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Conservation Buffers to Support Beneficial Insects on Organic Farms

February 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This webinar is presented in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) – Science and Technology National Technology Support Centers.

Beneficial insects provide crucial pollination and pest control services in organic farming systems. This webinar will explore the use of conservation buffers to help producers attract and sustain beneficial insects, and how these same buffers and associated cropping practices can help meet the natural resource and biodiversity conservation criteria of the National Organic Program. Our presenter will give details on design and installation considerations for buffer practices, as well as summaries of how USDA NRCS programs and practices — such as the Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Habitat Enhancement under the Conservation Stewardship Program, or Hedgerow Planting (422), Field Borders (386), and Conservation Cover (327) contracted under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program — can be used to provide financial and technical support. Experts from the Xerces Society will also share information on technical guidance available to conservation planners and landowners.

Speaker: Mace Vaughan, Pollinator Program Co-Director, Xerces Society, Partner Biologist and Pollinator Specialist, USDA NRCS West National Technology Support Center

Join us for this webinar on February 2, 2016 at 12:00 PM PST/ 3PM EST.

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