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New Frequently Asked Questions on Honeybee Toxicity Testing for Registrants and Contract Laboratories

The Environmental Protection Agency has posted new frequently asked questions for registrants and contract laboratories conducting honeybee toxicity testing. These FAQs are made up of responses to inquiries EPA commonly receives about protocols used to generate honeybee toxicity data for submission in support of pesticide registration. Additionally, these FAQs are meant to complement the Agency’s existing Pollinator Risk Assessment Guidance and increase the transparency and clarity of the risk assessment process.

EPA encourages the regulated community to submit questions not found in the FAQs or risk assessment guidance to opppollinatortesting@epa.gov.

Thanks to pollinator gardens, insect-watching has become a popular pastime

By Becky Griffin, University of Georgia

Move over bird-watchers! Backyard insect-watching has become a popular pastime thanks to the public’s increased interest in pollinator health and habitats.

Gardeners enjoy seeing insects visit their gardens. Learning about the types of the bees and the wing colors of migrating butterflies can enrich the pollinator experience in the home garden. Continue reading

Two Research Entomologist open with USDA ARS

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Exotic and Invasive Weeds Research Unit is seeking two permanent full time Research Entomologists for permanent appointments in Davis, California.  A degree is required. The incumbents will conduct research on factors contributing to honey bee colony loss. The incumbents will develop long-term longitudinal studies of spatial and temporal changes in bee populations exposed to abiotic and biotic stresses and management practices. The incumbents will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals and give research presentations at national and international scientific meetings and conferences. Vacant research positions may be filled at several grade levels (GS-12-13 or 14-15) depending upon scientific impact of the selected person. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply to both positions. Research positions have an open-ended promotion potential.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Citizenship restrictions apply.  Please view the complete text announcement and application instructions using the following links:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/506444400

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/506444500 Continue reading

Pollinator Field Day September 8 in Salisbury, NC

Attend the first-ever Pollinator Field Day to learn about honeybees and native bees/pollinators, plants and habitat for pollinators, protecting pollinators from pesticides, and much more.

Audience: Farmers; Beekeepers; Soil&Water Conservation District Supervisors and Staff; Extension Agents; Urban Planners; Landscapers and Landscape Architects; Master Gardeners; Nurserymen/Greenhouse Growers.

When: Saturday, September 8, 1-5 PM

Where: Piedmont Research Station, 8350 Sherrill’s Ford Road, Salisbury, NC 28147 Continue reading

Register Now for the Integrated Pest Management Pollinator Habitat Promotion Webinar

The Environmental Protection Agency is offering a free webinar titled “Integrated Pest Management: Strategies for Pollinator Habitat Promotion and Conservation in Agricultural Areas” on August 28, 2018, from 1 –2:30 pm ET. This webinar is tailored for growers, pesticide applicators, agricultural land managers, and other interested stakeholders who work in crop production.

Our presenter will be Dr. Allan Felsot, professor and extension specialist from Washington State University. The presentation will cover land management topics such as cultural management practices, bio-economics, and integrated insect and weed management.  Continue reading

Become a champion for pollinators!

The Michigan Pollinator Initiative team is excited to announce the launch of our new online course! Pollinator Champions is a free, self-paced course offered at Michigan State University. The course is packed full of videos, articles, and fun activities to guide you through the amazing world of pollinators and pollination. Anyone with an internet connection can enroll. You do not have to be an MSU student or faculty to participate.

Everyone is welcome to learn about pollinators for free, but for a small contribution, you can also receive a certificate and materials to help you give your own presentations about pollinators. Help us spread the word as an MSU Certified Pollinator Champion! Continue reading

USDA, NIFA Announce Investments in Pollinator Health Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 14 grants totaling approximately $10 million for research to help sustain healthy populations of pollinators, which are crucial to the nation’s food security and environmental health. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“One-third of all U.S. crop production requires pollination by animals – primarily honey bees, but also wasps, flies, butterflies, moths, beetles and bats,” said Acting NIFA Director Tom Shanower. “Recent declines in both managed and wild pollinators are of paramount importance to our nation’s food security and the vitality of natural resources.”  Continue reading