North American Pollinator
Protection Campaign


October 21-23, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20250


**Tentative Agenda Subject to Change



Open to the Public Morning Session

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jefferson Auditorium - South Building
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. (south side of Independence Ave.)
Washington, DC 20250

8:00 AM

Security and Registration / Coffee and Breakfast Pastries

9:00 AM

Greeting by Tom Van Arsdall

9:10 AM

NAPPC Welcome –David Inouye

9:15 AM

USDA Welcome – Krysta Harden,  Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, USDA (invited)

Krysta Harden was sworn in as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on August 12, 2013 after unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Deputy Secretary Harden helps lead the department, working to strengthen the American agricultural economy and revitalize our nation's rural communities.               

Raised in Camilla, Ga., Harden comes from three generations of southwest Georgia farmers with a proud farming heritage that dates back to the 1800s. As a daughter of farmers, she understands the changing face of agriculture over time, and the need for commonsense policies and programs that create and expand opportunities in rural America. In her role as Deputy Secretary, Harden builds on Secretary Vilsack's leadership to support a diverse and abundant agriculture sector, expand new markets for agriculture at home and abroad, further strengthen conservation of our nation's resources, and promote a thriving biobased economy. Harden's highest priority is to ensure that beginning farmers and the growing ranks of agriculture - women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees - have access to the programs and support they need.           

Since 2009, Harden has held USDA leadership positions as Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations and Chief of Staff to the Secretary. Harden was instrumental in implementing programs under the 2008 Farm Bill that have resulted in record investments in America's farms and rural communities, record agricultural exports and record conservation efforts. Harden worked to pass and implement the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, ensuring the availability of nutrition assistance to struggling Americans. A chief advocate of conservation, Harden continues leading efforts to build close stakeholder relationships with an ultimate goal of enhancing land and water conservation, improving economic opportunities through increased outdoor activities and expanding modern forest management.         

From 2004 to 2009, Harden was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Conservation Districts. She worked with the American Soybean Association as Senior Vice President of Gordley Associates from 1993 to 2004 where she concentrated on conservation and renewable energy issues. She also served 12 years on Capitol Hill, as Staff Director for the House subcommittee on Peanuts and Tobacco and as Chief of Staff and Press Secretary for former Congressman Charles Hatcher.           

Harden received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia.


9:30 AM

Pollinator Partnership Welcome – Laurie Davies Adams

9:45 AM

Jim Jones , EPA  Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (invited) Pesticide Registration Procedures and Progress

President Obama nominated Jim Jones to be the Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) in January 2012. Jim was confirmed by the U.S. senate August 1, 2013. He is responsible for managing the office which implements the nation’s pesticide, toxic chemical, and pollution prevention laws. The office has an annual budget of over $230 million and more than 1,200 employees.

From December 2011 through July 2013, Jim served as the Acting Assistant Administrator of OCSPP.

From April through November 2011, Jim served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

From January 2007 until April 2011, Jim served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for OCSPP, including six months as Acting Assistant Administrator. From 2003-2007, Jim served as the Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs. In this role he was responsible for the regulation of pesticides in the United States with a budget of approximately $150 million and 850 employees, making it the largest EPA Headquarters’ program office.

Jim’s career with EPA spans more than 26 years. He has an M.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.A. from the University of Maryland, both in Economics.

10:05 AM

Tim Tucker, Pres. American Beekeeping Federation
Beekeepers View of the Path to Success (tentative)

Tim Tucker has been keeping bees since 1991 when he was given two colonies by a friend who was helping him remove honey bees from buildings. Tim was in the pest control business, operating his own company for eight years. In 1996 he sold his company and moved to a ranch in southeast Kansas where he began keeping more and more colonies each year. By 2006 Tucker was running 800 colonies but he is currently at about half that amount. They service 42 stores across the state of Kansas with Tuckerbee's Honey products. Tucker served as President of the Kansas Honey Producers Association for 6 years and was the editor of the Cappings for almost ten years. He has been serving on the board of directors of the ABF for roughly eight years and was elected to serve as the President this January at the annual conference in Baton Rouge, LA. He has also served as the editor of the ABF monthly E-Buzz since starting it four years ago. Tucker has also served on the National Honey Bee Advisory Board and as a trustee of the Foundation for the Preservation of the honey bee.

10:20 AM


10:30 AM

James Strange, Ph.D. , Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS
Keeping Healthy Bees to Meet Pollination Needs

bee culture for pollination.  Several species of bumble bees are being screened for traits that contribute to pollination of greenhouse crops: colony size and longevity, defensive behavior, disease susceptibility and the ease of culture.  Currently he is rearing colonies from wild-caught queen bumble bees from several western US species (primarily Bombus appositus, Bombus bifarius and Bombus centralis) to evaluate them as potential commercial pollinators.  James is also looking at the efficacy of using these species in greenhouses and plastic structures.

Strange is interested in several areas of bumble bee ecology.  One area is the reproductive biology of bees including issues related to polyandry and colony fitness, and dispersal of gynes and males for mating.  Currently he is using molecular tools (primarily microsatellite DNA) to evaluate the natural mating frequency of several species of bumble bee queens.  Additionally, James is participating in a study of the foraging range of bumble bee colonies and the contribution of wild colonies to pollination of agricultural fields.

Finally, his lab is cooperatively working with researchers at the University of Illinois and the Illinois Natural History Survey to investigate the decline of several North American bee species.  The lab is focusing on the range contraction of B. occidentalis in the western US.  They are investigating the extent of the range contraction and hope to discover the underlying causes of the recent species decline.


10:45 AM

Nigel Raine, Ph.D. , Research Chair in Pollinator Conservation, University of Guelph (invited)
Pollinator conservation strategies and a neonicotinoid moratorium: lessons from Europe?

Professor Nigel Raine joined the University of Guelph in May 2014 as the Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation – Canada’s first endowed chair dedicated to pollinator and pollination issues. Nigel is a passionate and creative scientist with particular interests in pollinator behaviour, ecology and conservation. He has been lucky enough to spend his career investigating bees and their intimate relationships with flowers on three continents. Nigel studied for his bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and doctorate in Pollination Ecology at the University of Oxford (1994-2001). He has held research positions at the University of Sheffield (2002-2003) and Queen Mary University of London (2004-2009), and a faculty position at Royal Holloway University of London (2009-2014). Nigel’s work at Guelph builds on his research studying the impacts of insecticides and pathogens on bee behaviour, ecology and colony function. Understanding the interactions between these, and other causes of decline (e.g. habitat loss, fragmentation and climate change), are critical for us to effectively conserve bees and other pollinators essential to food production and maintenance of plant biodiversity. Nigel is also working to develop landscape-scale pollinator monitoring programs to better understand conservation threats and opportunities in Canada and beyond. A key challenge for pollinator conservation is the translation of research knowledge into policy and practice. In the UK, Nigel was an expert adviser to the Environment Audit Committee (a select committee of the UK Parliament), the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology, the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, the National Action Plans for pesticides and pollinators, and a member of the UK Pollinator Conservation Delivery Group. In Canada he is liaising closely with a wide range of stakeholder groups and policy makers to help put scientific evidence at the heart of conservation issues.

11:00 AM

Peter Beesley, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Business for Bees, How Rights of Way Can Become Forage and How Companies are Pitching in for Pollinators

Peter has a bachelor's degree in Ecology from San Francisco State University. Early in his career, Peter was involved with supporting several U.C. Davis research projects looking at plant competition, causes of rarity in endemic species, and rangeland health in Sierran meadows. Currently, he is a Senior Environmental Specialist with Pacific Gas and Electric Company and is responsible for managing PG&E's Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle Conservation Program. He is in the process of developing a comprehensive noxious weed management program for the utility. Through this effort he became involved with CAL-IPC and is looking forward to getting more involved with supporting their mission, developing best practices for utilities, and increasing participation in Weed Management Areas and with early detection networks.

11:15 AM

Michael Stebbins, Ph.D., White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (invited)
The Presidential Memorandum –A First Step in a Coordinated, Sustainable Future for Pollinator Health

11:30 AM    

Transition to Member Only Session

NAPPC Member Only Closed Session

11:45 AM

Welcome – NAPPC Steering Committee

11:50 AM

2013 Task Force Reports

12:30 PM

Working lunch (Move to Task Force Rooms in Yates Building)

2:15 PM

Task Force Session 1 Wrap Up

2:55 PM

Corn Dust Research Consortium Update

3:00 PM

Honey Bee Health Updates

James Burritt

University of Wisconsin – Stout

Honey bee hemocyte profiles associated with winter hardiness

Kristine Nemec


Exposure of honey bees to neonicotinoids in corn guttation fluid

Heather Mattila

Wellesley College

The effect of nutritional stress on the foraging and recruitment activity of honey bee workers

Arathi Seshadri

Colorado State University

How Do Drought Stress Related Alterations to Floral Traits and Reward Profiles in Canola Influence Honeybee Foraging and Colony Health?

Elizabeth Hill

Hamilton College

Assessing the role of environmental conditions on efficacy rates of entomopathogenic nematodes for controlling small hive beetles in honey bee hives - a citizen science approach

Anthony Vaudo

The Pennsylvania State University

The effects of pollen diversity on bumble bee health in an agricultural environment

4:00 PM

Day 1 Program Ends - Wrap Up Instructions

5:00 PM

Informal Optional Get-Together
Elephant & Castle
1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004


Final Day of NAPPC Member Sessions

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Whitten Building
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. (north side of Independence Ave.)
Washington, DC 20250

7:30 AM


8:00 AM

Breakfast Briefings

9:30 AM

Break/Discussion with Breakfast Briefing Speakers

10:00 AM

Task Force Session 2

11:45 AM Task Force Wrap Up (Back to Whitten Patio)  

12:00 PM

Lunch Speaker Butch Blazer, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment,
The Spiritual Side of Conservation from a Native American Perspective

Arthur "Butch" Blazer serves as USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment. In 2003, Governor Bill Richardson appointed Butch as "State Forester" of New Mexico, the first Native American to hold that position. During his tenure as State Forester, Butch was also named as Chair of the Council of Western State Foresters and Co-Chair for the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition. A member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, Butch has been intimately involved in Tribal issues throughout his life.

Prior to his service as State Forester, he served 27 years in the department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs as a Range Management Specialist, Natural Resources Manager, and Agency Superintendent. Blazer is the former owner of Blazer Conservation Connections, a natural resources based consulting company that specialized in connecting clients with the resources needed to enhance and protect the environment. He was also a co-founder of the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society, and has served on their Board of Directors and as the organization's National President. In 1998 Butch was elected, and served two consecutive terms, to the Mescalero Apache Tribal Council. An avid outdoors man when he can get to it, Blazer enjoys hunting, skiing and just "hiding-out" in the vast wilderness of his beautiful Mescalero Apache Reservation.

and USGS -  MOU Signing, USGS  Representatives  

1:00 PM

2014 Task Force Reports

2:30 PM

Evaluations and Final Wrap Up

2:40 PM Thank you to USDA

NAPPC Steering Committee Meeting

3:00 PM

Steering Committee Meeting Begins

4:00 PM

Steering Committee Meeting Ends