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Pollinator Grants Offered to Wisconsin Schools
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/08/2019

High school agriculture and science educators in Wisconsin are being encouraged to apply for grants through the Sand County Foundation and We Energies Foundation to raise and transplant native wildflowers in rural areas. The program supplies plants, growing materials and $1,000 grants to high school agricultural and science departments.

"The objective of the grants is for students to add native wildflower diversity to agricultural settings for the benefit of pollinators," said SCF Program Director Craig Ficenec.

Successful applicants will receive about 600 seedlings of five native wildflower species in March. Students must raise the plants in school greenhouses, transplant them to appropriate sites in the spring, and maintain and monitor the plants through the summer.

Insect pollinators and monarch caterpillars are essential for crop pollination and ecological diversity. In recent years their numbers are low partly due to loss of native wildflower habitat near farmland.

The deadline to submit an application is December 9. To apply, visit www.sandcountyfoundation.org/SchoolGrant

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