Corn growers making contributions to health of bees

Corn growers making contributions to health of bees

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The National Corn Growers' Association has continued its work to represent a wide-range of issues and that includes the long-term health and viability bees. 

"Even though corn production does not require pollination from bees, NCGA still engages with groups like the Honeybee Health Coalition to create dialogue and foster a better understanding of the similarities and differences in crop production around the country. During the meeting, NCGA staff had the opportunity to lead a discussion on crop selection and grower decision making, which gave other participants the chance to understand row crop production systems and the related infrastructure, marketing opportunities, support systems and more," an NCGA release said.

Corn growers were also encouraged to take small steps like planting a pollinator habitat on unused farm land. 

The release mentions other resources, including the Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund and Farmers for Monarchs. The NCGA also supported the development of a BMP guide for pollinator health in collaboration with the Honeybee Health Coalition. The guide provides best practices for corn growers to use throughout the season that can also protect pollinator health.

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