ASA is putting the spotlight on pollinators this month

A director with the American Soybean Association Board of Directors says farmers are working with industry partners to highlight the important role pollinators play in agriculture.  

Brandon Wipf says June is National Pollinator Month. 
“We are interested in advancing the cause of the monarch butterfly and pollinators and doing our best to promote sound public policy around these issues,” he says.

He tells Brownfield farmers can promote pollinator health by implementing conservation practices.

“They are hugely important to the ecology and to the environment that we rely on for our income, so pollinators make an enormous difference in ecosystems and any negative impact them,” he says. “We definitely want to make sure we’re aware of and mitigating at the farm level as much as we can.”

According to the latest Census of Agriculture from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the U.S. honeybee population is at an all-time high and has since increased more than 30% since 2006.

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