Jun 22, 2022
It’s National Pollinators Week! As an annual celebration supporting pollinators and pollinator well being, we wish to spotlight USDA’s ongoing investments in pollinator well being, crop manufacturing, and conservation. USDA’s investments assist make sure the continued well being of pollinators and their contribution to agriculture, meals methods and ecosystems.
Honey bees are America’s major business pollinator and greater than 100 U.S.-grown crops depend on honey bees and different pollinators together with birds, moths, butterflies and different bugs. Pollinators add greater than $18 billion in income to crop manufacturing yearly. Some of the foremost U.S. crops pollinated by honey bees and different pollinators embrace almonds, non-citrus fruits, berries, melons, and squash.
Aside from including worth to crops grown within the United States, honey bees are the supply of varied services and products bought in a number of markets. The complete annual worth of U.S. honey bee merchandise is an extra $700 million. All of us depend on pollinators to offer essential assist for our ecosystem, meals system and financial system.
Pollinators play a key function in guaranteeing we have now an plentiful meals provide and a vibrant ecosystem. One method you’ll be able to contribute to pollinator well being is by rising a pollinator backyard in your house or neighborhood backyard. Providing protected and wholesome gardens can scale back stress, enhance vitamin and provide sturdy habitats for pollinators.
If you wish to start rising your individual pollinator backyard in your neighborhood to assist pollinator well being, our meals system and ecosystems, see USDA’s Pollinator Garden infographic (PDF, 1.1 MB) for extra details about which pollinator-attracting vegetation are native to your area. With greater than 4,000 varieties of bees within the United States, it’s so much to buzz about.
Share footage of your individual pollinator backyard utilizing #PollinateAmerica!
For extra pollinator data go to USDA’s Pollinator web site.