June 19-25, 2017 declared “National Pollinator Week

Second Lady Karen Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue unveiled a newly-installed beehive on the grounds of the vice president’s residence, drawing attention to the plight of pollinators, whose numbers are in decline. Together, the two urged Americans to do their part to help reverse the population trend among the creatures, which are essential to producing much of the nation’s food.

Perdue released a proclamation he has signed declaring June 19-25, 2017 as “National Pollinator Week.” Perdue noted that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency led efforts to create a National Pollinator Health Strategy. The two agencies are working with a number of other federal departments to implement that strategy, which includes significant USDA research.

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