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Working lands are currently underutilized and undervalued for conservation and habitat. Through the addition of selected native plants, agroecosystems can support pollinators, other beneficial insects, arthropods, microbial communities, and vertebrate populations which contribute to the overall profitability of the crops in production while conserving biodiversity. Semi-wild on-farm habitats provide additional benefits to soil health and water management.
Northern Great Plains: Through a partnership with General Mills, Xerces is working with farmers and native seed producers to establish pollinator habitat on farms in this region. Farms have a diversity of crops: cattle, bison, hay, pasture, native grasslands, and annuals such as oats and canola. Our project tests the establishment and management of diversity-enhancing forage mixes, tame+wild seed mixes, and native plant borders.