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Pollinators

Recognizing the Importance of Pollinators

ox eye sunflowerIn the United States one third of all agricultural output depends on pollinators. Fruit and vegetable growers in New Jersey can attest to the significant role pollinators play in the production of many of our crops. Promoting pollinators' habitat on and near the farm benefits everyone who likes to eat!

Odd areas and idle fields on farms can be used to create habitat for pollinators, such as the wildflower meadow pictured here, established near a hedgerow on a Hunterdon County farm.

honey bee on beach plum flowerThrough the Environmental Quality Incentives Program,  technical and financial assistance is available to landowners for restoring habitat for pollinators in the “early successional habitat” provision. Contact your local NRCS Office for more information about these programs.

National Pollinator Week

The third week of June is designated National Pollinators Week. Visit the Pollinator Partnership website for more information.

More About Pollinators

NJ Biology Technical Note
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NJ BIOLOGY TECHNICAL NOTE: Habitat Development for Pollinators (102 kb) - NRCS NJ Technical Note provides information and references on the issue of pollinators