Federal funds to boost migrating monarch butterflies in Illinois & other states

Federal officials want landowners in Illinois and nine other states to grow milkweed to boost the population of monarch butterflies.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is due to spend $4 million in 2016 to help farmers and others plant milkweed and other nectar-producing plants. Milkweed is essential for monarchs because it is the only plant on which the butterfly will lay its eggs. The monarch's journey to and from Mexico takes three to four generations.

"We're looking to re-establish habitats for monarchs and pollinators in general," said Shannon Zezula, state resource conservationist with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, told The (Bloomington) Herald-Times. You may read the full Associated Press article here.