Because pollinators are necessary to ensure our food supply, a two-day conference is planned that will provide a platform for knowledge sharing on pollinators and pollinator health, June 10-11, 2015, at Jumer's Casino and Hotel in Rock Island, Ill.
Of the 100 crops that make up 90% of the global food supply, 71 are dependent on bees. And lthough agriculture's main cash crops are self-pollinating, insects do pollinate both plants and may be more important than historically thought.
Throughout the two-day conference, participants will attend a variety of educational sessions from experts on plant-pollinator relationships, pollinator decline, designing pollinator support plantings, conservation measures, pollinator-friendly landscapes in agricultural and urban settings, and more.
In addition, individuals can attend an optional off-site pollinator workshop and tours.
The lineup of speakers represents a broad approach to the pollinator topic, including the United Soybean Board, NRCS, Bayer CropScience, Pheasants Forever and others. Host organizations are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, USDA and Nahant Marsh.
The June conference is geared toward the agricultural community; municipal, state and federal government employees; landowners; homeowners; beekeepers; and educators. The conference will provide a platform for open dialogue, networking opportunities and pollinator-related goods and services.
Exhibitor space and sponsorships are available. For registration and additional information, visit qcpollinatorconference.org or call Nahant Marsh at 563-323-5196.