"Valuing the Dissemination of Integrated Pest Management Information in California," by Madeline Schatzberg and David Zilberman

Dec. 6, 2016

The challenge of controlling pests economically and protecting the environment led to the creation of Integrated Pest Management. This concept originated, to a large extent, from researchers at the UC system; and over the years, Extension activities brought it to the fields. We present three methods of estimating the benefits of the UC IPM program. From a few case studies, we find a benefit of $323-500.5 million annually; from the website use, $57 million dollars annually; and assessing the contribution of UC IPM to PCA industry approach, $34 million annually. This suggests that the overall benefits of the program exceed the total UCCE annual budget on extension, which includes many other programs.