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What NCDA&CS is doing

designated pollinator habitat at the Upper Mountain Research Station

Resources & Research

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EPA Pollinator Health Resources

Farming for Bees (pdf) - Xerces Society

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

Agroforestry: Sustaining Native Bee Habitat For Crop Pollination (pdf) USDA

The New EPA Bee Advisory Box

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.

 

For Farmers: Know your Beekeeper

Native Pollinators on the Farm: What’s in it for Growers?
An overview of the contribution native bees make to crop pollination, and their value to agriculture.

APPLES Wild pollinators of eastern apple orchards and how to conserve them (PSU)

CHRISTMAS TREES THE POLLINATOR STUDY: Documenting Biodiversity (NCSU, 2015)

WATERMELON: Guide to Bees Visiting Watermelon in the East (Xerces Society)

Preventing or Mitigating Potential Negative Impacts of Pesticides on Pollinators Using Integrated Pest Management and Other Conservation Practices (USDA)


bee pollinating blueberry blossomBees 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.

 


Crimson Clover

Cover crops for farmers
Consider these and other native plants to create pollinator habitats on the farm

Alfalfa
Buckwheat
Canola
Clover, berseem
Clover, crimson
Clover, kura
Clover, red
Clover, rose
Clover, strawberry
Clover, white
Cowpea
Dill
Fava bean
Flax
Kale


Mustard, tame
Partridge pea
Phacelia
Radish
Safflower
Sainfoin
Soybean
Sunflower
Sunn hemp
Sweet clover
Turnip
Vetch, chickling
Vetch, common
Vetch, hairy
Vetch, purple

 

 


EPA bee advisoryKnow 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.

 


 

Farming for Bees cover

 



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