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Source: Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research news release

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit organization addressing food and agriculture challenges through innovative science, today launched the Pollinator Health Fund with a $10 million commitment toward reversing the pollinator population decline in the United States.

The Pollinator Health Fund supports research and technology development with impacts on pollinators in agricultural landscapes and real-world applications to beekeeping, land management, and farming practices. The first grant opportunity available through the Fund invites institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations and businesses to submit research pre-proposals that demonstrate potential to significantly advance domestic pollinator health.

Insect pollinators help sustain ecosystems and contribute more than $24 billion to the United States economy annually. A variety of domestic crops rely on pollinators to reproduce; declining populations of both wild and managed pollinators threaten the viability of these crops in the United States. The new Fund is designed to help combat the economic and environmental impacts of declining pollinator populations in the United States.

Up to $4 million in grants will be awarded through this initial opportunity for research proposals addressing the following issues:
•Understanding Multiple Interacting Stressors
•Developing Best Management Practices and their Increasing Application
•Accelerating Technology Transfer
•Enhancing Outreach and Education

While research has identified several factors that contribute to pollinator decline, how those factors interact with each other and the implementation of science-based best practices are active areas of investigation.

"Pollinators play an integral role in agricultural productivity and sustainability," said Executive Director Sally Rockey. "We look forward to seeing farmers, beekeepers, ranchers, and other landowners benefit their bottom lines and the environment using information and technology that we expect to result from research supported by the Foundation's new Pollinator Health Fund."

Applicants are encouraged to form partnerships with businesses and nonprofit organizations to ground projects in the social and economic realities of beekeeping, farming, and ranching.

The Foundation invites partners interested in the Pollinator Health Fund to join in the discovery of technology and information that can lead to healthy pollinator populations.

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