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If you are a home gardener, farmer, or someone who just loves food and flowers, the importance of animal pollinators can’t be understated.

According to information released by the United States Department of Agriculture, three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce.

So whether you are growing food to feed the world, or flowers for your own enjoyment, chances are bees, butterflies, moths, birds, bats, beetles and other insects play a role in making that happen.

Next week the Nebraska Conservation Education Fund (NCEF) will be hosting an event that will give local residents a look into just how important pollinators are to the ecosystem, as well as ways to foster their success at Keene Memorial Library.

“With farmers back in the fields and people planting backyard gardens again, we thought it would be a great time to remind people why Nebraska needs pollinators and what to do to reinstate their habitats,” Jamison Willis of NCEF said.

NCEF will be hosting a Promoting Pollinators event at Keene Memorial Library, 1030 N Broad St, on May 10 from 5-7 p.m.

The program will feature presentations by the UNL Department of Entomology including Dr. Judy Wu-Smart and Ph.D. Student of Entomology Surabhi Vakil.

Both of them are experts in their field, as far as insecticides as well as pollinator habitats,” Willis said. “Recently they (UNL) have been trying to push more community outreach with Master Gardeners as well as with the Extension offices.”

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Dr. Wu-Smart has been an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist for the UNL Bee Lab since 2015.

“I’m developing a pollinator health program to help understand the underlying pest and pathogen stressors in bee health and their interactions with environmental factors such as pesticides and lack of forage,” she said in a released statement by UNL.

The event is free and open to the public, and according to Willis will be geared toward young adults and older including gardeners and farmers.

“This is aimed at basically anybody that wants to learn more about bee habitats,” he said. “This will be a great program for people who want to learn more about developing a healthy garden, as well as to learn more about what pollinators do for agriculture in and around the Fremont area.”

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