click image to zoomCourtesy Agricultural Research ServiceThe U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $8 million to help bolster honeybee habitat in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The announce is in addition to $3 million USDA designated to Midwestern states to support bee populations through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
The program will provide cost-share for managing or replacing existing vegetation with high-nutrition seed mixes that have distinct bloom cycles to benefit pollinators.
The move comes as honeybee populations continue to decline.
The number of managed U.S. honeybee colonies has dropped to 2.5 million today from 6 million in 1947.
Producers in those five states interested in the pollinator enhancement program should contact their local USDA Farm Services Agency.