ESA Applauds President’s Pollinator Health Strategy

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Submitted by rlevine on Wed, 2014-06-25 08:18

Annapolis, MD; June 25, 2014 – The Entomological Society of America (ESA), the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and related disciplines, applauds President Obama’s Presidential Memorandum: Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, which was released last Friday.

“Ensuring a productive and healthy pollinator population is a national priority," said Dr. Frank Zalom, President of ESA. "It's critical to both the U.S. agricultural enterprise and the overall economy,” 

The memorandum directed the creation of a Pollinator Health Task Force, co-chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency with representatives from federal agencies, including the Departments of State, Defense, Interior, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, and Education, plus the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Management and Budget, among others.

The newly commissioned Pollinator Task Force is charged with developing a National Pollinator Health Strategy on a timeline of 180 days that delineates a Research Action, Public Education, Public-Private Partnership, and Increasing and Improving Pollinator Habitat component.  The full Presidential Memorandum is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/20/presidential-memorandum-creating-federal-strategy-promote-health-honey-b.  

“We applaud the President’s strategy to promote pollinator health through collaborative efforts of federal agencies," Dr. Zalom said. "Increased support for entomological research on a number of topics relevant to pollinator biology is crucial to developing solutions that will address the threats to pollinator health and prevent further decline of pollinator populations.”

The Entomological Society of America is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has nearly 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Members are researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students, and hobbyists. For more information, visit http://www.entsoc.org.

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