Plant Production, Pollinators, and Neonicotinoids
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Chatham County Cooperative Extension Office
1192 US 64 Business, Suite 400
Pittsboro, NC 27312
NC State Cooperative Extension, Central Region Greenhouse and Nursery program will be holding an educational event to help growers understand the latest research and policies on neonicotinoid insecticides. We understand that these are important tools so will not be taking a pro/con stance on neonicotinoids. Information on alternative products will be given for those who are interested.
This event provides information and continuing education for ornamental plant greenhouse and nursery growers.
Registration and fee must be received by February 14, 2018.
Fee: $20 per participant. To register, please use the link below, payable with credit card.
Lunch will be provided. Please contact Stacey Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org with any dietary restrictions.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
Pesticide Application Recertification Credits: D: 3.5, L: 3.5, N: 3.5, O: 3.5, X: 3.5.
NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board Credit: 3.5 L.
9:00-10:00: Speaker 1
Name: John Allran
Title: Environmental Toxicologist
Education: M.S. Environmental Toxicology
Employer: NC Dept. Agriculture & Consumer Services, Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Division
Presentation Title: Neonicotinoid Risk Assessment & Regulation: the Science and Policy of Pollinator Protection
- Overview of insecticide classes and where neonicotinoids fit in (mode of action, toxicity, and environmental fate & effects)
- History of pollinator protection and pesticide regulation
- Pesticide labels & older bee hazard statements
- Neonicotinoid label statements to protect bees
- New label language for pesticides acutely toxic to bees when bees are on site for contracted pollination services
- Neonicotinoids registration review process and status
- Pollinator Protection bill and other non-EPA efforts at regulating or restricting neonicotinoids
- Driftwatch, state Pollinator Protection Plans, & NC outreach and education efforts.
10:00-10:30: Break and visit with vendors
10:30-11:30: Speaker 2
Name: Elsa Youngsteadt
Title: Research Associate
Education: PhD Entomology (NCSU)
Employer: North Carolina State University
Presentation Title: Neonicotinoids and wild bees
- Overview of wild bees: Diversity and role as pollinators
- Comparison of wild-bee and honey-bee biology
- Differences between wild bees and honey bees in exposure and sensitivity to pesticides
- Overview of neonicotinoid effects on wild bees
11:30-12:00: Sponsor Presentations
12:00-1:00: Lunch (included with registration) and visit with vendors
1:00-1:30: Sponsor Presentations
1:30-2:00: Break and visit with vendors
2:00- 3:30: Speaker 3
Name: Juang-Horng “JC” Chong
Title: Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
Education: PhD in Entomology (Univ Georgia)
Employer: Clemson University, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Presentation title: Pollinator Protection in Ornamental Plant Production and Maintenance
- This presentation will provide information on developing a practical pest management approach that minimizes or protects pollinators.
- Overview of past and current research on the translocation of systemic insecticides to pollen and nectars.
- Suggestions on using systemic insecticides while providing protection to pollinators.
- Suggestions on replacement insecticides against major ornamental plant pests.
Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by February 14, 2018, to Stacey Jones, Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse, at 704-920-3310 or email email@example.com.
Contact Stacey Jones, NC Cooperative Extension, 715 Cabarrus Avenue West, Concord, NC 28027, at 704-920-3310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.