The USDA National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a new grant program for farms and ranches in the Midwest to promote conservation efforts, improve honey bee and pollinator health, and reduce colony losses during winter. Grants totaling almost $3 million are available to producers in MI, MN, ND, SD, and WI.
Grants can be used to support conservation practices that improve nectar and pollen availability for pollinators, including cover cropping and forage management.
Grant applications are due March 21, 2014. See the NCRS web site for details.
NRCS offers a free Farming for Pollinators publication in .pdf format.