Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Utah Kicks Off National Agriculture Week with Pollinator Education Activity

Seed Giveaway While Supplies Last

National Agriculture Week kicks off with a demonstration of a pollinator friendly garden and seed giveaway on Tuesday, March 21, outside along the Jordan River Parkway behind the Utah Department of Agricultue and Food building, 350 North Redwood Road. Salt Lake City, Utah 84116. The event begins at 2:00 pm.

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. It is fitting to celebrate Agriculture day and week by celebrating bees. As many as one-third of Utah's farm crops and backyard fruits and vegetables rely on pollination. Strong bee populations help promote good harvests.

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 Office has programs in place to help improve the health of pollinators in Utah.

Extensive list of bee attracting flowers

Activities that day:

  • View a demonstration garden of bee friendly flowers that Utahns can plant to promote bee health.
  • View a demonstration bee hive on site
  • Take home a packet or two of "bee attracting" garden seeds. Seeds are offered while supplies last.
  • Meadowlark Elementary School 4th graders will learn about bees and do a “bee dance” which is a demonstration of how bees communicate about the location of a pollen source.

The public is invited to UDAF to see what kinds of flowers are the best for supporting pollinators. The location is directly behind the building at the parkway trail.

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 $23 million fruit and berry industry.