Thursday, July 28, 2011

How to Conduct IPM in Schools video

It's finally here! "How to Conduct IPM in Schools," the video we produced to teach schools about implementing IPM in their facilities, is completed and available on our Youtube Channel. I encourage you to take a look!

Through dramatization, the video outlines the steps UNL Extension takes when conducting IPM demonstration projects in schools. This includes working with school administration, staff, and pest management professionals; implementing IPM strategies such as sanitation, trapping, and exclusion; teaching IPM to custodial, food service, and other staff; and helping administration develop an IPM policy.

We hope to distribute this video to Nebraska and other school districts that may be interested in learning more about and implementing IPM in their facilities.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

IPM in Schools Coalition

We had a great half day educational IPM in Schools coalition meeting today! In addition to the donuts and pizza, there were a lot of great reasons that people joined us :-)

About 22 people attended, including representatives from OPS and LPS, child care (Lancaster County Health Dept and Dept of Education), pest management professionals, UNL Extension, EPA, and NDA. Presentations included Clyde's introduction to Nebraska IPM projects, including tribal IPM, the revision of the IPM manual, and the completion of the "Conducting IPM in Schools" video. Barb presented about bed bugs and James Pelowski and Spots from K9 Bed Bug Detection did a bed bug sniffing dog demonstration. After the break, I spoke about pests, pesticides and health, including findings in recent studies such as the Ag Health Study and Farm Family Exposure study. Finally, Brad Smith, a PMP in West Des Moines, IA, talked about his experiences working with school facility managers on implementing IPM in their schools.

Following the meeting, we had lunch and networking and got a lot of good feedback and ideas for future meetings. We also spoke with the coalition members involved in child care and are planning to do presentations and projects in that area in coming months.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Greenhouse Videos

We have two new PSEP videos up on our UNLExtensionPSEP YouTube channel! The first is a visit with a greenhouse owner, who discusses his operation and what is involved in growing produce that will go to farmer's markets and other venues:

The second video, formatted like a newscast feature, explores Worker Protection Standard procedures in a greenhouse:

Enjoy these and other PSEP videos we have available on our YouTube channel about IPM and pesticide education and safety!

Coming soon...the much anticipated "How to Conduct IPM in Schools" video!