Boone County Economic Development Commision

Boone EDC Community Development Director Megan Swain and Deputy Director Ben Worrell join employees from Monsanto to plant a pollinator habitat in Whitestown.

Whitestown, Ind. – The Boone County Economic Development Corporation (Boone EDC) has partnered with Monsanto and three local municipalities to create pollinator habitats in an effort to improve the quality of place in Boone County.

The three habitats, which will be planted in Lebanon, Jamestown and Whitestown, consist of plants native to Indiana that attract bees and monarchs needed for pollination to happen.

“The Boone EDC has worked with Monsanto to identify proper locations in each community to plant the habitats,” said Boone EDC Director of Community Development Megan Swain. “This is yet another tangible benefit of the beautification efforts in our community that make Boone County a great place to call home.”

In Whitestown, two habitats will be planted – one in the Moontown Brewing Company parking lot and another along the Big 4 Trail. The Jamestown habitat will be located at the Pleasant Acres Nature Park and the Lebanon location will be the Municipal Building.

“Pollinators play a key role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem,” said Mike Graham, Vice President of Monsanto Global Plant Breeding. “Monsanto is honored to partner with Boone County to protect species and promote sustainable landscapes.”

According to the USDA, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend.

About the Boone County Economic Development Corporation

A strong community is a united community, one that achieves balance between its residents and businesses. At the Boone County Economic Development Corporation, we seek the right economic opportunities to support strong communities and enhance the quality of life for all Boone County residents. We aim to be a catalyst for smart growth strategies. We forge mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations capable of understanding and further enriching the unique assets that the residents of Boone County have built. For more information, visit www.betterinboone.org.

About Monsanto Company

Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated employees, please visit: discover.monsanto.com and monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® at twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows® at monsantoblog.com or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.