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Report Highlights Alternative Methods for Pest Management

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides has updated its resource guide for alternatives to pesticides, Many Small Hammers. The concept of using “many small hammers” to effectively address pest management problems—rather than the “big hammer” of a pesticide—is an approach grounded in a view of the farm as a living, diverse, and dynamic system. This report provides an overview of several of these “small hammers” for growers who wish to consider implementing alternative methods for pest management: pheromones, cover crops, solarization, and more. The report also provides a brief overview of different federal financial incentive programs available to help pay for the cost of farming with alternative methods. The publication is available free online in PDF.