Xerces Society Offering Pollinator Short Courses in Virginia in May
GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will hold a Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course in Virginia, May 14 and May 29.
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 May 14 in Virginia Beach, VA, and on May 29 in Blackstone, VA. The May 14 program will take place at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center. The May 29 program will be held at the Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Both events will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The content of the course 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 course 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.
Registration is $45 per person and does not include lunch.
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.