Frequently Asked Questions for the P-IE Science Policy Field Tour

What did Dr. Harris talk about at the P-IE Afternoon Session at ICE 2016?

Dr. Harris described how beekeepers and agricultural producers from across Mississippi discussed ways of fostering better working dialogue among row crop farmers and beekeepers, all in the spirit of coexistence and cooperation. Deliberations led to the development of a communication effort armed with a set of general operating suggestions targeting the state's beekeepers, farmers, and other pesticide applicators when bees are located in or near agricultural production areas. Thus, created was the Mississippi Honeybee Stewardship Program. The interdependence among the state's beekeepers and row crop farmers was later highlighted and relationships were solidified among these stakeholders when the sustainable productions of a key crop was threatened - and both parties found "common ground" in support of one another. View the presentation synopsis.

What is a "Field Tour?"

The commitment is 2.5 days and it involves in-person and in-field "hands on" interactions. It is not about having presentations - this is not a symposium - but actually seeing first-hand successful Integrated Pest Management program and infestations of economically important pests; meeting key local stakeholders and understanding how the Mississippi Honeybee Stewardship Program was developed and how common ground was found; meeting beekeepers, consultants and row crop farmers, and understanding their challenges; and hands-on learning and demonstration about aerial pesticide applications and the innovative technology used today. 

Who will attend?

This is an intimate event with no more than 50 people. 25 seats on the bus are designated for P-IE Section members. The other 25 seats on the bus are designated for nationally prominent stakeholders - stakeholders who are not necessarily P-IE members and do not regularly attend ESA meetings. Verbal commitments have been received by stakeholders aligned to public science agencies, policymakers, NGOs, beekeeping organizations, and crop protection and commodity groups. 

Why should a P-IE Section member want to attend?

  • The Field Tour aligns to the P-IE Pollinator Initiative with the goal of providing technical educational materials to members and to leverage this knowledge to the public, media, policymakers, and other key stakeholders.
  • The P-IE Section will develop a strong reputation of bringing together stakeholders from diverse geographical and philosophical viewpoints, and research areas to share ideas, learn from each other through a specific study case, and to use the venue to capture opportunities and best practices that can be leveraged. P-IE Section membership seen as a technical leader.
  • A successful Field Tour for this Mississippi case study can serve as a precident for the development of future field tours in other locations, perhaps annually, to address other pollinator case studies or other entomological concerns - such as ESA Grand Challenges related to invasive species and sustainable agriculture. 

Are there any award opportunites?

Yes. The P-IE Section will award a complimentary registration and airfare, not to exceed $500, to one Student and one Early Career Professional (ECP) member. Learn more about the award guidelines and how to apply.

Where can I learn more information about the details of the Field Tour and how can I apply?

Additional information on the P-IE Science Policy Field Tour is available here. Application submissions are now closed.

I have additional questions, who can I contact?

Contact Melissa Siebert or Rayda Krell with questions about Field Tour content and local arrangements. Contact Diane Alston with questions pertaining to the application process.

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