Farmers for Monarchs is an initiative of the Keystone Monarch Collaborative. The Collaborative consists of national organizations representing farmers, ranchers, and land owners; businesses working along the agricultural supply chain; researchers and academic institutions; federal and state entities; and conservation organizations – see members list below. We support productive agriculture and livestock operations in concert with monarch conservation. An increase in milkweed and nectar plants appropriately placed in rural areas can benefit monarchs without inhibiting production. Because farmers and ranchers are stewards of the land across much of monarch habitat, they are in a unique position to support sustainable monarch populations.
Farmers, ranchers, and landowners are already engaged in conservation initiatives focused on water quality, erosion control, wildlife, and pollinator habitat. These efforts demonstrate that continuing innovation in agricultural practices can reduce environmental impacts, increase crop productivity, and be compatible with monarch conservation efforts.
The Monarch Collaborative is committed to making progress through voluntary efforts to restore, enhance, and protect monarch habitat while maintaining producers’ flexibility in their operations.
The Collaborative is utilizing the expertise and experience of our members to
- Identify agricultural and conservation practices to support healthy monarch populations
- Increase awareness of those strategies with the agricultural community and other interested parties
- Promote the implementation of practices that will support monarch butterfly populations in agricultural landscapes.
- American Farm Bureau Federation
- American Soybean Association
- BASF Corporation
- Bayer Crop Science
- Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund
- Environmental Defense Fund
- Corteva Agriscience
- Iowa State University
- Monarch Watch - University of Kansas
- Monarch Joint Venture
- National Association of Wheat Growers
- National Corn Growers Association
- Pheasants Forever
- Saint Louis Zoo - WildCare Institute
- Sand County Foundation
With input from
- Monarch Lab – University of Minnesota
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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