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Pest Management in the Caribbean

NRCS Pest Management focuses on helping farmers mitigate the environmental risks of pest control activities, including pesticide risks to soil, water air, plants, animals, and humans.

A pest management conservation system combines an integrated pest management (IPM) decision-making process with natural resource conservation to address pests and environmental impacts. It is based on Prevention, Avoidance, Monitoring and Suppression (PAMS). Pest management is a core practice in any agricultural production system.

Companion planting for pest resistance - a practice that places different crops in close proximity with the chemical defense systems of one plant used to assist another plant with pest control, provide habitat for beneficial creatures, or help with pollination.

In NRCS we use this practice to avoid or mitigate any possible effect on the environment associated with the use of this technology. Contact your local Soil Conservationist, Extension Agent, Licensed Agronomist or any other IPM trained professional to provide you with technical assistance in developing and implementing an Integrated Pest Management System. 

It very important that farmers keep a record of pesticide applications. Also please follow application instructions on pesticide labels and comply with all EPA, State and Local regulations. If farmers have questions regarding pesticide use and safety standards they should contact their local Agriculture Extension Agent for more information and training regarding the use, management, and disposal of pesticides.

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Edrick Marrero

State Agronomist