Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Seed Giveaway at National Ag. Day Event


Utahns Urged to Plant Pollinator Friendly Flowers in Celebration of
National Agriculture Day – Tu. March 21, 2017

Free bee friendly seeds offered

National Agriculture Day
WHAT:    Demonstration garden of bee friendly
              flowers that Utahns can plant to
              promote bee health.
              Demonstration bee hive on site
              Seed giveaway (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.
              Elementary students visit from 1:30 to
              2:30 p.m.

WHEN:    1:30 – 3:00 p.m., March 21, 2017

WHERE:   Utah Department of Agriculture and
              Food Building. 350 No. Redwood Rd.
              Salt Lake City
WHY:      It is only fitting, since we are the Beehive State, to honor bees and other
              pollinators on National
              Agriculture Day considering about 30% of our food is linked to pollination.
              This spring Utahns are urged to plant pollinator friendly flowers to help improve bee health.
              Malnourished honeybees tend to have weakened immune systems which make them
              more susceptible to pests, diseases and pesticide exposure.
              Discussion of how to create a pollinator friendly garden.   
              Discussion of statewide planning to protect bee health.

WHO:     UDAF – Bee Specialists
              Utah Beekeepers

              Despite Utah’s annual loss of honeybees, our 1,800 registered beekeepers have nearly
              30,000 hives, produce over 1.1 million pounds of honey per year, and generating
              more than $2 million in honey sales, and provide pollination service for most of
              Utah’s $23 million fruit and nut industry.
              Utah’s annual bee loss forces beekeepers to purchase more replacement bees and
              take extra steps to replenish our bee population.