American Pacific Pest Management Information Network

APPMIN Steering Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 12, 2001

University of Hawai`i at Manoa
St John Plant Science Laboratory 10A

PARTICIPANTS: Barry Brennan (UH-M), Fred Brooks (ASCC), A. Lee Eavy (CNMI), Mike Kawate (UH-M), Rick Melnicoe (UC-D), Geraldine Rengiil (College of Micronesia-Belau), Cathy Tarutani (UH-M), L. S. Yudin (UoG). Invited but did not attend (Bob Boesch, Hi DOA), Ron Mau (CTAHR).

1. NATIONAL PESTICIDE INFORMATION. Cathy Tarutani did an on-line demonstration of pesticide information available on the Internet. The focus of the presentation was the National State Pesticide Information Retrieval System (NSPIRS). Other web sites discussed and demonstrated were the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (, U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs ( Pesticide Product Information System (PPIS) via CDPR, Western Region Pest Management Center ( and Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Pesticide Database ( There was a general discussion about pesticide registration, regulation and labeling. There may be a need to develop a mechanism to provide information from NSPIRS, available only by paid subscription, to APPMIN participants.

2. INTRODUCTIONS and COMMUNICATIONS. Each participant was asked to provide some background information about their experiences, education, and current program responsibilities. G. Rengiil stated that she did not expect to continue to participate once a replacement for Nelson Esguerra had been hired. Resumes from Lee Yudin, Fred Brooks and A. Lee Eavy will be included in the annual report to the Western Regional PM Center. Minutes from the meeting will be emailed to participants for approval prior to posting on the projectís web site.


     a. Background. Because the funding mechanism for the PMC differed significantly from the formula funded PIAP grants, it was agreed by participants at the final WR PIAP meeting in San Diego (January 2000) that Hawaii would take the lead in developing a regional grant. Fred Brooks and Lee Eavy provided input but never received a copy of the submitted proposal. Cathy Tarutani will send a copy of the approved proposal to all participants.

     b. Budget. The approved proposal will include the budget page. Subcontracts with Guam, American Samoa, CNMI and Belau Community College were ruled out by Barry Brennan because the 19% overhead would significantly reduce the operating budget. This can be revisited if the current arrangement doesnít work. The budget includes $6000 for Materials and Supplies. Given the excessive distances in the AP, this will be used to purchase a digital camera for each participant. Lee Eavy indicated he didnít need another digital camera but would consider support for video conferencing. Other materials such as references can be purchased. Travel funds have been included to cover participation of the Steering Committee (see below) in initial and annual meetings. Non-Hawaii participants should work with Cathy Tarutani to make sure they submit the required paperwork.

     c. Western Region Pest Management Center. Rick Melnicoe reviewed the history of WR PMC. The regional PMCs are responsible for coordinating USDA funded programs that have a pest management component, e.g., IPM, IR-4, PAT, SARA, Organic Farming, Food Safety, and water quality programs. They are also to help link to PM programs funded directly by USDA such as the Pest Management Alternatives Program (PMAP), Crops at Risk (CAR), and Risk Avoidance Management Programs (RAMP), and with agriculture researchers at the state level or in various food and agriculture organizations (food processors, farm bureaus, small fruit growers, etc.). This is a very multidisciplinary effort that takes information from the field to the PM Centers and then to EPA for inclusion in their decision making process. After three years the PM Centers may be reorganized to represent regional agroecological areas. Harold Coble, USDAís National Program Leader for IPM, suggested that there may be 12 such areas with the American Pacific being one of them.

     d. Next RFP. The next RFP is expected to come out on 1 June with a due date of 1 August. It should be very similar to the current program but will cover funding for a full 12 months rather than the current grant that only covers 8.5 months.

4. THE OBJECTIVES identified in the proposal were reviewed.

     a. Establish Steering Committee. Participants agreed that they would continue to serve as members of the Steering Committee (with the exception of Geraldine Rengiil who indicated that a representation from CM-Belau will be named later).

     b. Establish Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Individuals representing the following organizations were suggested: USDA-Agriculture Research Service, Agriculture Development in the American Pacific, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, IPM and SARA coordinators, a representative from small fruit growers, and a food processor. When they have been contacted and invited to participate on the SAC, their names will be posted on the projectís web site. These individuals will be asked to identify others who should be part of the SAC.

     c. Establish communication network to link USDA and other federal agencies with agriculture researchers. The first step will be to identify those resources in addition to those on the SAC and to create a web site. Lee Eavy suggested that Francis Zee at the ARS in Hilo might be a good contact to help identify needed links. The web site will be accessed through the existing Extension Pesticide Programs web site ( The web site will provide minutes from APPMIN meetings, project description, links to the Steering Committee, the Western Region PMC and other links as appropriate.

     d. Crop profiles. Participants agreed to initiate regional crop profiles for papaya, banana, and taro. Several participants have already completed banana and taro crop profiles. These could be updated for their own use, but would be combined into a regional crop profile. The papaya crop profile is new although Hawaii has already initiated a state crop profile. Three other crops were considered: bittermelon, sweet potato, Chinese cabbage. Rick Melnicoe noted that Therese Murtagh, USDA Office of Pest Management Policy, would be very interested in data or information regarding worker exposure issues, such as re-entry intervals. We also need to determine if any of the AP crops are on the Crops At Risk (CAR) list.

     Members of the Steering Committee will be responsible for reviewing regional crop profiles prior to their being submitted by the PI for posting on OPMPís web site.

     e. Pest Management Strategic Plans (Transition Strategies). The OPMP web site ( has an outline that can be used to develop pest management strategic plans. We need to consider these from a regional perspective. The availability and enforcement of pesticide laws (use, and registration or licensing) varies throughout the Pacific. Therefore, a transition strategy or PM strategic plan may be suitable in one political entity but not another.

     f. Agroecological boundaries. The criteria for creating an agroecological region included: water vulnerability (surface and ground), presence of invasive or exotic species, marketing issues, crop size, production practices, similarity of crops, pest pressures, quarantine and other regulatory issues. Although there are other areas, e.g., Florida, that grow subtropical crops, the Pacific Islands have distinct climatological differences (absence of frost).

     g. Participation in future meetings. Funding for participants to attend the Western Region Pest Management Center meeting in Reno, NV August 28-29, 2001 will be provided from the grant. Participants agreed to meet in Reno on 27 August to review progress on the project including the second year proposal. We also discussed the use of video conferencing to facilitate communication and reduce travel costs. Participants at future meetings will be assessed a modest registration fee to cover meeting costs.

5. The meeting adjourned at 5 p.m.

Action Items

1. The APPMIN web site is scheduled to go on-line on May 15. Click on the APPMIN button from the Extension Pesticide Programs web site (

2. Rick Melnicoe expects to issue the next RFP from the WRPMC on 1 June 2001. We will forward a copy to you if you do not receive one directly from Rick. Please provide input (objectives, budget items) for the proposal. Deadline for proposals is expected to be 1 August 2001.

3. Advisory Committee appointments. Barry is contacting the individuals suggested to be members of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

4. Meeting agenda. Please send items you would like to see on the agenda for the second meeting of the Steering Committee in Reno.

5. The APPMIN budget includes funding for resources to meet project objectives. Let us know if you need things like reference materials, software or other supplies.

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