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At Illinois Farm Bureau, we understand the importance of pollinators to our food system
and to the ecosystem overall. We support the protection of pollinators and believe farmers are
well suited to take care of the bees, butterflies, and other pollinators that inhabit Illinois. We will
use this site to follow along with our farmer members as they provide habitat for pollinators, and
to highlight excellent resources for farmers as they work to further protect pollinators on
their farms. 

Click on the farmscape image below to explore possibilities for leaving existing pollinator
habitat, or establishing new habitat in some less thought of places on your farm.

About Monarchs

Monarch

The monarch butterfly is being studied
by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to determine if it should be listed as threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Midwest states must write conservation plans and submit them by Spring 2018. Illinois Farm Bureau is actively engaged in the development of Illinois’ plan, which is being led by the IL Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). IFB staff will ensure that farmer efforts to plant and preserve habitat are considered, and that crop protection needs are addressed. The USFWS will make their final decision about the Monarch by June 2019.

What's being done on a national level? USDA Monarch Initiative

What should I grow in my yard? Plant recommendations for Illinois

What about mowing? Mowing practices for monarchs

Take Action - checkout the sidebars on the right side of this page for all kinds of resources and information you can use to help protect pollinators in your area.

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