IPM Alliance EPA Tour focuses on invasive species
July 19, 2017
Over a dozen staff of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) participated in the annual IPM Alliance Decision Maker tour this week in the Traverse City area with a focus on the impact of invasive species on Michigan agriculture.
The IPM Alliance works to ensure that agricultural producers in Michigan have access to the necessary tools to manage crop pest throughout the state. These tools include the necessary chemical, biological, and management controls too produce a marketable crop. The alliance members include most of the plant based commodity organizations in Michigan including both the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc.
“EPA plays an important role in registering and regulating necessary management tools for our growers” stated Mike Wenkel, Executive Director of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission “bringing their staff to Michigan, allowing them to hear first-hand from producers the impact of pest, and building strong relationships are important.”
The tour has been an annual event of the alliance since implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act in the late 1990s.