Alcorn State University’s Department of Agriculture announces its upcoming Small Farm Climate Smart Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Workshop. The two-day event will be held on June 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Alcorn Biotechnology Building on the Lorman, Miss. campus and on June 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Alcorn State Research and Demonstration Farm Technology Transfer Center in Mound Bayou, Miss.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

The workshop will cover topics such as cover crops, biological and organic pest control methods, soil amendments, soil and water management, and Climate Smart IPM outreach to K-12 schools.

Integrated pest management is a sustainable approach to pest control that combines biological, cultural, physical, and chemical methods to minimize economic, health, and environmental concerns. Climate change has created new challenges for pest and disease management, and this workshop will focus on strengthening agricultural resilience in the face of these changes.

The workshop will include farmers, students, agricultural companies, various USDA agencies, research and extension faculty, and community members from across Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida. Additionally, a special hands-on session will be held for K-12 students, teachers, and parents to learn about Climate Smart IPM techniques.

For more information about the workshop or to register, contact Dr. Daniel J. Collins, professor of Plant Pathology in the Department of Agriculture at Alcorn State University, at 601-877-6527 or via email at [email protected].

For media inquiries, contact Vickey Williams at [email protected] or 601-877-6126.