The goal is to develop products and procedures to reduce fire ant populations and eliminate this insect as a serious pest, in terms of economic losses and health threats. this plan differes from past plans because it is a corrdinated effort among various Texas organizations addressing the fire and problems throughout the research, education, and/or regulatory programs. The organizations involved are:

Texas Agricultural Experiment Station

Texas Agricultural Extension Service

Texas Department of Agriculture

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Texas Tech University

University of Texas

Texas A&M University


Fire ants cause problems for people all across Texas. Fire ants have spread across the eastern two-thirds of Texas, approximately 56 million acres. Economic losses due to fire ants are estimated at $300 million annually.

Texas Tech University is involved in all aspects of the RIFA Initiative and has several faculty members who are actively working on the project.

The members are from many different departments across campus such as:

Plant and Soil Sciences

Agricultural and Applied Economics

Range, Wildlife, and Fisheries Mangement

Engineering Technology

Agricultural Education and Communications

Animal Science and Food Technology

Biological Sciences

Each of the different departments have their own specific projects and goals, which are highlighted in this website.

The plan proposes research and management strategies that will provide short-term relief and lead to long-term solutions to the fire ant problem in Texas. To accomplish these strategies, the following objectives must be met:

Implement Community-Wide Management Programs

Support Effective Quarantine and Survey Programs

Provide Strong Educational Programs

Coordinate Aggressive Research Programs

Reduce Overall Impact of Fire Ants

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