National Pollinator Week is June 22-28, 2020 so it’s a good time to think about best management practices you have in place to protect critical pollinators like honeybees and Monarch Butterflies. It all starts with awareness.
Experts say talking to neighbors, applicators and nearby beekeepers goes a long way toward protecting pollinators from unintended pesticide exposure. To make sure you have the bases covered on the latest best management practices be sure to check out this publication funded by your state checkoff investment.
Pollinator Week, approved by the U.S. Senate 13 years ago, is designated as a time to not only celebrate pollinators (such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles), but also a time to address what can be done to protect pollinators and their habitats.
Texas Corn Producers, alongside National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), engages in pollinator education all year-round and works cooperatively with The Honey Bee Health Coalition, Farmers for Monarchs, and the Environmental Defense Fund to expand pollinator awareness through education and providing tools to assist in identifying and implementing pro-pollinator best management practices.
If you want to take an extra step to help pollinators you have a unique opportunity to do this in a strategic fashion through The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund’s SEED A LEGACY Pollinator Habitat Program. Through checkoff support, you can receive free seed and technical expertise to establish habitat on your farm.
Also, remember to consider the effectiveness and potential impact on the environment when selecting pesticides. Protecting bees and other wildlife is a major part of good stewardship practices.