Regional Plant-Related Event

Sioux Falls, SD
Date:     Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Time:     6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Presented by:      South Dakota Chapter – Sierra Club
Leader:  Morgan Carnes – 605-659-1171

Location:           Southeast Tech – The Hub 2320 N Career Ave. Sioux Falls, SD
Pollinators are essential to our environment and lives. Over 85% of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators along with more than two-thirds of world crops. The agricultural value of pollination is estimated at $3 billion per year in the U.S. Unfortunately bees, butterflies and other pollinators face many challenges today including habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases. Scientists have documented precipitous declines in pollinator populations with many species that were once widespread now facing extinction. It is time to bring back the pollinators. Whether you are a gardener, farmer, rancher, or enthusiast, this presentation will provide you with information to know who the pollinators are, why they are so important, and what you can do to conserve these important insects. I will discuss how to create habitat for bees, butterflies and other pollinators as well as protect these areas from pesticides. This will cover step-by-step guidance to plan, prepare, plant and manage pollinator habitat. I will finish by discussing our ongoing initiative through General Mills – Cheerios Division to provide free flowering seed and technical support for farmers in North and South Dakota to establish pollinator habitat on their land. Jim Eckberg is the Plant Ecologist/Agronomist for the Xerces Society. For nearly two decades Jim has worked both on the science and practice of restoring habitat for beneficial insects on farms and natural areas. Today he works with farmers, USDA, AgCanada, and others to conserve beneficial insects across upper Midwest farms. He also works with the native seed industry to identify high quality plants for pollinators, and bring them into commercial production. Jim completed his Master of Science in ecology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his PhD in agroecology at the University of Minnesota.



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