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Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program Looking for Sponsors
Missouri Ag Connection - 12/07/2017

The Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program (mopollinatorconservancy.com) was started by Dr. Jones, research entomologist, in 2014 as a conduit between DriftWatch and agricultural growers to open communication between producers and beekeepers to protect apiaries from accidental drift.

To date, over 1,500 informational brochures have been handed out to pesticide applicators in Missouri to inform them of this program and of the use of BeeCheck flags at apiaries. These flags were designed for use by beekeepers so hives could be seen by an aerial applicator.

Since 2014, there has been a 254% increase in participants in the program for Missouri, including aerial applicators.

This year, the program is registered as a non-profit organization. The goal of the program will be to raise funds that will be used to supply free signs and flags to every beekeeper in the Midwest that registers their apiary on Driftwatch.

If you know of someone or a corporation that would be interested in sponsoring this program, please let me know. Their name and logo would be clearly listed as a sponsor on the back of the brochure, which is currently handed out to every individual who gets re-certified in Category 1A pesticide training.

For more information, contact Moneen Jones, director, Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program at 573-281-1272.

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