM Performance Measures Conveying Requirements to GranteesIn the Request for Proposals, ask grantees to identify their baseline measures, the defined community that they will reach, their improvement target(s) and the performance measures they will use to indicate environmental improvement as a result of increased IPM adoption. They should be asked to …

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Washington – SKAGIT COUNTYCountywide program – Formed in 1997 – researched by Don Stuart OVERVIEW – Skagit County’s Farmland Legacy Program ranks second among agricultural easement programs in Washington state in the number of acres acquired, following only King County. With 73,000 acres cultivated in a water-rich coastal area, Skagit is one of the state’s leading …

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How Well Can Markets for Development Rights Work? Evaluating a Farmland Preservation Program

Abstract Transferable development rights (TDRs) can be used as a local planning tool to preserve land for particular uses.  TDRs separate ownership of the right to develop land from ownership of the land itself, creating a market in which the development rights can be bought and sold. Landowners who sell TDRs permanently preserve their land in …

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Reducing the Environmental Risks of Pest Management

Environmental Risk Analysis Pest Management Can impact soil, water and air quality Plants Animals Humans Direct impacts Plants Animals Humans est Management Biological control risks  Cultural control risks Soil quality aspects of tillage for weed control evaluate with RUSLE 2, WEQ, SCI Pesticide control risks Air quality Air Quality Technical Note – drift and volatilization …

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