North American Pollinator
Protection Campaign


October 21-23, 2014

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

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"Perspectives on Pollinators:
Programs, Progress, and Possibilities"

**Tentative Agenda Subject to Change



Open to the Public Morning Session

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. 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

Break and USGS -  MOU Signing, USGS  Representatives


10:30 AM

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

James Strange, Ph.D. research interests include basic aspects of bumble bee (Bombus) biology and practical aspects of bumble 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. 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. , Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation,
University of Guelph (invited)

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.

11:15AM 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

Michael Stebbins serves as Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Office of Science a nd Technology Policy and is the White House lead on open science. He was one of the first science advisers to the 2008 Obama for President campaign and served on the White House transition team after the 2008 election. He is the former President of the S .E.A. Action Fund, and co - founder of Scientists and Engineers for America. He is the former Director of Biology Policy for the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and ran their Biosecurity Project. Stebbins is the author of the book Sex, Drugs and D NA: Science's Taboos Confronted . He previously worked as a legislative fellow for U.S. Senator Harry Reid and as a policy fellow for the National Human Genome Research Institute. He has also worked as a senior editor for the journal Nature Genetics. He received his B.S. in biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Ph.D. in genetics while working at Cold Spring Harbor Laborator
11:30 AM    Transition to Member Only Session  


Sign in begins at 8:00AM - Program: 9 – 11:15AM EST

Day 1 of NAPPC Plenary Meeting (please allow enough time to check-in and pick up registration information)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jefferson Auditorium - South Building
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. (south side of Independence Ave.)
Washington, DC 20250
Metro Station Smithsonian, Independence Ave. Exit