Pollinators are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of nearly 70 percent of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species. The United States alone grows more than one hundred crops that either need or benefit from pollinators, and the economic value of these native pollinators is estimated at $3 billion per year in the U.S. Beyond agriculture, pollinators are keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems. Fruits and seeds derived from insect pollination are a major part of the diet of approximately 25 percent of all birds, and of mammals ranging from red-backed voles to grizzly bears. In many places, the essential service of pollination is at risk from habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases.
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Pollinator Conservation Resource Center
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Farming for Beneficial Insects at the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Conference: Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms – Mobile, Alabama
Friday, January 17th, 2014
9:00 am - 10:15 am EST
And Saturday, January 18th, 2014
1:30 am - 3:00 pm EST
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG) Conference: Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms (January 15-18, 2014)
Mobile Convention Center
Pollinators (especially native bees) and other beneficial insects (that help control crop pests) are crucial to ensure healthy crop harvests. During these conference sessions, Nancy Adamson will help you understand habitat needs of pollinators, predators, and parasitoids common in the region and ways you can support their conservation with habitat and farm management. Also learn where to access resources for bee and other insect identification, plant selection, and successful habitat establishment.
For more information about the conference and to register, visit http://ssawg.org/.