Northeast Nebraska RC&D Hosting Field Tour

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council is hosting a “Bee Friendly” Field Tour on Tuesday, July 30th at Dennis Wacker’s Prairie’s Edge Organic Farm.  The site is located 3 miles east of Plainview on U.S. Highway 20 and 1 ¼ mile south of 540 Ave.  There is a small fee to attend and pre-registration is requested by Monday, July 29th to 402-582-4866 or [email protected].

Pollinators are in trouble.  Parasites, diseases, loss of habitat, and more are threatening their survival, but there’s help if people just know what to do.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) website states that 75% of the world’s flowering plants and almost 35% of the world’s crops need pollinators to reproduce.  Many people think just of bees as pollinators, but butterflies, moths, bats, birds and even beetles perform those same functions.

Farmers, gardeners, and backyard conservationists all have a part to play in bringing back the pollinators.  Minimizing tillage, maintaining brushy areas, providing a clean water source, having a variety of crops or flowers planted, and reducing the use of pesticides are all important things to do to improve pollinator habitat.

This field tour, starting at 9 a.m. and concluding by 11:30 a.m., will provide a lot more information on the topic.  Knowledgeable speakers from NRCS, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, a local beekeeper and the organic farmer will all speak about what they’re doing to help the pollinators.  They’ll share tips on how everyone has a role to play and specifically what each person can do to help grow a thriving population of pollinators.

The RC&D Council is a non-profit organization here to serve the needs and interests of the citizens of the area.  For more information about RC&D projects or activities, see www.nenercd.org or call 402-582-4866.

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