What NCDA&CS is doing
Resources & Research
Farming for Pollinators (pdf) USDA-NRCS
N.C. Ag Chemical Manual (pdf) Relative toxicity of ag chemicals to honeybees
Pollinator Protection NCSU, Center for IPM
Coordinating with other agencies and organizations to develop a N.C. Pollinator Protection Plan
Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division educates consumers and farmers on proper pesticide usage. Click on the image at right to visit their bee pages.
The Agronomic Division helps farmers improve management of land to maintain effective habitat areas.
Division of Soil and Water Conservation helps farmers and landowners incorporate pollinator habitat areas into best managament plans through consultations and cost-share programs. PDF: Establishing Pollinator Habitat through CREP
Structural Pest Control and Pesticides is supporting Beewatch and FieldWatch to help connect farmers and beekeepers.
Native Pollinators on the Farm: What’s in it for Growers?
CHRISTMAS TREES THE POLLINATOR STUDY: Documenting Biodiversity (NCSU, 2015)
WATERMELON: Guide to Bees Visiting Watermelon in the East (Xerces Society)
Bees need farms and farms need bees. It’s that simple.
Farms need the pollination services provided by bees to grow up to a third of the crops that we produce. In return, bees need a safe environment in which to do their job.
Farmers should take an active role in protecting pollinators by making informed decisions about pesticide applications and other activities that may adversely affect bees. It starts with opening lines of communication with local beekeepers.
Working together, we can create a healthier environment for all pollinators and help keep agriculture North Carolina’s No. 1 industry.
Cover crops for farmers
Consider these and other native plants to create pollinator habitats on the farm
Know the Label
Some pesticide products are known to be toxic to bees, whether by direct exposure or by residues on blooming crops or weeds. These pesticide labels caution against allowing drift to blooming crops or weeds while bees are foraging in the treatment area. Prior to applying any pesticide, look for the bee adisory box and read and follow the label, particularly concerning statements and restrictions regarding bees.
- 2015 Apiary Registration Form
- Building Wild Bee Houses - 10 pages(Joel Gardner)
- Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production-18 pages(EPA)
- Conserving Bumble Bees - 40 pages(The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation)
- Evaluation of Canadian Bee Mortalities that Coincided with Corn Planting in the Spring 2012 - 3 pages (Health Canada)
- Reducing the risk of pesticide poisoning to honey bees - 6 pages (NCSU)
- Honeybees and Agriculture: A Buzzing Controversy? - 3 pages (NAAA)
- Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health - 72 pages (USDA)
- Securing Pollinator Health and Crop Protection - 71 pages (Pollinator Partnership)
- A report to the legislature from the honey bee work group - 42 pages (WSDA)
- North Dakota Pollinator Plan - 9 pages (NDDA)