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USDA Conservation Efforts Support Pollinators, Agricultural Production Nationwide

Event Date
June 20, 2024
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. eastern
Fee Description
Bumblebee perched on a pinkish-purple flower, with greenery in the background. Photo Credit: Lance Cheung, USDA

Celebrate National Pollinator Week with a Conservation Outcomes Webinar on the value of pollinator practices applied through voluntary conservation programs. This webinar will share findings from a study conducted by Virginia Tech in collaboration with USDA's Conservation Effects Assessment Project.


This virtual webinar will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. No registration is required.

You may access the webinar via Microsoft Teams shortly before 2:00 p.m. eastern on June 20 by clicking "Join June 20 Webinar," below. Users on smartphones may need to download Microsoft Teams in advance.

You may also join via audio only:

Phone Number: 202-650-0123
Phone Conference ID: 115 459 482# 

Scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators. Supporting pollinators is critical to our food security and a key USDA conservation focus in collaboration with farmers, ranchers, and other land managers nationwide.

On June 20 at 2:00 p.m. eastern, Dr. Elissa Olimpi will share findings on the value of pollinator practices applied through voluntary conservation programs including the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Conservation Stewardship Program and the Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program. This free, one-hour Conservation Outcomes Webinar will answer a suite of questions addressed in a recent study conducted by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in collaboration with USDA’s Conservation Effects Assessment Project, including:

  • How effective are these programs in supporting pollinators nationwide?
  • Do voluntary conservation practices reach pollinators in areas of habitat loss?
  • What strategies could increase the effectiveness of conservation practices in delivering pollinator benefits on private lands?

Findings may be used by agricultural producers, other land managers, conservationists, and researchers to prioritize conservation efforts that will deliver the greatest benefits to pollinators and production agriculture across the U.S.