William M. Coli, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of Massachusetts, Department of Entomology, Rm. 211, AG. Engineering Bldg, Amherst, MA
As more and more focus is placed by funding agencies and policy makers on documenting outcomes of IPM-related research and outreach, increasing emphasis is being placed on relating use of IPM to changes in risk of one sort or another. Risk can be multi-faceted: financial risk, risk to applicators, risk to farm workers, risk to consumers, risk to groundwater, risk of resistance development, etc. At many levels, efforts are underway to develop appropriate metrics to measure the effect varying levels of IPM adoption have on risk(s). These range from various environmental assessment tools (e.g., Dutch Environmental Yardstick, NRCS WinPest, Kovach E.I.Q, etc.) to surveys relating IPM adoption to use of pesticides and field studies measuring levels of worker exposure under differing IPM regimes. Information is presented on techniques to measure IPM adoption, and to relate adoption to risk using one or more of the above methodologies.