Pollinator Habitat Assistance

Pollinators like bats, bees, beetles, butterflies and hummingbirds play a key role in pollinating most of the fruits and vegetables we all like to eat. However, many of these pollinators populations have been declining. In an effort to slow the decline, multiple programs and initiatives exist to create more habitat for pollinators on private land. 

The great thing about pollinator habitat is that it is also outstanding wildlife habitat. Many bird species raise their young in areas with flowering plants because they are loaded with insects that chicks feed on. Pollinator habitat is also excellent nesting and fawning habitat.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Pollinator Food Plot

  • Free Seed Mix of annual flowering plants that bloom throughout the growing season
  • $20/acre payment or $40/acre if part of the Walk-in Area hunting access program
  • Maximum of 10 acres per 160 acres of land or 30 acres per landowner.
  • Contact Brian Pauly at 605.353.7185

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Nesting Cover Program

  • Free native seed mix (can be grasses, flowers, or combination of both).
  • GFP will provide 100% c/s for seed & drilling costs, up to $150/acre.
  • No minimum or maximum sizes.
  • Sites can be burned, grazed, or hayed for management purposes only.
  • Contact local GFP Private Lands Biologist.

Pheasants Forever Pollinator Habitat Program

  • Free Seed Mixes of perennial flowering plants designed for Honey Bees and Monarch butterflies
  • $15/acre planting incentive
  • $50/acre annual rental payment for 3-6 years
  • Contact Matt Morlock at 605.881.8258

USDA FSA Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) CP42 Pollinator Habitat

  • 50% cost share for seed and seeding with a minimum of 9 flowering plants of which 3 bloom in each early, mid and late growing season periods
  • Annual rental payment, dependent on soil rental rate, for 10-15 year contract
  • $150/acre sign-up incentive
  • Contact a habitat advisor or your local Farm Service Agency office.

USDA FSA CRP Mid-Contract Management Honey Bee Initiative

  • 50% cost share to convert existing monoculture grass stand under CRP contract to a honey bee habitat block 1 acre or larger in size consisting of a minimum of 3 flowering plants of which 1 blooms in each early, mid, and late growing season periods.
  • $120/acre signing incentive
  • Contact a habitat advisor or your local Farm Service Agency office.

USDA NRCS Pollinator Plots through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

  • Plant a pollinator plot with a minimum of 9 flowering plants of which 3 bloom in each early, mid, and late growing season periods
  • Annual payment of $283/acre for 5 years
  • Contact a habitat advisor or your local Natural Resource Conservation Service office.

USDA NRCS Pollinator Plots through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)

  • Plant a pollinator plot with a minimum of 9 flowering plants of which 3 bloom in each early, mid and late growing season periods, or defer grazing on native prairie with flowering plants, or defer haying until after bloom period
  • One-time payment of $178 to $544/acre for seeding
  • Forgone income payments on deferred use practices
  • Contact a habitat advisor or your local Natural Resource Conservation Service office.

If a landowner would like help creating a seed mix to plant without any cost-share assistance they can contact a habitat advisor or their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office.