The monarch habitat will span roughly one acre. Today the land is used as a small corn field, but the plant will begin converting it to habitat after harvest with a mid-November seeding.
“We see the Monarch Fueling Station project as a new way to show how rural Iowa is leading the way in producing our nation’s food and fuel while protecting our natural environment,” said Alan Bennett, board member at Quad County Corn Processors. “Biofuel and agricultural production can coexist with important pollinators and native plants, and this project shows how that is possible.”
The Monarch Fueling Station Project was established in two years ago by IRFA in partnership with the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium to help Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel plants establish monarch habitat on plant grounds.