The Mississippi Case Study
Synopsis of Dr. Jeff Harris' presentation, presented at P-IE Afternoon Session during ICE 2016, which inspired this event:
Described how beekeepers and agricultural producers from across Mississippi discussed ways of fostering better working dialogue among row crop farmers and beekeepers, all in the spirit of coexistence and cooperation. Deliberations led to the development of a communication effort armed with a set of general operating suggestions targeting the state's beekeepers, farmers, and other pesticide applicators when bees are located in or near agricultural production areas. Thus, created was the Mississippi Honeybee Stewardship Program. The interdependence among the state's beekeepers and row crop farmers was later highlighted and relationships were solidified among these stakeholders when the sustainable production of a key crop was threatened - and both parties found "common ground" in support of one another.