The 2013 Bayer Bee Care Tour

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Bayer Bee Care Center tour truck

What went more than 2,500 miles, traveled to six states, engaged more than 2,350 bee health stakeholders and showcased more than 10,000 honey bees in a mobile hive?

The 2013 Bayer Bee Care Tour!

Bayer’s inaugural Bee Care Tour successfully fostered education and collaboration between beekeepers and growers and brought awareness to the community about the importance of honey bees to our agriculture. The Tour created an interactive experience with an exhibit that celebrated bees, highlighted stewardship best practices and featured a specially-wrapped vehicle. In addition to a stewardship presentation for growers, we also enjoyed presentations from notable academic researchers about the issues impacting bee health.  Also, hundreds of visitors were encouraged to commit to make a special effort to build foraging area for bees to pollinate by becoming a Champion for Bee Health.

A local beekeeper in the Nebraska community, Paul Kolterman, who toured the booth and pledged to be a Champion for Bee Health shared his experience at the Tour stop: “I wanted to take a minute to thank you for coming to the University of Nebraska with the Bee Care Tour. I attended this morning and was very impressed with the outreach and stewardship which Bayer is demonstrating to the Globe around Bee Care and Stewardship of Bayer Products.”

Over several weeks the tour visited:

  • Commodity Classic, Orlando, Fla.

  • The Ohio State University Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster, Ohio

  • University of Illinois’ I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, Ill.

  • Iowa State University’s Reimans Gardens, Ames, Iowa

  • University of Nebraska Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ithaca, Neb.

  • University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, St. Paul, Minn.

Here are a few media clips from the Tour so far:

You can learn more about the Bayer Bee Care Tour and its journey throughout the U.S. by visiting:

    Bayer’s Brad May, Robyn Kneen and Beth Roden join Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsak, as he tours the Bayer Bee Care Tour at Commodity Classic to learn more about Bayer’s commitment to Bee Health.

    Bayer’s Veldon Sorensen helps participants find the queen among 5,000 honey bees in the Tour’s mobile bee hive and provides samples of various flavors of honey from across the country with participants.


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