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November Face-to-Face Meeting
November 20, 2021, 1:00 PM

Reserve this date - we hope you will join us!  

Our September face-to-face meeting was such a successful, we are doing it again!

COVID-19 Recommendations

We are recommending that everyone wear a mask, since this meeting will be indoors and Iowa has recently seen an increase in COVID cases.  


Northridge Baptist Church, 3700 6th Avenue, Des Moines


NOTE: Park in the lot on Clinton Avenue but enter the building by the door near the alley (not Clinton Avenue), where there is a wheelchair ramp.  Picture below to assist in identifying the church entrance:














  • Business meeting starts at 1:00 PM

  • Speakers presentational information and bios below.  

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Sarah Nizzi

"The Important Role of Pollinator Habitat in Iowa"


Pollinators play a critical role in our environment, agriculture systems and human health. Many of the food, vitamins and minerals we consume on a regular basis can be traced back to a pollinator. Iowa is home to a number of pollinator species. Join us to learn more about the biology and ecology of native pollinators, the importance of habitat, and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.  She also will be talking about registering your property with the Xerces Society as Pollinator Habitat. 


Sarah's Bio

She is a Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist for the Xerces Society. She is originally from central Iowa and is a graduate from Drake University with a bachelor's of science in environmental science. Her experience includes natural resource management in the private and public sector, native seed propagation, and private land management throughout the state of Iowa. Currently, Sarah covers all of Iowa, providing technical and financial assistance to farmers and landowners interested in pollinator conservation, as well as training NRCS and partner staff on pollinators and pollinator habitat. In her free time she enjoys recreating outdoors and volunteering for a number of NGO conservation groups, such as Iowa Native Plant Society, Iowa Prairie Network, Iowa Women in Natural Resources, Milkweed Matters, National Wild Turkey Federation, and The Wildlife Society.

Dr. Gretchen Paluch, Bureau Chief, Pesticide Bureau

Fieldwatch and the role it plays in protecting honey bees from pesticide use  

What to do if you suspect a pesticide event in your honey bee hive


FieldWatch is a non-profit company established in 2012 with a Google Maps based registry built to enhance communications that promote awareness and stewardship activities between producers of specialty crops, beekeepers and pesticide applicators. FieldWatch is the Source of Trusted Data between Protected crops / Pollinators and Chemical Applicators in North America. Our mapping tools are FREE for use, and all areas mapped in our registries have oversight by each given state / province or area in which they are mapped. FieldWatch currently operates registries in 23 US states/districts and 1 Canadian province. 


Dr. Paluch's Bio

Gretchen Paluch currently serves as the Pesticide Bureau Chief for the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship. In this role she is responsible for directing Iowa’s pesticide regulatory programs, which include the distribution and use of pesticides in a manner to safeguard human health, plants, crops, food, feed, water and other environmental resources of Iowa’s citizens, farmers, and industry workers. Iowa’s pesticide regulatory programs include retail dealer licensing, commercial and private applicator certification testing and licensing, pesticide product registration, use/misuse complaints, worker protection, and compliance assistance/outreach. Gretchen is an Iowa State University alum, and majored in entomology specializing in natural products as insecticides and repellents.  

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