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Pollinator protection measures on Canadian farms and ranches are to be recognized with a conservation award

Are you or someone you know taking steps to protect pollinators on a farm or ranch in Canada?

Then you should consider applying for the 2016 Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award, a program that’s a joint undertaking of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), Pollinator Partnership (P2), and Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA).

Individuals or families in Canada currently implementing pollinator protection measures on their farm or ranch are encouraged to apply.

The award recognizes farmers and ranchers who have made significant efforts in conserving natural ecosystems, fostering additional pollinator habitat and protecting pollinators on Canadian farms and ranches.

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“There is no question that the agriculture industry has an important role to play when it comes to protecting pollinators,” said CFA president Ron Bonnett. “This award not only provides an opportunity to recognize some of the innovative and long-term solutions Canadian farmers are implementing to support the conservation of our pollinating species, but also encourages discussion about the vital impact pollinators have on our ecosystem.”

Nominations are open until August 12, 2016. The recipient of the 2016 award will be recognized during an evening reception at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. on October 18, 2016, and will also be featured in various industry publications across Canada.

“Pollinators are incredibly important to our food supply. A thriving pollinator system and agricultural practices can exist simultaneously — this award and the applications demonstrate that,” said P2 research director Victoria Wojcik.

The application form for the award can be downloaded via the Canadian Federation of Agriculture website.

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