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Session 3: Policies & Politics (200-05-21-15)
What Is Minnesota and the U.S. Doing to Address the Pollinator Issue?
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Snyder Auditorium

Learn about the ongoing efforts regarding biodiversity of butterflies and bees, retrofitting habitat with bee-friendly plants, and research on factors that affect bee colony health. Enhance your understanding of Minnesota's new labelling law on neonicitinoid use, and what it could mean to you personally or professionally. Also examine federal, state, and local policies that intend to conserve pollinators. Uncover what these efforts mean to you, and how they could affect your opinions, practices, and actions in response to pollinator conservation.

Agenda:

12:40 Ways to Affect Change for the Common Good
Tim Kenny, Education Director, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

1:00 Change Through State Regulations: Update on 2013 Pollinator Habitat Bill and new Minnesota Bee Labeling Law
Jamison Scholer, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
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1:30 Change Through Government Guidelines: Summary of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Programs around Pollinator Conservation
Crystal Boyd, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
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2:30 Change Through Community Action: Local Policies to Protect Pollinators
Laurie Schneider, Pollinator Friendly Alliance
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3:00 Change Through Advocacy: Grass Roots Efforts to Protect Pollinators
Kristy Lynn Allen, Beez Kneez  
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3:30 Change Through Federal Guidelines: New Federal Policies and Pesticide Labels to Protect Pollinators
Vera Krischik, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota
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4:00 Q & A with Presenters

 

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