The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund, a collaborative project of Project Apis m. and Browning's Honey Co., Inc. brings together very diverse stakeholders with similar goals.


Project Apis m.

Project Apis m.’s mission is to fund and direct research to enhance the health and vitality of honey bee colonies while improving crop production. Project Apis m. is the go-to organization at the interface of honeybees and pollinated crops, and believes that with the help of additional forage acreage utilizing the best in seed mixes, seed suppliers and planting regimes, honey bees can be healthy, sustainable, specialty crop pollinators into the future. Since its inception in 2006, the organization has established personal relationships with the nation’s commercial beekeepers and with the top bee scientists in the country.


Browning's Honey Co.

Browning’s Honey Co., Inc. is one of the largest beekeeping and honey production companies in the United States. Browning’s consistently produces more than a million pounds of superior quality clover honey per year in Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, as well as varying quantities of orange blossom and other specialty honeys. Browning also provides migratory pollination services for many varieties of crops such as almonds, apples, pears, plums, cherries, nectarines and canola in several states, including California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

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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!”

Zac Browning, Co-owner, Browning’s Honey Co., Inc.

“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!”

Danielle Downey, Executive Director, Project Apis m.

"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."

Peter S. Berthelsen, Partnership Coordinator, The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund