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/.
Farming with Beneficial Insects & Pollinators Short Course – Caldwell,
Friday, February 7th, 2014
8:30 am - 4:30 pm MST
College of Idaho
Let pollinators and other beneficial insects do the work! Native bees and other beneficial insects such as predators and parasitoids of crop pests can provide free pollination and pest management services. Find out how to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects on the farm.
This full day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to attracting and conserving beneficial insects from Xerces Society experts.
Click here for more information or to register for this short course.
Farming for Bees & Other Beneficial Insects Workshop – Jekyll Island, Georgia
Friday, February 21st, 2014
2:00 pm to 5:30 pm EST
UGA Marine Extension
Enhancing diversity on farms supports bees and many other beneficial insects, improving crop production and reducing pest outbreaks. Join Nancy and Keren to learn about common bees, predators, and parasitoids, and ways you can support beneficials on your farm and in home gardens. We will tour UGA’s EcoScapes sustainable landscaping demonstration garden to learn about local pollinator-friendly native plants and explore hands-on sustainable restoration efforts to create good habitat. Additional regionally-specific pollinator resources and tools will also be provided. We will briefly highlight collecting native plant seed and propagation to enhance local ecotype use.
Click here for more information or to register for this workshop.
Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Asheville, North Carolina
In Conjunction with the North Carolina Organic Growers School Annual Spring Conference
Friday, March 7th, 2014
9:00 am to 4:00 pm EST
Let pollinators and other beneficial insects do the work! Native bees and other beneficial insects such as predators and parasitoids of crop pests can provide free pollination and pest management services. Find out how to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects on the farm and in home and community gardens.
This full day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches and local resources for attracting and conserving beneficial insects.
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Farming for Bees and Other Beneficial Insects – Asheville, North Carolina
And other pollinator programs at the North Carolina Organic Growers School Annual Spring Conference
Saturday, March 8th, and Sunday, March 9th, 2014
11:00 am to 12:30 pm EST
Join Nancy Adamson for this program highlighting the importance of native bees in fruit and vegetable pollination. Learn about common bees pollinating crops and ways to support bees and other beneficial insects by providing habitat and protection from pesticides. Other pollinator tracks at the meeting include: Create a Pollinator Paradise with Debbie Roos, NC Cooperative Extension; Meet the Native Pollinators with Jill Sidebottom, NC Cooperative Extension; Your Role in the Pollinator Crisis with Marielle Angell, Lenoir-Rhyne University; and How to Stay Away from Chemicals in the Garden with C.J. McGrath.
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