Living Acres


Explore the content below to better understand how you can help improve the monarch butterfly population.


Learn more about Living Acres and how BASF is working to help the monarch butterfly.
Hear from members of the Living Acres leadership team at BASF about the foundations of the biodiversity program to help the iconic monarch butterfly.
Why is the monarch butterfly important? Biodiversity in an ecosystem is crucial to maintaining the health and viability of crop production land. BASF is at the forefront of looking at how to increase plant diversity and biodiversity on farms.
Learn more about how to plant milkweed to create a viable habitat for the monarch butterfly.
Farmers can help increase the monarch butterfly populations. Already great stewards of the land, they are uniquely positioned to use the non-cropland areas of their farms for monarch butterfly habitat.


  • Grow Smart with BASF is a podcast that connects growers with industry news and stories. In the Living Acres episode we hear from Luke Bozeman, Group Lead of Biology at BASF.

    Grow Smart with BASF: Living Acres


  • Thousands of golf courses lie along the monarchs’ migration path. This is why superintendents have a unique opportunity to play a key role in helping maintain and restore the monarch population. Harold D. Coble, Ph.D., professor emeritus of the faculty of North Carolina State University, wrote a brochure titled, "Growing Milkweed on Golf Courses to Benefit the Monarch Butterfly" to provide guidance on how superintendents can establish habitat in non-play areas to preserve this beloved butterfly species. Download a copy of that brochure here.

    Growing Milkweed on Golf Courses
  • The Great Monarch Migration infographic follows the amazing journey the monarch butterfly makes each year from Mexico to Canada through the majority of the United States. Living Acres and BASF is helping the monarch butterfly by encouraging farmers to plant milkweed habitat in non-crop areas.

    The Great Monarch Migration Infographic
  • Monarch butterfly populations have been declining in the United States since the late 1990s. One of the many factors contributing to this decline is the shrinking number of milkweed plants. To explain how farmers can help maintain and restore the monarch population, Harold D. Coble, Ph.D., professor emeritus of the faculty of North Carolina State University, wrote a brochure titled, "Growing Milkweed in Non-Crop Areas to Benefit the Monarch Butterfly." Download a copy of that brochure here.

    Monarch Brochure
  • Acting responsibly toward society and the environment is imperative in today’s world. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is a critical factor for long-term business success. BASF develops practices that enable farmers to be profitable and achieve high yields while caring for the environment. These are not mutually exclusive objectives – in fact, they go hand-in-hand. Find out how by downloading an overview of BASF’s monarch butterfly research project.

    Moving Forward with Farming - The Biggest Job On Earth
  • Farms are full of non-crop areas that can be put to use to increase biodiversity. By planting milkweed and other nectar plants in non-crop areas of farms, farmers can support biodiversity and a flourishing monarch butterfly population alongside high-production agriculture. Download a map of where to plant milkweed here.

    Milkweed Refuges in Non-crop Areas
  • Living acres research from BASF’s research farm in Holly Springs, North Carolina focused on best practices for establishing milkweed. Download a brochure developed by BASF and Dr. Coble identifying seven steps farmers can take to establish milkweed in non-cropland areas here.

    Seven Steps to Starting a Milkweed Stand

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