Webinar Recording-"The Bee's Knees: Supporting Wild Bee Diversity on Farms"

Webinar Recording-"The Bee's Knees: Supporting Wild Bee Diversity on Farms"

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This is a recording of a live webinar that took place on June 26, 2020.

Want to learn more about promoting pollinators on your farm and the benefits of doing so? This webinar featured presentations from Jason Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Entomology at the University of Manitoba and Cody Straza & Allison J. Squires of Upland Organics. Attendees learned all about bee's and other pollinators on the prairies, latest research, and practical information on establishing pollinator strips, choosing pollinator seed mixes, promoting habitat, and programs and resources available to producers. 

Speaker Bios:

Jason Gibbs, PhD, Assistant Professor Department of Entomology, U of M

Jason completed his PhD at York University. He went on to postdoctoral positions at York University, Cornell University and Michigan State University before beginning his current faculty position. His research relates to biodiversity of wild bees and how to support them in agricultural systems. He has published nearly 80 peer-reviewed publications on topics including pollination of crops, habitat restoration, taxonomy, social evolution and landscape ecology. He is currently leading a research project, funded through the Organic Science Cluster, to support beneficial insects on farms using flowering habitat. Jason is also the Curator of the J.B Wallis-RE Roughley Museum of Entomology

Cody Straza & Allison J Squires, Upland Organics

Cody and Allison farm organically near Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan.  Upland Organics is the first large acre farm in Canada to obtain 'Bee Friendly Farming' Certification.  In 2017, they joined the Operation Pollinator program facilitated by the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association (SSCA) and the following year were awarded the Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award. Their vision is to create a family orientated, environmentally and economically resilient organic farming operation which contributes in a positive and significant way to both the local community and the greater agricultural community.