ANBP is the recognized voice and advocate for the commercial biological control industry in North America.
Government regulators turn to ANBP for input on decisions that are affecting, or will affect, the packaging and movement of beneficial natural enemies.
An Association, ready to respond to regulatory changes affecting your business, is indispensable.
Researchers consult ANBP for high priority industry needs and submit our concerns as critical stakeholder input to granting agencies.
In addition to these benefits, membership includes:
Regulation. ANBP serves on the Biological Control Committee for the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO). They were instrumental in helping construct and pass RSPM 26 in , which provided for using a letter of certification for
natural enemies moving between NAPPO countries (Canada, United States, Mexico). ANBP is in constant communication with our North American regulatory agenices.
We are poised to respond to the new draft of regulations from USDA, APHIS, due out in late 2016 or early 2017. This policy revision has been under review in-house for over 3 years. ANBP will participate in any public meetings when these regulations are debuted for comment and keep the membership included for input at each step.
Research Support. ANBP has been identifying the most promising student research supporting the needs of the commercial beneficial industry. Our Student Awardsprogram selects from the best of student submitted posters or presentations at national entomology and biological control meetings. Encouraging applied biocontrol research is an investment in the future of our industry.
While we continue to grow our research funding base, we are able to support university scientists with small grants, but most importantly, we can provide in-kind material and collaboration in research to improve natural enemy use. Letters of support have been written for grant proposals in 2016 covering overall use of beneficials and specifically for increased research in high tunnel production of ornamentals and vegetables.
Educational Activities. In the past year, ANBP members have participated in major trade shows with an informational booth educational talks.
Networking has been especially important in the past few years. We have helped develop the newly formed Bioprotection Global, a committee of international organizations similar to ANBP that can be poised to address issues common issues affecting our biocontrol industries. We met in Monterey, California in March 2016 to begin outlining these goals and will meet again in Reno, Nevada in spring of 2017.
Our fall Annual General Meeting will be held in Merida, Mexico with the IOBC (International Organization for Biological Control) Global Working Group on Mass Rearing & Quality Assurance (MRQA), the Mexican Society for Biocontrol, and the IBMA Invertebrate Biocontrol Agents Group, for the week of November 14, 2017. The first formal announcement for this exciting meeting should be out in January 2017. This is a highly productive meeting that will pull together arthropod mass rearing specialists from around the world - not to be missed!