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Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control

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Date April 17, 2018
Location Tucson Plant Materials Center
Registration Required Yes
Fee Description Registration is $45 per person. Registrants will receive the Xerces Society's Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes Xerces' book, Farming With Native Beneficial Insects, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.

Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control: Conservation Biological Control Short Course

Learn a science-based strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects for natural pest control!

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Thelma Heidel-Baker, Conservation Biocontrol Specialist at the Xerces Society, as she overviews conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

In response to growing interest in promoting beneficial insects for their pest control services on farms, the Xerces Society has authored the book Farming With Native Beneficial Insects and developed the Conservation Biological Control Short Course to educate farmers, agriculture employees, natural resource specialists, land managers, and conservation organization staff.

Intended Audience

The content of this course is tailored to the needs of farmers, NRCS, SWCD, Cooperative Extension, and state department of agriculture employees, as well as crop consultants, natural resource specialists,  and non-governmental conservation organization staff.

Lunch is not included. Please plan on bringing a sack lunch with you to the course. 

Online Registration and Agenda
Advanced registration is required by March 9th.


Tucson Plant Materials Center
3241 N Romero Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85705

For more information, please contact: Jillian Vento,, 503-232-6639