NRCS to Help Missouri Farmers Establish Monarch Butterfly Habitat
May 5, 2016
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has $250,000 to help landowners develop monarch butterfly habitat in Missouri. Funds will target efforts of farmers willing to establish monarch-friendly plantings in strategically positioned areas.
Missouri landowners have until May 20 to apply for Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project funds. Farmers should visit local NRCS offices to apply. They also can visit the NRCS Missouri website for more detailed information, including Missouri-specific program policy, ranking questions and in-depth information regarding NRCS’ conservation efforts for the monarch butterfly.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Missouri residents to help save a species that is on the decline,” State Conservationist J.R. Flores said.
Program funding will aid in establishing monarch habitat, including milkweed. Milkweed is the primary plant monarchs use along their migration path as a depository for their eggs.
Missouri is one of 10 states involved in the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project and one of the first states to work on a collaborative monarch-saving effort with partners. Missourians for Monarchs is a partnership of state and federal agencies, utilities, foundations, agricultural organizations, landowners, agribusinesses and academia. It was formed in fall 2015 to focus on the large-scale expansion of monarch and pollinator habitat across Missouri by integrating planning and goal setting.