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Pollinator Week is June 19-25 in South Dakota





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
NEWS RELEASE 

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2017
Media Contact: Jody Heemstra, 605.773.4073

 

 

Pollinator Week is June 19-25 in South Dakota

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 19-25, 2017, as Pollinator Week in South Dakota.

 

South Dakota is one of the top five honey producing states in the U.S. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) handles registration and inspection of honey bees, or managed pollinators. In 2016, there were over 7,000 apiaries registered, over 346,000 colonies registered and almost 290 beekeepers registered in the state.

 

“Honey bee pollination improves a variety of agriculture crops including alfalfa and sunflowers,” said SDDA apiary specialist Bob Reiners. “In addition to pollinating crops at home, South Dakota beekeepers also travel to orchards and groves in the Southeast and Western United States to provide pollination services for specialty crop producers. Commercial pollination is an important part of the industry and invaluable to fruit and vegetable production in the U.S.” (***Download Reiners audio here***)

 

Reiners adds that pollinator species such as birds and insects are essential to the production of many of South Dakota’s leading crops. He says they also play a vital role in the health of our farms, forests and grasslands.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit SDDA online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter. SD Ag Chat podcasts can be found in the Ag News section at http://sdda.sd.gov/news. You may subscribe, free of charge, through Google Play Music, iTunes or from https://sdagchat.podbean.com/.

 

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***EDITOR’S NOTE: This release contains a link to audio and a photo***
***A photo of Reiners inspecting bees is available for download here.***