The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $4 million for technical and financial assistance to help Midwestern growers enhance honeybee habitat.

The effort, coordinated by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will focus on Michigan, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin, according to a news release.

The announcement renews and expands a $3 million pilot project from earlier this year.

The program will provide guidance to farmers and ranchers on conservation practices that provide diverse food sources for honeybees.

An appropriate cover crop, for example, could reduce erosion while providing honeybees with forage crops.

Several NRCS state offices are setting aside additional funds for similar efforts, including California, Ohio and Florida.

Pollinator protection is a high priority in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Cost-share funding to the five Midwestern states will be provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Applications are due by Nov. 21.