Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Pollinator Week - June 20 - 26

 

Event Scheduled For: 11:30 a.m., Monday June 20, 2016

Utah Pollinator Week Celebrated June 20-26
Utahns Urged to Plant Pollinator Friendly Flowers – Free Seeds Offered


WHAT:    Demonstration of how Utahns can plant a pollinator friendly garden - and seed giveaway.

WHEN:    11:30 a.m., June 20, 2016

WHERE:    Wheeler Historic Farm (USU) Demonstration Garden. West of barn near parking lot - 6351 South 900 East, Murray, UT 84121 

WHY:      The event is to show 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.
              Malnourished honeybees tend to have weakened immune systems which make them
              more susceptible to pests, diseases and pesticide exposure.

              USU Extension discussion of how to create a pollinator friendly garden.    
              NRCS discussion of projects available to increase pollinator friendly flower species.
              UDAF discussion of statewide planning to protect bee health.
        
WHO:      USU Extension Service - Katie Wagner
              USDA-NRCS – Dave Brown, NRCS State Conservationist
              UDAF – Commissioner LuAnn Adams

Despite Utah’s 30 to 40 percent annual loss of honeybees, our 1,800 registered beekeepers have about 30,000 hives, produce over 900,000 pounds of honey per year, and generating more than $2 million in honey sales, and provide pollination for most of Utah’s $34 million fruit and berry industry.
Utah’s annual bee loss forces beekeepers to purchase more replacement bees and take extra steps to replenish our bee population.        


Link to more information about this subject.

 


Contact: Larry Lewis (801) 538-7104
 Cell (801) 514-2152
Rey Leal, USDA-NRCS (801) 538-7150
Kati Wagner USU Extension (801) 201-2822

 

 

 

 

posted: June 15, 2016