The second year of a two-year pilot program encouraging Missouri row-crop producers to plant pollinator-friendly landscapes is underway. The Biodiversity Pilot Program is co-sponsored by Missouri Soybeans, Missouri Corn, and the Missouri Department of Conservation, encouraging growers to add plants near their fields which encourage the presence of pollinators. Brady Lichtenberg is Missouri Soybeans’ conversation programs manager.
Lichtenberg says any farmer in the state is eligible to apply.
Missouri Soybeans conservation programs manager Brady Lichtenberg notes that six producers took part last year. Payments averaged $105 per acre of qualifying enrolled land. Details and a sign-up form are available on the Missouri Soybeans website.