Various groups from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources are working together to protect California’s pollination | 2021-04-07 | News releases

Sacramento, Calif. , April 7, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Wide array of different systems Of California The agricultural and ecological landscape announced an alliance to address their shared commitment to the health of wild and managed pollinators. The Coalition focuses on increasing the value that working lands provide to our environment, in a way that benefits biodiversity and farmers alike.

Pollination Partnership, Pollination Partnership, California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Almond Board California , Includes more than twenty systems – refers to the majority Of California Crop and range land – Promise to increase the habitat of pollinators in working lands. Together, the goal is to increase cooperation between agriculture and conservation groups for the benefit of biodiversity and food production. The result will be ground improvements, technical guidance, funded research, relevant case studies documentation and tracking of increasing healthy pollinating habitats.

Achieving this bee friendly goal will benefit farmers and the environment California , Increase biodiversity and deploy more carbon in the soil. The Coalition hopes that their success will set a precedent for further cooperation between interests that have not always been aligned, but want to work together to meet common challenges.

“What we do California Recognizes the urgency of resolving the important issue of protecting all pollinators, including native and managed species. ” Larry Davis Adams , Chairman and CEO of the Pollination Partnership. “Agriculture and security must work together to achieve this goal, especially as we face many similar problems – rising temperatures, unpredictable and unpredictable weather, fire, drought, soil erosion and so on. The result is not an elegant statement that sits on a shelf, but rather a metric. Acres, projects and wildlife are being added to the land, while agriculture continues to feed the nation. ”

The collective land represented by the Coalition members will provide an important mass to address the unprecedented level of habitat for the benefit of beneficial insects such as bees, butterflies, beetles, wasps, moths and more.

California There are more than 1,600 native bees and hundreds of other pollinating insects. Worldwide, pollen serves more than 180,000 different plant species, more than 1,200 crops, and is responsible for producing an estimated one in every three bites. They sustain our ecosystems and support natural resources 7 217 billion To the world economy every year. But pollination population is declining and often suffers from the same challenges Of California Agriculture.

The Alliance will work together on various fronts to support pollination:

  • Preparation of Farmer Friendly Guidance for Creating and Maintaining Pollination Habitat on Farms and Farms
  • Promoting voluntary, incentive based habitat schemes and integrated pest management (IBM) practices
  • Conducting research and disseminating related sciences
  • Outcome monitoring (performance of adoption rates and procedures)

“Joint action will mitigate risks Of California Pollen addicts, that’s why this alliance has come together. ” Karen Rose , California Secretary of Food and Agriculture. “We need urgent action, but the first step in this process is to build trust, promote, implement and improve its outcome. The California Pollination Alliance is a big step in the journey of breeders and conservation groups.

“It will not be an easy or quick solution,” he said Joset Lewis , Chief Scientific Officer of the Almond Board California . “This will require a strong and lasting effort, but we are determined to be part of the solution. Almond growers and many farmers rely on pollinators to produce a crop, pollinators rely on us to provide safe habitat. Working lands can and should be a solution. Part. ”

“The Farm Bureau supports voluntary, farmer-friendly initiatives to improve the habitat of native pollinators, and we have long supported advanced research on pollination health.” Jamie Johansson , Chairman of the California Farm Bureau. “We will work with the Alliance to ensure the well-being of native pollinators and managed bees and to ensure the stability of the domestic bee trade.”

“Climate change will affect wildlife California The way we grow food in many ways, ”he said And Kaiser , Director of Defense at the Environmental Protection Fund. “The best chance for biodiversity and farms to thrive is to recreate the natural infrastructure that supports pollination, soil health and water retention throughout the Central Valley. This alliance will promote strong resilience and strong research and guidance to support biodiversity farmland.”

As the Alliance begins its work, the Alliance encourages new collaborations and continues to include partners who understand the urgency and share a common goal of supporting pollination and the health of agriculture. The current California Pollination Coalition member is:

  • Agricultural Council California
  • Almond Alliance California
  • Almond Board California
  • Alfalfa and Fodder Association of California
  • California Association of Pest Control Consultants
  • California Association of Resource Conservation Districts
  • California Cattle Breeders Association
  • California Citrus Mutual
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • California Farm Bureau Association
  • California State Beekeepers Association
  • California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance
  • Environmental Protection Fund
  • Monarch joint venture
  • Monarch Watch
  • Pollination compound
  • Project Office m.
  • University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service California
  • Western farmers
  • Dr. Neil Williams , University of California, Davis

About the California Pollination Alliance

Pollination Partnership, Pollination Partnership, California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Almond Board California , Made up of a variety of agricultural and conservation organizations with a shared goal of providing improved habitat for pollinators. The Coalition and its members are committed to increasing the habitat of pollinators on working lands. In addition, the group plans to promote research and monitor its progress toward healthier and more abundant habitats.

Contact: [email protected]

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