Virginia Pollinator Week 2016

6/20/2016

WHEREAS, pollinator species such as bees, other insects, and birds are important to farmers and ranchers in producing much of our food supply; and

WHEREAS, agriculture is the Commonwealth’s largest private industry, with an economic impact of $52 billion annually; and

WHEREAS, pollination adds more than $15 billion in extra value to the nation’s agricultural output each year; and

WHEREAS, important Virginia crops such as apples, pumpkins, watermelons, cucumbers, squash and berries are dependent on pollinators to fully develop their fruits and seeds; and

WHEREAS, pollination plays a vital role in the health of our farms, forests, meadows and wetlands, which sustain abundant populations of wildlife and fish and provide opportunities for economic development and recreation; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to conservation and environmental stewardship, including the protection and maintenance of pollinators and their habitats on both commercial and natural land; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Pollinator Week is an opportunity to acknowledge the economic and environmental contributions of pollinators to the Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 20-26, 2016, as VIRGINIA POLLINATOR WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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