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Cutting IPM program could endanger public health and safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2010
Contact: Don Rutz, dar11@cornell.edu, 315 787 2208
http://www.nysipm.cornell.edu/press_rel/loss.asp

Geneva, NY. The NYS Integrated Pest Management program — which represents a massive return on investment for the state — has been zero-funded in the proposed New York budget. The IPM program saves millions of dollars for farmers and consumers while keeping thousands of tons of pesticide out of New Yorkers’ water and soil.

Meanwhile, emerging pests like bed bugs and Swede midge are poised to take off and take over.

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