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Plant Production, Pollinators, and Neonicotinoids

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Chatham County Cooperative Extension Office

1192 US 64 Business, Suite 400

Pittsboro, NC 27312

NC State Cooperative Extension, Central Region Greenhouse and Nursery program will be holding an educational event to help growers understand the latest research and policies on neonicotinoid insecticides. We understand that these are important tools so will not be taking a pro/con stance on neonicotinoids. Information on alternative products will be given for those who are interested.


This event provides information and continuing education for ornamental plant greenhouse and nursery growers.


Registration and fee must be received by February 14, 2018.

Fee: $20 per participant.  To register, please use the link below, payable with credit card.


Lunch will be provided.  Please contact Stacey Jones at stacey_jones@ncsu.edu with any dietary restrictions.


Pesticide Application Recertification Credits: D: 3.5, L: 3.5, N: 3.5, O: 3.5, X: 3.5.

NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board Credit: 3.5 L.


8:00-8:45: Registration

8:45-9:00: Introductions

9:00-10:00: Speaker 1

Name: John Allran

Title: Environmental Toxicologist

Education: M.S. Environmental Toxicology

Employer: NC Dept. Agriculture & Consumer Services, Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Division

Presentation Title: Neonicotinoid Risk Assessment & Regulation: the Science and Policy of Pollinator Protection

Course Detail:

  • Overview of insecticide classes and where neonicotinoids fit in (mode of action, toxicity, and environmental fate & effects)
  • History of pollinator protection and pesticide regulation
  • Pesticide labels & older bee hazard statements
  • Neonicotinoid label statements to protect bees
  • New label language for pesticides acutely toxic to bees when bees are on site for contracted pollination services
  • Neonicotinoids registration review process and status
  • Pollinator Protection bill and other non-EPA efforts at regulating or restricting neonicotinoids
  • Driftwatch, state Pollinator Protection Plans, & NC outreach and education efforts.

10:00-10:30: Break and visit with vendors

10:30-11:30: Speaker 2

Name: Elsa Youngsteadt

Title: Research Associate

Education: PhD Entomology (NCSU)

Employer: North Carolina State University

Presentation Title: Neonicotinoids and wild bees

Course Detail:

  • Overview of wild bees: Diversity and role as pollinators
  • Comparison of wild-bee and honey-bee biology
  • Differences between wild bees and honey bees in exposure and sensitivity to pesticides
  • Overview of neonicotinoid effects on wild bees

11:30-12:00: Sponsor Presentations

12:00-1:00: Lunch (included with registration) and visit with vendors

1:00-1:30: Sponsor Presentations

1:30-2:00: Break and visit with vendors

2:00- 3:30: Speaker 3

Name: Juang-Horng “JC” Chong

Title: Associate Professor and Extension Specialist

Education: PhD in Entomology (Univ Georgia)

Employer: Clemson University, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Presentation title: Pollinator Protection in Ornamental Plant Production and Maintenance

Course details:

  • This presentation will provide information on developing a practical pest management approach that minimizes or protects pollinators.
  • Overview of past and current research on the translocation of systemic insecticides to pollen and nectars.
  • Suggestions on using systemic insecticides while providing protection to pollinators.
  • Suggestions on replacement insecticides against major ornamental plant pests.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by February 14, 2018, to Stacey Jones, Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse, at 704-920-3310 or email stacey_jones@ncsu.edu.


Contact Stacey Jones, NC Cooperative Extension, 715 Cabarrus Avenue West, Concord, NC 28027, at 704-920-3310 or stacey_jones@ncsu.edu.

Written By

Photo of Frankie BogutskyFrankie BogutskyCounty Extension Support Specialist (704) 920-3310 (Office) ftboguts@ncsu.eduCabarrus County, North Carolina
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