VDACS News Releases
June 18, 2020
Celebrate the Work of Honeybees and Other Pollinators During National Pollinator Week
Contact: Michael Wallace, 804.786.1904
Pollinator species such as honey bees, other insects and birds are essential partners of farmers in producing much of our food supply. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages all Virginians to join in celebrating National Pollinator Week by helping to attract, protect and increase the state’s pollinator species.
Pollination occurs when insects, animals, wind or water transfer pollen from the anther of one plant or flower to the stigma of another in the process of fertilization. In most plants, pollination is necessary for the plant to produce seeds. Depending on the plant, pollination that occurs from contact with insects and animals results in a higher yield of fruit for strawberry, cucumber, apple, tomato, squash or watermelon plants.
“Over the past few years, bee populations, as well as the populations of other pollinators such as birds, butterflies, bats and beetles, have declined dramatically. This year, Virginia beekeepers are reporting a busy swarm season, as it appears bees made it through winter with stronger populations and the mild temperatures in January and February were less stressful on the insects,” said Keith Tignor, State Apiarist, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “I encourage every Virginian, urban or rural, to do something to help attract, protect and increase the state’s pollinator species.”
The following are a few ideas to help attract, protect and increase the populations of pollinators in Virginia:
For additional information, Virginians should contact Tignor at 804.786.3515 or by email at email@example.com.
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