Horticulture & Pollinator Groups Come Together for Research
This fall, AmericanHort participated in the USDA Honeybee Forage Summit and the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC). Many stakeholders were present, including representatives from federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, beekeepers, and other agricultural interests.
With diverse group of interests in the same room, AmericanHort successfully coordinated a research project proposal that brings together AmericanHort, American Beekeeper Federation, American Honey Producers Association, American Seed Trade Association, and Pollinator Partnership.
Among many objectives, the project will identify which plants already available in the trade are the most valuable forage sources for bees at different times of the year. The results will help identify plants for which growers might decide to be especially cautious with systemic and long-residual insecticides, and help inform the public about which landscape plants they can purchase from their local garden centers for helping pollinators in their area.
Learn how this project brings together organizations to tackle our shared concerns.