American Pacific Pest Management Information Network
The American Pacific includes Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau. It spans an area larger than the continental United States. Pest management issues are often unique to this region because of its crops, cropping systems, environmental conditions, and pests. A regulatory decision affecting crop production practices can have a major impact on ultra-minor crop producers. This project will allow stakeholders to respond to federal regulations such as those regarding the use and usage of pesticides in the American Pacific.
The APPMIN began on January 2, 2001 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Funding for this project has been awarded by the Western Region Pest Management Center (WRPMC) head-quartered at the University of California, Davis. The WRPMC is one of four Regional Pest Management Centers created in October, 2000 and funded by USDA/CSREES to "help focus research and extension efforts on developing and delivering alternative and safer pest management strategies to farmers and ranchers." As a participant in the WRPMC, the APPMIN will join other state and regional projects with the common goal to "help strengthen the connection between production agriculture, research, and extension programs, and agricultural stakeholders throughout the United States" (Richard Rominger, former Agriculture Deputy Secretary, USDA News Release No.0354.00, Oct. 10, 2000).