NCDA&CS Making a Difference
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Several divisions within the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are making a difference in regards to protecting pollinator habitats through regulatory authority and developing new programs to support pollinators. NCDA&CS is working with university researchers and other state and local partners to make a difference.
- The Plant Industry Division oversees beneficial insects, including inspecting honey bees.
- 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.
- With funding from Syngenta, our 18 Research Stations are planting pollinator habitats using a variety of farm-friendly flowering crops. N.C. State University researchers are working on best practices for these habitats.
- The N.C. Forest Service has pollinator gardens and wildlife food plots at many state educational forests and are working to find ways to support even more pollinators.
- 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
In the News
- EPA Finalizes Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides (EPA, 1-12-17)
- ‘Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes (Washington Post, 9-1-16)
- Supporting pollinators could have big payoff for Texas cotton farmers (Phys.org, 6-10-16)
- Honeybees pick up 'astonishing' number of pesticides via non-crop plants (Phys.org, 5-31-16)
- CATCH THE BUZZ – Nation’s Beekeepers Lost 44 Percent of Bees in 2015-16 (Bee Culture Magazine, 5-10-16)
- Study Shows Leaf Fertilizers to Be Toxic to Stingless Bees (Entomology Today, 4-11-16)
- When hives don't thrive, pollinators needed (Hendersonville Times News, 4-10-16)
- Mowing Less Along Highways May Preserve Pollinator Abundance and Diversity (Entomology Today, 3-8-16)
- Plotting to Attract Pollinators (N.C. Field and Family Magazine, 2-12-16)
- The Buzz on Pollinators (N.C. Agriculture Magazine, 2016)
- EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases (News & Observer, 1-6-16)
- Flavor, NC episode about Pollinators (UNC-TV, 10-15-16)
- Establishing Wildflower Habitat To Support Highbush Blueberries (Growing Produce, October 2015)
- Bees Go to Town as Popularity of Urban Beekeeping Grows (Our State Magazine, June 2015)
- EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions while bees feed (News & Observer, 5-28-15)
- Parasite Infects Young Honey Bees, May Contribute to 'Colony Collapse' (NBC News 5-27-15)
- Pollinator task force releases national strategy (Delta Farm Press, 5-21-15)
- A Sharp Spike in Honeybee Deaths Deepens a Worrisome Trend (The New York Times, 5-13-15)
- Is focus on banning pesticides hurting efforts to rescue bees? (Delta Farm Press, 4-18-15)
- Increasing forage vital for honey bee health (Southeast Farm Press, 4-13-15)
- Bayer launches ‘Feed a Bee’ campaign (Southeast Farm Press, 4-10-15)
- NC Senate has honey of idea to boost bees, agriculture, (WRAL, 4-10-15)
- Bayer pledges $100,000 to NCDOT for roadside pollinator plantings (Southast Farm Press, 4-1-15)
- Flower-enriched farms boost bee populations (Phys.org, 3-23-15)
- Honey bees & butterflies vital for produce production (WECT, 3-12-15)
- Approval of ‘birds and the bees act’ sought by three NC senators (News & Observer, 3-12-15)
- Crop planter dust reduction may reduce pollinator threats (Delta Farm Press, 1-28-15)
- Beekeeping school sweetens the pot for homegrown pollinators (Hendersonville Times News, 1-24-15)
- Planting the Wrong Kind of Milkweed May Harm Monarch Butterflies (Entomology Today, 1-16-15)
- EU Banned Pesticides to Help Bees. Now Other Bugs Are Invading (Bloomberg News, 1-8-15)
- Christmas tree farms a gift for beneficial bugs (Hendersonville Times News, 12-19-14)