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Webinar

USDA Conservation Efforts Support Pollinators, Agricultural Production Nationwide

Event Date
June 20, 2024
Location
Virtual
Bumblebee perched on a pinkish-purple flower, with greenery in the background. Photo Credit: Lance Cheung, USDA

On June 20, 2024, Dr. Elissa Olimpi shared findings from a study conducted by Virginia Tech in collaboration with USDA’s Conservation Effects Assessment Project on the value of pollinator practices applied through voluntary conservation programs. The recording of this webinar is now available.

Registration

This virtual webinar was hosted on Microsoft Teams. Registration was not required.

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.

In June 2024, Dr. Elissa Olimpi shared 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. The recording of this one-hour Conservation Outcomes Webinar, available below, answers a suite of questions addressed in a 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.