Designed For
Farmers interested in developing an ecological approach to managing pests on their farm. Applicable to both vegetable and fruit farms.
Dates
Always Available
100% Online and Self-Paced Option
Delivery
Online and self-paced
Cost
$50
Length
Estimate 2-4 hours to complete the module, with additional hours to complete your pest management plan and explore all supplemental resources. Students can continue to access the module for up to 2 months from the date they register.
Units
Students who successfully complete the module will receive a certificate of completion.
Contact
Heidi Noordijk
heidi.noordijk@oregonstate.edu

Designed for fruit and vegetable farmers, this course will help you develop an ecologically-based integrated pest management plan for your farm.

Using the PAMS framework—prevention, avoidance, monitoring and suppression—you will learn how to make pest management decisions from the perspective of a farm ecosystem manager. With this foundational knowledge, and with experience, you will be able to utilize the PAMS strategies to address specific pest problems in your farming system.

Pest Management Strategies For Your Farm

In this on-demand course, you will learn how to create a pest management plan for your farm. Specifically, you will learn:

  • Insect life cycles and their relationship to the whole farm ecosystem.
  • How to recognize crop damage caused by various types of pests.
  • The key strategies of prevention, avoidance, monitoring and suppression (PAMS), and how to apply them within the context of your farm.
  • Identify the resources that beneficial insects need and how to enhance and develop habitat for them on your farm.

In this 100% online course, you work through the course module at your own pace, on your own schedule. There is no 'instructor', but you may contact the course coordinator if you have questions. You will have access to the modules for 2 months from the date you register.

Ecological Strategies for Managing Insects on the Farm is produced by the Oregon State University (OSU) Small Farms Program. Support for this course comes from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture- Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, and Oregon Tilth.

Course authors (all with OSU Small Farms Program) : Heidi Noordijk, Heather Stoven, Rachel Suits, and Nick Andrews.

Course editing and design: David Chaney (DEC Education Services)

  • Insect life cycles and their relationship to the whole farm ecosystem.
  • How to recognize crop damage caused by various types of pests.
  • The key strategies of prevention, avoidance, monitoring and suppression (PAMS), and how to apply them within the context of your farm.
  • Identify the resources that beneficial insects need and how to enhance and develop habitat for them on your farm.
  • How to create a pest management plan for your farm.