EPA extends comment period on pollinator rules; hosts webinar

EPA is hosting a public webinar that will provide background information and additional details about its proposed plan to prohibit the use of all highly toxic pesticides when crops are in bloom and bees are present under contract for pollination services. The plan also recommends that states and tribes develop pollinator protections plans and best management practices.  EPA has already held webinars with states and tribes. The public webinar will be on June 23 from 3 – 4:30p.m. Eastern and accessible online at https://epa.connectsolutions.com/pollinatorproposal/.

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Pollinator conference to take place in North Carolina

by Matt Shipman

This autumn, researchers, educators, and industry experts from around the country will descend on a small town in rural North Carolina to discuss a question with repercussions for both the economy and the environment: what can be done to protect bees and other pollinators?

The conference is focused specifically on what can be done to not only conserve but also bolster pollinator populations in so-called “ornamental” landscapes, such as urban areas and manicured gardens. It is the brain child of two entomologists – Steve Frank of NC State University and David Smitley of Michigan State University.

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Two positions open at USDA-ARS Southeast Watershed Research Lab in Tifton, GA

The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Southeast Watershed Research Lab in Tifton has two open technical support positions that have recently been advertised:


Current federal employees may also apply under:


The two positions will be filled from the one announcement. The announcements close on June 24.