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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
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing.