National Pollinator Week

Agriculture Sec. Vilsack Issues Proclamation Recognizing National Pollinator Week

Dan Pollinators, USDA-NRCS

(WASHINGTON, June 21, 2021) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proclamation to recognize the designation of the week of June 21 – 27, 2021 as National Pollinator Week. Pollinator species, such as birds, bats, bees, and other insects, play an important role in producing more than 100 crops grown in the United States. Honey …


Plant Things That Keep Bees Coming Back for More

Dan Fruits, Herbs, Nursery Crops, Pollinators, Pollinators, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

How to plant things that will keep bees coming back for more.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Bees are one of our most valuable pollinators, responsible for pollinating 80 percent of the world’s plants! That means 1 out of every 4 bites of food we eat is due to the hard work of bees. Its up to us …


Growing Matters: Protect Bees, Environment and the Applicators Themselves

Taylor Hillman Growing Matters, Pollinators, Sponsored Content

Companies spend a lot of time developing product labels. “The companies that make the crop protection products work very hard to make them right,” Valent USA’s Senior Field R&D Scientist Craig Campbell said. “I work on labels, they are there as the most important guide for a grower, an applicator or anyone using a pesticide.” In the latest episode of …


Growing Matters: ‘Four Rs’ Protects Bees, Keeps Efficacy and Saves Money

Taylor Hillman Growing Matters, Pollinators, Sponsored Content

Industry leaders recommend the ‘Four Rs’ as a guide for applicators and producers. The guidelines are critical for protecting pollinators, retaining product efficacy and ultimately saving the producer money. In the latest episode of the BeSure! campaign from the Growing Matters Coalition, Syngenta’s Agronomic Service Representative Garrett Gilcrease said the ‘Four R’s’ include the right place, right time, right rate and …


Wildflowers to Consider Planting in Your Garden for Pollinators

Dan Nursery Crops, Pollinators, This Land of Ours

What you need to know about planting wildflowers in your garden. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The standard definition for “wildflower” is a type of flowering plant that grows without human intervention. Wildflowers such as daisies, poppies, marigolds, and cornflowers (aka bachelor’s buttons) are considered “common.” These flowers have been around for about 49 million years. As …

beekeeping symposium

Alabama Beekeeping Symposium Coming this Weekend

Dan Alabama, Pollinators

The 26th Annual Beekeeping Symposium will be held on Feb. 6 and 7 through Zoom. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is proud to host the symposium to provide timely information for Alabama’s beekeeping public. Because of the ongoing pandemic, this year’s event was forced to restructure, and therefore for the first time, it will be a digital event. The cost to …


Fruit-Bearing Plants and Trees to Attract Birds to Your Yard

Dan Fruits, Nursery Crops, Pollinators, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

Some of the best plants to attract birds to your yard.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. By planting fruit-bearing trees and shrubs in your landscape, they will attract berry-eating birds such as bluebirds and robins while also creating a beautiful display with their flowers, fall & holiday colors, and fruits. American cranberry bush viburnum has white springtime flowers, …


Farmer Certification Program Creates Healthier Landscapes for Bees

Dan Industry News Release, Pollinators, USDA

(USDA) — Bees are a lifeline for farms producing the world’s fruits, vegetables, nuts and other nutrient-rich foods. Bees pollinate billions of dollars’ worth of crops and play an essential role in our food supply. Pollinators are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat and contribute more than $15 billion to our nation’s crop values each …

monarch butterfly

AFBF Welcomes Continued Monitoring of Monarch Butterfly

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Pollinators

(AFBF) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will leave the monarch butterfly off the endangered species list. The Service issued a “warranted but precluded” decision, which means the monarch will be considered a candidate species for now. The Service will continue to study the species and review its candidacy for listing on an annual basis. “America’s farmers …