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David Sparks Ph.d Fighting for Bees
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: July 19, 2017

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 The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is committing $10 million toward reversing the decline of the pollinator population in the U.S.


FFAR says the Pollinator Health Fund will support research and technology developments that affect pollinators in agricultural landscapes and real-world applications to beekeeping, land management, and farming practices.

Insect pollinators such as the honey bee and the monarch butterfly help sustain ecosystems and contribute more than $24 billion to the United States economy annually. A variety of domestic crops rely on pollinators to reproduce and the declining populations of both wild and managed pollinators threaten the viability of these crops in the United States. FFAR says the new fund is designed to help combat the economic and environmental impacts of the declining pollinator populations.


Up to $4 million in grants will be awarded for research proposals addressing the following issues:

• Understanding Multiple Interacting Stressors

• Developing Best Management Practices and their Increasing Application

• Accelerating Technology Transfer

• Enhancing Outreach and Education

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