The Oregon Bee Project is working towards measurement of improved pollinator health over time. This effort got a huge boost this week from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill. A project led by Andony Melathopoulos of Oregon State University with help from partners at the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Xerces Society received a $544,929 grant from FFAR’s Pollinator Health Fund to develop new tools for assessing the impact of the partners’ efforts on bee pollinator health.
What is the Oregon Bee Project and where did it come from? The origin story of the Oregon Bee Project is an excellent example of Oregonians developing innovative local solutions.