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A first step in developing your Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is drafting an IPM policy. An IPM policy is a valuable way to clearly and concisely state the District's approach to pest management and pesticide use issues. A policy provides a guideline to employees concerning the pest management practices used in the district. Crafting an IPM policy should include opportunities to involve people directly affected by the policy as well as the public (stakeholders such as parents, teachers, students, staff, administration, and the community). An IPM policy should be based on generally accepted principles of integrated pest management, including:
The following statement is offered as a model that can be adopted as is, or modified to suit your district's needs:
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Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, email@example.com