Over the past three years James Quinn, other MU Extension Specialists and stakeholders developed the Master Pollinator Steward Program. It is an unbiased, research-based curriculum, which includes hands-on activities and classroom presentations. Pollinators — such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and insects — play a crucial role in the production of most fruits and vegetables. They also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils and support wildlife. Studies show that pollinator populations are in decline because of a loss of feeding and nesting habitats, pollution and the misuse of pesticides. This program trains how to protect our agricultural economy and food supply with 6 classes.