Friday, January 06, 2017
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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.
Take Action - check out the sidebar on the right side of this page for resources and information you can use to help protect pollinators in your area.
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.
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
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