There are literally hundreds of smaller, regionally based nonprofits that have a mandate to protect the environment and may be willing to partner with the SAI program. For example, the federal EPA has approached a number of local and NGO partners to provide their leadership and resource involvement in implementing the Gulf Hypoxia plan including the Nature Conservancy, the Lower Mississippi Valley Initiative, the Harte Foundation, the Mississippi River Basin Alliance and the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research. While we can’t provide a comprehensive list of those working on pest management issues, a few examples of potential partners are listed below.
American Farmland Trust (AFT)
Collaboration with this organization is likely. AFT offers competitive grants for multi-year private-public partnerships to implement IPM and develop ecological indicators. Amount available per year ranges from $150,000 to 450,000 with grants up to $150,000/year awarded. In FY02, AFT EPA and EPA Region 10’s SAI program jointly awarded over $300,000 in grants with AFT’s cooperative agreement contributing $100,000 to the effort. Contact is Ann Sorensen.
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
OFRF is a non-profit, tax exempt foundation directed by certified organic farmers. Since 1990, the organization has awarded grants supporting organic farming research and education projects. Grants are awarded in the spring and fall of each year.
National Foundation for Integrated Pest Management Education (NFIPME)
NFIPME, through a cooperative agreement with EPA, established a PESP grant program to support pesticide risk reduction projects. Membership in PESP is not an eligibility requirement for the grants awarded through this program.
IPM Institute of North America
The IPM Institute of North America fosters recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice IPM. The Institute is funded by grants from government, private foundations, industry, membership dues and fees for services. The Institute provides services to ecolabel programs and others including IPM research, standards development, program management, inspector training and certification. The Institute also operates certification programs for IPM professionals, schools and other organizations.
Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups (SAWG)
These regional groups provide a forum for their member organizations to discuss and develop regional policy priorities that inform the initiatives of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. Generally, these groups work with each other and other groups to develop policies that benefit small-scale and sustainable throughout the country. There are five SAWG regions: Northeast, Midwest, South, West and California.