Xerces Society Pollinator Courses Coming to Virginia
GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will hold two Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses in Virginia in September.
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 Sept. 18 at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona, VA; and on Sept. 19 at the Wytheville Community Center in Wytheville, VA. Both events will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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.
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.