A new award program initiated by the Southern Region IPM Center will soon give professionals devoted to integrated pest management some well-deserved recognition.

The Friends of Southern IPM Awards program recognizes extraordinary achievement in research, Extension and implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the southern region of the United States.

Since 2003, the Southern Region IPM Center (SRIPMC) has worked with USDA, Land Grant universities, and many other partners in promoting and facilitating the development and implementation of IPM in many settings across the region.

The award program will provide public recognition and small monetary awards for individual and team contributions to development of IPM in the region.

The center will present one award in each of the following categories:

• Bright Idea: To recognize development of new/innovative ideas or approaches in IPM. Nominations might include people undertaking research projects.

• IPM Implementer: To recognize success in achieving effective use of IPM “on the ground”. Nominations might include IPM users (farmers, managers, etc.) and their advisers (consultants, CCAs, etc.)

• IPM Teacher: To recognize successful outreach and education programs that increase the implementation of IPM. Nominations might include Extension agents or specialists.

• Pulling Together: To recognize success by a group in any aspect of developing, promoting, teaching about, and implementing IPM. Nominations should include groups with individuals from different perspectives, perhaps multi-agency, multi-level, multi-discipline (research, teaching, implementing), etc.

• Future Leader: To recognize extraordinary potential and promise for IPM. Nominees might include graduate students, new faculty, interns or recently-hired advisors, etc.

• Lifetime Achievement: To recognize contributions to any important aspect of Southern Region IPM over many years. Nominees might include administrators, researchers, educators, and implementers.

Awardees in each category except for Lifetime Achievement will receive up to $2,000 for activities supporting their work.

Any person or group whose work is based primarily in the South is eligible for an award. For a list of states included in the southern region, go to www.sripmc.org.

Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. ET, Nov. 26.

For more information, or to download the nomination form, go to www.sripmc.org/friendaward2008/.