Delaware Managed Pollinator Protection Plan

The Delaware Department of Agriculture has unveiled its plan to protect and enhance populations of bees and other valuable pollinators in the state.

The Managed Pollinator Protection Plan includes best management practices that beekeepers, fruit and vegetable growers, and pesticide applicators can use to help pollinators thrive. It also includes strategies to increase the quantity and quality of pollinator forage on private and public lands.

Pollinated crops in Delaware include watermelon, cucumbers, strawberries, cantaloupes, apples, blueberries, cranberries, squash and pumpkins. Delaware farmers bring in about 3,000 bee colonies each year to maximize crop pollination, adding to the work of the state's 270 registered beekeepers who have between 2,000 and 3,000 hives.

One tool to protect sensitive crops is the DriftWatch program, an online initiative that helps farmers and beekeepers alert pesticide applicators about special areas before they spray.

Delaware is also involved in a three-year project to engage specialty crop growers and beekeepers in the development and implementation a pollinator protection plan, to reduce bees’ risk of pesticide exposure. We also plan to develop and model best management practices for improving the availability and quality of bee forage, which are key to improving honey and native bees’ nutrition. Both efforts combined will improve the health and vitality of bees, which will in turn enhance specialty crop pollination and allow for increased production of honey.

Managed Pollinator Protection Plan

Additional Resources

Farming and Pollinators

Pollinator Conservation in Agriculture

Farm Management for Native Bees

Farm Grants for Pollinator Forage

NRCS Grants:

Information and Education on Bees

Xerces Pollinator Resource Center

Meadows and Buffers for Bees – Creating Mid-Atlantic Pollinator Habitats

Pollinator Partnership Learning Center

Books, Brochures, Posters

Your Health Depends on Pollinators

Butterfly Conservation

Xerces Butterfly Conservation

Pollinator Partnership Monarch Fueling Project

Delaware native plant and bee plant lists

Pollinator Plants of the Mid-Atlantic region Xerces Society

Pollinator Partnership Planting guides for Delaware

Gardening for Honey Bees Kathleen Prough, Indiana DNR

Top 30 Flowers for Bees



Plant Sources Specifically for Native and Pollinator Plants


Bee Friendly Annual Flowers And Wildflowers –

Bee Friendly Wildflowers & Biennials & Perennial flowers –

Native Plant Sale Spring 2017. Delaware Nature Society (Retail)

Prairie Moon Nursery 2014 Catalog & Cultural guide

Ernst Seeds

White Flower Farm – Perennials for Pollinators

Go Native Tree Farm (by appointment only)


North Creek Nursery on line Plant finder

Pinelands Nursery & Supply

Chief Mountain Farms, LLC

Octoraro Native Plant Nursery

Sylva Native Nursery & Seed Co.

New Moon Nursery

Retail and Wholesale

American Native Plants

Redbud Native Plant Nursery

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