What is IPL, Integrated Pest Management?

Integrated pest management, or IPM, is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target organism. Pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and nontarget organisms, and the environment.

Rex Dufour, NCAT entomology and integrated pest management specialist, and Anwar Garza of PPC Farms collecting pest specimen from trap crops at PPC Farms.

In IPM, monitoring and correct pest identification help you decide whether management is needed

Monitoring means checking your field, landscape, forest, or building—or other site—to identify which pests are present, how many there are, or what damage they've caused. Correctly identifying the pest is key to knowing whether a pest is likely to become a problem and determining the best management strategy.

After monitoring and considering information about the pest, its biology, and environmental factors, you can decide whether the pest can be tolerated or whether it is a problem that warrants control. If control is needed, this information also helps you select the most effective management methods and the best time to use them.

PPC Farms participates in 2nd Brownsville ISD Farmers Market

PPC Farms participates in 2nd Brownsville ISD Farmers Market

The Brownsville Independent School District joined forces last week with the Brownsville Wellness Coalition to bring locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to elementary and middle school students. The second BISD Farmers Market took place Nov. 17 in the Vela Middle School gym. The event served as a pre-Thanksgiving shopping day for the students, who were given information about the produce on sale at the event so they could make shopping lists with their families and make informed purchases.

PPC Farms Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Fund Established

PPC Farms Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Fund Established

PPC Farms has created PPC Farms Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Fund for the students pursuing the newly established Agroecology program at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  A check was signed Marcelino Garza, CEO of PPC Farms and was presented to Dr. Alexis Racelis, Agroecology Program Director and  Roxanna Vasquez-Lucio from the College of Science Development Office.  Also present were Isaac Kim, Patricia Garza, Anwar Garza and Lois Kim.

PPC Hosts USDA Cochran Fellows for Hands-on Training in Food Safety

PPC Hosts USDA Cochran Fellows for Hands-on Training in Food Safety

PPC Farms,  a South Texas grower, shipper, packer, hosted USDA Cochran Fellowship participants for U.S. Food Safety System Policies and Functions Training Program designed to train government regulatory officials to learn about and ultimately incorporate into the draft Food Safety Law internationally-recognized food safety standards.

Eric Holt-Gimenez of Food First Comes to the RGV

Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez of Food First visited the Rio Grande Valley on September 15 & 16, 2016 at the invitation of University of Texas RGV to speak to the community about understanding the global food systems and the importance of building our local food movement.  On September 15th, Dr. Holt-Gimenez addressed the community with a talk titled “Agroecology and Food Systems Transformation” at Quinta Mazatlan.