As concerns over the population decline of monarch butterflies continue, AFBF says farmers and ranchers can and should take steps to prevent any future burdensome regulations. Ryan Yates, congressional relations director, explained in Tuesday’s Newsline (February 20, 2018) that farmers and ranchers have an opportunity to improve pollinator and monarch health as the butterflies migrate across rural America.  

“Farmers and ranchers are in a unique position to be able to help provide for new habitat to increase the ability for the monarch population to grow and maintain sustainable numbers for the years ahead,” Yates said. “We’ve seen farmers across this habitat looking at how they can participate, provide new conservation areas and habitats for the butterfly to ultimately preclude the government from getting involved.”