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USDA Five-Year Plan Needs Your Input_May 2012
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USDA Five-Year Plan Needs Your Input

Help Develop the Next Crop Production National Program Action Plan

Your responses to the following questionnaire will be of great help in developing the next Crop Production National Program (NP305) action plan.  Do not hesitate to send to others you know in the beekeeping or related industries. Please fill out the questionnaire below, and forward your responses via e-mail to Karin Sypura, program analyst, Crop Production and Protection, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, at karin.sypura@ars.usda.gov. Please provide your responses by Wednesday, May 9, 2012. 
Thank you in advance for your input and suggestions.

Crop Production National Program (NP305): Bee Component Bee Customer/Stakeholder Questionnaire

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  • Please provide a brief description of your operation/organization.
  • Relative to research on issues related to bees, is ARS (solely or in cooperation with federal, state and industry partners) an important resource to you and/or your operation/organization?  In what area of research?  Please provide an example(s) and explain how ARS bee research and/or outreach helped you with decision-making or resulted in improvements to your operation/organization.
  • With what organizations would you like to see ARS form partnerships on the subject of research on issues related to bees? How would these partnerships benefit research related to bees?
  • What do you see as your most pressing bee and/or pollination problems over the next 5 to 10 years?
  • What methods are you currently using to cope with these problems?  What are the roadblocks to successfully solving these problems? 
  • What might be other solutions to these problems?  What types of practical solutions would help best? 
  • What do you see as your most important opportunity over the next 5 to 10 years?
  • What should be the top four or five areas of bee research over the next 5 years?
  • What should be the top four or five bee research outputs or products over the next 5 years?
  • Which of the priorities mentioned above do you believe ARS is best equipped to address? Why?
  • What might ARS do to help better serve your needs in the area of bee or pollination research?
  • Additional issues or comments are welcomed.

posted April 2012

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