Best Management Practices (BMPs) have been developed to protect wild and managed insect pollinators by providing habitat for their survival and reproduction. These BMPs provide voluntary practices to help REDUCE negative impacts on pollinator habitat resulting from current management practices. IMPROVE existing habitat, and CREATE new habitat in Agricultural Landscapes, Roadsides and RIghts-of-Way, and Yards and Gardens.
There are BMPs for three specific landscapes:
These practices are incorporated into pesticide applicator and county agricultural inspector training, and are promoted to increase public awareness of the importance of pollinators and pollinator habitat.
Stewardship Guidelines and Best Management Practices for Neonicotinoid Insecticide-Treated Seed
The MDA is currently reviewing comments received during the public comment period for the new stewardship guidelines and best management practices (BMPs) for neonicotinoid insecticide-treated seed. These BMPs were developed in response to special registration review for neonicotinoid insecticides.
The purpose of these BMPs is to minimize the impact of neonicotinoid treated seed on insect pollinators. The MDA, in cooperation with University of Minnesota Extension and others, has developed these BMPs to address the potential risk to pollinators from the seed treatment dust during planting season. The final draft of the document will be posted once all of the comments have been reviewed and considered.
Bees and other insects pollinate a wide variety of fruits, nuts, vegetables, animal forages, fiber crops and native plants.
For a number of years a complex set of factors has negatively affected domesticated honey bee health and populations in Minnesota, the U.S. and elsewhere.
Likewise, the health and numbers of native insect pollinators (wild bees, flies, wasps, moths, butterflies, and other pollinating insects) have declined due to a number of factors, including exposure to pathogens, parasites and pesticides, as well as habitat fragmentation and disappearance of floral resources.
What Can You Do?
Each of us can do something to help pollinators. Simple acts, such as planting more pollinator-attractive flowers, leaving ornamental grasses uncut in the fall to provide overwinter habitat, or using pesticides only when necessary, can make a big impact.
Pesticide Investigation into Honey bee Death
A brochure has been developed to help beekeepers and pesticide applicators understand Minnesota's Bee Kill Compensation program.
Making a Difference Across Minnesota
Neighbors across the state are already making a big impact on pollinators and their habitat. Read more about their efforts. You can also take advantage of federal and state programs to help you establish new habitat. More info from the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources.