Understanding All the Threats that Face Pollinators and What We Can Do About Them

Presented by Bill Riden, Pesticide Education Specialist, Penn State University

Our native and managed pollinator populations are vastly important to the open spaces which are managed by green industry professionals, and they are facing a varied of threats, including habitat loss, pest and disease pressure, pesticide exposure, and intense hive transportation practices.  Learn about these challenges and what best management practices you can use in your business to protect and enhance pollinator populations.

Bill Riden is the Pesticide Education Specialist at Penn State’s Pesticide Education Program.  Bill comes with over 20 years experience in the pesticide industry. He worked for O.M. Scott, W.A. Cleary Chemical, Mobay, and Rhone Poulenc Ag Chemical in their respective turf and ornamental divisions. More recently, Bill has helped home gardeners in his capacity as garden department manager at Esbenshades Garden Center and Stauffers of Kissel Hill Garden Center. Bill also has lots of hands on experience from his childhood on a farm and his work experiences on golf courses and greenhouses. Bill is a Penn State graduate with his degree in Agronomy with emphasis on turfgrass management.