Accomplishments of the Tennessee Pest Management Information Network 08-09:

The University of Tennessee continued to develop and maintain its State Contact Project (SCP) for Tennessee. Funding was received (in 2009) by The University of Tennessee, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology to assist the Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center (SRIPMC) in maintaining a communication network that continues to enhance and facilitate the flow of resources and information in integrated pest management on a statewide basis as well as a regional basis. Funding was also obtained to complete two crop / pest profiles. An Enhancement Project was completed at initiation of the funding period.

The University of Tennessee Entomology and Plant Pathology Department, Tennessee Pest Management Information Network (TPMIN) served as a primary resource for regulatory questions related to pest management and pesticides in Tennessee. Responses to informational requests were made through the SRIPMC and forwarded to an online reporting system developed by the SRIPMC. The core project also provided information to university researchers and extension personnel, grower groups, and industry when necessary. Four responses were provided to the Environmental Protection Agency during this funding period.

The TPMIN continued to establish and maintain a stakeholder network for continued development of Tennessee's priorities during this funding period. State stakeholders were contacted so they could provide input to aid in developing state and regional priorities. The University's IPM Coordinator, Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) coordinator and IR-4 coordinator; industry representatives; grower groups and growers were asked for their input in developing separate state priorities for Tennessee. Developed priorities have been placed online for public access. Stakeholder information was displayed within the TNPMIN web site. The State Contact Project provided oversight of state-developed Crop Profiles and Pest Management Strategic Plans (PMSP). Developed crop/pest profiles and PMSPs conformed to the Center's standards for content, format and distribution. The SCP contributed to various state and regional programs by supplying information concerning pest management and pesticides. Information was distributed across the state in the form of newsletters, pest alerts and e-mailings.

Darrell Hensley is currently the State Contact for this state program. During the funding peroid, Darrell provided 35 articles for the departmental newsletter "What's Happening" during 2008 and 2009. He attended three field days in 2009: Summer Celebration, held on July 9th in Jackson, Tennessee, a production field day held at the Research & Education Center in Greeneville, TN and the production field day held at Highland Rim Experiment Station. He also participated in the Fruit and Vegetable Production Meeting held in Crossville, TN. Attendees included extension, research personnel as well as state marketing and regulatory officials. This annual meeting helps direct individuals to areas of production needs. Darrell has also provided technical assistance with the posting of a web newsletter known as Fruit Pest News. Darrell has also worked closely with the Asian Soybean Rust Sentinel Plot Project, Distance Diagnostics, developing a pest of Biofuels web page, the state's Plant Pest Surveillance Network and has assisted with a Sudden Oak Death Survey. The SCP also assisted with two Cogongrass Workshops and the development of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between several State and Federal Agencies.

The University of Tennessee, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology has previously developed Crop Profiles and Pest Management Strategic Plans (PMSPs) that enhanced the function, activities and processes of the SCP and facilitated the development of resources and information used in integrated pest management on a statewide basis and for regional use. The program used obtained funding for developing and maintaining state crop pest profiles and/or state or multi-state PMSPs. Darrell Hensley served as the principal investigator of the SCP for development of state Crop Profiles and state PMSPs. Completed Crop Profiles and PMSPs were forwarded to the Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center (SRIPMC) to be placed on an online public accessible system. The SCP established and maintained a stakeholder network to continue development of state priorities. Two production areas were suggested by the stakeholders for development during 2008-2009. These included; apples and peachs. The University s IPM Coordinator, Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) coordinator, and IR-4 coordinator, industry representatives, a representative from Tennessee State University, grower groups, growers, county agents, a state regulator and state crop specialists often were involved or supplied input in the development of selected state Crop Profiles and/or PMSPs. Crop Pest Profiles identified as needing to be updated for 2010 include; cantaloupes, pumpkins, and tomatoes. Previously developed crop/pest profiles conformed to the SRIPMC's standards for content, format and distribution may be found at http://www.sripmc.org.

Accomplishments of the Tennessee Pest Management Information Network 07-08:

The University of Tennessee continues development and maintenance of a State Contact Project (SCP) for Tennessee. Funding was received (in 2008) by The University of Tennessee, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology to assist the Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center (SRIPMC) in maintaining a communication network that continues to enhance and facilitates the flow of resources and information in integrated pest management on a statewide basis as well as a regional basis. Funding was also obtained to complete an Enhancement Project.

The University of Tennessee Entomology and Plant Pathology Department, Tennessee Pest Management Information Network (TPMIN) served as a primary resource for regulatory questions related to pest management and pesticides in Tennessee. Responses to informational requests were made through the SRIPMC and forwarded to an online reporting system developed by the SRIPMC. The core project also provided information to university researchers and extension personnel, grower groups, and industry when necessary.

The TPMIN established and maintained a stakeholder network for continued development of Tennessee's priorities. State stakeholders were contacted so they could provide input to aid in developing state and regional priorities. The University's IPM Coordinators, Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) coordinators and IR-4 coordinators; industry representatives; grower groups and growers were asked for their input in developing separate state priorities for Tennessee. Developed priorities have been placed online for public access. Stakeholder information was displayed within the TNPMIN web site. The State Contact Project provided oversight of state-developed Crop Profiles and Pest Management Strategic Plans (PMSP). Developed crop/pest profiles and PMSPs conformed to the Center's standards for content, format and distribution. The SCP contributed to various state and regional programs by supplying information concerning pest management and pesticides. Information was distributed across the state in the form of newsletters, pest alerts and e-mailings.

Darrell Hensley is currently the State Contact for this state program. He has provided 38 articles for the departmental newsletter "What's Happening" during 2008. He attended three field days in 2008: Summer Celebration, held on July 10th in Jackson, Tennessee, a production field day held at the Research & Education Center in Greeneville, TN and prepared and displayed a poster concerning disease control for the event. The production field day held at Highland Rim Experiment Station. He also participated in the Fruit and Vegetable Production Meeting held in Crossville, TN. Attendees included extension and research personnel. This annual meeting helps direct individuals to areas of production needs. He also provided technical assistance with the posting of a web newsletter known as Fruit Pest News. Darrell has also worked closely with the Asian Soybean Rust Sentinel Plot Project, Distance Diagnostics, Biofuels and the state's Plant Pest Surveillance Network.

The University of Tennessee, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology has previously developed Crop Profiles and Pest Management Strategic Plans (PMSPs) that enhanced the function, activities and processes of the SCP and facilitated the development of resources and information used in integrated pest management on a statewide basis and for regional use. The program used obtained funding for developing and maintaining state crop pest profiles and/or state or multi-state PMSPs. Darrell Hensley served as the principal investigator of the SCP for development of state Crop Profiles and state PMSPs. Completed Crop Profiles and PMSPs were forwarded to the Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center (SRIPMC) to be placed on an online public accessible system. The SCP established and maintained a stakeholder network to continue development of state priorities. Six production areas were suggested by the stakeholders for development during 2007-2008. These included; leafy greens, blueberries, grapes, wheat, tobacco, and dairy cattle production. The University s IPM Coordinator, Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) coordinator, and IR-4 coordinator, industry representatives, a representative from Tennessee State University, grower groups, growers, county agents, a state regulator and state crop specialists often were involved or supplied input in the development of selected state Crop Profiles and/or PMSPs. Crop Pest Profiles identified as needing to be updated for 2009 include Apples and Peaches. Developed crop/pest profiles conformed to the SRIPMC's standards for content, format and distribution and these may be found at http://www.sripmc.org.

2006 Annual State Report

2008 Annual State Project Leaders Meeting


Funding for the national network of Pest Management Centers was authorized by Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998. As the result of a second competitive process in 2003, four IPM Centers across the United States were again funded in FY 2003, with the Southern Region Center located at the NSF Center for IPM at North Carolina State University.