USDA provides $3 million toward bee-related EQIP programs

02/25/2014 09:51:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

honeybee hivesVicky BoydU.S. Department of Agriculture funding is designed to encourage producers to adopt conservation measures that are good for the soil as well as honeybees.The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide up to $3 million in cost-share funding to farmers and ranchers who want to improve the health of honeybees.

The money will come through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Environmental Quality Incentives Program and will go toward conservation practices that provide honeybee food sources, according to a news release.

Among those that might qualify are cover crops that help reduce erosion and provide bee forage.

The funding will be focused in five Midwestern states: Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Those states were chosen because the region from June to September provides resting ground for more than 65 percent of commercially managed honeybee colonies, according to the release.

Applications are due by March 21.

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