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.
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.
Bachman’s, a wholesale nursery and retail business based in Minnesota, has taken measures to address the steady decline of bees and other pollinators, including eliminating the use of neonicotinoids in some of its own production.
USDA survey shows fewer bee colony losses in United States. The USDA also announces a fall summit on Bee Nutrition and Forage and launches the Bee Watch website.