NCRS Wants to Help Fruit Growers Help Honey Bees By Planting More Flowers

Michigan State University     By Julianna Wilson   2/28/14

Michigan is one of five states in which farmers have been invited to participate in a new USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) program to improve pollinator health. Close to $3 million has been made available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to promote practices that will provide honey bees with additional pollen and nectar.

Michigan, along with Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, was selected because 65 percent of all managed hives in the United States are brought to the region between June and September to build up hive strength before the next winter.

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