This will be a day-long workshop exploring practices and techniques for enhancing ecosystem services derived from insects. Presentations and hands-on work will include:
-How Iowa’s landscape affects the delivery of ecosystem
-Discussion about native Iowa bees
-Identifying beneficial insects
-Conserving beneficial insects with native plants
-Growing native: How to do it
-Farmer practices to encourage pollinator habitats
We will also learn about NRCS and other programs available to encourage farming system changes to benefit pollinators. Speakers will include Drs. Matthew O’Neal, Lisa Schulte and Mary Harris, Kelly Seman, Meghann Jarchow and Sarah Carlson.
Registration deadline is JULY 15, 2011. To access and submit a registration form, go to http://www.aep. iastate.edu/ent. Questions? Contact Kelly Seman at email@example.com or 515.708.6108.
Lunch and an afternoon coffee break will be provided. Participants will be able to select lunch options and indicate preferences on the registration form. This event includes indoor and outdoor activities. Participants are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle, sunscreen and other appropriate necessities.
Contact Practical Farmer’s of Iowa (PFI) for more info.