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About the IPM Institute

About Us
We're an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 1998 to foster recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice Integrated Pest Management, or IPM.  

IPM is an approach to managing pests that protects health and the environment, and improves economic returns.  IPM practitioners in agriculture and communities learn pest biology and use that knowledge to reduce pest control costs and hazards.

IPM relies on inspection and monitoring - to detect and correct conditions that can lead to pest problems.  They act against pests only when necessary, and use the least-hazardous methods when action is needed.

The Institute’s mission is to accelerate adoption of IPM in agriculture and communities by using the power of the marketplace: Consumers want to support suppliers of goods and services who work to preserve the environment and reduce health hazards.

Consumer support for IPM can be a powerful incentive for increasing IPM adoption in agriculture, grounds maintenance and public and private facilities!  The number and size of eco-label and certification programs which use IPM as a requirement for participation continue to grow in response to participant and consumer demand.

The Institute is funded by grants from government, private foundations and industry, memberships and fees for services and programs. The IPM Institute provides services to ecolabel programs and others including IPM research, standards development, program management and inspector training and certification. The Institute operates certification programs for IPM professionals, schools and other organizations and IPM products and services. 

How can we help you?
Our services include:

(1) develop general guidelines for IPM product and service identification and offer endorsement, membership and support to labeling programs meeting the guidelines;

(2) develop crop and region-specific specifications and assessments for IPM food and fiber production and service delivery;

(3) offer practice-based IPM certification to IPM professionals, organizations, and pest management service and product providers;

(4) maintain a national network of professionals to verify compliance with IPM standards;

(5) maintain a registry of reduced-risk pest control options;

(6) provide expertise and support to ecolabel and certification programs which use IPM as a requirement for participation;

(7) increase producer and supply chain awareness of the potential for IPM labeling to meet environmental, health and economic objectives; and

(8) increase consumer awareness of and support for IPM-produced goods and services.

The Institute is available to assist companies and organizations assess their IPM performance, or incorporating an IPM component in their quality control, sustainability initiative, certification program or eco-label.  The Institute can assist at all stages, from concept evaluation and development through implementation.  The Institute offers a presentation/discussion program for those interested in exploring IPM labeling, including an overview of existing label programs and identification of key issues.

The Institute is experienced in creating and maintaining IPM standards, or qualifying criteria, for rewards and incentives.

Board of Directors
Our directors include experts from Land-Grant Universities, environmental organizations and industry, including the following members:

James M. Cubie, J. D., is former chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. He has played a decisive role in the reform and development of farm-related conservation programs including 1990's-era farm bills. He developed the concept of using risk management instruments to replace inputs used for risk management purposes as a result of his work on Federal crop insurance reform and conservation program reform. He is also founder and former director of the Agricultural Conservation Innovation Center, Inc., now a project of American Farmland Trust.

Carrie Foss, M.S., manages the WSU Urban IPM Program in western Washington which includes the WSU IPM Certification Program for Landscape and Turf Professionals, and the Structural Pest Research and Demonstration Facility. Ms. Foss earned a Bachelor of Science degree in botany from the University of Washington and a Master of Science degree in plant pathology from the University of Hawaii. Her background includes plant problem diagnosis and research on beneficial microorganisms and management strategies for turf and ornamental diseases. She is based at WSU's Puyallup Research and Extension Center.

Dr. Dawn H. Gouge is an Urban Entomologist at the University of Arizona, Maricopa Agricultural Center. At the MAC, Dr. Gouge is working to expand the current IPM in Schools and Child Care Facilities Program promoting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the urban environment. She is currently evaluating whether entomopathogenic nematodes are biocontrol agents of scorpion, cockroach, ant and subterranean termite pest species. Gouge also manages an urban IPM Web site, ag.arizona.edu/urbanipm/ and conducts regular IPM clinics.

Dr. Thomas A. Green managed an apple orchard early in his career, and became captivated by the pest management challenges faced by growers. This led to pursuit of a career in IPM, working initially in the Massachusetts Apple IPM Program. In 1980, he founded an IPM supply business subsequently purchased by GEMPLER'S, Inc., a national agricultural product supplier. He is a Certified Crop Advisor and NRCS Technical Service Provider.  He has served on the US EPA Pesticide Policy Dialogue Committee, chaired the International IPM Symposium Steering Committee, and currently serves as board chair of the Entomological Foundation, member of the Exam Committee of the Certified Crop Advisor Program, and member of the Stakeholder Committee for the USDA North Central IPM Center. He has been recognized with awards from US EPA, USDA and the International IPM Symposium.  Dr. Green holds a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts. 

Dr. Barry Jacobsen, Professor of Plant Pathology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, and former National IPM Coordinator, USDA. Dr. Jacobsen's research focuses on development of disease management strategies and IPM programs for crops grown in Montana with emphasis on potatoes and sugar beets.

Mr. Robert S. Kallen is President of RSK Strategies, LLC, Chicago, IL, providing expertise and capital to small growing companies in the food industry. Mr. Kallen also serves as an adjunct professor of economics at Roosevelt University, Chicago, and formerly served for nine years as Vice President of Operations and General Counsel to a 900-employee private label bakery, and a member of the 1992 Clinton/Gore transition team for economics. Mr. Kallen holds a law degree and an M.A. in Economics from Washington University.

Dr. Curtis H. Petzoldt (retired) served as Co-Director of the New York State IPM Program and as Vegetable IPM Coordinator at Cornell University. Dr. Petzoldt's responsibilities have included managing Cornell's IPM-labeling effort, including working with organizations such as Wegmans Food Markets and the New York State Berry Growers Association to establish their Cornell-licensed IPM labels. Dr. Petzoldt's publications include IPM systems for onions, sweet corn, snap beans, potatoes and cabbage. Dr. Petzoldt holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of California at Davis.

Dr. James P. Tette, Former Director, New York State IPM Program, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Dr. Tette established a pheromone research and development program for Zoecon Corporation of Palo Alto, California, before returning to Cornell to coordinate the first Integrated Pest Management Program in 1973. Jim has been twice honored by the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America with the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. Dr. Tette holds a Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the State University of New York in Buffalo.

Current IPM Institute Staff
Kelly Adams, Office Manager: Financial and grant administration, employee services management, former School IPM Project Coordinator. Kelly has a communications/research background as an Art History major from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also attended certificate classes at the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, which fueled an interest in sustainable agriculture and environmental health issues, particularly school and community-based projects.

Mark Adelsperger, Resource Management Specialist: Great Lakes Resource Management Initiatives. Mark has a degree in Business Administration from Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio and a background in agriculture, sales and customer service. Mark's immersion in agriculture and enjoyment of the rural lifestyle reinforces his viewpoint that farming is an ever-evolving way of life.

Thomas Bernard, Project Team Member: IPM and Conservation Programs. Thomas received his B.S. in Environmental Studies with a directed study in sustainable horticulture from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. After graduation he guided sea kayakers on Lake Superior, built mountain bike trails in the Chequamegon region, and found his way to a well-known orchard in Bayfield, WI. While serving on the orchard's management team for two seasons, he developed a keen interest in the complexity of tree fruit production and found a source of understanding through the application of IPM technology. He and his partner Anna currently reside in the backwaters of Trempealeau County.

Jill Carlson, M.S., Project Coordinator: Great Lakes Basin Projects. Jill grew up in Southeastern Ohio and received a B.S. in Chemistry from Ohio University in addition to studying Spanish and Environmental Studies. Initially interested in renewable energy systems, but not completely fulfilled in the chemistry lab, Jill moved to Michigan to pursue an interdisciplinary master's degree in Natural Resources and the Environment.  While at the University of Michigan, Jill worked on an urban farm, completed the City of Detroit's first greenhouse gas inventory with a team of fellow graduate students, and studied sustainable food, land, and energy systems. In all work, Jill hopes to create more ecologically-sound and just agricultural systems and is very excited to work on the Great Lakes Basin projects promoting nutrient management to protect the region's precious soil and water resources.  Outside of work Jill loves cooking, watercolor painting, and soccer.

Emily Ciesielski, Assurance Coordinator: Supply Chain Sustainability. Emily received her B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology and Spanish from Kalamazoo College. Her interest in sustainable food systems grew out of a passion for cooking. She pursued her interest in college where she worked at an educational organic garden and conducted outreach work with the migrant farm worker community in Southwest Michigan. Her interest in sustainable agriculture led her the IPM Institute where she currently coordinates verification programs for three projects, including a sustainability rating system for a national food retailer.

Krysta Koralesky, Project Team Member: Partnership for Ag Resource Management. Krysta grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin and has always had an interest in nature and farming. She received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Biological Aspects of Conservation and a certificate in Environmental Studies. Krysta has experience working in water resources, research labs and environmental education. She also has experience volunteering on organic farms in the Midwest.  She is currently working on her M.S. degree in Environmental Conservation in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of work, Krysta enjoys cooking, gardening, camping and yoga.

Ariel Larson, M.S., Project Coordinator: Supply Chain Sustainability. Ariel received her M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2013, with a certificate in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility. Her research background includes weed management in the establishment of switchgrass. Her interest in sustainable food production and socially responsible business led to her work at IPM Institute, where she will be working to implement a sustainability rating system for a national food retailer and their suppliers.

Justin Leatherwood, Junior Software Developer: Partnership for Ag Resource Management and IPM PRiME. Justin received his B.A. in Psychology and Computer Science from Kalamazoo College. After working in the private sector, an increasing awareness of environmental issues led him to the world of nonprofits. He joined the IPM Institute to explore ways that technology can be implemented to benefit environmental initiatives. In his free time, if he isn't learning new web technologies, you might find him at the grocery store, eating excessive amounts of hot peppers, brewing beer, playing mandolin or sleeping up in a tree (in his hammock, of course).

Natalie Kaner, Project Team Member: Supply Chain Sustainability. Natalie received her B.A. in Biological Aspects of Conservation and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked in ecology and entomology research labs, interned on small-scale farms and conducted social science research at the Wisconsin DNR. She is excited to merge her interests in ecology, sociology, and food systems to assist the IPM Institute in implementing and maintaining sustainability rating systems for national food retailers. In her free time, you can find Natalie attending and hosting potlucks, biking around town, doing yoga, or making homemade soap.

Matthew Neff, Project Coordinator: Green Shield Certified and IPM STAR. Matthew received his B.A. in English Literature from Arizona State University and worked a number of nonprofit jobs before coming to the IPM Institute.

Chloe Nelson, Project Team Member: NRCS and IPM Working Group, Public/Private Tick IPM Working Group and IPM Symposium. Chloe received her B.A. in Geological Sciences from Carleton College in June 2014. She has a research background in structural geology, geochemistry and hydrology. Working as a cave tour guide, studying permaculture abroad and assisting in research labs have furthered her interests in environmental conservation and led her to the IPM Institute. Her interests include hiking, rock climbing and coaching volleyball.

Erika Nickels, Project Team Member: Supply Chain Sustainability. Erika received her B.S. in Sociology and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Growing up her parents owned a local restaurant which is where she developed an interest in sustainable food systems. In her free time, you can find Erika hiking, camping or eating sweet potatoes.

Matthew Doyle Olson, M.Phil., Project Manager: Supply Chain Sustainability. Matthew coordinates the development and operation of a sustainability rating system for a national food retail partner, their suppliers and our project team. Before joining the IPM Institute, his interest in food led Matthew to professional experiences milking cows, flipping burgers, administering grants, assisting bakers and analyzing financials. He studied Cognitive and Neuroscience Studies in Minnesota and Human Ecology in Maine, culminating in a thesis on the intersection of food, business and community development.

Patrick Shannon-Hughes, Project Coordinator: IPM PRiME. Patrick received his BS in Environmental Sciences, with a focus on sustainable food systems from the University of East Anglia (UK). After graduation Patrick followed his interest in sustainable agriculture by working on organic farms in Argentina and Chile. He then worked in London promoting recycling in low income areas, before moving to Madison with his wife, Breana. Outside of work Patrick's interests include cooking, swimming, geography and football (soccer).

Daniel Skolnik, Senior Software Engineer. Daniel received a B.S. in Engineering and a Master's degree in Information Technology, both from the University of Wisconsin. Daniel has software development experience working in industry including work at a sub-contractor for NASA and working on vision software for manufacturing and quality control applications. His present focus is primarily on the software that runs the Pesticide Risk Mitigation Engine (PRIME). His interests include biking, cooking, golf and skiing.


Peter Werts, Project Manager: Apple IPM Program, NRCS-IPM Working Group, Growers' Incentives for IPM, Red Tomato Eco Apple Project and NRCS TSP services. Peter has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Before coming to the IPM Institute he worked as one of the regional interns with the Wisconsin Eco-Apple project in the Bayfield region. His interest in IPM has been a natural progression building upon his knowledge and skills from his days working on the fruit farms in Bayfield, Wisconsin while in college.

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