Pollinators

Can CRP Save Your Pollinators?

Can the Conservation Reserve Program Save Your Pollinators?

It’s no secret that pollinator species across the US are endangered, but the massive and potentially catastrophic consequences of pollinator extinction may not be as well known. Honey bees, native bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, and other insects pollinate over three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and 35% of the world’s food, making these creatures critical …

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CRP and the Honey Bee

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is well known for its wildlife habitat preservation, but one of the most vital species the program protects is the honey bee. For decades, the honey bee population has been in decline due to disease, pesticides, lack of sufficient nutrients, and reduced natural habitat. Through essential projects such as the …

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5 Conservation Benefits of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

Congress created CRP in 1985 following increased concern over unacceptably high levels of soil erosion as well as other environmental concerns. The 1985 Farm Bill authorized USDA to enroll up to 45 million acres in CRP. By idling environmentally sensitive lands, the Conservation Reserve Program provides substantial conservation benefits by improving water quality, protecting soil, …

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Why CRP is Critical to Saving Our Pollinators

Our world’s pollinators are in trouble. Honeybees, which are currently responsible for 80% of our crop pollination, have seen their population decline by 60% over the past 70 years. Many other pollinators aren’t faring any better.   Some species of bumblebees have lost 96% of their population. Monarch butterflies are on the verge of being declared an endangered species. If something doesn’t change, …

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Promoting Pollinators Besides Honeybees

Honeybees have long been the dominant pollinator in North America. Today, roughly 80% of crop pollination is performed by honeybees, with some crops relying almost exclusively on this non-native species. Due the massive decline in honeybees caused by colony collapse disorder, many are looking towards other pollinators to pick up the slack.  The question is are other pollinator species as effective as …

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Celebrating World Bee Day by Protecting the Bees 

This month, we celebrate World Bee Day. While bees are often seen as a nuisance to people, they actually serve a number of important roles. In addition to providing us honey and wax, bees are our leading pollinators.  Pollination is critical to our world. Not only do 75% of the world’s flowering plants rely on pollinators, but 35% of our food …

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Making Farmland Pollinator Friendly

As you’ve likely heard, the world is facing a pollinator crisis. It’s easy to think the current state of pollinators is exaggerated. The truth is that honeybees have decreased by 60% in the past 70 years, certain species of bumblebees have lost as much as 96% of their population, and the monarch butterfly is on the verge of becoming an endangered species.   Should …

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The Consequences of Pollinator Decline

As we said in our last post, most of our country’s most prominent pollinators are in dire condition. Honeybees, who are responsible for 80% of US crop pollination, could be extinct by 2035. Though implementing better pollinator diversity could help alleviate this issue, other major pollinators like bumbles and butterflies are on similar trajectories towards endangerment.   The question some are starting to ask is what happens if all of our pollinators …

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The Current State of Pollinators

Pollinators play a vital role in our world. Not only do 75% of the world’s flowering plants rely on pollinators, but 35% of our food crops require animal pollination (e.g. bees, butterflies and birds) to thrive. In just the US, pollinators contribute $24 billion annually to the economy. Unfortunately, our most prominent pollinators are facing habitat …

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Wind Pollination Isn’t Enough

Pollination is the transfer of pollen grains from the male part of a plant (the anther) to the female part of the plant (the stigma). This allows for a plant to produce seeds, which in turn grow into seedlings.  While this is very similar to animal reproduction in many ways, most plants require some assistance …

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