Master Pollinator Steward
Pollinators — such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and insects — play a crucial role in the production of most fruits and vegetables. They also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils and support wildlife.
Studies show that pollinator populations are in decline because of a loss of feeding and nesting habitats, pollution and the misuse of pesticides. Learn how to protect our agricultural economy and food supply with the Master Pollinator Steward program.
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News & articles
- Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The first series of University of Missouri Extension Master Pollinator Steward classes begins mid-May in Jefferson City. Pollinators play a crucial role in the production of fruits, vegetables, honey and field crops, said MU ...
- Published: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
HILLSBORO, Mo. – Scott Moser, longtime beekeeper and president of the Jefferson County Beekeepers Association, will teach a beginning beekeeper class at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Jefferson County, 301 Third St., Hillsboro. The ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2018
Figure 1. Honey bee (Apis mellifera).The European honey bee (Apis mellifera), also known as the common or western honeybee (Figure 1), is the most influential insect for humankind, both in history and in the honey and wax resources it provides. For ...
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2018
Humans and wildlife depend on insect pollinators for the production of fiber, fruits and vegetables. Insect pollinators are required for the pollination of two-thirds of the world’s plants. Bees, butterflies, flies, wasps, moths, beetles and even ...
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2017
Insects are the most abundant animals on earth. They exert important effects, both positive and negative, on our lives in ways we might not even think about. Although the vast majority of insects are either beneficial or harmless, we often are most ...
Publication date: March 1, 2017
Pollination is one of the most fascinating processes in the natural world. Pollination is how flowering plants reproduce. The process involves the transfer of pollen from the male parts to the female parts of the same or another plant. For some ...
Publication date: Aug. 1, 2018
At the heart of the pollination issue lies our bounty of foods such as peaches, strawberries, squash and apples. These and other foods requiring pollination have been staples in the human diet for centuries, and their pollinators have been highly ...
This group of citizens, conservation and agricultural organizations, government agencies, utilities and agribusinesses is committed to the conservation of monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
The Missouri Master Naturalist program is a community-based natural resource education and volunteer service program for adults, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and University of Missouri Extension.
Through research and scholarly endeavors, CAFNR strives to discover and disseminate new knowledge, scientific information and innovations through formal and nonformal educational programs.
The Grow Native! program increases conservation awareness of native plants and provides resources to help people use them in their plantings.
Meet the experts
- Valerie Duever VOLUNTEER View Profile
- Robert Pierce ASSOCIATE EXTENSION PROFESSOR IN FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE View Profile
- James Quinn FIELD SPECIALIST IN HORTICULTURE View Profile
- Patricia Barrett COUNTY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST IN AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT View Profile
- Timothy Baker FIELD SPECIALIST IN HORTICULTURE View Profile
- Travis Harper FIELD SPECIALIST IN AGRONOMY View Profile