The Product, Ingredient, and Manufacturing System (PIMS) is a collection of data applications that primarily serve as an on-line pesticide product information source for New York State. There are currently four applications that make up PIMS — currently registered products, archived products, pest and site code searches, and a download application for local use. The data used in these applications are provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The initial development of PIMS began in 1981 with Cornell University receiving funding for two years from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Pesticide Impact Assessment Program (NAPIAP). The initial objective was to establish a northeast regional pesticide information system. The northeast system was to be a complete pesticide information network utilizing product registration information from each state within the northeast; however, it was decided by the funding agency in 1983 that a national system could provide the necessary electronic pesticide information as easily as a regional system. The Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP), working with other university staff, continued to program the software in INFO, a data file management language, on a PRIME 400 computer and, in 1983, released PIMS for New York State. The PIMS website has undergone significant changes over the years and is now programmed in PHP with enhancements and data links to relevant information. It is the primary source of keeping the regulated community informed of pesticide registrations within the state.
The following people have contributed to the development of PIMS: Dr. Harold Wilson, Dr. John Barnard, William Smith, Chet Brion, Frank F. Smith, and Robert Warfield.