Program Partners

Named for the first butterfly species known to go extinct due to habitat destruction, the Xerces Society has worked tirelessly for the past 40 years to protect invertebrates and their habitat. By using applied research, engaging in advocacy, providing educational resources, and addressing policy implications, Xerces endeavors to make meaningful long-term conservation a reality. For the past decade, Xerces’ Pollinator Program has partnered with land managers, farmers, researchers and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) across the US to implement and evaluate habitat targeted at enhancing pollinator populations and bolstering crop production. The techniques we have developed form the basis for the Bee Better Certified Production Standards.

Oregon Titlh is a leading nonprofit certifier, serving over 3,000 farms and processors across the US and Mexico. Since 1974, Oregon Tilth's mission is to make our food system and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable. It does this by focusing on organic certification, education, conservation, public policy and marketplace sustainability.

For more than 80 years, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service has helped farmers, ranchers and forest landowners make investments in their agricultural operations and local communities that keep working lands working, boost rural economies, increase the competitiveness of American agriculture and improve the quality of our air, water and soil. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers to help them plan and implement a variety of conservation practices, including those that benefit bees and other pollinators. NRCS offers more than 30 conservation activities that can benefit bees. Learn more by visiting


Administrative Team

Bee Better Certified Program Coordinator
Bee Better Certified Program Administrator

Production Standards Development Team

Pesticide Program Director
Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist; Bumble Bee Lead
Conservation Biocontrol Specialist
Executive Director, Xerces Society
Endangered Species Conservation Program Director
Senior Pollinator Specialist
Pollinator Program Co-Director
Bee Better Certified Program Coordinator
Pollinator Program Co-Director

Communications Team

Communications Director

Licensing Team

Director of Finance and Operations

Advisory Board

Pesticide Program Director
Co-owner and Operator, Grinnell Heritage Farm
Food Industry Consultant, Organic Consumer & Industry Veteran
Executive Director, Xerces Society
Extension Specialist and Professor, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
Vilicus Farms
Pollinator Program Co-Director
Senior Manager, Natural and Organic Sourcing General Mills, Inc.
Extension Specialist and Associate Professor of Insect Ecology, Department of Entomology, The Pennsylvania State University
Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Almond Industry Specialist