The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will leave the monarch butterfly off the endangered species list while continuing to review its candidacy for listing on an annual basis. The agency issued a “warranted but precluded” decision last week, which means the monarch will be considered a candidate species for now.

“America’s farmers welcome the U.S. Fish and Wildlife decision to continue monitoring the health of the monarch butterfly population. The warranted but precluded decision will give all stakeholders time to continue conservation and research efforts,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

Illinois Farm Bureau has been actively involved in conservation planning efforts surrounding the monarch butterfly and other pollinators for a number of years. Visit bit.ly/IFBMonarchEfforts to learn more about the ongoing campaign.

More than half a million acres are currently set aside specifically to provide habitat benefits to bees and butterflies. Farm Bureaus across the country have played an important role in education and outreach that has led to increased habitat across the monarch flyway.

AFBF is also a member of “Farmers for Monarchs,” which is committed to protecting the butterfly population through voluntary efforts to restore and enhance habitats.