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Success Story

Depending on the Wild to Pollinate

By Tivoli Gough, Public Affairs Specialist, NRCS WI
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Bee on an blossom

Organic orchard grower Deirdre Birmingham makes a conservation impact on her land where she and her husband have 10 acres of trees and a seasonal high tunnel full of healthy seedlings.

Deirdre enrolled in the NRCS conservation programs for orchard practices and NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) practices helped her to control invasive species, improve her forest lands, protect soil with cover crops and maintain pollinator-friendly field borders around the orchard. The University of Wisconsin−Madison found 14 different wild pollinator species at work on the orchard. 

Read the full story to learn more about how NRCS has worked with Deirdre.