Collaborative Approaches for Pollinator Protection and Productive Agriculture
August 13-15, North Dakota
Following up on the successful field tour in Mississippi during 2017, ESA P-IE has endorsed another tour in 2018 titled, “Science Policy Pollinator Field Tour: Collaborative Approaches for Pollinator Protection and Productive Agriculture" in partnership with the Honey Bee Health Coalition.
The 2018 Science Policy Pollinator Field Tour will take place in North Dakota August 13-15. It will bring together diverse stakeholders for hands-on understanding of pollinators and the many ways in which they intersect with production agriculture, including: pollinator habitat, honey bee pests and disease, insect pests of economic importance, crop production and crop pest management, and opportunities for collaboration. The field tour will enable candid discussions with the goal of learning from locally-executed case studies in North Dakota. Field tour highlights will include visiting the US Geological Survey Northern Prairie Research Station; the North Dakota State University Agronomy Seed Farm; Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund forage sites, demonstration sites of the Honey Bee Health Coalition’s Bee Integrated Demonstration Project – where beekeepers and farmers are collaborating to implement a suite of best management practices for bee health; and USDA research plots. At these sites, participants will view and learn about innovative pollinator forage plantings, bee pest and disease management, the North Dakota Pollinator Plan, crop pest management, and the various challenges and opportunities facing beekeepers, farmers, and others working to support pollinator health. The tour will also include reflection on how learnings from North Dakota can be leveraged in implementing collaborative approaches for pollinator protection and productive agriculture.
To maximize the success of this field tour, we need your voice at this event and we hope you will attend. Key stakeholders expected to attend include federal and state policymakers, beekeepers, commodity organizations, supply chain companies, applicators and crop consultants, conservation organizations, public and private sector entomologists and other scientists, and agricultural extension. A selection process will occur to determine the remaining attendees, which will encompass diverse and representative P-IE Section members (academic scientists, private industry scientists, and students).
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