Many in agriculture have been celebrating National Pollinator Week this week, as the event was designated by the U.S. Senate twelve years ago. Numerous groups like The Honey Bee Health Coalition, Farmers for Monarchs, and the Environmental Defense Fund have been working to expand pollinator awareness through education. But USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia is also celebrating the week. As a matter of fact, on their website, you can learn more about the ABC’s of pollinators. They hope once you’ve heard the buzz about pollinators, you will go out and make a difference to help them.
Plus, you can learn about a few farmers that are bee-ing better for pollinators. These producers, and many more to come, are working to certify pollinator habitat under a new Bee Better Certification. The Xerces Society, with the support of a 2016 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG), has been working with NRCS staff and producers across the country to certify pollinator habitat under a new Bee Better Certification. It identifies for consumers agricultural products were produced using pollinator-friendly practices.