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Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

What Is IPM and what does it involve?

Integrated Pest Management is the careful consideration of all available plant protection methods and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of populations of harmful organisms and keep the use of plant protection products and other forms of intervention to levels that are economically and ecologically justified and reduce or minimise risks to human health and the environment. IPM offers a toolbox of techniques that can be tailored to different cropping systems, climatic conditions, pest pressures and availability of solutions and consists of 8 general principles:

  1. Achieving prevention and suppression of harmful organisms
  2. Monitoring of harmful organisms
  3. Decisions made based on monitoring and thresholds
  4. Non-chemical methods
  5. Pesticide selection
  6. Reduced use of chemical pesticides
  7. Anti-resistance strategies
  8. Evaluation

The LEAF Sustainable Farming Review provides a useful decision based framework to support farmers in adopting IFM and IPM measures as well as consider other options that might be available. As IFM and IPM develops LEAF/we will ensure we are communicating practical realistic and achievable solutions, while working with others to seek new innovation and technologies to improve farm productivity, environmental enhancement and social acceptability.

The following LEAF bulletins have been issued:

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT: What is IPM and what do the new guidelines cover?


IPM IN PRACTICE: Examples from farmers adopting IPM and how it affects their businesses

THE FUTURE OF IPM: Spreading the word and future opportunities

LEAF’s guide to pollinating insects ‘Great habitats, more flowers, better protection’ sets out some practical and cost effective ways for farmers to increase the number of pollinating insects on their land.  This could be through minimising the use of pesticides, implementing IPM, providing food sources and habitats and hosting bee hives.  It is available to LEAF members – to receive your copy, join LEAF here

Join LEAF today and complete the LEAF Audit, adopt IFM and be compliant to Sustainable Use Directive.