USDA Pollinator Subcommittee Application Closes May 31

USDA Pollinator Subcommittee Application Closes May 31

Corryn La Rue
Corryn La Rue
If you enjoy and know a lot about pollinators or honeybees in particular, there may be an opportunity for you to help represent the industry with a new USDA subcommittee.

The new subcommittee is part of USDA’s National Agricultural Research Extension Education Economics Advisory Board and will make pollinator health recommendations and provide input on USDA pollinator priorities and goals.

USDA Pollinator Coordinator Elizabeth Hill says the committee will include seven members serving one to three year terms.

“Ideal candidates will bring together diverse areas of expertise in pollinator health, So, for example, we are looking for candidates with expertise in entomology, pollinator inventory and monitoring, economics and social sciences, we're hoping they can also bring expertise and pollinator pests and pathogens, environmental stressors pollinator nutrition and genetics and breeding.”

“USDA actively engages in research and programs that support pollinator health, protection and conservation. So, it's important to note the role that pollinators play in pollinator pollination services with over 100 crops in the U.S. depending at least in part on pollinators. We strategically try and calibrate our efforts to address the needs of beekeepers, farmers, ranchers, growers and producers.”

USDA is accepting applications for the subcommittee now through May 31.

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