Pollinator Conservation and Crop Pollination in Tree Fruit - Field Day Event

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The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) will host a field day on Friday, May 20th from 9am-12:30pm at the Penn State Fruit Research Extension Center in Biglerville, PA (Adams County). The focus of the field day will be pollinator conservation and crop pollination in tree fruit. Further details and registration for this event is available at pasafarming.org/pollinator.

Insect pollinators are critical in many cropping systems, perhaps none more so than in tree fruit. Given the ecological pressures currently faced by many of these species, it is worthwhile for the farmer and home gardener, alike, to learn how to maintain current populations, and even enhance them, through the use of perennial habitats, as well as conscientious pest management strategies.

During this event, Tree Fruit Research Entomologist, Dr. David Biddinger,  will discuss major pollinator species in tree fruit, as well as low-impact pest management strategies. Emily May, of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, will also be on hand to provide details about Integrated Crop Pollination and planting and maintaining pollinator habitat. Finally, Jim Gillis, from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), will give an overview of cost-share options available for pollinator habitat.   

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The way humanity manages (or mismanages) its nature-based assets, including pollinators, will in part define our collective future in the 21st century……The fact is that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.” 

- Achim Steiner, Executive Director UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

This event is open to the public, registration costs $20 for PASA Members, $25 for Non-Members, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is preferred and available at: pasafarming.org/pollinator  or by calling 814-349-9856 x27. Day-of, walk-in registration is also available, but lunch is not guaranteed for walk-ins. Pesticide recertification training credit is available for this event. 

WHEN
May 20, 2016 at 9am - 12:30pm
WHERE
Penn State Fruit Research Extension Center
290 University Dr
Biglerville, PA 17307
United States
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CONTACT
Aaron de Long · · 814-349-9856 x27
TICKETS
$25.00 USD · Purchase tickets

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  • commented 2016-08-15 20:02:29 -0400
    When will be the next? It’s really true:“The way humanity manages (or mismanages) its nature-based assets, including pollinators, will in part define our collective future in the 21st century……The fact is that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.”
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