2018-04-11 / News

Pollinator health meeting to be held in Frankenmuth

BY DUKE ELSNER,
MSU Extension

Are you interested in supporting pollinator health in Michigan? Local Michigan State University Extension educators are partnering with MSU researchers to create Pollinator Health Meetings this spring to discuss projects MSU and the opportunities in your area for supporting pollinators. This is part of a three-year, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)- funded project that aims to support honey bees, wild bees and monarch populations across Michigan.

We are looking to have constructive discussions with beekeepers, growers, conservation districts, land managers, utility companies, road and drain commissions, and others with the potential to support pollinator health. Please join us for a short presentation of current projects, followed by a discussion with Extension educators and researchers on how we can support and build local efforts towards pollinator health in your region.

The event will open with sign-in and a short introduction, followed by a research update presentation by MSU staff, followed by time for a discussion of the locally-relevant approaches to improving pollinator health. We are looking for input from a range of local stakeholders interested in improving pollinator health and conservation.

The meetings are free, but registration is requested so we may adequately supply materials and refreshments. Please go to Pollinator Health Meetings to register for the meeting. For more information, email or telephone the contact person listed for the meeting location:

For farmers in the Thumb area, there will be a meeting April 17, 12-2 p.m., at Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 S Reese Rd, Frankenmuth. Contact: Ben Phillips, 989-758- 2502, phill406@msu.edu

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