It is Pollinators Week in Montana!
Pollinators are essential partners of farmers and ranchers in producing much of our food supply, and that’s why Governor Greg Gianforte proclaimed June 21-27th Pollinator Week in Montana!
Bees, butterflies, beetles, birds, bats, and even some small mammals, all pollinate plants that promote our agricultural economy and help sustain our ecosystems. Without the help of pollinators, our grocery stores would lack much of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables we rely on for healthy diets and would also greatly diminish the feed available for much of the world’s livestock.
Although all pollinator species are important, the Montana Department of Agriculture Apiary Program is focused on maintaining the health of two pollinator species in the state: the honeybee, and the alfalfa leafcutting bee.
Click here to learn more about the department’s apiary program
Pollinator Week is celebrated internationally in coordination with the Pollinator Partnership. Head over to pollinator.org to learn more and click here to check out USDA’s free Pollinator Week Webinar Series.
Governor's Proclamation for Pollinator Week