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Seed mix intended to help pollinators, ranchers and the environment.

June 21, 2017

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ATTRACTING BEES: Beneficial bee is shown pollinating Fixation balansa clover, one of the components of the Pastures for Pollinators seed mixture.

In response to America's urgent need to protect pollinators and to support sustainable livestock farming, Grassland Oregon, a leading seed research and development company, has introduced a new seed mixture called Pastures for Pollinators.

In announcing the new product, Risa DeMasi, co-founder of Grassland Oregon and immediate past chairman of the American Seed Trade Association, said proceeds from the sales of Pastures for Pollinators will be donated to further sustainable agriculture research programs.

"With over 400 million acres of pastureland in the U.S., we felt it was vital to develop a forage solution that would promote pollinator habitats while also helping farmers and ranchers to feed their livestock and to sustain their soil resources," said DeMasi. "We believe Pasture for Pollinators will benefit bees, livestock and the U.S. economy for decades to come."

Habitat loss is a major cause for pollinator decline, which includes monarch butterflies, moths and bee colonies. This is a serious economic and environmental issue, which has not been addressed fully by the U.S. government or the agriculture industry. Native bees contribute over $9 billion to the U.S. economy by pollinating crops, while managed hives contribute over $15 billion. However, over the last five decades, the number of bee colonies has decreased by half and the cost of beehive rentals for farmers has tripled. Monarch butterfly migrations have declined from 550 million in 2004 to 33 million in 2013.

Pastures for Pollinators seed mixture is available and orders — or donations to help increase and sustain the nation's pollinator population — can be made at pasturesforpollinators.com.

Grassland Oregon Inc. is a leader in the development and marketing of science-based cover crop, turf and forage seeds. With research locations across North America and exclusive global partnerships, Grassland Oregon is at the forefront in the development of products that deliver novel solutions for growing concerns.

For more information, visit grasslandoregon.com or contact Risa DeMasi at [email protected].

Source: Grassland Oregon

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