The Nature Conservancy and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) of New Jersey are collaborating with farmers to increase the abundance of wild bees on working farms in New Jersey. We recognize that crop yields are affected by many types of risk, including drought, pests, frost and extreme weather conditions. The 30% annual decline in managed honey bee populations in New Jersey since 2009 has prompted researchers to ask the following: How are wild pollinators affecting crop yields? Recent research is documenting the crucial role of wild pollinators for maintaining steady levels of farm income.
The Nature Conservancy is conducting a survey to determine the following:
1) How can NRCS better serve the needs of farmers with respect to crop pollination by native insects?
2) How are farmers currently considering native pollinator species in their farm management? and
3) What is current level of farmer awareness of USDA NRCS programs?
We hope you will complete the survey as soon as possible, preferably by June 30th, 2013.
We expect the survey to take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your time and participation.
Elizabeth Schuster and Ellen Creveling
The Nature Conservancy