Governance and operations of the IPM PIPE:
The IPM PIPE Steering Committee comprises representatives of a broad range of stakeholders in the project and is responsible for setting program policies. The Executive Committee consists of 4-5 members of the Steering Committee. Its role is primarily to facilitate the efforts of the Steering Committee. Bylaws approved by the Steering Committee in March 2007 provide guidance for the program.
Operationally much of the program is defined by the Cooperative Agreement among USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA), USDA Cooperative States Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES), and at North Carolina State University. This agreement provides for an annual grant to the Southern Region IPM Center with which much of the project is funded. SRIPMC in turn subcontracts with cooperators across the U.S. for many purposes, including:
- Monitoring for Asian soybean rust through overwintering surveys, sentinel plot network, and mobile scouting - (Extension Specialists at Land Grant Universities and some State Departments of Agriculture)
- Monitoring for soybean aphid; - (Extension Specialists at Land Grant Universities and some State Departments of Agriculture)
- Sampling for pests of legumes other than soybeans - (Extension Specialists at Land Grant Universities )
- Diagnostics tests and data management for all components - (National Plant Diagnostic Network - NPDN)
- Aerobiological modeling and other programming (Dr. Scott Isard, the Pennsylvania State University)
- Website, database and other IT development and maintenance (ZedX, Inc.)
- Education and outreach (NC IPM Center)
- Communications, coordination, data management, (many, including Regional IPM Centers, Land Grant Extension Specialists, USDA CSREES, USDA ARS)
This program is much more than merely the result of a single federal funding stream. Growers contribute both their fields for sampling and funds to maintain the sentinel plot network in key locations through the Soybean Checkoff program. Additional plots are funded through a variety of state programs. Universities and state agriculture departments provide expertise, labor, and travel expenses. People from many organizations volunteer their time to serve on the Steering Committee, various work groups, and in other ways.
The IPM PIPE Steering Committee was formed in late 2006 with the primary purpose of setting policy for the project. The following description of its functions is from the IPM PIPE Bylaws:
- Set policy and establish processes
- Develop a management structure
- Plan or arrange for planning of all project activities
- Produce and distribute, or arrange for production and distribution, of appropriate program and project reports
- Develop a business plan
- Set goals
- Monitor activities
- Ensure evaluation
- Direct fundraising and maintain sustainability
- Initiate and/or maintain a competitive RFP process
- Oversee public relations and other communications
- Ensure stakeholder input
- Coordinate among all stakeholders for efficiency
The Steering Committee is led by its Chairperson, currently Blaine Viator from the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants, and other members of its Executive Committee. The Executive Committee comprises the Chair, the Chair-elect, and 2-3 other members of the Steering Committee.
See the Steering Committee page for a listing of members and their affiliations, archives of minutes and reports, and other information.
Organizational bylaws for governance of the IPM PIPE were approved by the Steering Committee in March 2007. Find them here as html or MS Word download.