2011 Highlights: UC IPM Annual Report
UC IPM Builds Program for Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers
Based on feedback from a 2010 survey of nearly 100 retail stores in Northern California, UC IPM prepared several tools to help educate retail employees and customers on pest management and less toxic pesticides including a new Web site, a newsletter, and a train-the-trainer workshop.
UC IPM unveiled its Nursery and Garden Center Portal on the Web, a one-stop shop for retailers looking for pest management information and other UC IPM resources to help answer customer questions. Portal links focus on the UC IPM pages that retailers frequent the most as well as information on upcoming workshops, online training, seasonal pest topics, and more.
UC IPM also distributed four issues of Retail Nursery and Garden Center IPM News, a new quarterly e-newsletter for employees, managers, and owners to help them provide customers with the latest pest information from UC. More than 450 people have subscribed since the first issue was released in April.
The first in a series of train-the-trainer IPM workshops planned for retailers was held in November in Oakland, Calif. Sixty participants from 32 stores in the Bay Area attended, and topics included landscape pest identification, finding information using the UC IPM Web site, and pesticides and other products with an emphasis on less toxic pesticides. Each participant was given resources so they could repeat some of the training for other employees when they returned to their stores.
Retail stores are a key source of pest management information for many California consumers, and UC IPM will continue building its relationships with retail nursery and garden center staff and managers to help them pass UC science-based IPM information to their customers. View the UC IPM Nursery and Garden Center Portal at www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/RETAIL/index.html. You can also sign up to subscribe to the newsletter on this site.
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