Agricultural producers across the nation work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to create ideal habitat for pollinators and increase populations in simple and significant ways. In New Hampshire, for instance, producers plant conservation cover, field borders and hedgerows. These conservation activities, or practices, are just three of 37 that NRCS offers through the Farm Bill to help producers create the perfect places for pollinators to forage and take shelter.
"Making room for pollinators on your farm isn't too difficult or expensive, and NRCS wants to help you make those improvements that will not only benefit pollinators – but help your land as well," says New Hampshire State Conservationist Rick Ellsmore.
"We're finally learning more about the many benefits that come from encouraging native pollinators. And, we're increasingly able to help farmers with practical guidance on how native bees can improve their operation," adds Ernie Shea, project coordinator for the Pollinators in Agriculture Project. For more this program, visit www.pollinator.org .
For more on Ernst Conservation Seeds, visit www.ernstseed.com. Catch the NRCS link at www.nrcs.usda.gov/pollinators.