The University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) was established in 1979 with funding from the California Legislature to build on a growing movement to reduce dependence on pesticides and draw on expertise across the University. UC IPM is a statewide program of the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). UC IPM engages the UC ANR network of Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and Cooperative Extension (CE) scientists to develop and distribute UC’s best information on managing pests using safe and effective practices and strategies that protect people and the environment. UC IPM works through CE to deliver information to clientele in every California county.

UC IPM provides integrated pest management (IPM) research and extension to residents, growers, land managers, other professional pest managers, and regulatory agencies. IPM is based on scientific research and focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage by managing the ecosystem. IPM is a process to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. IPM can be used to manage all kinds of pests anywhere—in urban, agricultural, and wildland or natural areas.

UC IPM has more than 20 dedicated program staff at the UC ANR Headquarters in Davis. These staff members work with 11 IPM CE advisors, 6 affiliated CE advisors, and 1 affiliated CE specialist across California to develop and deliver programs in agricultural, urban and community, and natural resources IPM. UC IPM conducts research to solve important pest problems, extends IPM programs to practitioners, provides training, and develops outreach material. Web and printed publications provide a wealth of how-to information about identifying and managing pests. UC IPM is also the home of the Office of Pesticide Information and Coordination (OPIC), which coordinates and reviews UC ANR activities pertaining to pesticide research, experimentation, and use.