Annual Report

The New York State Integrated Pest Management program is proud to present its 2022-2023 Annual Report, highlighting our continued dedication to sustainable pest management and our commitment to creating a healthier and more resilient New York State.

2022-2023 Highlights


Extension Hours



Grant Dollars Recieved


"What's Bugging You?" YouTube and live attendees

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Exploring Weed Control in Organic Squash Production

Lab incubator for spotted lanternfly

NYSIPM Rears Seedcorn Maggot and Spotted Lanterfly for Essential Research

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NYSIPM’s Matt Frye Leads Municipal Rodent IPM Working Group

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Asisan Longhorned Tick Confirmed in New York State

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NYSIPM Outreach Offers Guidance and Resources for Combatting Invasive Spotted Lanterfly

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Community Team Takes Pest ID on the Road

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Greenhouse Scout School Helps Train Next Generation of Scouts

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From multi-generational family farms to expansive commercial growing operations, hundred-acre crops to rooftop gardens, NYSIPM is meeting New York farmers and growers where they are.


DEI Initiatives


Programs offered in Spanish


People Attended Sponsored Events and Presentations

The Future of IPM 

In collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Sand Summer Internship Program, NYSIPM brought the classroom into the community. We leveraged the curiosity, knowledge and enthusiasm of undergraduate students, who worked alongside our staff on integrated pest management projects and research. 

Aziza Alvarenga-Marchante 

Documented the success of habitat plants for attracting and conserving natural enemies on urban farms, helping growers improve management of arthropod pests and attract and conserve natural enemies. 

Jensen Njagi 

Led insect sampling and identification efforts to help NYC growers manage arthropod pests by attracting and conserving natural enemies. 

Krystal Dixon 

Worked with our spotted lanternfly team in the Hudson Valley to scout farms for early detection, assess populations, evaluate management options for mitigating the spread and establishment of SLF in vineyards and participated in outreach and education efforts for farmers and Spanish-speaking farm employees. 

New Staff

Our Growing Team

Teamwork makes the dream work, and NYSIPM is building an award-winning team that embraces inclusivity, champions collaboration and leverages world class research to bring safe and effective strategies for managing pests that damage crops, infest our schools, harm our landscapes, contaminate our food and living spaces and pose risks to human health. Our dream team continued to grow in 2022, and all of New York's 20 million residents will benefit from their expertise, enthusiasm, extension and outreach.

Accounts Representative

Michele Kaufman

Michele has served the Cornell AgriTech campus community for more than two decades. She provides essential oversight of NYSIPM’s financial transactions and plays an integral part in preparing program budgets, opening and closing award accounts, processing transactions and ensuring compliance and monitoring.

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Diana Obregon Corredor

Diana assesses the effects of key chemical, biological and physical stressors on terrestrial organisms in agricultural and urban systems, with an emphasis on pollinators, beneficial arthropods and native plants. Her work is used to develop and improve best management practices to reduce risks associated with pest management. Diana also oversees efforts to revamp NYSIPM’s Environmental Impact Quotient (EIQ) including revising the current model, maintaining the pesticide database and expanding it to generate and include efficacy data and other risk parameters particularly for those products currently registered in New York.

Fruit IPM Coordinator

Anna Wallis

Anna develops research-based, sustainable IPM strategies and increases farmer and producer engagement through extension and outreach. She holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and music from the University of Maryland, and a doctorate in Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology from Cornell University, where she worked with Professor Kerik Cox on research and extension efforts focused on investigating fire blight and identifying sustainable management solutions.

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Michele Kaufman portrait
portrait of Diana Obregon Corredor
portrait of Anna Wallis

Program Presents Excellence in IPM Awards

NYSIPM Director Alejandro Calixto recognized the efforts and achievements of two leaders in the integrated pest management field during 2023. 

Dan Wixted, an extension support specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP), and Michael Deutsch, retired technical director for Arrow Exterminating Company of Lynbrook, NY, received the Program’s Excellence in IPM Award, given annually to individuals who have supported the adoption of safe and sustainable IPM practices by: developing new tools; implementing or evaluating IPM methods in their operations, businesses or organizations; encouraging demonstrations and adoption of IPM; promoting IPM and bolstering the adoption of IPM practices; or educating others about IPM.

The awards were announced in 2020 and 2021, respectively, however presentation ceremonies were put on hold as a result of the COVID pandemic.

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Dan Wixted
Alejandro Calixto and Mike Deutsch posting with award.
Michael Deutsch

Happy Birthday Agritech

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Bryan Brown shares strategies and tools for managing weeds.

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Visitors learn about tick prevention and Spotted Lanternfly Awareness.

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Amara Dunn-Silver talks about beneficial insects. 

Our Partners

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Commissioner Richard Ball

"Invasive species like the Box Tree Moth, the Asian Longhorned Beetle, the Spotted Lanternfly, and more, are harmful to our farms, environment, and economy.  The Department is grateful for its partnership with the New York State Integrated Pest Management program team, who have been instrumental in the state’s efforts to combat invasive species. Together, we are working to educate farmers, plant growers and dealers, and the public about the impact of invasive species and how to control these pests to protect the agricultural industry."

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Commissioner Basil Seggos

"The Cornell University-based New York State Integrated Pest Management Program is a trusted partner in DEC’s ongoing mission to protect environmental health. This critical program educates farmers and gardeners of all types about best practices for the control, removal, and prevention of unwanted pests. This ensures the safe protection of crops, plants, property, and people while safeguarding the environment across New York. DEC looks forward to continuing to work with Cornell, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the agricultural community on this and other important programs."

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portrait of Commissioner Basil Seggos

NYSIPM is driven by five pillars

We develop sustainable ways to manage pests and help people to use methods that minimize environmental, health, and economic risks.

Pillar One

Rebuild ecological resilience through safe and sustainable tools and strategies

Pillar Two

Develop innovative digital tools through a commitment to digital IPM

Pillar Three

Serve as a trusted authority on invasive species prevention and management

Pillar Four

Provide outreach and prevention strategies on pests of public health importance to at-risk communities

Pillar Five

Make essential connections with all New Yorkers, including focused education and outreach with underserved and marginalized communities