Dear Stakeholders, Customers, and Partners:
The mission of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Veterinary, Medical, and Urban Entomology National Program 104 (NP 104) is to improve the protection of humans and livestock from blood-sucking arthropods, and from stinging, or otherwise damaging insects. NP 104 research is divided into three components: (1) Medical entomology for the public and military; (2) Veterinary entomology; and (3) Fire ants and other invasive ant pests. The ultimate goal is to protect humans and livestock from these arthropod pests, through the development of safe and effective methods of management and control.
We are interested in obtaining stakeholder input on research, education and extension priorities to be addressed in our program over the next five years. The first step in this process is collecting vital information and expert opinions from you, our stakeholders, customers and partners, on how Federal investments can best address current needs and challenges. This information will be incorporated into the next ARS National Program 104 Action Plan.
We invite you to participate in stakeholder webinar workshop sessions for NP 104. There will be three sessions, each session will be one hour long and organized around each of the three components of our National Program. Sessions will be held on February 15, 2018 at the times indicated below. All are welcome to participate in all sessions or can choose their topics of interest.
- 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST: Component 1: Medical Entomology for the Public and the Military including arthropods: Mosquitoes, Flies, Sand Flies, Ticks, Bed Bugs
- 1:30 – 2:30 pm EST: Component 2: Veterinary Entomology including arthropods: Invasive ticks, Stable Flies, House Flies, Horn Flies, Screwworm flies, Biting Midges
- 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST: Component 3: Fire Ants and other Invasive Pest Ants including arthropods: Invasive Fire Ants, Invasive Crazy Ants, Other Invasive Pest Ants and Climate Change
At this time please note the time for the session(s) of your interest. Information will be distributed soon on how to connect to the Internet web-conference, as well as an option to submit input by email for persons who are unable to participate in the web-conference.
We look forward to your contribution to these discussions, and ask that you please invite others who might be interested in attending these webinars.
Many thanks for your interest in the research conducted by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service.
Ulrich R. Bernier
National Program Leader
NP104: Veterinary, Medical, and Urban Entomology
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