What Does Certification Mean for My Operation?

Pollinator populations are in decline in many parts of the world and these declines put agricultural productivity and the health of natural ecosystems at risk. Bee Better Certified works with farmers to create better places for bees.

On-farm pollinator conservation is a win-win for farmers and pollinators. Pollinator habitat increases the number of crop pollinators within crop fields, contributing to increases in yield. In addition, crops that receive adequate pollination are often of higher quality. Pollinator habitat not only supports pollinators, it also provides refuge to natural enemies of crop pests who provide free pest control services. Habitat can serve as a filter strip and buffer against wind and water erosion. Habitat is also beautiful, making your farm more attractive to visitors and customers, while telling the story of your commitment to pollinator conservation and sustainable agricultural practices.

Certification can also help you develop new marketing opportunities with grocery stores and manufacturers eager to incorporate Bee Better Certified ingredients into their supply chain. Bee Better certification helps you stand out from other farms and communicate how you are doing your part to protect pollinators.

All Farmers Can Participate

When it comes to protecting pollinators, we believe all farms have room for improvement - the ability to be "better.” We aren’t asking farmers to “be perfect,” but instead to follow a set of science-based, field-tested standards that encourage healthy pollinator populations. What does it take to be a Bee Better Certified farmer? The desire to be a leader in the pollinator conservation movement, the ability to create pollinator habitat, and the capacity to transition to pollinator-safe pesticide application practices. Bee Better Certified farms are big, small, organic or conventional. Practices can be adapted for all types of cropping systems, from perennial to annual. The benefits of habitat creation and pesticide mitigation extend to all crops types, even crops that are not pollinator-dependent. Ready to learn more? Check out our Getting Started guide or watch an introductory webinar from Oregon Tilth and the Xerces Society.

Using the Seal

To increase flexibility and ensure you are able to best use the seal to communicate your commitment to pollinator conservation, we developed two tracks for use of the Bee Better Certified Seal: 
 
The Farm Track is available to farmers planning to use the seal on their farm or at a farmers market to sell crops directly to customers. It may also be used as part of CSA marketing.
 
The Product Track is designed for products distributed through retailers. The product manufacturer is responsible for paying the licensing fees and ensuring that the product formulation adheres to the Bee Better Labeling Standards.
 
Use of the seal is contingent on meeting the requirements of the Production Standards, receiving verification, and paying a Licensing Fee for the use of the seal. All use of the Seal must comply with our Branding Guidelines and Trademark Requiements, see the Document Center for more information.
 

Consultation Services

The Xerces Society employs Pollinator Conservation Specialists across the country who are ready to assist you with meeting Certification Standards. We can help farmers develop a Bee Better Certified Plan, advise on pesticide practices, and provide step-by-step guidance on habitat creation. Our staff can also assist processors in supply chain analysis, farmer education and support habitat implementation on supply farms. Click here to learn more about the services we offer.