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News and Reports > Delta F.A.R.M. first to adopt Operation Pollinator on US commercial farmland

  • Syngenta’s Operation Pollinator increases native pollinator populations
  • Five Operation Pollinator plots scheduled in 2014, more annually
  • June 16-22 is National Pollinator Week

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, June 17, 2014 – Syngenta and Delta F.A.R.M. (Farmers Advocating Resource Management) jointly will develop commercial farmland into pollinator habitats. Syngenta’s Operation Pollinator is a global biodiversity program that restores native pollinators in a variety of landscapes by creating essential habitats.

Delta F.A.R.M. has committed to establish at least five Operation Pollinator plots in 2014 throughout Northwest Mississippi, with plans to grow the program annually through 2016 on more fields and farms. The Mississippi sites will be the first commercial farmland in the country to establish Operation Pollinator plots.

In Europe for more than 10 years, Operation Pollinator has transitioned from a research program to commercial implementation with producers. In the U.S., research efforts have been underway in several key pollination-dependent states with the cooperation of the University of California-Davis, Michigan State University and the University of Florida. In the golf sector, Operation Pollinator already has been incorporated into more than 50 commercial golf courses across 20 states.

Under the new agreement, Syngenta will support Delta F.A.R.M. with grower training, seed choice and agronomic support to selected local farmers in Northwest Mississippi. Delta F.A.R.M. also will assess the effectiveness of the additional foraging habitat and nesting sites on marginal land or nonproductive farm areas, in an effort to enhance biodiversity, boost native bee numbers as well as promote sustainable agriculture practices.

“Our farmers know how vital bees are to agriculture and the environment,” says Patrick Johnson, Jr., chairman , Delta F.A.R.M., and partner, Cypress Brake Planting Company, Tunica, Mississippi. “We look forward to collaborating with Syngenta to protect and maintain these pollinator habitats.”

With careful site planning and management, Operation Pollinator also can play a valuable role in reducing soil erosion and helping protect valuable water resources. And in addition to for restoring vital populations of pollinating insects, it creates habitats for small mammals and farmland birds.

“This native-pollinator habitat restoration program is a natural fit with Delta F.A.R.M.’s ongoing conservation efforts,” says Jeff Peters, digital farming lead, Syngenta. “Our goal with Operation Pollinator is to showcase that agriculture and biodiversity can coexist. We understand the future of the environment and that the livelihood of producers is dependent on sustainable agriculture to meet the challenges that lie ahead.”

June 16 through 22 is National Pollinator Week, an effort to highlight concerns about bees. Loss of habitat and lack of nutrition are among the many factors that affect bee health, according to a report by the USDA.

Managing habitats for bees and other pollinators significantly increases biodiversity and also contributes to one of six commitments Syngenta made in its The Good Growth Plan — helping biodiversity flourish. Syngenta has promised to enhance biodiversity on more than 12 million acres of farmland around the world by 2020.

To learn more about Syngenta’s efforts to improve bee health, visit http://www.BeeHealth.org.

About Syngenta
Syngenta is one of the world’s leading companies with more than 28,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us please go to http://www.syngenta.com.

About Delta F.A.R.M.
Delta F.A.R.M. or Delta Farmers Advocating Resource Management is an association of growers and landowners who strive to implement recognized agricultural practices that will conserve, restore and enhance the environment of the Northwest Mississippi. In joining this association, growers and landowners agree to use the environmental program to access their farms and to guide them in attaining the highest possible level of land and water resource stewardship in order to ensure a more sustainable and profitable future for agriculture.