b'Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) USDA Natural Resource ConservationIFB uses a variety of mechanisms to communicate withService (NRCS)farmer members and the general public. This includes aThe NRCS in Illinois has developed a web page that houses weekly newspaper, FarmWeek, that reaches 74,000 farmerinformation specific to pollinators and beneficial insects in members and their families, and a radio station that can bethe state of Illinois. NRCS also has a Public Affairs staff who heard on 80 rural station affiliates around Illinois. In additiondevelops and promotes monarch and pollinator efforts to traditional communication platforms, IFB reaches farmthroughout the state by way of media releases and the and non-farm audiences through social media, websites,development and distribution of publications, visuals, and and blogs. IFB has been actively engaged in outreach aboutgraphics. In addition, NRCS hosts webinars on the latest pollinator issues since 2016. In that time, FarmWeek hasinformation and research on pollinators, monarchs, and featured 84 articles about pollinator related issues. Throughbeneficial insects. These webinars are free and available to FarmWeek, IFB promotes current programs and cost-sharethe public on the NRCS Science and Technology Training opportunities for landowners and farmers to install andLibrary. Specific to the monarch, NRCS provides guidance, enhance pollinator habitats on farms. tools, and communication materials on the agencys Working Lands for Wildlife Monarch Project web page. Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs)Illinois SWCDs employ numerous outreach and education activities including conservation tours for adults and students, classroom presentations, educator workshops, fair displays, and Earth Day programs. Additionally, SWCDs promote state and federal programs at the county level that contribute to monarch protection. AISWCD providesFieldWatchits 97-member districts with frequent communicationsMultiple Ag Stakeholders via email, newsletter, web, and social media platforms.in Illinois are supporters of Moreover, each SWCD maintains its own means ofthe FieldWatch program. communications, which often includes a local printFieldWatch serves to publication.develop and provide easy-to-use, reliable, accurate, and secure on-line Pollinators and beneficial insects: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/ mapping tools intended portal/nrcs/il/plantsanimals/insects+and+pollinators/ to enhance communications Pollinator webinars: http://conservationwebinars.net/that promote awareness and stewardship activities between Working Lands for Wildlife: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/ producers of specialty crops, nrcs/detail/national/plantsanimals/pollinate/?cid=nrcseprd402207 beekeepers, and pesticide applicators.13'