This week is the 65th NACD (National Association of Conservation Districts) Stewardship Week and this year we are focusing on how important pollinators are to our environment with “Where would we BEE without Pollinators". Pollinators play a vital role in our environment. Three-fourths of the world's flowering plants and about 35% of the world's food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. In fact, some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists becasue of animal pollinators like bees, butterfiles, moths, birds, bats, beetles and other insects. However, in recent years, there has been an alarming decline in population. Plants depend on these animals for reproduction, and without pollinators, many plants will either produce less seed or no seed at all. The bottom line is, when pollinators start disappearing, plants start disappearing. The good news is conservation can help!
Helping to increase the pollinator population has become a major focus to the NRCS as we work together with our many partners and private land owners to provide new habitats for pollinators and improve existing ones. Fields and forests with wildflowers and other plants are a fortress to pollinators and provide a great food source. Contact our office today to find out how to attract pollinators and provide a healthy habitat to your farm, ranch, or home!
Visit the NACD Stewardship Week website here to view and download educational material and resources on pollinators and learn more about "Where would we BEE without Pollinators".