2013 Xerces Society Pollinator Short Courses Kick Off in Louisiana
GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation continues its pollinator conservation series across the Southern region in 2013 with two events taking place in Louisiana in April.
Funded by a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) Professional Development Program (PDP) Grant, the Pollinator Conservation Short Courses draw attention to declining populations of pollinators and promote conservation by helping to protect their natural habitats.
The short courses will be held on April 16 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Center for Ecology and Environmental Technology in Lafayette, LA; and on April 17 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Louisiana Tech University South Campus in Ruston, LA.
The content of the courses is tailored to the needs of Natural Resources Conservation Service and Soil and Water Conservation District personnel, Cooperative Extension, and state department of agriculture employees, as well as crop consultants, natural resource specialists, non-governmental conservation organization staff, and producers of bee-pollinated crops.
The short courses will include both classroom and field training components and will cover such topics as principles of pollinator biology, the economics of insect pollination, basic bee field identification, land management practices, habitat restoration, and plant selection.
Fifteen scholarships for each short course are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis to cover the costs. Registration is $45 per person thereafter and does not include lunch. Discounted registration is available to NRCS employees for $35.
Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America's Southern region.