The Visioning Conference was held at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center on July 9-10, 2013. The purpose of the conference was to communicate the research plans developed from stakeholder needs and concerns provided to us during the Honey Bee Health Conference, held in Alexandria, VA, in October of 2012. Our goal was to determine if our research plans addressed these concerns and lay the groundwork for future challenges envisioned by our stakeholders.
The conference agenda included presentations by representatives from the USDA, beekeepers, chemical companies, and commodity groups.
Breakout sessions were held after the presentations with the goal of answering three major questions:
1) What specific issues (e.g., production, environment, economic, regulatory) will impact the production of honey bee pollinated crops in the next ten years?
2) Among these issues, which ones are researchable problems (e.g., reducing colony losses?
3) Recognizing the unique capacity and expertise of the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, which future issues is the Center best suited to address?
L to R: Beekeepers Joe Sanroma and Randy Verhoek and Dr. David Epstein
One of the Breakout groups: Beekeepers, Shareholders and ARS Scientists working together
ARS Chemist Raul Rivera and ARS Technician Henry Graham
The conference was a success and will chart the course for our current and future research efforts.