Since 1999 when the idea first took hold, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) has grown as an initiative of the Pollinator Partnership. NAPPC provides an open and constructive forum for all stakeholders to be heard and have input.
Last week, the NAPPC 2019 conference, held at the Department of the Interior in Washington DC, brought together diverse partners including scientists, researchers, conservationists, beekeepers, farmers, government officials and dedicated volunteers to share expertise, collaborate and discuss pollinator-related issues with the aim to conserve and enhance the diversity and health of these important animals and raise awareness of their role and benefits to society.
Attending the event was Dick Rogers, Bee Care Manager in Bayer’s Technology Safety & Acceptance team, St Louis, USA, where he focuses on outreach and solutions for bee health and integrated apiculture. “The conference was very well organized and a productive event, just as it always is,” he said after the event, adding, “I must congratulate the organizers and presenters, who gave excellent reports, updates and discussions on the valuable work they are doing. Though a variety of perspectives were represented, the interactions were very constructive. This is truly a great organization for bringing representatives from many stakeholder groups together to become informed and to work together to achieve good things for pollinators.”
As a new member of the NAPPC Pesticide Education Task Force (PE-TF), Dick had to catch up with the work of the group, but there was plenty of opportunity to contribute to the discussions. The PE-TF is in the process of reviewing key training materials from various sources that are applicable to commercial pesticide applicators and consumer users. One goal is to identify gaps in information and understanding of product labels and integrated pest management. The Task Force willthen work on producing material to help fill those gaps, especially related to protecting pollinators and incorporating integrated pest management (IPM) for crops and non-crop pest problems.
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