News Release

Invaluable Role of Pollinators to our Food Supply Receives Governor's Attention

Members of the Conservation Partnership hold the Governor's proclamation for pollinator week.For the first time in history, a Connecticut Governor has acknowledged the important role pollinators play in the state’s food supply.

As Governor Dannel Malloy designated June 16-22 as Pollinator Week in Connecticut, he helped raise awareness of how bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinator’s ensure the safety of the state’s food security.

The proclamation – a collaboration between the Governor, the Connecticut Council on Soil and Water Conservation, the Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts (CACD), and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) – brings to light loss of habitat for traditional migrant pollinator species, the continuing threat of colony collapse, and the impacts of the decline of Monarch butterflies, bumblebees, and other wild bee populations.

“Pollinators are essential partners to farmers in producing much of our food supply,” said Connecticut NRCS State Conservationist Lisa Coverdale. “We need to make people aware of the problem and let them know how they can help, with anything from pollinator-friendly planting to something as simple as stopping their use of insecticides. What they do can – and does – have an impact.”

In his Proclamation, Governor Malloy urged all citizens to recognize this observance.

Pollinator Week was also recognized nationally as President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum to bring federal actions to the pollinator issue that will provide increased collaboration, solid science, practical management, and essential research goals.

For more information, visit the NRCS website or contact your local NRCS service center.