The Seed A Legacy Pollinator Habitat Program helps private, public and corporate landowners and managers establish high-quality pollinator habitat to improve the health of honey bees, monarch butterflies and other pollinators in 11 Midwest states, including Kansas.
Projects accepted into the program will receive two pollinator seed mixtures. Seed mixtures will be delivered to plant 50% of contracted acres to a high-quality forage mix designed for honey bees and 50% of contracted acres to a high quality, diverse seed mix designed for monarch butterflies and other native pollinators. Pollinators will use and benefit from both seed mixtures, but each mix is designed to establish differently and must be planted in two separate areas.
Each Seed A Legacy project application will be ranked using key criteria to ensure the best projects are selected. Factors influencing selection include the project size, previous cropping history of the site, proximity to an existing or known apiary, current condition of the proposed project site, the landscape surrounding the proposed project, and other site considerations. Applicants should visit their state website to determine the location in miles from the project site to the nearest registered or known apiary and include that information in the appropriate application location.
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“The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund is the bees’ buzz! The effort is integrating the very best performing habitat solutions where they are most needed, by bringing landowners and beekeepers together in a program where everyone benefits. It’s our goal to make every available acre the best it can be. It’s truly amazing just how much difference an acre can make when the habitat is engineered for maximum productivity!”
“This project is a unique conservation effort, targeting acres in regions where conversion to soy and corn is happening very fast. By identifying places where habitat makes the most sense, the bottom line improves for the grower, the beekeeper, the monarch, upland songbirds and game birds, honey bees and native pollinators – it’s a program that can’t lose!”
"The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund is unique in that it has found the way to plant cost-effective pollinator habitat that establishes quickly and provides great pollinator benefits. It's the trifecta of getting great pollinator benefits onto the landscape. If we try to solve the critical problems for pollinators using the same tools and methods we have used for the last decade, we won’t be successful. The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund brings new strategies, methods and partners together to save monarch butterflies, honey bees and other pollinators, not to mention the nation’s food supply and beautiful landscapes."