Tag Archives: Pollinators

Planting Garden Center Flowers Is Good For Bees And Other Beneficial Insects

Michigan State University Extension recently published this consumer article by Dr. David Smitley on why the discovery of neonicotinoid insecticides in leaves and flowers of some garden center plants should not stop consumers from buying and planting flowers, because the benefit to bees far outweighs the potential risk. It’s a good resource to share with your customers and consumers.

USDA Provides $8 Million to Help Boost Declining Honey Bee Population, Pollinator Health Task Force Formed

This week, President Obama issued a memorandum directing U.S. government agencies to take additional steps to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators, including honey bees. A new Pollinator Health Task Force will focus federal efforts to conduct research and take action to help pollinators recover from population losses.

Bee Palooza Educated Consumers About Pollinators At Michigan State University’s Horticulture Gardens

In celebration of National Pollinator Week, Michigan State University (MSU) hosted the Third Annual Bee Palooza from on Sunday, June 22. This interactive event was open to people of all ages to learn more about pollinators by visiting a series of seven stations set up in various parts of the MSU Horticulture Gardens.

Active Grower Voices Are Invaluable To Retailers, Consumers, Drotleff Says [Editorial]

Creating our own advocacy is an important tool in areas like presenting science-based knowledge about pollinator health, and informing the public about how growers already preserve natural resources through responsible practices like integrated pest management (IPM), water reclamation and recycling, plastic recycling and sustainability initiatives.