Pollinator Survey
This questionnaire has been developed by RAFI’s “Bring Back the Bees Campaign” project, and all information you provide will be confidential. The purpose of this survey is to understand and assess best practices and policies necessary to restore, increase, and protect pollinator habitat and to protect food security and farmer viability.

Data from this survey will be used to guide future research and policy-development.

We need your input! This work cannot be done without clear knowledge of what the key challenges are.

If you wish a summary of our survey results, please sign-up below. If you do not want a summary of our survey results please start with question number 1.

If you have any questions or concerns about this survey, please contact Kelli Dale at: kelli@rafiusa.org, or call 910-890-3464.

1. Are you a farmer? If yes, proceed to answer all of the questions; if no, please only answer questions 7 thru 12.
2. How many acres do you farm?
3. What are the main crops you grow?
4. Is your farm certified organic?
5. Have you witnessed a decline in honey and wild bee pollinators on your farm?
6. If so, how have you witnessed that decline? Check all that apply.
7. Are you concerned about the decline in honey and wild bee pollinators?
8. If yes, rate the following concerns from 1-5, with 1 being not at all concerned and 5 being extremely concerned.
My crops depend on pollinators and may have lower yields.
Having to import pollinators may increase my costs.
My crops may have more pests due to loss of beneficial habitat.
My honey production may be harmed.
It is an indicator of greater ecological decline.
9. What do you believe to be the top reasons for this decline in pollinators?
10. What do you believe are the most important barriers to farmers adopting practices that will help support and build pollinator populations? Rate each concern from 1 to 5, with 1 being not important and 5 being critically important.
Lack of meaningful incentives for farmers to restore or protect habitat.
Insufficient enforcement and penalties for inappropriate use of pesticide.
Lack of meaningful comprehensive plan for coordinated action.
Lack of farm community awareness and education on the effects of production practices on pollinators and the long-term impacts of the reduction of pollinator populations.
Lack of information on cost-effective, pollinator-friendly production practices.
Lack of public awareness and education on long-term impacts.
High cost of habitat restoration including seeds or plants.
Lack of clarity on the causes of pollinator decline.
11. Are you taking steps to alleviate these concerns? Please check all that apply.
12. What should be included in meaningful Federal/State Pollinator Plans or Programs? Check all that apply.
13. Have you participated or attempted to participate in USDA/NRCS, (Natural Resources Conservation Service) CP-42 Pollinator Habitat Program?
14. If yes, please answer the following. Were the requirements for participation reasonable and attractive for you to join and or continue?
15. If you answered yes to question 14 please explain.
16. If you answered no to question 13 please explain.
17. Were the financial incentives sufficient for you to be attracted to join and/or stay enrolled? Please explain.
18. What advice would you give if this program were being revised or updated?
19. Have you participated in other private or voluntary pollinator habitat program?
20. If yes, please explain what worked well.
21. What could have been improved?
22. Please provide any other advice or comments.
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