USDA Spending $8 Million More
Reported March 17, 2014, USDA allocated $3 million to feed honeybees. Three months later another $8 million has been earmarked for the same 5 states; Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, South Dakota and North Dakota since 65% of bee colonies reside in these states during the summer. This incentive is intended to prompt dairy and cattle farmers to plant cover crops that will in turn strengthen honeybee health by providing additional forage.
For more information about the new pollinator initiative, the continuous enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program, and the pollinator habitat initiative, agricultural producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office or go online at www.fsa.usda.gov.