17th Annual NAPPC
International Conference

October 17-19, 2017

American Farm Bureau Federation
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 1000 W
Washington DC 20024


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Task Forces

A Task Force meets at the 2015 NAPPC Conference

Task Forces are cross discipline, short-term, project-oriented groupings designed to accomplish specific task(s). NAPPC partners will have the opportunity to provide input into groups on which they do not serve. New Task Forces will be created as needed.

The Task Forces are made up of diverse, interested parties who work to accomplish one specific pollinator related task.

2017-2018 NAPPC Task Forces

  • Bee Friendly Farming – Promote Bee Friendly Farming registration through collaboration with private agricultural and local agencies that support on-farm habitat for pollinators.

  • Bombus Clean Stock Program – Develop effective analysis to certify clean stock in captive breeding techniques for Bombus in North America. Produce and disseminate report.

  • Forage, Nutrition and Roadsides – Implement roadside habitat incentives including educational outreach and recognition of best practices. Expand legal supports within states for hosting honey bee hives on private landscapes.

  • Habitat Metrics and Monitoring – Developing a method for measuring land lost and restored, keeping figures current. Work with USGS to compile and communicate current data.

  • Honey Bee Health – Determine priority criteria for 2017 Bee Health Grants and develop a sponsorship plan to increase support and partnerships for bee health research. Develop phase two of The BeeMD APP and disseminate information about access to this online tool in the beekeeping community.

  • Monarch Highway – Support the symbolic “monarch highway” in the central U.S. as an enhancement of the leadership that currently exists within the states along the I-35 corridor. Following their lead, provide activities and outreach enhancements including technical videos, educational poster, brochures to engage the public and demonstrate benefits to State DOTs, and the Roadsides Manager Award.

  • Pesticide Education – Revise and develop and disseminate pesticide applicator training throughout the US and address other pressing pesticide issues. Increase interests in label clarification and simplification.

  • Rooftop Gardens and Urban Youth – Expand pollinator gardens in urban areas and promote rooftop gardens through collaboration with American Society of Landscape Architects and others. Register urban gardens for the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. Reach out to urban youth groups to engage them in pollinator friendly practices with support from the BeeSmart School Garden Kit Program.

  • Vector-Born Diseases – Review document and disseminate findings that increase understanding of disease transmission mitigations and how they affect pollinator populations, develop management guidelines for municipalities, and develop publications for appropriate journals.

If you have not attended a previous NAPPC meeting, you should note:

First, the emphasis is on the work of NAPPC Task Forces, each of which has a specific charge agreed upon before the Conference. Since the NAPPC Task Force format has been responsible for many of NAPPC’s successful endeavors, the Steering Committee has determined that Task Force activity is the highest priority when we meet. Therefore, Task Forces will meet twice: once on Wednesday and once on Thursday(Agenda). During these two sessions, your Task Force will envision your completed project and work through the steps to get there. You will be asked to commit to at least one aspect in the completion of this project. The idea is to diversify the input, mobilize maximum impact, and to spread the work over many participants. You will be encouraged to set realistic time frames and through consistent, collaborative communication and effort, the Task Force will achieve its mission.

This year, over 100 personally invited professionals from multiple disciplines will form NAPPC. Not all NAPPC participants share exact perspectives and approaches, but when we assemble as a NAPPC collaborative, we put aside personal and organizational agendas, we respect differing points of view and we seek to find areas of commonality in order to increase broad-based progress for pollinators. You will see we have Republican and Democrat, Science and Industry, Agriculture and the Environment, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Panama, Columbia, Peru, and the US, working side by side.

Your personal contribution will make a huge difference to the future of our planet. In fact, this collaboration already reflects a very positive beginning. Together, this unique gathering of organizations from the scientific, nonprofit, government and business worlds is strategically addressing the pollinator issue from all fronts. We are nurturing a global, public constituency actively engaged in pollinator conservation to imbue the next generation with the principles of sustainable ecosystems.

Ground Rules

The following ground rules provide a statement of how we propose to work together at the upcoming conference.  These ground rules have been reviewed and approved by the Steering Committee as part of Conference planning.  We request that you carefully review these prior to the meeting. Please call Laurie Davies Adams directly at 415.362.1137 to discuss any questions or comments you might have, or if you feel that for any reason you cannot participate in adherence to these guidelines.

Communication Among Participants

The success of all projects depend upon open communication and cooperation.  Therefore, the following guidelines will apply:

  • Each person is asked to fully participate in the Conference deliberations.  The Task Force Chair(s) will ensure that all participants who want to contribute to discussions are allowed the time to do so. Therefore, participants are requested not to dominate the discussions; if this occurs the Task Force Chair(s) will intervene to ensure all parties have a chance to talk.

  • The Steering Committee has identified certain subjects that have the potential to sidetrack progress on moving the Action Plan forward.  Due to the limited time we have together at the Conference, genetically modified organisms and collections versus observation will not be discussed during the Conference.

  • Any concerns about the conduct of the deliberations or the issues being discussed should be fully aired to the Task Force Chair(s) or the Steering Committee Members in private if appropriate to ensure that the deliberations are effective and positive.  NAPPC participants should feel free to work collaboratively and openly. Please respect all perspectives. Disagreements or conflicts will be addressed as issues to be resolved rather than battles to be won.

  • Any commitments made should not be taken lightly and follow through will be expected. Committees and Task Forces will be facilitated and recorded by volunteer participants.



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Additional Questions

Please call Kelly Rourke at 415.362.1137 or email info@nappc.org with any questions. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the 16th Annual NAPPC International Conference!