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Pollinator Conservation through the Farm Bill

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), state fish and wildlife agencies, and other conservation groups to provide fish and wildlife technical assistance in the implementation of Farm Bill programs. Congress has authorized over $4 billion annually for the conservation of soil, water quality and fish and wildlife habitat on private lands through the voluntary, incentive-based conservation provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill. Congress also encouraged USDA to develop and protect pollinator habitat when carrying out these Farm Bill conservation programs, which presents a tremendous ongoing opportunity for implementation of conservation practices on a landscape scale that can benefit pollinators.

A recent announcement by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency making 100,000 acres of the Conservation Reserve Program available for enrollment using a conservation practice designed to benefit pollinators is just one example of how technical and financial assistance provided to landowners through the Farm Bill can be used to focus conservation efforts on the needs of pollinators. Continued coordination between the Service, USDA, the States, and conservation nongovernmental organizations during the development, implementation and evaluation of Farm Bill conservation programs that restore and enhance fish and wildlife habitats will result in benefits to pollinators.

For more information:
USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Farm Bill
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Farm Service Agency

Last Updated: July 30, 2012