Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Pollinator Protection Week - June 20 - 26

 
June 20 - 26, 2016 is Pollinator Protection Week

Read Governor Herbert's Declaration

Pollinator week kicks off with a demonstration of a pollinator friendly garden and seed giveaway at Wheeler Historic farm in Murray at 11:30 a.m.
Location: 6351 South 900 East, Murray, UT 84121

The event is offered to show that you don’t have to be a beekeeper to help Utah’s bee population.  Utahns can be proactive in helping bee population by planting pollinator-friendly flowers. The flowers help extend the bees’ pollen foraging season.  Malnourished honeybees tend to have weakened immune systems which make them more susceptible to pests, diseases and pesticide exposure.

Utahns are Urged to Plant Pollinator Friendly Flowers as a way to help honeybees and other pollinators find more food.  The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food along with the USDA-NRCS and USU Extension Office have programs in place to help improve the health of pollinators in Utah.

 

 

The public is invited to Wheeler Farm to see what kinds of flowers are the best for supporting pollinators. The location is at the Utah State University Demonstration Garden west of the farm's big barn.

Also, our website here has information about our MP3 plan (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan). This is a statewide initiative designed to improve bee health.

Other sites:
Using 2014 Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation
Utah is home to 900 bee species

 

 Utah Honeybees By The Numbers


An estimated 30,000 hives in Utah.
They produce over 900,000 pounds of honey per year.  
The bee hive was selected as the emblem of the provisional State of Deseret in 1848 and the symbol became part of the state’s official seal when Utah joined the Union in 1896.

In 1983 the honey bee became the official insect of the state.
Utah is also famously known as “the Beehive State.”
The beekeeping industry in Utah produces over $2 million in honey annually.  
However the economic importance of this insect extends far beyond this figure.  
Honey bees provide pollination for most of Utah’s $34 million fruit and berry industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

posted: June 13, 2016