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Integrated Pest Management

A farm tractor pulling a sprayer across a field.

Practice Code: 595
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a site-specific combination of pest prevention, pest avoidance, pest monitoring, and pest suppression strategies.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Prevent or mitigate pesticide risks to water quality through leaching, solution runoff and adsorbed runoff
  • Prevent or mitigate pesticide risks to soil, water, air, plants, animals and humans through drift and volatilization.
  • Prevent or mitigate pesticide risks to pollinators and other beneficial species through direct contact.
  • Prevent or mitigate cultural, mechanical and biological pest suppression risks to soil, water, air, plants, animals and humans.

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Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
Cover Crop (340)
Nutrient Management (590)
Prescribed Burning (338)

Conservation Activity Plans (CAP)

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers financial assistance for payment of practices and conservation activities involving the development of plans appropriate for the eligible land. The conservation practice associated with plan development is known as a “Conservation Activity Plan” or CAP.

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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