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Ag Agenda – The Great Rural Paradox

The Great Rural America Paradox


Bob Stallman
President
American Farm Bureau

By Bob Stallman
President, American Farm Bureau

A wise man once said that rural America has become viewed by a growing number of Americans as having a higher quality of life, not because of what it has, but rather because of what it does not have, like traffic, crime and crowds.  This sentiment can be seen in the growing number of urban transplants that have made their way toward greener and more spacious pastures.

But, while many Americans equate living in the country with a simpler way of life, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that poverty in rural America is increasing, while opportunity continues to decline because of limited education, healthcare and broadband services. So, rural America being defined by what it does not have can also be a negative.

It’s the great rural America paradox.

Read Bob Stallman’s complete articleIts another good one! Worth the time. 

Wordle: Rural Paradoz

Ag Agenda – The Voice of Agriculture – American Farm Bureau.

 

Honey Bee Health and Pollination Security in Hawaii Class on 4/20/2012

BEI Hawaii has announced an upcoming class on honey bee health and security in Hawaii. This educational class being sponsored by BEI Hawaii is open to all growers.

 

Honey Bee Health and Pollination Security in Hawaii

Danielle Downey, State Apiarist, HDOA

Friday, April 20, 2012

5:00-6:00PM

Waimea Civic Center Conference Room

67-5189 Kamamalu Road

Kamuela, Hawaii 96743

(next to the Waimea Police Station)

 

RUP Certified Applicators: Continuing education unit (CEU) to applicators is pending approval for this class by the HDOA.

 

RSVP: If you are planning to attend (or have questions), please contact Sanya at BEI Hawaii to reserve your spot:

Sanya Lawrence, BEI Hawaii
(808)933-7805 work
(808)640-5406 cell
Email: slawrence@beihawaii.com

 

 

Honey Bee Health and Pollination Security in Hawaii

1 HOUR OVERVIEW

Beekeeping in Hawaii              

  • History, current state of industry                                 10 min
  • Current Health Challenges                                             10 min
    • Varroa mite, Small Hive Beetle, Nosema
  • Pollination                                                                           15 min
    • Pollinator Diversity          
    • Providing bee habitat
    • Protecting pollinators from pesticides
  • Securing pollination for your crops                             15 min
    • Keeping bees
    • Contracting with a beekeeper

 

“Pesticide Risk Reduction Education” short course for Oahu (Pearl City)

“Pesticide Risk Reduction Education” short course for: * Oahu (Pearl City)
*May 21-23, 2012 (2.5 days) * Registration deadline: May 7
* Fee for registration: $100 / person
* Fee for study packet (if you need one): $35 / packet.

Please refer inquiries to me cynagami@hawaii.edu , 808-956-6007  and/or to this webpage:
http://pestworld.stjohn.hawaii.edu/pat/schedule.html

Charles Nagamine

Pesticide Risk Reduction Education

Cooperative Extension Service
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources University of Hawaii at Manoa

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