American Society of Agronomy webinar sponsored by Bayer CropScience.
Pollinators such as the honey bee play an important role in feeding our growing population by helping to produce the majority of fruits, nuts and vegetables that we eat every day. However, it is increasingly challenging to maintain healthy honey bee colonies due to several factors affecting bee health such as pest pressure and lack of diverse forage. In this session, we will take an in depth look at the current status of honey bee health and the steps we can all take to protect the hardest working insects in agriculture!
CCA/CPAg: 1.0 Integrated Pest Management
CPSS/CPSC: 1.0 Professional Meeting
Senior Manager, Integrated Product Research & Stewardship
Dr. Keri Carstens is Senior Manager, Integrated Product Research & Stewardship for DuPont Pioneer’s Seed Treatment Enterprise, where she coordinates stewardship assessments and leads integrated product development, which combines crop genetics, traits, and seed treatment technology to deliver advanced grower solutions. Prior to her current role, Keri spent five years as Environmental Safety Assessment Lead for DuPont Pioneer, providing global scientific leadership in environmental risk assessment of DuPont Pioneer products, including research on environmental fate, non-target impacts, and gene flow. In addition to her work at Pioneer, Keri currently holds graduate faculty status at Iowa State University, where she lectures in Toxicology Methods and Pesticides in the Environment courses. Prior to her time at Pioneer, she was a U.S. EPA STAR Fellow studying veterinary antibiotics in agroecosystems. Keri grew up on a farm near Grinnell, Iowa, and earned her B.A. in Biology and Education from Wartburg College, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Toxicology and Entomology from Iowa State University.
Bayer SeedGrowth™ Product Manager
Executive Director/Project Manager
Bee Informed Partnership/University of Maryland Honey Bee Lab
Karen Rennich began keeping bees 10 years ago, inspired by watching her Russian grandfather manage colonies in his backyard while she was growing up. Wayward in her youth, she mistakenly chose ocean engineering as her profession, graduating from Purdue University in West Lafayette with a B.S. in that field and then from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters degree in the ocean engineering. She worked for over 14 years at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory designing underwater sensor systems for the Navy. While keeping bees, she began working with Dr. Jeff Pettis and Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp in 2010 to manage and conduct the APHIS National Honey Bee Survey. The Bee Informed Partnership was shortly thereafter awarded a 5-year USDA NIFA grant and she became Project Manager of that grant and is now Executive Director of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, BIP, Inc. Employed at the University of Maryland, she enjoys helping bridge the gap between the academic scientific community and the beekeepers to reduce colony losses.
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February 16, 2016