iPiPE CAP 2015-2020

Agriculture and technology

The time has come for agricultural stakeholders to change their culture so that significant and important progress in U.S. agriculture can be made through sharing field observations of pests and beneficial organisms and related, interpretive, expert commentary. 

The Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) is an innovative concept with proven, state-of-the-art technology to enable this progress. In 2015, we received $7 million for a 5-year Cooperative Agricultural Program (CAP) from the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Security Challenge Area. 

Our basic argument is that food security is best served by a national infrastructure of private and public professionals who routinely monitor crop health and agriculturally important organisms then translate this knowledge to a shared platform enabling rapid dissemination of mitigation measures to limit crop loss.