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Determine how to improve knowledge transfer in Integrated Pest Management on tillage farms

Brian Duggan1,2, Dr Angela Feechan2, Mr Michael Hennessy3, Dr Henry Creissen3, and Dr Steven Kildea3

1 Teagasc Advisory Office, Kells Road, Co. Kilkenny.

2 University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.

3 Teagasc, Oak Park, Co. Carlow.

What is this study about?

This study aims to identify tools and methods which are relevant to Ireland that can improve awareness and implementation of IPM amongst tillage farmers, giving farmers the confidence to make pest management related decisions which in turn will progress their business with less reliance on chemical control measures.

The project is initially looking at current IPM practices in arable farming which will enable IPM implementation to be measured and best practice to be identified. Once this is achieved semi-structured interviews will be carried out to delve deeper into the pest management decision making process of farmers and the factors which influence it.

From the results of the study appropriate tools and methods will be suggested and piloted to ensure knowledge transfer meets the needs of tillage farmers into the future.

Farmer Survey details – Please help

This survey is not concerned with, and does not collect data relating to, farm support payments, Cross Compliance activities or Agri-Environment schemes.

The survey should take between 10-15 minutes to complete and you should not need to consult farm records.

All data supplied will be treated in the strictest confidence, will be used solely for the purposes of this study, and will not be passed on to third parties.

If you submit a completed survey form you can withdraw at any time. If you should wish to withdraw please contact the survey co-ordinator using the contact information provided below. This survey has passed all ethical clearance procedures at the co-ordinating institution.

To complete the survey please follow the link: https://goo.gl/forms/yIOy5sLkF81nONnh2

The survey will be available to complete up until early May 2017.

If you have any further queries in relation to this study or wish to find out more information, please contact Brian Duggan at brian.duggan@teagasc.ie

This particular study is being carried out as part of the MAgrSc Innovation Support programme and is funded by the Teagasc Walsh Fellowship Scheme.