1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
Develop and implement a coordinated regional extension and education program to advance the implementation of alternatives to methyl bromide.
The objectives will be carried out by:
1. Developing a website for the South Atlantic component USDA, ARS Area-Wide Pest Management Project for Methyl Bromide Alternatives that will serve as a direct source of information on alternatives to methyl bromide for growers, industry professionals and the general public.
2. Developing a written document to serve as an information/decision making matrix for the selection and implementation of alternatives to methyl bromide.
3. Coordinating the exchange of information regarding field days, meetings, and professional in-service trainings for county extension faculty.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Wide-spread adoption of methyl bromide alternatives in the South Atlantic Area is hindered by the lack of education and training of growers and industry professionals regarding instances where alternatives have been successfully integrated into commercial agricultural production systems. This cooperative project will initiate a coordinated, regional effort to further the adoption of alternatives to methyl bromide in the South Atlantic Area.
This research relates to the inhouse objective: The overall goals of the program will be to establish and implement an areawide pest management research and action program for methyl bromide (MB) alternatives.
To date, the website has not been launched and no information has been made available by the Principal Investigator on its progress. A draft of the educational program has been written but it has not been released due to delay in obtaining new application/use labels from for several alternative fumigants from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Two labels have been obtained.
Progress was monitored via meetings, site visits, and phone calls.