BASF seeks 1000 new participants for 2019 #MonarchChallenge
BASF is inviting farmers and farm families to sign up for the Living Acres #MonarchChallenge, a BASF biodiversity initiative seeking to restore the monarch butterfly population by planting milkweed in non-crop areas of a farmer’s land.
Milkweed, the essential plant for the monarch butterfly life cycle and the sole food source for the monarch caterpillar, has become less common over the years. With the continued decrease in these essential plants, along with the decline of the monarch butterfly population, Living Acres is gearing up for 1,000 new participants to take 2019’s Monarch Challenge and receive free milkweed seedlings this spring.
With the success of last year, Living Acres is eager to continue spreading awareness of the importance of milkweed. In 2018, the challenge successfully garnered more than 2,600 farmers, farm families and others interested in monarch conservation. This increased awareness in the challenge helped Living Acres plant over 32,000 milkweed seedlings across the U.S in 2018.
Among the many stories shared along the Monarch Challenge’s migration last year was one from Hunter Grills, a ninth-generation farmer in northwest Tennessee. Wanting to help the initiative, he reached out to BASF and, together with his two nieces, decided to plant a milkweed habitat on his farm last fall to be ready for this spring’s migration.
“As farmers, we understand weeds can be detrimental, but they are also essential to many insects and animals,” said Grills. “We are maintaining our crops so we can produce an adequate amount of food but also being good stewards of the land, and the Monarch Challenge provides us a way to do that.”
Living Acres is not only seeking to preserve the monarch butterfly population, but also aiming to preserve a farmer’s legacy for generations to come. This year, BASF hopes to have more farmers and farm families, like the Grills, join the challenge.
To sign up for the Monarch Challenge, please visit www.MonarchChallenge.com.
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