Annual Maine Agricultural Trade Show – Augusta, ME

January 15th – 17th, 2018
Augusta Civic Center
Augusta, ME

The State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show takes place every January and serves as a source for agricultural resources and products. Producers and consumers alike visit this three day show to take stock of current programs, new technologies and to gather information on the agriculture industry. Be sure to stop by the Xerces booth to chat about pollinator conservation with Eric Venturini, Xerces’ Farm Bill Conservationist and NRCS Partner Biologist in Maine.

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Flowers are Bee-Loved: Planting for Pollinators & Our Own Well-Being – Greensboro, NC

January 16th, 2019
9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
(Full Conference January 14th – 19th)
Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel
Greensboro, NC

Join Nancy Lee Adamson of the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for this session at the Green and Growin’ Conference and Expo to learn about plant and pollinator connections. Understanding the specialized and general connections between plants and pollinators, and the added benefits of pollinator habitat for conservation biocontrol, watershed health, clean air and clean water, can help nurseries and landscapers promote diverse native plants. Nancy will highlight native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees that support bees, butterflies, and other wildlife, plus share ways to reduce fears of pollen allergies or stinging insects. Nancy will share resources for better supporting some of the 500 native bees, other pollinators, and other insects that help keep garden pest populations in balance—by providing pollen, nectar, and shelter through the year.

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Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) Annual Conference – Ames, IA

January 17th – 19th, 2019
Scheman Building
Ames, IA

We are thrilled to present three Xerces sessions at the PFI conference this year: Why IPM matters in corn and soybeans, led by Thelma Heidel Baker; Installing pollinator habitat starting from seedlings, led by Sarah Foltz Jordan and farm-partner Jon Judson, and Interseeding to increase wildflower diversity in grasslands, led by Rae Powers and Sarah Nizzi. Also- be sure to visit our booth throughout the conference for a wide variety of pollinator conservation resources.

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Farmscaping for Pollination, Pest Management, and Additional Income – Hyattsville, MD

January 19th, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:45 PM
(Full Conference January 17th – 19th)
College Park Marriott Hotel
Hyattsville, MD

Join Nancy Adamson of the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for this session at the Future Harvest 20th Anniversary Conference to learn ways to better support the bees and other wildlife that help ensure abundant harvests, keep our ecosystems healthy, enrich our communities, and potentially add to your farm’s revenue stream. Native shrubs, trees, and wildflowers; cover crops; and annual flowers support pollination and pest management on farms and in home gardens. Besides vital pollen, nectar, and shelter supporting bees, butterflies, and other wildlife, plant borders can provide crucial watershed protection, plus additional income with nuts, berries, cut flowers, or ornamental cuttings. Visit with Nancy in the trade-show area, too!

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Northern Plains Food and Farming Conference – Fargo, ND

January 24th – 27th, 2019
Holiday Inn
Fargo, ND

Join us for the Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society’s annual three-day event that promotes sustainable food systems through education and research. Sarah Hamilton Buxton and Rae Powers of the Xerces Society will table throughout the event and give two presentations; Rangeland Management for Pollinators and Pollinator Habitat on Farms. Sarah and Rae will also host 2 hours of one on one consultations sessions with landowners to help navigate habitat management or creation questions.

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Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference – Wisconsin Dells, WI

January 28th – 29th, 2019
Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Join Karin Jokela, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner & NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, at the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference at Wisconsin Dells. This three-day conference provides educational programming for growers of fresh produce including apples, berries, grapes, and vegetables. Karin will be giving two separate talks about creating on-farm habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects. The first will be geared toward an apple-grower audience, and the second will be oriented towards berry growers.

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Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control – Edgerton, WI

February 8th, 2019
Silverwood County Park
Edgerton, WI

Interested in learning more about promoting beneficial insects on your farms, orchards, and gardens for pest control? Join Thelma Heidel-Baker from the Xerces Society in this full-day course offered by the Friends of Silverwood. Learn about beneficial insect ecology, habitat opportunities, impacts of different farm practices to beneficial insects, and assessing farms for insect conservation.

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PNW Pollinator Summit and Conference – Corvallis, OR

February 14th – 16th, 2019
CH2M Hill Alumni Center, OSU
Corvallis, OR

Join Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society, at this two-day conference and an additional day of workshops designed to “connect-the-dots” between research, extension and application. This meeting is for extension agents, natural resource professionals, land managers, educators, as well as pollinator enthusiasts who want to develop or enhance the pollinator programming in their area. Rich will be delivering a talk on utilizing volunteers to conduct a multi-state bumble bee atlas.

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Wild Ones Design With Nature Conference – St. Paul, MN

February 16th, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN

This annual conference promotes biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. This year, Sarah Foltz Jordan and Karin Jokela of the Xerces Society will give a spotlight presentation on the Xerces Society’s work with farmers and other local citizens to promote pollinator conservation.

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Tulsa Audubon Society Monthly Meeting – Tulsa, OK

February 19th, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Tulsa Garden Center
Tulsa, OK

Join Ray Moranz of the Xerces Society for the monthly meeting of Tulsa Audubon Society. Ray will deliver a presentation on pollinator conservation. The meeting starts at 7 pm, and Ray’s presentation will run from 7:30 to 8:15 pm. Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.

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Meet With a Biologist and Conservationist – Portland, ME

February 20th, 2019
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine
Portland, ME

Join Eric Venturnini, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for his presention titled “Will it Sting Me: What Pollinators Do For You” at the Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine. All ages are invited, free with admission to the museum.

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Protecting and Preserving Pollinator Habitat – Albany, NY

February 20th, 2019
(Full conference February 19th – 21st)
Eastern New York Fruit and Vegetable Conference
Desmond Conference Center
Albany, NY

Join Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, on February 20th for a presentation titled “Protecting and Preserving Pollinator Habitat” as part of the 2019 Eastern New York Fruit and Vegetable Conference. The full conference runs from February 19th – 21st.

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The Role of Honey Bees in Natural Areas – Webinar

February 20th, 2019
12:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Vicki Wojcik of the Pollinator Partnership and Rich Hatfield of the Xerces Society reprise the popular talks they gave at the 2018 Natural Areas Conference in October. Vicki will speak on “Flora Resource Competition Between Honey Bees and Wild Bees: Is There Clear Evidence and Can We Guide Management and Conservation?” and Rich will speak on “Honey Bees in the Pollination Networks of Natural Areas? — An Overview and Best Management Practices.”

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Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Conference – La Crosse, WI

February 21st – 23rd, 2019
La Crosse Center
La Crosse, WI

The annual MOSES conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 60 workshops over 6 sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging roundtables, and a resource-packed exhibit hall with over 170 vendors. Be sure to stop by The Xerces Society and Bee Better Certified booth to engage with our knowledgeable staff. We’ll also be hosting “office hour” sessions where you can engage with us in a small-group setting and get answers to questions specific to your work. These sessions will be held from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM on Friday and Saturday in the Red Room at the La Crosse Center.

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BEEvent Pollinator Conference – Albany, OR

March 2nd, 2019
Linn County Expo Center
Albany, OR

Join Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society, and explore the world of pollinators and how to care for them at the 5th annual BEEvent Pollinator Conference. Rich will be giving a talk titled “Strides Toward Bumble Bee Conservation – The Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas.”

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Pollinator Best Practices Summit 2019 – St. Anthony, MN

March 7th, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Silverwood Park
St. Anthony, MN

This comprehensive summit is packed full of useful and practical knowledge, with an emphasis on innovative restoration. Sarah Foltz Jordan of the Xerces Society will share Herbicide-free restoration success stories and the latest on pollinator conservation. Karin Jokela (Xerces/NRCS) will talk about Seed mix design for pollinators. We can’t wait to see you at this amazing annual event.

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