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- Published: Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:46
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Utahns Urged to Plant Pollinator Friendly Flowers in Celebration of
National Agriculture Day – Tu. March 21, 2017
Free bee friendly seeds offered
WHAT: Demonstration garden of bee friendly
flowers that Utahns can plant to
promote bee health.
Demonstration bee hive on site
Seed giveaway (while supplies last)
Meadowlark Elementary School 4th
graders will learn about bees and do a
“bee dance” which is a demonstration
of how bees communicate about
the location of a pollen source.
Elementary students visit from 1:30 to
WHEN: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., March 21, 2017
WHERE: Utah Department of Agriculture and
Food Building. 350 No. Redwood Rd.
Salt Lake City
WHY: It is only fitting, since we are the Beehive State, to honor bees and other
pollinators on National
Agriculture Day considering about 30% of our food is linked to pollination.
This spring Utahns are urged to plant pollinator friendly flowers to help improve bee health.
Malnourished honeybees tend to have weakened immune systems which make them
more susceptible to pests, diseases and pesticide exposure.
Discussion of how to create a pollinator friendly garden.
Discussion of statewide planning to protect bee health.
WHO: UDAF – Bee Specialists
Despite Utah’s annual loss of honeybees, our 1,800 registered beekeepers have nearly
30,000 hives, produce over 1.1 million pounds of honey per year, and generating
more than $2 million in honey sales, and provide pollination service for most of
Utah’s $23 million fruit and nut industry.
Utah’s annual bee loss forces beekeepers to purchase more replacement bees and
take extra steps to replenish our bee population.