I have been reading a lot of reports lately regarding the decline of the...

Asked February 5, 2015, 2:24 PM EST

I have been reading a lot of reports lately regarding the decline of the monarch butterfly primarily due to the loss of milkweed that is necessary for their survival. Farmers using genetically altered, glyphosate tolerant corn and soybeans in the fields and spraying ditches have eliminated much of the milkweed habitat. Is the extension office aware of the concern for the monarch, are there programs (such as planting the crop reserve land with milkweed) farmers can participate in to help the monarch?

Hancock County Ohio milkweed monarch butterflies

1 Response

Thank you for interest in monarch butterflies. This is a discussion question that a phone conversation would be a better media than email. I would suggest calling the Ed Lentz at the Hancock County Extension Office, 419/422-3851.