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Each of us depends on pollinators in a practical way to provide us with the wide range of foods we eat.

Pollination services from honey bees and other insects provide the backbone to ensuring our diets are diverse and plentiful with fruits, nuts, and vegetables. In all, there are over 100 crops grown in the United States that depend on pollination. USDA supports the critical role pollinators play in agriculture through research and data collections, diagnostic services and pollinator health monitoring, pollinator habitat enhancement programs, and pollinator health grants.

2022 Annual Strategic Pollinator Priorities Report is now available!

Read the Report (PDF, 1.8 MB)

USDA Pollinator Offices and Initiatives

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) conducts a monthly National Honey Report, which collects prices paid of extracted and unprocessed honey, price by honey type, primary nectar source visited, and estimates the export and import of honey with major trading partners.

Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) safeguards honey bees against the entry, establishment, and spread of economically and environmentally significant pests, and facilitates the safe trade of agricultural product. Information on the National Honey Bee Pests and Diseases Survey, Exotic Bee and Bee Mite ID guides, outreach videos on the parasitic Varroa mite and introductions to beekeeping can be found at this site.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Bee Research Laboratories are located across the country. These labs look at a wide range of issues that impact bee health. The primary labs include:

USDA Climate Hubs develop and deliver science-based information and technologies to natural resource and agricultural managers, enabling climate-informed decision making, reducing agricultural risk, and building resilience to climate change. Some examples of how the Climate Hubs support pollinators and their stakeholders include collaborative research and outreach on soil health practices that support pollinator forage and habitat, research on how climate may impact the pollination of pollinator-dependent crops, and adaptation guides to support beekeepers’ resilience to hurricanes.

Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which implements long-term rental contracts with growers to voluntarily remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production, and to plant species that will improve environmental health and quality, such as for pollinator and wildlife habitat. Further, it administers the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP) program which provides financial assistance to eligible producers of honey bees due to eligible adverse weather events and loss conditions events. ELAP assistance is provided for losses not covered by other disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

National Agricultural Library (NAL) is a source for a variety of agricultural resources devoted to pollinators and honey bees.

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts statistically based surveys of beekeepers, including the Bee and Honey Inquiry Survey and the Colony Loss Survey.

National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides grants to universities, including Land-Grant institutions, to address high priority pollinator research. They also work to provide funding to U.S. Land-Grant institutions and counties through the Cooperative Extension System to conduct information and technology transfer to stakeholders on pollinator health.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers more than three dozen conservation practices that can benefit pollinators. Although many of these practices target improving grazing lands or reducing soil erosion, small modifications to the practices can yield benefits to pollinator species. The shared link provides an overview of NRCS conservation work for pollinators and pollinator conservation and habitat enhancement resources.

Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP) analyses policy questions that address questions related to the interface of crop pest management and pollinator health and works closely with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service on data collections to better understand pollinator Best Management Practices. The link provides an exhaustive summary of crops that are attractive and/or pollinated by both honey bees and other bees in the United States.

Risk Management Agency (RMA) administers the Apiculture Pilot Insurance Program (API) to provide a safety net for beekeepers’ primary income sources – honey, pollen collection, wax, and breeding stock. Additionally, RMA manages the Apiculture Rainfall Index (RI), which insurance programs utilize as an indexing system to assess plant growth and vigor, which correlates to honey production.

U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is highly engaged in the protection of pollinators via sound management of and research to support managed lands. This link provides information on topics such as pollination, plant pollination strategies, types of pollinators, pollinator friendly practices, and gardening for pollinators.

External Federal Pollinator Partners

Department of Defense Pollinator Page

Department of Energy Pollinator Protection Initiative

Department of Transportation Pollinator Page

National Park Service Pollinator Page

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Pollinator Page

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Pollinator Page

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pollinator Page

U.S. Geological Survey, Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

E-Extension Bee Health Community

Bee Health Collective

Pollinator Fact Sheets, News and Blogs

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2022 Annual Strategic Pollinator Priorities Report

A report on federally-led efforts to address factors impacting pollinator health.

Read the report (PDF, 1.8 MB)

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What's All the
Buzz About?

See the impact of USDA's efforts focusing on pollinator health, crop production, and conservation.

View the infographic (PDF, 1.5 MB)

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Beekeeper Resources
Fact Sheet

Programs and Resources
that support

Read the fact sheet (PDF, 194 KB)

An alfalfa leafcutting bee on an alfalfa flower

The Right-Size

Solitary bees have a
shorter lifespan compared
to honeybees.

View the story

A honey bee feeds on an orange tree blossom

The Buzz
About Pollinators

Protecting and supporting pollinators is key to
maintaining U.S. agriculture.

Read the blog

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Meeting Honey Demand in the U.S.

This USDA dashboard helps visualize pollinator data and provides a clearer picture of trends.

Visit the dashboard

  • Pollinator Facts

    An overview of why pollinators are so important to our agricultural industry and our lives.

    Read the fact sheet (PDF, 1.5 MB)

    Farmers are Helping to Protect Working Wings

    Fruits and veggies provide us the well-balanced diet for healthy lifestyles.

    Read the blog

    Honey Bee Highlights

    Overview of major statistics on honey bees collected by NASS, USDA’s statistical service.

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    Pollinators at a Crossroads

    Bees and other pollinators, including birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, wasps, beetles, and small mammals, play a critical role in our food production system.

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    Horned-Face Bees Sublet in a Honey Bee Colony

    Shedding new light on strategies used to ensure survival of two very different pollinators.

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    Helping Honey Bees Make It Through Winter With Early Cold Storage

    Putting honey bees into early indoor cold storage in October rather than November increases their chances of surviving the winter.

    Read the news release

    The Value of Birds and Bees

    Pollinators benefit America’s working forests, farms, and ranches.

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    Protecting Pollinators from a New Threat – First-Ever U.S. Sightings of Asian Giant Hornet

    Asian giant hornets are extremely large and equipped with relatively massive mandibles (teeth).

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    Scientists Probe Pollinator Survival

    Shedding new light on strategies used to ensure survival of two very different pollinators.

    Read the news release


Access USDA resources on enhancing agricultural pollinator health and conservation.

How Farmers Can Help Pollinators
apiarist with bee colony
apiarist with bee colony

Online Identification Tools
honey bee with saddlebags of pollen attached to their hind legs
honey bee with saddlebags of pollen attached to their hind legs

Bee Disease Diagnosis Service
a family of varroa mites found at the bottom of a honey bee brood cell
a family of varroa mites found at the bottom of a honey bee brood cell

Honey Bee Surveys
apiarist with bee colony
apiarist with bee colony

Cold Storage Overwintering Tool

Establishing Pollinator Habitats

Honey Bees on the Move
USDA Education Outreach Specialist Leslie Burks informs parents and their children about modern bee apiaries
USDA Education Outreach Specialist Leslie Burks informs parents and their children about modern bee apiaries


View our collection of pollinators, plants and apiarists.

USDA bee besearchers

Laboratory Technician Michele Hamilton with interns Joshua Kawasaki and Pendo Abbo.

USDA rooftop hive

Apiary on the USDA Headquarters roof in Washington, D.C.

USDA rooftop hive

Apiary on the USDA Headquarters roof in Washington, D.C.


Bees pollinate our blackberries and a multitude of other crops.


Hummingbird pollination is crucial in production for fruits and vegetables.

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A bumblebee gathers pollen from an echinacea plant.


Sweet cherries are a pollinated crop.

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A queen Italian honey bee in the USDA Apiary in Washington, D.C.

bee researcher

Entomologist James Strange evaluates a queen bumble bee.

a family of apiarists

NRCS worked with Kavita and Justin Bay to combat future declines in honey bee populations.


Almonds are the number one pollinated crop.

honey bee research

ARS technician Lucy Snyder selecting bee larvae from honeycombs.

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