Master Pollinator Steward Program

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.

MU Extension specialists and stakeholders in the field developed this unbiased, research-based curriculum, which includes hands-on activities and classroom presentations.

Topics include:

  1. Insect overview
    • How they function and why they are important
  2. Relationship between plant and pollinator
  3. Pollinator societies (other than honeybees)
    • Simple to complex types
    • Life cycles
    • The natural and managed habitats in which they forage for pollen and nectar
  4. Honeybees
    • History
    • Life cycle
    • How humans manage hives
    • The natural and managed habitats in which they forage for pollen and nectar
  5. Disease and pest management
    • The major diseases and parasites and safe treatments for them
  6. Habitat management
    • Key ways to attract and keep pollinators and why it’s important

Check back frequently for information on upcoming trainings. For additional information, contact James Quinn at QuinnJa@missouri.edu.