Pollinators

In June 2014, the Obama Whitehouse issued a memorandum establishing a Pollinator Health Task Force, co-chaired by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Agriculture, to create a National Pollinator Health Strategy that promotes the health of honey bees and other pollinators. US EPA was charged with several actions, including but not limited to, working with state and tribal agencies to develop and implement locally Managed Pollinator Protection Plans (MP3s).

Because of the task force, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has advocated for state-driven solutions that include State MP3s. These MP3s are being collaboratively developed by state agencies, beekeepers, growers and other stakeholder groups. Organizations like the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO) and State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFRIEG) have been instrumental in providing guidance on common elements and performance measures of the MP3s.

While MP3s are state-driven, they have many common elements and aim to define state-specific issues and strategies for enhanced communication and collaboration, create strategies to develop best management practices that minimize the risks of pesticides to bees, outline plans for public outreach, develop plans for measuring the effectiveness of MP3s, and outline processes to periodically review and modify each MP3.

Integrated pest management protects pollinators while reducing the risks posed by pests. The Regional IPM Centers have been monitoring the progress of MP3 development so that we can work with our regional partners as they implement the aspects of their state plans that impact their work in IPM.

Below is a map representing the current status of each state’s MP3. This information has been updated by each Regional IPM Center and is updated monthly or quarterly. AAPCO also maintains a biannual inventory that is posted within the pollinator section of https://aapco.org/. Within the map, we have linked the MP3s that are available online. 

Resources for pollinator protection can be found at: