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RESOURCE SITES

These sites provide information on pest management, crops, the impacts of agricultural practices, and evaluation models. IPM specialists can use this information to enhance the environmental and economic effectiveness of their IPM practices.

National Site for USDA Regional Pest Management Centers Information System
Provides searchable access to pesticide, commodity and pest information from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP) and other sources. Most of the sources listed below are taken from this site.

Experts

Find Your Local Expert by County
Allows user to search for the Agricultural Extension Officer for their area.

Pest Management Expertise Database
Database of pest management experts from land grant institutions, grower organizations, NGO’s and environmental institutes. Enables individuals seeking information about current pest management practices consult with and create partnerships with appropriate IPM experts.

Commodity and Pest Data

Bayer Codes for Pests
A searchable database allowing users to search for Bayer codes, common names or scientific names.

Crop Acreage Information

Crop Map
Database of county crop statistics emphasizing how many acres of a specific crop are grown in a county.

USDA NASS Crop Production Reports.
Database of annual production reports describing how much of a commodity is produced by state.

USDA / ERS Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators (AREI) Database and Mapping Tool
Allows users to generate maps that graphically represent selected agricultural data.

USDA / NRCS National Resources Inventory
General information on trends in the quality of soil, water and related resources. Also contains information on how air quality is affected by agricultural practices and how growers can utilize alternative nutrient management schemes.

Pesticide Data

NASS Pesticide Use Data
Searchable database showing the annual amount of pesticide used per crop and per state.

NASS Agricultural Chemical Usage Reports
Contains reports that include state level data on chemical applications and acres treated for field crops and selected fruit and vegetable crops.

National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy (NCFAP) Pesticide Use Data
Provides information on how much of a pesticide’s active ingredient was applied per state and per commodity.

Pesticide Data Program (PDP)
Contains data files and summary reports on pesticide residues on agricultural commodities, especially on commodities consumed by infants and children.

FQPA Pesticide Database
Contains a list of pesticides required for review under FQPA. Also contains an active ingredient/brand-name converter for FQPA pesticides (although this wasn’t operational as of May 19, 2004).

Tennessee Valley Authority
Provides documentation on ecological indicators and how they’re used to determine air quality and particularly water quality.

NRCS National Agricultural Pesticide Environmental Risk Analysis (NAPRA)
Shows how a pesticide risk indicator can be used to determine the environmental impact of pesticide applications.

Windows Pesticide Screening Tool (WIN-PST)
A risk screening program that allows individuals to evaluate how their pesticide application impacts the environment (from USDA NRCS).

Extension Toxicology Network (EXTOXNET)
Site provides a searchable database of toxicological and chemical parameter data for active ingredients found in commonly used pesticides.

Pesticide Action Network Pesticides Database (PAN)
Site provides a searchable database of toxicological and chemical parameter data for active ingredients found in commonly used pesticides.

EPA Ecotox Database
Provides a searchable database of toxicological and chemical parameter data for active ingredients found in commonly used pesticides

Greenbook
Provides a PDF version of many common pesticide labels. Also includes information on worker protection standards for agricultural pesticides

CDMS
Provides a PDF version of many common pesticide labels. Also includes material safety data sheets for many chemicals that are active ingredients in pesticides.

North Carolina State University Water Quality Group WATERSHEDSS System
Watershed-level, web-based decision support system called WATERSHEDSS (WATER, Soil, and Hydrologic Decision Support System) allows users to conduct a preliminary watershed evaluation in order to determine appropriate best management practices (BMPs). Covers diverse topics on water quality, monitoring, land treatment, watershed management, and watershed projects. Also provides a searchable database of over 6,000 annotated articles on NPS pollution control.

EPA Office of Children’s Health Protection
Links to America’s Children and the Environment: A First View of Available Measures. This report details efforts at measuring environmental factors that may affect the health and well-being of children. Provides a good discussion of identifying and developing appropriate measures that reflect environmental factors.

BASELINE DATA SOURCES

EPA's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (EMAP)
Includes EMAP west, national coastal assessment, aquatic resource monitoring, landscape assessment approaches to answer questions on environmental status and trends; LRC project; Envirofacts Data Warehouse.

U.S. Geological Survey
Includes 1.5 million sites for water data from 1857; maps and searchable data by county and watershed; information on wildlife and birds from the Biological Resource Division; NAWQA Pesticide National Synthesis Project.

For example:

Toxics Program
The U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology (Toxics) Program investigates the fate and occurrence of agricultural chemicals. Toxics Program agricultural chemical investigations focus on characterizing the processes that affect dispersal of chemicals in the atmosphere, ground water, and surface water; identifying persistent degradation products; and developing methods to measure these compounds in water samples at environmentally relevant concentrations. Government regulators, pesticide manufacturers, farmers, water resource managers, and the public are using the results of these investigations.

Midcontinent Agricultural Chemical Research Project (Research on Pesticides in the Environment)
The U.S. Geological Survey's Midcontinent Agricultural Chemical Research Project (MACRP is studying the occurrence, movement, flux, fate, and effects of agricultural chemicals in parts of 25 States.

National Water Quality Assessment Program
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) began its NAWQA (National Water Quality Assessment) program in 1991, systematically collecting chemical, biological, and physical water quality data from 42 study units (basins) across the nation. The data warehouse currently contains and links the following data up through 9/30/2002:

  • Chemical concentrations in water, bed sediment, and aquatic organism tissues for about 500 chemical constituents


  • Site, basin, well and network characteristics with many descriptive variables


  • Daily stream flow information for fixed sampling sites


  • Ground water levels for sampled wells


  • 6,100 surface water sites and 7,000 wells


  • 46,000 nutrient samples and 31,000 pesticide samples as well as 11,000 VOC samples


  • 3,200 samples of bed sediment and aquatic organism tissues

Section 319 National Monitoring Program
This report provides profiles for 24 watershed projects selected under the NMP that are being monitored over a 6- to 10-year period to evaluate effectiveness of best management practices in reducing nonpoint source water pollution.

EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds - Monitoring & Assessing Water Quality
Site maintains a database of water quality monitoring information from many different state agencies. Monitoring information can include information such as dissolved oxygen level and the abundance of aquatic plant and animal life. (Note: can be difficult to download information from this site).

Water Quality Information Center

The Water Quality Information Center at the National Agricultural Library has a database of online documents covering water and agriculture.

General Information

Acronyms used in USDA, EPA and other governmental documents
Explanation of acronyms commonly used in USDA, EPA and other governmental documents.

National Integrated Pest Management Search Engine
Includes information needed to successfully use an integrated pest management strategy in agricultural practices.

Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) EQIP Database
CTIC site that allows members to search for EQIP practices and payments. Practices approved under the Pest Management standard can be accessed for free.

Center for Integrated Pest Management (CIPM)
CIPM is affiliated with the National Science Foundation and maintains links to numerous science-based pest management information databases (with descriptions). The CIPM web page includes links to 10 international databases and 30 national databases with some regional and local information as well.

Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
This site is a source of preliminary information regarding pollution prevention options and technologies. While the site mainly emphasizes industrial pollution preventing techniques, some agricultural related techniques are discussed. In addition, this site maintains a searchable grant database.

IPM Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP)
CRSP coordinates global research on IPM among more than 20 U.S. and foreign institutions on horticultural export crops as well as other food production systems. In 2003, CRSP decided it needed to increase its outreach and communication efforts. It now sends periodic PDF files featuring its projects to a huge list of subscribers. Visit this website for hints about how to better communicate about IPM projects.

American Farmland Trust