b'Capturing communication, education, and outreach efforts by agricultural stakeholders will be an important tracking mechanism and show forward movement on a campaign to increase public awareness of this issue. Several avenues for documenting and distributing this information will be considered, including: press releases, scientific white papers, peer-reviewed publications, an online data repository, story map, and Education and Outreach work history catalogue. or apply restricted use pesticides and anyone applying3. Public/Farmer Acceptancegeneral use pesticides in the course of employment.The development ofThis farm supportsCoursework focuses on integrated pest management,educational and promotionalPOLLINATORSwhich discusses alternative pest management tacticssignage to bring attention and a comprehensive approach to managing pests.to pollinator habitat in The coursework provides a thorough knowledge offarm settings will be very laws regarding pesticide use, how pesticides move andimportant. Signs educate impact the environment, and BMPs for applicators.farmer neighbors andThis area provides the general public aboutfood & shelter Applicators in Illinois must take and pass thefor bees & butterfliesintentional land managementVarying mowing times allows appropriate exam(s) demonstrating mastery of thesenative wildflowers to flourish when subjects every three years, and also apply for a certifiedpractices, such as plantingpollinators need them the mostapplicator or operator license. pollinator habitat and altering or halting mowing. The Agriculture Subcommittee will recommendCohesive and consistent messaging from the enhancements to the Pesticide Applicator Certificationagricultural organizations represented in the IMP will curriculum to further discuss pollinator health, the ESA,be very important going into the future, especially and pesticide BMPs for pollinators.during farmer meetings such as the Farm Progress The Agriculture Subcommittee willShow and other similar events. continue to promote FieldWatch andConducting a survey of farmers perspectives on these sensitive site awareness in relation toissues will help the IMP develop effective strategies to pesticide applications. FieldWatch isimprove and increase habitat.a non-profit company whose mission is to develop and provide easy-to-use, reliable, accurate, and secure4. Outreach to Additional Agricultural Groupsonline mapping tools intended toIllinois Specialty Growers Association enhance communications that promote awareness and(ISGA) has a vested interest in stewardship activities between farmers, beekeepers,supporting the IMP, including and pesticide applicators. Currently, more than 17,000thorough outreach to individuals use the FieldWatch registry in 19 states,farmers who grow specialty including Illinois. crops. ISGA will use multiple avenues (publications, conferences) to educate their members about the Ag Action Plan and how they can get involved, build habitatson their farms, and report their work.25'