The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $6.9 million to Michigan State University to develop sustainable pollination strategies for specialty crops in the United States. The grant was funded through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), part of the 2014 Farm Bill.
Sarah Marino started the first phase of her experiment as a sophomore, and plans more studies to help bees with plant-derived solutions.
If you weren’t able to attend the Saturday, July 12 Cultivate’14 session on neonicotinoids and pollinators, “Neonicotinoids: Cutting Through The Clutter,” you can now watch it on Greenhouse Grower’s YouTube Channel.
National Pollinator Week takes place June 16-22. Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) offers steps to promote pollinator health.
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.
This downloadable fact sheet from Michigan State University Extension has been developed by Rufus Isaacs and Juliana Tuell from the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, to provide information for growers about farm practices that can support native bees.
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.
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.
The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.
Specialty agriculture has an enormous role to play in improving pollinator health. Here is what growers can expect to see from government agencies and industry associations.