Farmers in Cleveland, Oklahoma, Logan and McClain counties could receive up to $5,000 as part of a Monarch conservation project to encourage the growth of pollinators in Oklahoma.
From the Red Dirt Report:
Representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, John Hendrix and Terry Dupree and the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the USDA, Wynea L. Buford explained how to protect pollinators, and how to financially and technically help those governmental agencies.
By planting milkweed and providing a natural green area, a landowner will receive a payment from $100 up to $5,000. The applicants have until Dec. 31 to register at the County Conservation District and other governmental agencies concerned.
“It will be first apply, first considered,” said Chris Ward, education director of the Cleveland Co. Conservation District.
Hendrix said European Honey bees have a positive impact of $15 billion each year on the U.S. economy adding, “Pollinators get a point, they are vital for the U.S. economy, they sustain our food.”
Hendrix also said that besides bees there are other types of pollinators such as some species of birds, bats, and butterflies.
Read the full article on how conservation organizations in Oklahoma are working to increase pollinator populations throughout the state by clicking here.