Innovative IPM Grant Can Help Farmers in Ashe, Watauga, and Avery Counties – Apply by 2/28/19

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The Innovative IPM Grant is designed by the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Ashe, Watauga, & Avery County Centers, in conjunction with N.C. A&T State University, to help local fruit and vegetable growers in the NC High Country region explore and employ biological and biorational pest control strategies (i.e., beneficial insects, beneficial nematodes, beneficial fungi, plant-extract-based pesticides, etc.). By covering the costs of one or more pest control products to be employed during the 2019 growing season, the grant will give you the chance to try one or more new products and strategies toward managing a pest which has been a problem in your crops. The goal is to help farmers be more successful in local fruit and vegetable production while also gathering information about how effective these products and strategies can be in this region.

This grant program is open to any working farm in Ashe, Watauga, or Avery Counties, NC that raises fruit and vegetable crops for sale. It is not designed to provide IPM products to home gardeners or hobbyists. The program is open to thirty farms in the region total and is designed to let farms receive and try approximately $500 worth of IPM products each. Participants are expected to stay in close touch with their Extension Agent and document the costs, benefits, and efficacy of the fungicides, insecticides, mulches, or beneficial organisms provided.

To apply for Innovative IPM grant-funded supplies, fill out the online application form.

It’s quick, and mostly multiple-choice. Please submit completed applications no later than February 28, 2019.

 

More information about the Innovative IPM grant program.