NRCS recognizes the importance of pollinators to U.S. biodiversity and food security and addresses pollinator issues in a number of different ways.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008—also known as the Farm Bill—authorizes a range of incentive-based conservation programs on agricultural land. Many of these programs rely on conservation practices that can be used to create or improve pollinator habitat. And language in the 2008 Farm Bill makes pollinators and their habitat a priority for every USDA land manager and conservationist.
Farmers who create or enhance pollinator habitat as part of the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) receive special consideration for financial incentives.
Other NRCS programs reauthorized under the 2008 Farm Bill already offer many opportunities for landowners to conserve and create habitat for pollinators. These opportunities primarily relate to the types of plants used in conservation practices like cover crops and riparian buffers, but also to the handling of practices like pest management and prescribed burning.
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
NRCS is a partner in the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, with over 150 other state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporations. This alliance coordinates activities related to pollinator research, conservation, education, and policy in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Plant Materials Program
The NRCS Plant Materials Program is working to select plants and provide recommendations on plants which will enhance pollinator populations throughout the growing season. These wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses are an integral part of the conservation practices that landowners, farmers, and ranchers install as part of their conservation plans. For more information see Plants for Insects and Pollinators
State-specific Pollinator Information
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