The IPM categories from Basic through Master levels involve a progression from low to high management involvement. At the Basic level there must be compliance with laws pertaining to pesticide use, worker protection and environmental protection. The next level, Steward, includes implementation of conservation practices on parts of the farm, compliance with additional customer requirements, and more documentation than legal requirements, such as pest scouting results. At the Expert level the farm is also involved in environmental audits, normally those of customers, has established goals for environmental improvement, and has again more documentation of practices, including the results of pest control practices. The Master level is the highest level of achievement and indicates that environmental sustainability is practiced across the farm, that environmental improvement has occurred, and that the farm is sometimes a demonstration site or the farm management are committed to sustainable agriculture and IPM through leadership activities.
Steward (in addition to Basic)
Expert (in addition to Basic and Steward)
Master (in addition to Basic, Steward and Expert)