Collaborating to Save the Iconic Monarch Butterfly

Farmers for Monarchs is a united effort by farmers, ranchers, landowners and the agriculture industry to encourage and enable the expansion and establishment of pollinator/conservation habitat, including milkweed, along the monarch butterfly seasonal migration route.

Current Situation

Monarch butterflies face many challenges that have contributed to a significant decline in their population. More breeding habitat and food resources, including milkweed and nectar sources, across the migration route will help monarch populations recover.

Declines in the monarch population have been documented since the 1990s.

2018 - United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) begins evaluating monarch conservation measures across migration route.
2019 - USFWS determines final listing decision under the Endangered Species Act.

Monarch habitat promotes biodiversity and sustainability near productive farmlands.
Attracts Pollinators
Improves Soil Health And Water Quality
Houses Natural Enemies Of Crop Pests
Increases Wildlife Diversity

Reasons to join the Farmers for Monarchs movement

High-quality monarch habitat increases pollinator diversity, provides resources for other beneficial species like bees and birds, and improves soil and water quality.

Help recover monarch populations across their range with more breeding and food resources, including milkweed and nectar sources.

There are technical and financial advantages available through voluntary programs for farmers to establish, proactively maintain and/or expand pollinator habitats.

The reputation of the agriculture industry stands to benefit from farmers’ participation in voluntary efforts.

How Farmers Can Help

Plant Habitat On Non-Farming Areas.

Work With Conservation Partners.

Voluntarily Register Habitat.

Join Local, State Or Federal Incentive Programs.
Other resources about monarch habitat and conservation can be found through the following organizations and their websites: