Pollinator Story: U.S. Apple Association

Apples are among a relatively small number of food crops that are totally dependent upon insect pollination. Without insect pollination, there would be no apples. The mutually beneficial relationship between apple growers and insect pollinators – the majority of which are honeybees – is why growers strive to maintain a healthy environment for these important insects. In fact, many apple growers keep and maintain their own honeybee colonies. In addition, apple growers have participated in USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) that provides technical information and cost sharing for growers to establish pollinator habitats adjacent to their orchards.

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