Partnerships equal success for Operation Pollinator

O’Brien attributes the lively bee populations, in part, to Operation Pollinator. “The plots provide a food source and have helped the bees thrive,” he said.

Additionally, the pollinator habitats-and their residents-bear witness to a sustainable and earth-friendly landscape. “Our clientele want to know that the inputs we use on the grounds are not harmful to the earth or their health,” O’Brien said. “What better way to illustrate safety and sustainability than to observe the pollinators that have made their home here?”

As commodity prices stagnate and farmers take a closer look at the return on investment of their land, converting marginal acres to pollinator habitats is a decision being made with increasing frequency, said Berthelsen. Additionally, advances in precision ag technology are helping farmers more readily identify the areas that would be beneficial to take out of production-acres where input costs exceed production value.

“This is a moment in time when an interest in pollinators and the acute need for growers to be strategic are helping us be good stewards of the land and making every acre the best that it can be,” said Berthelsen.

Helping biodiversity flourish is not a goal unique to conservation organizations; it is among the six commitments comprising The Good Growth Plan, Syngenta’s pledge to increase productivity while using fewer resources. Since The Good Growth Plan’s introduction in 2013, Syngenta has enriched nearly four million acres of land through biodiversity-enhancing practices.

SOURCE Syngenta