Register Now for Pollinator Field Day September 8, 2018!

Posted On August 28, 2018— Written By
Carpenter-mimic leafcutter bee on purple milkweed in late May.

Carpenter-mimic leafcutter bee on native purple milkweed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The Piedmont Research Station will host a “Bee Pollinator Friendly” Field Day on Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Salisbury, NC.

Attendees will rotate through several stations to learn about habitat for farms, roadsides or constructed pollinator meadows; native plants that make for good pollinator habitat; native bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects; honey bees and beekeeping; pesticide application techniques to protect pollinators; and how to use available technology to map honey bee and specialty crop locations. The Field Day will start promptly at 1 p.m.

Target Audience: Farmers, Beekeepers, Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors and Staff, Extension Agents, Urban Planners, Landscapers and Landscape Architects, Master Gardener℠ volunteers, Nurserymen/Greenhouse Growers

Educational Stations:

Native Pollinators:
Hannah Levenson (NCSU Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology), Jonathan Giacomini (NCSU Department of Applied Ecology), Sara Giacomini (NCSU Department of Applied Ecology), and Elsa Youngsteadt (NCSU Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology)

Farm Habitat:
Hunter Barrier (NCDA&CS) and John Isenhour (NC Wildlife Resources Commission)

Native Plants for Pollinator Habitat:
Debbie Roos (N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center)

FieldWatch/Pesticide Options:
Jason Williams (NCDA&CS)

Application Equipment:
Steve Gatton (NCDA&CS)

Participants will also be able to visit educational displays from several different organizations.

The Pollinator Field Day is sponsored by the following organizations:

North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
North Carolina State University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
NC State Extension
North Carolina Pollinator Conservation Alliance – website coming soon!
Rowan County Beekeepers

The event is free and offers three hours of pesticide credits for attendees (for N=Demo and Research, O= Ag pest plant, D=dealer, X=private).

Register online.

Field Day Location:
Piedmont Research Station
8350 Sherrills Ford Road
Salisbury, NC 28147-7579

For more information, contact:

Kelly Snider
NCDA&CS Research Stations
704-433-3053
kelly.snider@ncagr.gov

Debbie Hamrick
N.C. Farm Bureau
919-302-9538
debbie.hamrick@ncfb.org

Coneflowers, culver's root, and bee balm in mid-June.

Native pollinator plants: coneflowers, culver’s root, and bee balm at the Chatham Mills Pollinator Garden in Pittsboro. Photo by Debbie Roos.