By Tim Martinson
Partial funding for the New York State Integrated Pest Management (NYSIPM) program, which had been slated to end on March 31, was restored in the final budget adopted by the New York State Legislature in late March.
In a letter sent out April 11, NYSIPM director Donald Rutz stated: "In the 2011-2012 state budget $500,000 was appropriated for Agricultural IPM, and $200,000 was appropriated for Community IPM. The Agricultural funding is approximately half of the state funding received during the time the Program was fully staffed, but is the same as the 2010-2011 appropriation. Community IPM was previously funded at $400,000 in the 2008-2009 state budget, but has received no funds from the state for the past two years—so we are thrilled to have it back in the budget."
Other ag programs also had funding restored, including The New York Wine and Grape Foundation (NYWGF), funded at $713,000, the same level as last year, and the New York Farm Viability Institute, funded at $1.2 million.
Rutz went on to thank program supporters. "We are absolutely certain this would not have occurred without the tremendous support expressed by you, our stakeholders."
"We want to reiterate that during these very difficult budget times for New York, that you—our stakeholders—are responsible for allowing us to continue to make advances in all areas of IPM. We are most grateful for all of your efforts."
Tim Martinson is senior extension associate in the Department of Horticulture.