Frank G. Zalom, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of California, Davis, Entomology, Dept. of Entomology, Univ. of California, Davis, CA
For the IPM community, getting to the point where IPM is an established paradigm has been a journey over a long and winding road. Founders of IPM worked within their disciplines to create the paradigm, largely without a structure in place to facilitate interactions between researchers, institutions and stakeholders. USEPA and USDA sponsored IPM programs of the 1970s and early 1980s created a framework for IPM development and implementation that became the Regional IPM Grants Program and the Smith Lever IPM Program which exist to this time. Additional IPM-related pest management programs were eventually established at the Federal level, but one could argue that these were not truly IPM programs per se, but rather support for IPM components. The IPM Forum and National IPM Initiative renewed excitement within the IPM community and led to important regulatory changes, the RAMP, CAR, PMAP and Area-wide programs, and successful local stakeholder-driven IPM programs. With all that has been achieved through IPM why, then, is IPM not more broadly practiced - or is IPM in fact widely practiced? With all that has been accomplished why, then, is IPM not more adequately supported - or, is it? That these questions are legitimately asked presents a challenge for the IPM community as a whole, and a greater challenge yet for the IPM Centers. The long and winding road. You left me standing here - a long long time ago. Don't leave me waiting here - lead me to your door.