New IFF Video Featuring Farmers Investing in Pollinator Habitat

Lindsay Mitchell

Jul 01, 2020  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Conservation

New IFF Video Featuring Farmers Investing in Pollinator Habitat


Today, Illinois Farm Families (IFF) released a third video in their “Innovation Grows Here” series, highlighting how Illinois farmers are planting pollinator habitat to build numbers of monarch butterfly and other pollinators.


The video features Illinois farmer Don Duvall of Carmi, IL, who believes that planting pollinator habitat is just the right thing to do.


“Pollinator plots are one of the things that are very easy for farmers to incorporate on their farms,” he said.  “It’s like that adage, ‘if you build, it they will come.’  If you plant the pollinators, the butterflies will show up as well.”


Jason Bleich, Conservation Specialist for Pheasants Forever and Quails Forever of Illinois is also featured on the video.  Jason plants acres of pollinator habitat on his family farm in Ford County, IL.


Other videos in the series describe the renewable, locally grown nature of biofuels in Illinois and highlight corn-based plastic as an alternative to petroleum-based plastics.


Each is an effort to connect farmers and non-farmers and to promote conversations about their common sustainability goals. More videos are planned for the remainder of 2020.


Illinois Farm Families is a coalition of the Illinois Beef Association, IL Corn, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Soybean Association, and Midwest Dairy.