WASHINGTON (FOX44) — On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that LSU was one of three schools to receive agricultural grants for Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
The IPM is designed to decrease the use of potentially harmful pesticides and lower the risk to bees. The goal is to accomplish this while still controlling pests and saving money.
A team from the LSU AgCenter received over $167K in national grant funds
“These collaborative projects can provide innovative solutions to reduce pesticide risks to pollinators and crops,” said James Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Initiatives such as these will encourage others to adopt promising technologies and practices across the nation to reduce pesticide risks while maximizing crop production and protecting public health.”
The LSU project specifically focuses on minimizing the impact that insecticides used in mosquito control have on bees.
While mosquito control is important for public health, bees are essential for crop production and a healthy food supply.