Workshops showcase canola as ‘opportunity crop’

A bumble bee and a honeybee pollinate canola flowers. Three January workshops will focus on growing canola.The PNW Pollinator Summit and Conference will be on the Oregon State University campus Feb. 14-16.

How pollinator-enhancement programs can be developed and enhanced is the subject of the PNW Pollinator Summit & Conference slated for Feb. 14-16 at the Oregon State University CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis.

A goal is to improve on-the-ground initiatives and reduce knowledge gaps by better coordinating natural resource professionals, land managers, pollinator enthusiasts, university extension agents and other educators, organizers said in a news release.

Scheduled keynote speakers are wildlife biologist Sam Droege of Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and the U.S. Geological Survey; agricultural extension and research specialist Elina Nino of University of California-Davis Cooperative Extension; and assistant biology professor Rebecca Tonietto of the University of Michigan-Flint and The Porch Project. About 20 speakers and presenters are scheduled.

Organizers include OSU’s Extension Service and College of Forestry, state agriculture and forestry departments, Oregon Bee Project and Nectar Creek.

Cost to register is $150 before Jan. 12 and $175 afterward. Oregon Bee Atlas and Master Beekeeper members can register for $75. Some subsidies are available.

For more information, contact Andony Melathopoulos, OSU assistant professor of pollinator health extension, 541-737-3139 or andony.melathopoulos@oregonstate.edu.

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