b'SummaryThe decline of the monarch population is a complex issue.installing and improving pollinator habitat on their farms There is no single solution to the problem, but by workingfor years and the monarchs and many other pollinators together, groups, businesses, and individuals can helpare seeing those benefits. Illinois has one of the highest increase monarch populations to sustainable levels. adoption rates for installation of pollinator habitat acreage Agriculture has been a leader in the IMP with variousthrough the CRP, ranking second only to Iowa. From 2012 groups and organizations playing a critical role in theto 2018, the acres enrolled in the CP42-Pollinator Habitat accomplishments to date. The Agricultural Subcommittee ispractice has increased by more than 300 times, resulting in comprised of a diverse group of professionals dedicated tomore than 100,000 acres of habitat across the state. monarch conservation and has been proactive in developingThe agricultural sector has identified the challenges with this report.accomplishing the ambitious goal of 150 million additional Illinois agriculture has had numerous successes in sustainingstems of milkweed in Illinois over the next 20 years. The monarchs in the recent past. These successes have centeredchallenges are not simply planting milkweed. Farmers around education and outreach, habitat work, and scienceand the agricultural industry have identified strategies to and research. overcome these roadblocks and be successful. Education stemming from many years of collaborative workIllinois agriculture has been a leader on the monarch issue across the state has increased awareness of the monarchand will continue to play an important role in the future. issue to farmers, city residents, and land managers up and down the state.Illinois is second in the nation with 1,717 registered Monarch Waystations. Illinois farmers have been 30Summary'