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3 million wont last long. Get it while you can!
Although planting is good, I would give incentives to land owners, parks, etc who don't mow, plant fescue or spray for weeds. Let fence rows and fields grow up, natural paster will come back.

Not only bees but other wildlife will also benefit. Kentucky fish and game is trying to urge farmers to be LAZY!!, no weekend mow warriors. Many birds grouse, turkey, song birds, rabbits etc, benefit
 

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Farmers also can get help building fences, installing water tanks and making other changes that better enable them to move their animals from pasture to pasture so the vegetation doesn't become worn down.
Looks like pork for farmers and livestock more than saving the bees.

"The USDA is focusing on those five states because 65 percent of the nation's estimated 30,000 commercial beekeepers bring hives there for at least part of the year.
65% of hives are moved to the midwest? So that only leaves 35% of hives that are moved to California during the almond rush? That doesnt add up.
 

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This has got to be another government farce. Why would you want to support bees in the midwest? Monoculture corn???? bees don't collect nectar from corn. If the government was interested in bees they would have a program for the east coast were you can actually farm bees. Who in their right mind would farm bees in the midwest? Are we supposed to feel good about this?
 

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You think our government will spend 3 million on a bee pasture. its more pork for the special interest. wake up my fellow americans. we are broke now. vote them all out of office.
 

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Who in their right mind would farm bees in the midwest?
"...because 65 percent of the nation's estimated 30,000 commercial beekeepers bring hives there for at least part of the year."
 

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It would be nice if the growers could plant some bee friendly crops also, something that would bloom at different times than almonds, apples etc.
 

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Brian,
There is a lot more to the Mid-West than what you imagine. Beekeepers wouldn't take their hives there if it were not worth the trip.
 

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There is a lot more to the Mid-West than what you imagine. Beekeepers wouldn't take their hives there if it were not worth the trip.
What has changed? Even when I was a young boy there was endless fields of corn, not GMO but just the same corn. Are they taking them there for cheap by products or corn syrup? When it comes to "worth" it implies and individual worth not a worth to the whole country.
 

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That's why we are all in business, right? Because of how it benefits the whole country?
 

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What has changed? Even when I was a young boy there was endless fields of corn, not GMO but just the same corn. Are they taking them there for cheap by products or corn syrup? When it comes to "worth" it implies and individual worth not a worth to the whole country.
Ever been to the Flint Hills in Kansas?
 
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