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Pest Management

Vermont vegetable farm

Integrated Pest Management practice and other practices are used to prevent and/or mitigate pest management risks to natural resources.
The NRCS pest management policy states that conservation planners have four roles in pest management:

  1.  Evaluate environmental risks associated with a client’s probable pest suppression strategies
  2.  Provide technical assistance to clients to mitigate identified environmental risks
  3.  Assist clients to adopt Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques that protect natural resources
  4.  Assist clients to –

- Inventory, assess, and suppress noxious and invasive weeds on noncropland
- Suppress weeds to ensure successful implementation and/or maintenance of permanent vegetative conservation practices (e.g., buffer type conservation practices)

Conservation planners can use the NRCS Windows Pesticide Screening Tool (Win-PST) for water quality pesticide risk assessment. Conservation planners use Win-PST to identify soil/pesticide combinations that need mitigation to help protect site-specific natural resources.

Visit the NRCS Win-PST Webpage.