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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. The 2014 Farm Bill authorizes $28 billion over five years (2014-2018) for the conservation of soil, water and fish and wildlife habitat on private and tribal lands through voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs. Language in the Farm Bill makes pollinators and their habitat a priority by directing USDA to encourage the use of conservation practices and the development of habitat beneficial to pollinators when carrying out all Farm Bill conservation programs. This direction presents a tremendous ongoing opportunity for delivery of pollinator conservation on a landscape scale.

USDA's contribution to achieving the goals of the Federal Pollinator Strategy (National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators) demonstrates how technical and financial assistance provided to landowners through the Farm Bill programs can be used to focus conservation efforts on the needs of pollinators, including the monarch butterfly. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has enrolled over 124,000 acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) pollinator practice and is providing $8 million in incentive payments to CRP participants in five mid-western states to encourage establishment of pollinator habitat on their CRP lands, while the Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing $4 million from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to implement practices to benefit honey bees and other pollinators in the Midwest. Both agencies are reviewing their implementation of conservation programs and practices to identify additional opportunities for targeted pollinator conservation. Continued coordination between the Service, USDA, States, and conservation 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 bees, monarchs and other pollinators.

For more information:
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Farm Service Agency
Federal Pollinator Strategy

Last Updated: June 15, 2020