About IPM Voice

What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

The National Road Map for IPM defines IPM as “a long-standing, science-based, decision-making process that identifies and reduces risks from pests and pest management related strategies. It coordinates the use of pest biology, environmental information, and available technology to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means, while posing the least possible risk to people, property, resources, and the environment. IPM provides an effective strategy for managing pests in all arenas from developed agricultural, residential, and public areas to wild lands. IPM serves as an umbrella to provide an effective, all encompassing, low-risk approach to protect resources and people from pests.”

What is IPM Voice?

IPM Voice was formed in 2010 and incorporated as an independent nonprofit in 2011. When IPM Voice was formed, its initial focus was to educate policymakers on the many benefits of IPM, to prevent proposed cuts to key federal IPM programs and to continue expanding the economic, environmental and health benefits IPM has provided for more than 45 years. We envisioned a growing organization, building capacity to educate both consumers and policymakers about the benefits of IPM.

In 2016, IPM Voice’s focus will shift towards changing the conversation about agriculture and food systems to tell a new, more complete story about how they work and why they’re important to consumers, citizens and policymakers throughout the US. To do this, IPM Voice is partnering with Red Tomato, the Frameworks Institute and others to develop a communications and framing platform that will be used by multiple collaborators to translate the complex scientific discussions around healthy agricultural systems into digestible and resonant messages which can be disseminated by multiple partners to as broad an audience as possible.

During the one-year planning phase now beginning, project leaders will work to recruit more partners from the organic and sustainable food and ag communities, and begin to document the untranslated technical story of more sustainable food production from experts in the field.

What is IPM Voice's mission?

Our mission is making IPM intelligible and valuable to the world including the public, the grower community and lawmakers. Our core purpose is to strengthen IPM communities by adding effective communication to the IPM toolbox.

Are donations to IPM Voice tax deductible?

IPM Voice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in Washington DC. Contributions to IPM Voice are tax deductible in accordance with section 170.

 What does IPM Voice hope to achieve?

IPM Voice is focused on advocating for IPM to those who can benefit from its practice, and increasing public and policymaker awareness of IPM and its benefits to agriculture and communities.

Does IPM Voice lobby?

IPM Voice does not lobby. In general, lobbying is defined as communications intended to influence specific legislation or a specific legislative proposal, or asking others to do so. Promoting a cause or promoting action by the executive branch of government is not lobbying. In addition, specific exceptions that are not considered lobbying include non-partisan study, analysis and research that take a view on specific legislation even if it advocates for that viewpoint, provided it presents a full and fair exposition.