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This photo by James Eklund of the North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory in Morris shows a pollinator visiting a cuphea plant. Local farmers are contracting with Minnesota company Aveda to grow cuphea for a new line of shampoo. Cuphea is one of many plants that can provide nutrition for pollinators in Minnesota.

Program seeks to improve honeybee health

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MORRIS – This month, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced it will provide almost $3 million in technical and financial assistance for farmers and ranchers interested in helping improve the health of bees.

The project is focused on five midwestern states – Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin – that are the home to over 65 percent of the commercially managed honey bees in the country from June to September.

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Kim Ukura is the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune. 

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