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Berea becomes 85th educational institution in nation certified as affiliate of Bee Campus USA program

Berea College is now certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program. Long known as a leader in sustainability and stewardship of natural resources, Berea is the 85th educational institution in the nation to achieve certification of its efforts in creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet. “College students, faculty, administrators and staff are...

Louisville Zoo’s Butterflies n’ Blooms culminates Saturday with release of 1,000 monarch butterflies

Butterflies n’ Blooms culminates with the tagging of 1,000 monarch butterflies for release at Flutter Fest this Saturday, brought to you in partnership with Louisville’s Idlewild Butterfly Farm. This release coincides with the annual migration of monarch butterflies. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. guests can enjoy 15 stations to celebrate pollinators and learn more about the amazing monarch butterfly migration...

University of Kentucky researchers begin three-year study on pollinator food availability on farmland

Pollinators are extremely important to agriculture, accounting for one in every three bites of food, but their populations have been declining worldwide for a number of years. In a new study, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers are evaluating how food availability on farmland impacts bee communities in early spring. UK entomologist Clare Rittschof is leading...

Lyn Hacker: Pollinators matter; find out what you can do to protect them at KDA ‘s public forum on subject

Bitter cold as it has been, Spring is certainly on the way and it’s time to think about gardening. With that comes an awareness of those little critters that make all our efforts worthwhile, our pollinators. Just in time, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is inviting the general public to participate in the first public “Kentucky Pollinator Protection Forum,” to be held at the Office...

UK turf research aimed at creating more
bee-friendly, aesthetically pleasing lawns

  Clover research trials at UK’s Spindletop Research Farm are aimed at creating more environmentally friendly lawns. (Photo by Gregg Munshaw, UK turf extension specialist)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are looking for ways for home lawns to give Mother Nature a helping hand.   Gregg...