The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted the 12th Annual North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) International Conference at their offices in Arlington, Virginia from October 17-19, 2012. The NAPPC Conference focused on the protection of pollinators such as bats, birds, bees and other insects. Pollinators play an important role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Examples of crops that are pollinated include apples, squash, and almonds. The conference also discussed the important role pesticide applicators play in the U.S. agricultural production. ARA Sr. VP for Public Policy & Counsel Richard Gupton participated in the conference on behalf of ARA.
The NAPPC Pesticides Task Force reviewed and discussed the development of a professional pesticide applicators continuing education credit module. The task force viewed a video as well as curriculum outline for training that will utilize best management practices (BMPs) for pesticide application into practical and applied technical tools for securing pollination services and ensuring crop yields. ARA has agreed to provide input to the NAPPC to ensure the program includes practical and feasible BMPs for professional pesticide applicators. NAPPC’s goal is to launch the program sometime in 2013. Contact Richard Gupton at 202-595-1699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.