NIFA-Supported Researchers are Finding Solutions to Bee Losses

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue declared this week as “National Pollinator Week” to help call attention to these losses, which are caused primarily by biological and environmental stressors. On June 6, Secretary Perdue joined Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, to announce the installation of a honey beehive on the grounds of the Vice President’s residence in Washington, D.C.

NIFA has supported researchers to halt the declining bee population and address the threat it poses to our nation’s long-term agricultural productivity. Through a coordinated effort across USDA and with land-grant university partners, NIFA has funded a number of projects seeking to find solutions. Continue reading

New Resources Released for National Pollinator Week

From Growing Produce

How can growers help bees and ensure they get reliable pollination for their crops? That question is being addressed by the Integrated Crop Pollination Project, which is celebrating National Pollinator Week, June 19-25, by highlighting new training videos, crop pollination fact sheets and series of recorded webinars that are available for farmers.

The Integrated Crop Pollination Project aims to improve the sustainability of specialty crop pollination across the U.S. The project is a partnership of 15 different institutions working to identify how best to achieve effective and economical crop pollination. Continue reading

Deadline is approaching for IPM Achievement Award nominations–June 30

Don’t miss your chance to make a nomination for the IPM Achievement Awards!  Deadline is June 30, 2017.  These awards recognize practitioners, groups, and students who have made outstanding achievements in IPM adoption, implementation, and program maintenance.

There are four award categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • IPM Practitioner
  • IPM Team/Group
  • Graduate Student (New this year!)

Consider nominating someone today!  Continue reading