The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering $100,000 in grants to help Nebraska farmers create habitats for monarch butterflies.
Farmers and ranchers statewide have until March 18th to apply for the funding.
State wildlife biologist Ritch Nelson says monarchs are becoming less common in Nebraska as their total population has declined significantly over the past 20 years.
The butterflies, like honey bees, play an important role in nature, helping to pollinate plants.
In addition to the grants, experts will advise farmers on planting milkweed and nectar-rich plants in buffer zones between fields or around wetlands and in pastures.