Tell the USDA: Plant prairie habitat for the bees

We urge you to use new funding from the Inflation Reduction Act to support the planting of prairie strips. Prairie ecosystems are few and far between for pollinators. The endangered rusty patched bumblebee once lived in these grasslands, and habitat loss is a major factor that led to their decline.

Agriculture can be part of the solution by planting prairie strips and restoring critical bee habitat. Restoring prairieland would provide bees the nectar and pollen they need to survive. It would also benefit farmers -- prairie strips have been shown to help reduce soil erosion and filter water pollution.

Clean water, healthy soil and happy bees is a win-win-win. Please use USDA's conservation programs to support the planting of more bee-friendly prairie habitat.