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The Language of Stewardship and Pest Management


Stewardship on the farm involves countless actions by the owner and often others (renters, custom applicators, consultants, etc.). Stewardship can be as obvious as planting grass at the downslope areas of a field to trap runoff, or as subtle as choosing the correct nozzle to maximize pest control at the lowest rate. Many of the terms below, like individual stewardship practices, do not stand alone but together provide a framework of thinking about stewardship as a crucial component of pesticide use and pest management. Other terms below, though not directly related to stewardship, will help develop a common language regarding agricultural practices, pesticides, and key government regulations.

Please send any corrections or additional terms to Carol Somody for inclusion in this list.

To find out more about Agricultural Terminology, choose one of the links in the navigation box.

Photographs Courtesy Of USDA-NRCS.






Below is a list of credits, and additional links, to important agriculture-related terms. If we have used or modified your definition and neglected to include you in the credits below, please contact carol.somody@syngenta.com. Thank you!


Agricultural Terms, Programs, and Laws
http://www.agriculture.house.gov/info/glossary.html

Agriculture (general):
http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/library/MISC2/SB661.PDF
http://www.pfb.com/resources/ag-information/glossary-of-ag-terms.htm
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/glossary.html

Biotechnology:
http://www.plpa.agri.umn.edu/scag1500/definitions.html

Entomology:
http://www.bijlmakers.com/glossary/glosearch.htm

Env_Stewardshipnment:
http://www.epa.gov/OCEPAterms/aterms.html

Pesticides/Pests:
http://www.pesticide.org/LearningGlossary.pdf

Phytopathology:
http://ppathw3.cals.cornell.edu/glossary/Glossary.htm
http://www.apsnet.org/education/IllustratedGlossary/default.htm

Water:
http://www.edwardsaquifer.net/glossary.html
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/dictionary.html

Many Glossaries:
http://www.jump.net/~fdietz/glossary.htm