April 26, 2017 – Leduc, AB –
Operation Pollinator is establishing its footprint in Western Canada through a multi-year partnership between ARECA, Manitoba Conservation Districts Association (MCDA), Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association (SSCA), Syngenta and the Soil Conservation Council of Canada. Operation Pollinator will establish and maintain new pollinator-friendly habitat across the prairies.
"Farmer members of ARECA associations are leading the way in sustainable agriculture." says Tom McMillan, Chair of ARECA. "Operation Pollinator is another initiative to promote stewardship on agricultural lands and ARECA is pleased to bring this project to Alberta farms."
Operation Pollinator is focused on partnerships that will work with producers to establish on-farm sites across the prairies in 2017. "ARECA will deliver Operation Pollinator in partnership with our nine member organizations across Alberta." says Janette McDonald, Executive Director of ARECA. Producers in Alberta can access more information by visiting the ARECA website (www.areca.ab.ca). "When farmers check this website, they will be directed to their local applied research or forage association for more information."
Co-operating farmers agree to convert one-or-two acres of lower-productivity land to establish a pollinator site that will not be grazed for 3 years. In exchange for dedicating the land, participating producers receive a provision of high-quality, pollinator-friendly seed, agronomic advice, and assistance to help offset site establishment costs.
About Operation Pollinator:
Operation Pollinator is a program focused on research and partnerships to promote the health and well-being of bees and other pollinators given their essential role in agriculture and nature. The program’s mandate is to support activities that enhance biodiversity, habitat and other practical initiatives that contribute to healthy pollinator populations. Originating in the United Kingdom, the Operation Pollinator program has since been expanded to several countries around the world, including Canada. It includes both on-farm and off-farm components.