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  • New York State Integrated Pest Management
New York State Integrated Pest Management (NYSIPM) Director Alejandro Calixto showcased the Program's efforts to develop novel treatments and effective alternatives to neonicotinoid insecticides during a legislative tour of Cornell AgriTech Thursday.

Attended by more than a dozen state and local elected officials and New York Farm Bureau members, Calixto's presentation featured an overview of the 13 research projects being conducted by NYSIPM and Cornell University faculty and staff to ensure that New York farmers and growers have safe and sustainable alternatives to neonicotinoids for controlling pests in field crops, vegetables and turfgrass. 

"Our team has been actively engaged with growers and producers every step of the way, and we will continue working with them to ensure that they have the tools and strategies they need to develop effective integrated pest management plans," Calixto told attendees. 

Projects are currently being conducted on nearly 1000 acres at 85 sites across the state to determine the effectiveness of conventional insecticides, sticky traps, lure traps, prediction systems, cover crops and novel seed treatments. Comprehensive information about each of the projects can be found on NYSIPM's Neonicotinoid Insecticide Alternatives website. 

In addition to neonicotinoid research, Calixto also highlighted the Program's ongoing rapid response efforts for combatting invasive species, like spotted lanternfly, which pose significant threats to crops. trees and landscapes. 

"When invasive species are detected, we don't have the luxury to wait," Calixto said. "We act quickly and precisely to ensure that we are providing information, resources and strategies to all New Yorkers."

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