- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - The deadline has been extended to participate in a federal program designed to preserve the monarch butterfly in Oklahoma.

The Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project is designed to combat the decline of the monarch butterfly in the state by improving agricultural land. The deadline to apply for the program has been pushed back to July 20.

The project provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to improve or create habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Officials say monarch populations have declined in part due to herbicide use that has negatively impacted fall nectaring plants, a key resource for butterflies during migration.

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