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Illinois Agriculture working to protect Monarch Butterflies

A coalition of Illinois ag groups has unveiled a 20-year agriculture action plan to protect Monarch butterflies.

Lyndsey Ramsey with Illinois Farm Bureau tells Brownfield the plan is part of the Illinois Monarch Project and includes educating farmers on mowing, weed and pest management practices that help pollinators.

“We are really interested in doing science on farms, so we have some scientists who are interested in talking to farmers and working with them more closely so that the recommendations we give can be geared towards the questions that farmers have.”

Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert says farmers should be proud of their efforts in helping pollinators so far.

“It is just a tribute to all of our farmers that they look out for what is in their best interest in being good stewards and raising pollinator plots is just a piece of that so they can leave the land in better shape than when they took it over.”

The plan was revealed on Earth Day along with a groundbreaking by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to renovate parts of the Illinois State Fairgrounds to include pollinator plots.

Other groups involved in the coalition include  AITC, Illinois Milk Producers Association, GROWMARK, Illinois Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, University of Illinois Extension, U of I Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program, Illinois Natural History Survey, Waterborne Environmental, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and USDA Farm Service Agency. 

Interview with Lyndsey Ramsey

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