The National Stakeholders Meeting on Honey Bee Health
Date and Location
When (Date/Time)October 15, 2012 to October 16, 2012
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If You Are Interested In Attending: The first day of this meeting is open to the public, when several research scientists will provide presentations on each of the health factors and several stakeholders will provide brief comments. If you are interested in attending, please contact Mr. David Epstein to register (no fee). Space is limited and available and on a first-come basis.
David Epstein, Office of Pest Management Policy, US Department of Agriculture
- Nutrition: discuss ways to improve the nutritional resources for honey bees;
- Pathogens and Arthropod Pests: discuss methods to manage in-hive pests of honey bees;
- Pesticides: discuss management practices to reduce the impact of pesticides on honey bees; and,
- Genetics, Breeding and Biology: discuss advances and integrate efforts to breed honey bee strains that are resistant disease.
The CCD Steering Committee has invited a range of stakeholders including: beekeepers, researchers, retailers, agroscience representatives, federal and state officials, non-governmental organizations, and commodity crop groups to meet and discuss what has been learned about each of these factors and to seek the input of these stakeholders on how best to use the knowledge that has been gained on each of the primary health factors to advance the health of honey bees. The aims of the meeting will be:
- to synthesize the state of knowledge regarding CCD per se and its role in relation to other factors that affect honey bee health;
- to synthesize the current state of knowledge regarding each of the factors hypothesized as affecting honey bee health;
- to explore how the various hypothesized factors inter-relate with one another; and, discuss best management practices (BMP’s) associated with each factor and across factors; and,
- to discuss and identify future topics for research and action.
The first day of the Meeting will be devoted to presentations by several stakeholder groups, and leading research scientists. The CCD Steering Committee has asked several leading research scientists to present a state-of-the-knowledge for each of the primary health factors, and has also invited several stakeholder representatives to make a brief presentation of their efforts to improve honey bee health. The second day will be devoted to a combination of plenary and breakout sessions where smaller groups of participants can exchange ideas (see Agenda below).
Some space is available to the general public on the first day. However, in an effort to keep breakout sessions a manageable size and productive, space on the second day is reserved. If you are interested in attending the Meeting, please contact: David Epstein of USDA.