Syngenta and Coalition for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship produce pollinator stewardship film

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Syngenta and Coalition for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship produce pollinator stewardship film

  • Film highlights best-management practices for pollinator and pesticide stewardship
  • Proper pesticide use minimizes impact on pollinators
  • Pesticides can be used safely near bees when label directions are followed

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA - Sept. 21, 2017 – The Coalition for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship (CURES), with support from Syngenta, today released an educational film showcasing best-management practices (BMPs) for protecting pollinators on farms and urban landscapes.

“Because farmland treated for pests is often shared by pollinators, it is important to help farmers and pesticide applicators understand how best to control damaging crop pests, while minimizing the impact on pollinators,” said Parry Klassen, executive director, CURES, and the film’s producer and narrator. “Additionally, proper pesticide use should protect pollinators’ forage and habitat.”

In the film, “Pollinators and Pesticide Stewardship,” Klassen shares BMPs set forth in the brochure of the same name. These guidelines include reading and following pesticide label directions and precautions—and using integrated pest management (IPM), an approach that takes into account the unique chemical, cultural, mechanical and biological aspects of a farmer’s operation to inform a customized pest-management program.
 
“Many crops are dependent upon the pollination role provided by bees and other pollinators, and it is incumbent on farmers and crop input providers to protect pollinators, while managing crop pests and improving crop yields,” said Caydee Savinelli, pollinator and IPM stewardship lead, Syngenta. “Delivering crop protection products brings the responsibility to educate farmers and applicators on BMPs for using these important inputs in a safe and environmentally sustainable way.”

This film reflects the latest project resulting from a long-standing collaboration between Syngenta and CURES—a relationship built on the common goal of proactive pesticide stewardship. Since CURES’ inception 20 years ago, Syngenta has worked with the organization to sponsor educational outreach efforts on a wide range of topics relating to health, safety and the environment.

For more information about Syngenta’s commitment to pollinator health, visit www.beehealth.org. Join the conversation online – connect with us at social.SyngentaUS.com.

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About CURES
The Coalition for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship (CURES) was formed in 1997 with seed money from the Western Plant Health Association. The mission of CURES, then and now, is to create and deliver science-based solutions and education to ensure that tools to control pests and grow plants are used in ways that protect people and the environment. CURES specializes in projects and educational efforts to promote environmental responsibility through implementation of effective BMPs for protecting water and air quality along with presentations, seminars and booklets to industry, interest groups, government entities and educational groups.

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