Senate passes state IPM committee bill

SALEM — The Oregon Senate has passed a bill to create an Integrated Pest Management coordinating committee to guide how state agencies and universities manage pests.

House Bill 3364 also stipulates that state agencies will adopt “state-of-the-art science approaches” to manage pests.

It calls for Paul Jepson, Oregon’s IPM coordinator, to lead the effort. Jepson is an Oregon State University professor and director of the College of Agricultural Sciences Integrated Plant Protection Center.

HB3364 applies only to state agencies, universities and their pest-control programs. It does not apply to private or commercial pest-control activities, according to Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland, the bill’s chief sponsor.

Keny-Guyer said OSU’s agricultural college has pledged $25,000 to help implement the new IPM effort.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 51-9 in April.

The Senate on May 28 approved it 24-6.

The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Mitch Lies