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Safari program focuses on conserving pollinator habitats

University of Wisconsin Extension Entomologist Christelle Guedot presents “The Importance of Insect Pollinators for Food Production” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Northwestern High School, Maple. The session is part of the annual “Safari of Agricultural Specialists” and is free.

Gary Haughn of Natural Resource Conservation will be available to explain a USDA incentive program supporting pollinator habitat conservation.

“We consider healthy populations of pollinators to be essential to food production in the north,” said Jane Anklam, UW-Extension agriculture educator for Douglas County. “The public in general is aware that there is concern about a sustainable pollinator population in Wisconsin. This session will present the current understanding of the problem and what the landowner can do about it.”

Field crops, forage crops, market vegetables and fruit production all rely on pollinators for production. Call 715-395-1363 with questions.