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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center
1192 US 64 Business,
Pittsboro, NC 27312

NC State Cooperative Extension, Central Region Greenhouse and Nursery program will be holding an educational event to help growers understand the latest research and policies on neonicotinoid insecticides. We understand these are important tools so will not be taking a pro/con stance on neonicotinoids. Information on alternative products will be given for those who are interested.


This event provides information and continuing education for ornamental plant greenhouse and nursery growers. Content covered will also be of interest to landscapers, turf managers and other green industry professionals.



  • Pesticide Recertification Credits: D: 3.5, L: 3.5, N: 3.5, O: 3.5, X: 3.5.


8:00-8:45: Registration

8:45-9:00: Introductions

9:00-10:00Neonicotinoid Risk Assessment & Regulation: the Science and Policy of Pollinator Protection – John Allran, Environmental Toxicologist, NC Dept. Agriculture & Consumer Services, Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Division

  • Overview of insecticide classes and where neonicotinoids fit in (mode of action, toxicity, and environmental fate & effects)
  • History of pollinator protection and pesticide regulation
  • Pesticide labels & older bee hazard statements
  • Neonicotinoid label statements to protect bees
  • New label language for pesticides acutely toxic to bees when bees are on site for contracted pollination services
  • Neonicotinoids registration review process and status
  • Pollinator Protection bill and other non-EPA efforts at regulating or restricting neonicotinoids
  • Driftwatch, state Pollinator Protection Plans, & NC outreach and education efforts.

10:00-10:30: Break and visit with vendors

10:30-11:30Neonicotinoids and Wild Bees – Elsa Youngsteadt, Research Associate, North Carolina State University

  • Overview of wild bees: Diversity and role as pollinators
  • Comparison of wild-bee and honey-bee biology
  • Differences between wild bees and honey bees in exposure and sensitivity to pesticides
  • Overview of neonicotinoid effects on wild bees

11:30-12:00: Sponsor Presentations

12:00-1:00: Lunch (included with registration) and visit with vendors

1:00-1:30: Sponsor Presentations

1:30-2:00: Break and visit with vendors

2:00- 3:30Pollinator Protection in Ornamental Plant Production and Maintenance – Juang-Horng “JC” Chong, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Clemson University, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • This presentation will provide information on developing a practical pest management approach that minimizes harm or protects pollinators.
  • Overview of past and current research on the translocation of systemic insecticides to pollen and nectars.
  • Suggestions on using systemic insecticides while providing protection to pollinators.
  • Suggestions on replacement insecticides against major ornamental plant pests.


Contact Stacey Jones, N.C. Cooperative Extension, 715 Cabarrus Avenue West, Concord, NC 28027, at 704-920-3310 or

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by February 14, 2018, to Stacey Jones, Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse, at 704-920-3310 or email